Military History

Pike goes one better after learning from narrow defeat last time out

The benefit of a run has never been in doubt and Willie Pike took all the improvement he needed to win on Deep Thinker for Ricky Yiu Poon-fai after being narrowly beaten on him last start.

Monday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

Who wants to receive welfare if they can work? Before 1997, I earned a living by myself. Now, I haven't even been given that dignity

Egg-Waffle man Ng Yuk-fai

There's obviously going to be nerves and pressure, but I need to try and stay focused

Andy Murray, on becoming Britain's first men's finalist at Wimbledon for 74 years

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Lost in time

Nobody is certain when the bow and arrow was invented. It happened at some point in what we call pre-history. Pre-history is the time before humans wrote anything down.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Style meter


Animal prints

We're talking all types, from leopard to zebra, in bright colours. Anything goes.

Ruffled shoulders

A softer (and more wearable) version of the big-shoulder look this autumn.


Fits in with this season's rocker theme. Go for bags and shoes.

Sling bags

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Battle for hearts and minds has long way to go

Propaganda has long been a weapon of warfare, but it can be a double-edged sword. The demonisation and psychological stereotyping of enemies can come back to haunt the perpetrator.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bag ladies

It's time to put last year's ubiquitous Coffer bag to rest as Miu Miu launches its autumn/winter collection of handbags for fans to swoon over. Always on top of trends, the latest range features this season's must-have: sling bags. Opt for the roomy Plisse sling (left; HK$9,750) in pleated black leather with a long strap and two handles studded with gold metal.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Tackle terrorism with common sense

The speech made by British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Australia yesterday suggests western nations leading the fight against terrorism have failed to learn important lessons since the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001.

28 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The terrorists' big mistake

Six in 10 Americans say they believe a third world war is likely in their lifetime, according to a recent Associated Press poll. 'I feel like we're in a world war right now,' Susan Aser, an estate agent from New York state, was quoted as saying.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Terrorists swayed voters

The letter headlined 'How to end violence' (April 6), by Sean Niem, claims that 'Spanish voters did not 'allow a terrorist attack to sway their decision.''

9 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Lever ready for another crack at the crocodile

A week after the Yuen Long crocodile resurfaced following a winter break, Australian hunter John Lever says he is ready to resume his battle to capture the slippery creature. Mr Lever is looking after hatchlings at his croc farm in Queensland, but ever since he admitted defeat in November, he has been contemplating revenge.

Now he's ready for the rematch.

29 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Pakistani forces hope for help to plug holes in border

Day after day, Major Mohammad Ibrahim takes up his post at the new Friendship Gate that demarcates the official Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Chaman, in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

14 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Bloodied but unbowed

It is an item of faith that the American public will not tolerate casualties of war. Blame Vietnam or, as strategist Edward Luttwak argued, consider it the fate of every advanced society that is destined to grow too soft to sacrifice its youth on the battlefield.

25 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Terrorism has created the need to rewrite rules of warfare

THERE IS A NEW RULE when taking on the bad guys now that the winds of the war on terrorism are blowing with typhoon strength - anything goes.

11 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

First things first

The allies' admission that the war in Afghanistan is far from over speaks volumes about the task being undertaken. Thousands of Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters believed to have been killed by months of sophisticated aerial bombardment and ground operations appear to have merely shifted to new combat zones.

20 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

First things first

President George W. Bush made it clear in his State of the Union address that the next phase of the United States' war against terrorism will be against old adversaries. But far from looking to the next target, the US should be thinking about unfinished business and perhaps even turning towards its own security problems.

31 Jan 2002 - 12:00am