Mass Media

Age of digital reading

Jessie Kung used to buy books at airport bookshops, but that was last year. The 32-year-old still visits those stores - but only to check out the titles of books that interest her. Then she takes out her iPad, taps its touch screen for a while and nails down her target.

Monday, 25 July, 2011, 12:00am

Pandtastic follow-up to Po & co

Many years ago, the peacock villain Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman) made plans to take over all of China by harnessing the power of fireworks. But a goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) warned him that 'a warrior of black and white' would ruin his plans. Shen assumes that warrior is a panda, and wipes out a whole village of the cuddly bears.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pie and machinations on FCC's Murdoch night menu

The lagers were flowing and the drama ran high as all eyes were glued to the big screen. Perhaps a sight to be expected in Wan Chai on the night of the World Cup final.

But Tuesday night's spectators, huddled in a packed bar at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, had gathered for a rarer sight - the live broadcast of Rupert Murdoch's fall from grace.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Slap on your cowboy hat and ready your southern drawl for the return of gun-slinging Raylan Givens in Justified (AXN; Mondays at 10.55pm). Modern-day deputy marshal Givens (Timothy Olyphant; Deadwood) fashions himself as a 19th century-style sheriff, his unconventional enforcement of justice making him a target for criminals and a problem for his superiors.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Young book-lovers turn more to e-readers

About a fifth of primary school pupils read using electronic devices, a publisher's survey has shown.

City University interviewed 566 parents of primary school pupils in June. It found more than three in five of the young e-book readers started using the devices less than a year ago - an indication of the e-reader's rapid growth.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Free press a check on abuse of power

When the media becomes the story, that can spell trouble for freedom of the press. Shocking revelations of callous invasions of privacy and bribery of police in Britain that have caused outrage are an example. In the mood that prevails now, many might sympathise with moves to clip the wings of London's sensational tabloids.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Bright kite

What you'll need:

Construction Paper Tissue Paper Crepe Streamers Scissors Glue Hole Puncher


1. Cut half circles out of crepe paper.

2. On the long side of the paper, glue a row of scales, slightly overlapping each other.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

'Must-read' addition to fun series

Mini Shopaholic Sophia Kinsella Published by Black Swan ISBN 9781846571916

Sophia Kinsella's sixth book in the Shopaholic series, Mini Shopaholic, offers another amusing diversion into the life of shopping addict Rebecca Brandon (formerly Bloomwood).

A sequel to Shopaholic & Baby, it focuses on Rebecca and her daughter, Minnie, aged two.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Summer Colours competition

The Summer Colours competition is on, but don't forget we're accepting new entries every week. Summer is the perfect time to try new things and practise your creative skills. Choose your tool: camera, scissors, brushes, pencils, and so on and show us how you see life in colours. The sooner you send your entry, the more chance you have to get it published.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Grace Luk Wing-shan, 17, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

cd: Born This Way from Lady Gaga. A new breakthrough from the Mother Monster.

dvd: Black Swan. No matter whether you like ballet or not, this film will give you food for thought.

movie: Fast and Furious 5. An adrenaline-packed summer flick.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mr Popper's Penguins

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury Director: Mark Waters Category: I

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Fifty years ago yesterday, Ernest Hemingway (below) put his favourite gun to his head and pulled the trigger, thus perpetuating a family trait that saw his father, two siblings and a granddaughter take their own lives. The Nobel- and Pulitzer-winning writer spent his life taunting death: in 1944, a drunken car crash resulted in 57 stitches in his scalp and yet another divorce.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand Director: Michael Bay Category: IIA

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Government contract scandal becomes history

King Henry II of England is famously reported to have said: 'Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?' Four of his loyal supporters, thinking they had caught their master's underlying meaning, then went out and assassinated the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Time passed and, as so often happens, the verdicts were reversed.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Space race, conflict and more in 3D

A strange, dark structure is seen crashing onto the moon's surface. Astronauts go to investigate, and stare in awe at what they find. A voice in the background booms: 'Our entire space race of the 1960s was in response to an event.'

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am