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A spook's life

Few aspiring writers have the chance to put their unpublished manuscript into the hands of best-selling author Jeffrey Archer, and even fewer to get the master storyteller to give them specific advice about their work.

Sunday, 7 March, 2010, 12:00am

Out and about

Forbiddingly steep, jungle clad and almost wild in places, Mount Davis looms above Kennedy Town on the western-most point of Hong Kong Island. On a pollution-free day, dramatic views of islands and the sea can be enjoyed in every direction from the winding road to the summit.

20 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

The Utility of Force - The Art of War in the Modern World

The Utility of Force - The Art of War in the Modern World

by Rupert Smith

Penguin, HK$160

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Mussolini's Island: The Invasion of Sicily Through the Eyes of Those Who Witnessed the Campaign

Mussolini's Island: The Invasion of Sicily Through the Eyes of Those Who Witnessed the Campaign

by John Follain

Hodder & Stoughton, $290

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Civilisation - A Personal View

Civilisation - A Personal View

by Kenneth Clark

John Murray, $120

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

'Reluctant warrior' returns to Vietnam

America's leading soldier-diplomat, Secretary of State Colin Powell, returns to Vietnam this week - the soldier preparing to face 'powerful and strong' emotions but the diplomat offering no apologies.

Mr Powell said he looked forward to talking to Vietnam's leadership about the future - yet made clear the wartime past would not be far away.

22 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Bones of contention

IN 1812 in the southern English coastal town of Lyme Regis, Mary Anning, the impoverished daughter of a carpenter, risked the caprices of an unpredictable tide, to reach a cliff face, chip away at unyielding rock and change the world forever.

30 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Worthy winner

When George C. Scott was nominated as Best Actor for his rendering of the eccentric World War II general Patton (World, 9.30pm), his response remained resolutely in character.

'The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons,' he barked.

10 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

School groups to fight drugs

All primary and secondary schools may soon set up peer support groups to beat teenage drug abuse.

Last year there were close to 17,000 drug abusers in Hong Kong, about 3,000 were aged under 21, it was revealed in the Second International Conference on Drug Abuse.

6 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Mystique of SAS down the tubes

You need an element of secrecy to become a military legend and for decades that is just what made the Special Air Service so different.

For years the term SAS was hardly ever used without the prefix 'elite'. They were the few, selected after arduous testing, capable of surviving through conflicts which would see lesser regiments decimated.

25 May 1996 - 12:00am

Select Sale bigwig promises to return

REG Inglis, managing director of William Inglis and Son Pty Ltd, believes another Select Two-Year-Old Sale will be held in Hong Kong later this year despite the controversy surrounding the inaugural auction, writes Graeme Kelly.

1 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Distinguished guest at Volunteers' last parade

GENERAL Sir Michael Rose, who earned international recognition as the United Nations Commander in Bosnia, is to represent the Army Board and the Chief of the General Staff at the last parades of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (the Volunteers).

2 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Low-key departure for RAF commander

THE last Royal Air Force commander in Hong Kong flew quietly out of Kai Tak last week ending a tradition that goes back 67 years as the British military's withdrawal gathers momentum.

23 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Lone's greatest act

JOHN Lone made Iceman (World, 9.30pm) in 1984. It was his first biggish film, but after it his career went into a prolonged nose dive.

6 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Why Hong Kong had a sell-by date

AS A city, Hong Kong is defined by its history in a way few other places are. It is an invention, a historical accident, a 155-year-long aberration. With 1997 drawing closer, the curious circumstances of the Fragrant Harbour take on more resonance, and themanner in which the territory's beginning contained its ending, is fascinating.

22 Aug 1993 - 12:00am