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Benoit Ams points a scanning machine at my head and slowly walks in an arc in front of me. "Stay still and kindly move your hair from your face," says the Belgium entrepreneur and managing director of eyewear specialist Smith & Norbu.Monday, 26 January, 2015, 12:06pm
Last Friday evening Rummin' Tings, the Caribbean bar and restaurant on Hollywood Road, was close to bursting. People spilled onto the streets, while peals of laughter and shouted greetings competed with the booming music inside.23 Jan 2015 - 6:36am
Raymond Blanc has a very croaky voice - the revered chef contracted asthma six months ago.
"I guarantee that within six months, with the right exercise and diet, it will be gone," he wheezes, downing a glass of lemon grass and ginger tea.23 Jan 2015 - 6:36am
Two creative types working on one project can lead to artistic differences. But that's not the case for chef Mauro Paolini and painter Catia Uliassi.
It's not just that she paints and he cooks - he cooks what she paints.23 Jan 2015 - 6:30am 1 comment
It's small, but it's still significant. In the often wacky world of design, a little coloured globe can denote the difference between a transparent gimmick and a thoughtful contribution to modern life.23 Jan 2015 - 6:05am
Adam Place sits at an table at the Hong Kong Science Park in Tai Po, holding an object that looks like a soccer ball. But he's not playing games. Place is in the city to be closer to manufacturers in Shenzhen, and a potentially large market for the innovative musical device he invented - the AlphaSphere.23 Jan 2015 - 10:24am 1 comment
International waters. The very words have a certain hold on the popular imagination: a lawless zone where man can cast off the rules and inhibitions of an increasingly regulated world. In the popular cartoon series The Simpsons, characters set off into international waters to indulge in illegal activities from drinking on a Sunday to betting on a monkey knife fight.19 Jan 2015 - 12:02pm 1 comment
When Doris Chan's prenatal test results showed that her 12-week-old fetus had a one in 125 chance of having Down's syndrome, she was in shock. At 35 years old, Chan (whose name has been changed for reasons of patient confidentiality) was stressed by her biological clock and had previously suffered two miscarriages.19 Jan 2015 - 6:11am
Should all pregnant women have Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)? Three of Hong Kong's leading obstetricians share their views.
Dr Charas Ong Yeu-theng
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Women's Clinic, and subspecialist in maternal and fetal medicine19 Jan 2015 - 6:06am
At present, NIPT provides information about specific fetal aneuploidies, or chromosomal abnormalities. According to the US National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, all laboratories offering NIPT report on Down's syndrome and Edwards syndrome.
Others may also provide information about Patau syndrome or some sex chromosome abnormalities and microdeletions.19 Jan 2015 - 6:02am
Is the skinny suit's grip on menswear fashion starting to ease? That was the question many were asking as the new autumn-winter menswear collections rolled out in London from January 9 to 12. Designers unveiled increasingly looser and more relaxed silhouettes.19 Jan 2015 - 6:00am
Canadian bassist Sylvain Gagnon accepted an invitation in February 2000 from Eugene Pao to play in a "dream band" of international players the local guitarist was assembling for a tour.19 Jan 2015 - 12:50pm
Producer-DJ Mark Ronson has a hit single and new album, writes Mikael Wood.17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm
As the world tries to contain Africa's Ebola epidemic, Ed Vulliamy finds Albert Camus' novel works on the literal as well as metaphorical level.17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm
It's one of those enduring literary mysteries: why didn't Joseph Stalin have Mikhail Bulgakov bumped off?17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm