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Closing the book on a community institution

There is only one store doing business on this street in Kwun Tong; the others are locked up - bought out for redevelopment by the government.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Villains take a beating on day of voodoo

Scores of people lined up under a Causeway Bay flyover yesterday for an annual Chinese 'enemy cursing' tradition, as thick incense smoke mingled with the chanting of professional ritual masters and echoes of shoes slapping against paper effigies.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A record-splashing start to 2012

There are many ways of welcoming in the new year. If staying up late for the midnight countdown was not your style, you could have joined a hardy group of Hongkongers who broke the ice of the new year with a morning swim in the wintry sea.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmaker calls for probe into land deals

A legislator has asked the Ombudsman to investigate land deals and practices in the New Territories, after the South China Morning Post uncovered suspect deals between indigenous villagers and developers.

The deals, which abuse the small-house scheme, are believed to have long been common practice in the New Territories.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fire victims burned out of homes face bleak prospects

The threat of homelessness still looms over some residents displaced by last week's deadly Mong Kok fire.

The blaze in Fa Yuen Street on November 30 left nine people dead and 34 injured. Five people are still in hospital, with three in critical condition.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

An exhibition that's not just a load of old rubbish

To use less and to redeem the useless - that is the challenge posed for Hong Kong's young and upcoming designers by the annual design event deTour. It is about as practical as a design challenge can get, since it involves imagining how to reduce, reuse and recycle the 6.45 million tonnes of rubbish the city creates each year.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A life of squalor with HK's poorest

A young social worker has been living in a tiny cubicle - 18 square feet - to learn what life is like in the city's partitioned flats.

Following in the footsteps of writer George Orwell, who lived as a homeless man in London and Paris in the early 1930s, Chan Siu-ming is also using his experience to raise awareness about the city's poorest.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

An uplifting vision in fallen leaves

A 30-year-old artist from the mainland transforms simple falling leaves into works of art, and hopes that people see them as symbols of hope.

Zheng Taijun, from Guangdong province, 'sculpts' pictures of people and scenes on to leaves.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Respite for illegal factory tenants

Five families living in a converted factory in Tai Kok Tsui are on the verge of being evicted because its owner has been ordered to demolish their homes as part of an official crackdown on illegal structures.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tight-knit village fears for its future

Amid the colourful paper offerings, mounds of fruit, pots full of burning incense and freshly roasted suckling pigs prepared for the annual Yu Lan Festival, residents of a 100-year-old village in Sheung Shui are throwing in extra paper money and prayers to the gods to save their homes.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Age no barrier to looking good, say grey-power queens of the catwalk

Who says 60 is too old to strut down a catwalk wearing the latest fashions?

Certainly not those who will take part in a fashion show for the 'silver-haired generation' or the fashion student designers who produced their clothing.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Big hearts shine through in children who beat the odds

'Two years ago I found out I had leukaemia,' Form Six student Prudence Ho Yan-sin said, as she began to tell how her world fell apart.

She described the nine brutal months of chemotherapy that followed; the inability to eat, the pain and the isolation which made her feel 'barely human anymore'.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ferry fares increase, but challenges loom

Higher ferry fares took effect yesterday despite a looming legal challenge over price gaps.

Trips to and from outlying island communities - apart from Mui Wo, where fares rose on April 1 - cost up to HK$4.10 more.

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tropical depression promises rain

A tropical depression is forecast to bring stormy weather to the city over the next few days, with temperatures remaining high.

The Observatory hoisted the No 1 typhoon signal last night.

The tropical depression over the northeastern South China Sea was expected to gain momentum and strengthen as it drew nearer to Hong Kong.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am