Irish PM sorry for suffering of 'fallen women' at church-run laundries

Maureen Sullivan is one of those who worked in a Magdalene laundry. Photo: Reuters

More than 10,000 women were sent to the Magdalene laundries between 1922 and 1996 where they worked for no pay while the religious orders ran the laundries as commercial bodies.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:17am

Miele launch puts a new spin on ironing with creative ballet performance

German home appliances brand Miele incorporated a creative prop into a ballet performance during a product launch on Thursday.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dry your eyes!

'Inside myself is a place where you renew springs that never dry up'

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) - American writer who spent many years in China

A dry run

'Dry' is the opposite of 'wet', but what do the following terms mean?

1 dry-cleaning

a. wet clothes hanging on a line to dry

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Face-cleanser 'trick' on wife backfired

A man who put bleach in his wife's face cleanser to play a trick on her after they had a heated dispute, instead caught out his daughter.

The girl suffered an irritation to her face when she used the cleanser. Smelling bleach, she told her mother and they called the police.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Boy badly hurt after falling into washer

A 16-month-old boy is in intensive care after falling into a top-loading washing machine at his home in Kwai Chung yesterday.

The toddler fell into the machine as it was operating and his 26-year-old mother found him upside down in the water, police said.

He was in serious condition in Princess Margaret Hospital last night.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Everything you thought that you knew is wrong

Which invention has changed our world more, the washing machine or the internet?

In the era of Google, Facebook and, the answer might seem obvious: the internet of course.

Ha-joon Chang doesn't agree. And the Cambridge University economist has a point.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Laundries should be accredited, coroner says

Laundries should be accredited under a licensing system to ensure workers' safety, a coroner said as he ruled that the death of a teen who was pulled into the rollers of an ironing machine by her hair was accidental.

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

Washing powder excess having disastrous effect on local waters

Hong Kong households use more than 30,000 tonnes of washing powder and softener in a year - an amount equal to the weight of 172 Boeing 747 aircraft, a survey has found.

More than 2,000 people participated in the online survey by a lifestyle website last month and sponsored by the distributor of a chemical-free washing ball that replaces powder with nano technology.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Woman dies as ironing machine catches hair

An 18-year-old woman described as 'a very good sister' died after her hair got caught between the rollers of a commercial ironing machine in a Tuen Mun laundry yesterday.

The woman, who had been studying at night school and was awaiting the results of her Form Five examination, was declared dead at the laundry by paramedics.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Clean green

Traditionally, homes must be scrubbed clean in the run-up to the Lunar New Year, so, in the coming days, houses and apartments will be scoured with all manner of cleaning fluids to ensure bad luck and evil spirits have been removed. The scouring will, inevitably, be followed by a flood of ecologically damaging fluids, pouring into the sewers, rivers and sea.

18 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Principle behind new washing machine old hat for Asians

Western countries are always complaining about how Asians are stealing their intellectual property, especially people on the mainland. Now it may be Asians' turn to complain. The ancient practice of washing clothes - across Asia - by pounding them with rods in streams or ponds has apparently been 'appropriated' by some academics in Britain.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


Question 1

What did Mr Jones leave in the hotel?

Mr Jones has just got home after a business trip. But he left something behind at the hotel and he's phoning there now to ask if they have found it. Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

1. What did Mr Jones leave in his hotel room?

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

How a housewife cleaned up by starting launderette

Imagine being a 40-year-old housewife with no formal qualification and just HK$50,000 to set up a business. What would you choose?

Faced with that challenge, Yeung Lai-kuen opted for setting up a launderette in Wan Chai with a fellow housewife.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Specialist operators put cleaning on higher level

laundry services

18 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Delivering polished products to demanding clients

Knowing the nature of different fabrics, the right mix of cleaning agents to use, and the proper cleaning procedures to follow is what it takes to make it as a professional in this business. An ability to deal with demanding customers is also essential.

18 Aug 2007 - 12:00am