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Humor

From gurgles to giggles: the development of humour

My toddler, Tom, runs across the room shrieking with delight, as I follow close behind saying in my most ominous voice: "I'm coming to getcha! I'm coming to getcha!"

It's our newest game and he loves it, often collapsing in a fit of giggles.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 9:49am

Madcap intensity drives satire of disconnected modern world

May We Be Forgiven

by A.M. Homes

Viking/Granta

Bron Sibree

This is a satire on steroids. A biting examination of 21st-century American suburban life that oscillates between acerbity and poignancy, between the ridiculous, the laugh-aloud funny and the plainly absurd, with an intensity that catches at your throat.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:28am

Risque business

Arriving on the set for the photo shoot dressed in a plunging, floor-length Hervé L.Leroux and black Christian Louboutin pumps, Dita Von Teese looks as if she just walked out of a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.

She strikes a pose as the cameras flash, then swings her hips to accentuate her celebrated 46cm waistline.

28 Aug 2012 - 8:43pm

A masterclass in self-deprecating fun from - who else? - the Brits

If Beijing was epic and dramatic, London was all about humour. The British are masters of the understatement and the opening ceremony was a masterclass in self-deprecating, laugh-at-ourselves fun. It was irony, shaken and stirred.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Jest a minute

Chinese people aren't funny, at least according to a survey of university students in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Associate Professor Yue Xiaodong of City University, who conducted the poll, found that there is a cultural ambivalence among Chinese towards humour.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Funny side up

The perfect antidote to frantic living in Hong Kong is arguably laughter. The busier we get, the more we need humour. It may be overused, but there certainly is scientific truth behind the saying 'laughter is the best medicine'. It doesn't matter what makes you giggle. The act of laughing itself has healing properties.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Get in line

'I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.' Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

In my line

Elvis was using the word 'line' to mean 'job' when he gave his famous comment about the pop music industry.

What sort of 'lines' are these?

1 a hard line

a. very strictly sticking to policy or opinions

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The laughing stock

Anyone for a poster for an Emperor brand pot cover to put a lid on scandal? Or perhaps an Edison Shot Me Too T-shirt? Intimate photos of actresses

and starlets taken from entertainer Edison Chen Koon-hei's laptop have not only titillated voyeurs on the internet, they've set off a spoofing boom in cyberspace.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

letters

Be a leader and learn about life

The Student Union is one of the biggest student associations in a school. It represents hundreds of students and acts as a bridge between them and the school authorities.

As chairperson of my school's Student Union, my work is full of satisfaction, challenges and frustration.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tell us a joke

Astha Agarwal, 14

I'm not really good with jokes. When my friends and I have awkward silences, one of us always shouts, 'Fat penguin!' When everyone looks surprised and confused, the shouter says, 'I just needed something to break the ice!'

Chien Wei Lui, 15

Why did the skeleton cross the road?

To get to the body shop!

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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