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The rise and fall of Hong Kong's uniformed youth groups

A passing out ceremony of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (the Volunteers) in Happy Valley, in 1986. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong has seen the rise and fall of several youth groups, some more innocuous than others, writes Jason Wordie.

Friday, 13 February, 2015, 12:47pm

Poll to decide Hong Kong's most liked architecture of the last century

Architect and campaign organiser Corrin Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Despite the dazzling skyline around Victoria Harbour and soaring towers everywhere, Hong Kong doesn't celebrate its architecture the way cities such as Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tel Aviv do.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:05am 4 comments

The phone with two faces: Russian YotaPhone2 takes on Samsung and Apple

Vlad Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, with the YotaPhone 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave two of the devices to President Xi Jinping as a gift. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Since South Korean and US brands dominate the market for high-end smartphones, Vlad Martynov, CEO of Moscow-based Yota Devices, has his work cut out for him.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:51am

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

Time Temple. Photo: David Heald

Art and science often make uneasy bedfellows, but that's not the case for Chinese artist Wang Jianwei. His works, which are conceptual and highly theoretical, have their foundations in theoretical physics, specifically the ideas of Danish physicist Niels Bohr, one of the scientists who established the foundations of quantum mechanics.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:15am

Children who are taught to respect others remain respectful in later life

Bernice Lee (left) and Marie Marchand. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Julie Fecteau has noticed an interesting development in her four-year-old son Julien. He has started giving up his seat to older people in the MTR. "Hey mummy, I respect him," Julien told Julie, to her surprise.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:11am

School in the Cloud: a TED prize winner's quest to transform education

Sugata Mitra's journey to the TED prize began more than a decade ago in Delhi. Photo: AFP

Sugata Mitra is a polymath who has studied energy storage systems, designed batteries and worked on computer networking. But for the past 15 years, he has been preoccupied with educational research. His radical ideas about self-organised learning won him the TED prize in 2013, which gave him US$1 million to realise his vision for a global "School in the Cloud".

2 Feb 2015 - 10:39am

How authors can make books come alive for Hong Kong readers young and old

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye at HK International School.

Standing in the packed library of the Hong Kong International School, visiting poet Naomi Shihab Nye closes her eyes, takes a breath and begins. "You can't order a poem like you order a taco …," she says, reciting the opening line of one of her most recognised poems, Valentine for Ernest Mann, and the room is silent.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:00am

Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets shot down by Chinese film-goers

Photo: Jonathan Wong

Of late, Jiang Wen's life seems to be imitating his art. It's a tragicomic turn for the acclaimed Chinese actor-director, not unlike the fate that befalls the protagonist in his new film, Gone with the Bullets.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:58am

Counting sheep won't help you sleep, but other techniques will

According to a 2010 survey, 2.2 million Hong Kong adults have a serious drink-related insomnia problem.

High-pressure Hong Kong is nicknamed the city that never sleeps. Most of us manage to string some shut-eye together, but you may well suffer from sleep disruption, which can leave you feeling shattered when morning rolls around.

2 Feb 2015 - 11:12am 1 comment

Bilingual classes in Hong Kong public schools suit Chinese and non-Chinese alike

Non-Chinese speaking students at HKTA Yuen Yuen Institute No 3 Secondary School in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: Nora Tam

While the number of international schools in Hong Kong has grown over the past decade, non-Chinese parents, among them long-time residents in Hong Kong, are looking for a bilingual education for their children, and at a much lower cost.

And two public schools have sought to meet their need.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:15am 2 comments

External School Review system must be changed to encourage improvement

External School Review system must be changed to encourage improvement

Hong Kong schools are undergoing the second round of external school review (ESR), which serves as a linchpin of the accountability framework.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:12am

Flares, patchwork and denim skirts: back to the '70s in women's fashion


26 Jan 2015 - 6:06am

Over-the-counter eye drops - are they safe?

Doctors suggest you consider the potential side effects and the risk of lasting damage before self-medicating.

The ready availability of eye drops and antibiotic medication across the counter at pharmacies makes it an obvious first port of call for sufferers. After all, a short period of treatment clears up most cases of common eye discomfort - on the surface, at least.

2 Feb 2015 - 11:49am

Hong Kong design awards and Ford Motors team up to go green

Dresses created using material recycled from Ford vehicles, including the winning entry (centre).

While fashion weeks are steaming ahead in the European capitals, closer to home we've been looking at sustainability in fashion at The Redress Forum (where I spoke as a panellist) and their EcoChic Design Awards during Hong Kong Fashion Week last week.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:00am

Instagram feed DRKRMS a showcase for Hong Kong photography pros

Charlie Toller, Inga Beckmann and Callaghan Walsh, the founders of the DRKRMS photography platform. Photo: Jon Maloney, DRKRMS

Three founders of "dark rooms" initiative want it to be global platform for profession in city, writes Richard Lord.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:17am