Diary of a Renovator: flogging it on

My contractor announced recently that my village house would be complete in several weeks. I knew he was being optimistic but still my day brightened as I pictured life returning to normal.

Friday, 3 October, 2008, 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1973

Hongkong, April 13

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1955

London, February 17

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1988

Hongkong, February 3

A group of Diamond Hill clansmen vowed to fight the development of the multimillion-dollar Tate's Cairn Tunnel to protect their centuries-old homes.

5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1960

Taipei, January 12

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

50 years ago...

Germany not an enemy

Hongkong (Jan 10): Germany shall for all purposes of the Trading with the Enemy Ordinance cease to be treated as if it were enemy territory, states an Order announced in the Government Gazette.

For the purpose of this Order 'Germany' means territory comprised in the German State on March 1, 1938, the Gazette adds.

Shadow talks

12 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

25 years ago...

Ticket mix-up proves costly

Hongkong (Jan 26): A Scottish businessman is suing the Hongkong Government for $9,000 - because he claims he flew from Edinburgh to Hongkong to answer a summons for a parking ticket.

Experts are studying the claims for damages from non-motorist, Mr Derek Allan Shaw.

27 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Lamma folk looking forward to boom

Hongkong (November 24): One of Hongkong's offshore islands - Lamma - is experiencing a major property boom.

Spacious semi-detached buildings of modernistic design, an envy to city dwellers, are springing up all along the sea front of Picnic Bay (Sok Ku Wan) and Yung Shue Wan and the surrounding hillside.

26 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Exhange ordered closed

Hongkong (November 18): Mr M.A. da Silva, at Kowloon yesterday, asked for a definition of 'Asiatic race' when he appeared before Mr d'Almada to defend four men of the Kowloon Restaurant who were summoned in connection with the regulation against serving persons other than of Asiatic race in premises licensed as Chinese restaurants.

19 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Friends again

Macao (September 5): Two ferry-boats were, with due ceremony, on September 1 put into operation to link Macao to the Islands of Taipa and Colowan. Built in Hongkong at a cost of $200,000 each at the Hongkong & Whampoa Docks, they are about 65 tons, Diesel-engined and will carry 50 First Class and 80 Second Class passengers.

10 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Prices rising in Shanghai

50 years ago

Hongkong (August 13): Key money for apartments and houses and the prices of second-hand cars and refrigerators are soaring in Shanghai as thousands of Chinese of independent means are flocking back to that city from Hongkong according to arrivals from the north yesterday.

13 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

50 years ago

Canton (December 8): The Communist authorities in Canton have launched an 'Anti-Foreign Money Campaign', urging people to refuse to take foreign notes, particularly the Hongkong dollar, as medium of exchange.

5 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Twenty-five years ago

HONGKONG (September 16): HUTCHISON International dumped an arithmetical time-bomb in the laps of the financial community with the announcement of their first consolidated figures.

12 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Fifty years ago

CANTON (August 7): THE silver yuan certificates are holding their own despite military reverses and attempts of certain suspected Communists to push down their value.

To-day they were still quoted at about HK$3.70, very close to the rate of the silver yuan in coin.

1 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Ten Years Ago

HONGKONG (July 2): MORE Hongkong women own equities than Hongkong men, according to a survey on local women conducted by Price Waterhouse.

The study reveals interesting facts on how the modern Hongkong woman views her life, career, family, men, lifestyle and investments.

4 Jul 1999 - 12:00am