Man Made Disaster

In Brief

Arson suspect still in custody

Monday, 13 December, 2010, 12:00am

The chameleon

When painter Walasse Ting fled communist-pressed Hong Kong for Paris in 1950, he had little money and few connections. But within five years, the son of a wealthy Jiangxi family was painting and had befriended the influential abstractionist Pierre Alechinsky, who was to become a lifelong friend.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Legacy of magic

Such is his presence, it feels improbable that a decade ago Harry Potter had yet to grace our screens. Yet since the boy wizard from Hogwarts school made his cinematic debut in 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, he has become a permanent fixture on the cinematic landscape, casting a spell over the world's movie theatres like no other character ever has.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rubble in paradise

Architects' training often instils them with a strong conservationist streak. Hwang Eu-fung, however, has taken hers to an extreme. Eight years ago, she abandoned her flat, BMW and job with an architectural firm in San Francisco to move into a dilapidated house in the remote Yunnan town of Zhongdian.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Jobless man dies, wife hurt after setting fire to room

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Milk activist hailed by state-owned newspaper

A Guangdong state-owned weekly named melamine milk activist Zhao Lianhai - jailed last month for protesting unlawfully - Grass-Roots Person of the Year for influencing the growth of China.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Arts

Exhibition

Fragmented Emotions

Photographic collages by Japanese duo Cozue Takagi and Shu Ikeda. Today, 11am-7pm, Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen St, Central. Inquiries: 2517 6238. Ends today

Block the Shield

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Steams like old times

Oh, how far the humble hotpot has come.

More than three centuries ago, the Qing dynasty poet Yuan Mei, a renowned foodie of his time, didn't have much good to say about ubiquitous dish. 'In the chafing dish, everything is at the same temperature. The flavour disappears,' he wrote.

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Hawkers lost everything in blaze

Mong Kok stall owners who were allowed back yesterday to sift through the wreckage of their businesses, torched in a suspected arson attack on Monday, said they would be able to salvage almost nothing.

Wong Pui-ching, chairman of the Fa Yuen Street Hawker Association, said they faced a bitter Christmas.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Middle-aged man sought after three arson attacks

A middle-aged man is being sought after three arson attacks in Mong Kok - one of which damaged more than 80 hawker stalls and shops and resulted in seven people being taken to hospital - before dawn yesterday.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rights activist finds higher toll from Shanghai fire

Controversial artist and rights activist Ai Weiwei says he has compiled a list of 60 victims who died as a result of last month's apartment block blaze in Shanghai - two more than the municipal government's official tally.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Mong Kok blaze destroys hawker stalls

A fire broke out early yesterday in hawkers' stalls in Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok.

Principal fireman Tsang Wai-ming said the fire was suspicious as two rows of stalls had ignited at the same time.

The case was passed on to police for further investigation. Government laboratory technicians were conducting tests.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Seven killed in internet cafe blast

Dangerous chemicals stored next to an internet cafe in Guizhou exploded late on Saturday night, killing seven and injuring 37 others, local police said.

The Lianxun Internet Cafe in Kaili , which had 140 computers, was reduced to ruins by the explosion of chemicals stored illegally in an adjacent room, Xinhua reported.

6 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Kingdom recovers from chaos

Amid celebrations for highly revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday today, Thais will be taking stock of the relative calm after scenes of chaos in Bangkok earlier this year, when red-shirted anti-government protesters besieged the streets.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Sleaze expo drove underground has resurfaced with a vengeance

A trip to the convenience store beneath the South China Morning Post's Shanghai bureau late one evening this week turned out to be more eventful than expected.

A reasonably well-dressed young man approached, then leered, uncomfortably close. 'Lady?' he said in halting English while emitting a sound through his nose. Sniffle-snuffle. 'You want lady?'

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am