Forget doomsday, we've more pressing issues to worry over

Forebodings about doomsday cause superstitious people rushing to stockpile emergency provisions like candles.

The last incredible apocalyptic scenario came and went 12 years ago with barely a hiccup. Remember Y2K, or the millennium bug? Yet predictions without any basis in science or reason continue to come around.

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Key question is whether material extent of interference exceeded the neck margin between them at the line

Racing at Happy Valley is never dull and Wednesday's meeting was perhaps the most eventful and controversial of the season.

It was a night that resulted in two suspensions for careless riding, a meeting convened halfway through the card by chief stipendiary steward John Schreck to warn the jockeys about riding too tight and two overruled objections.

12 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Project encourages young people to read

A 'Millennium Reading Pledge' project has been launched to stimulate young people's interest in reading and continued education.

6 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Fownes to weave more Magic with Millennium

Millennium Magic underscored his liking for the straight 1,000-metre chute with a useful win in the first of six trials at Sha Tin yesterday.

The Lawrie Fownes-trained gelding ran a big-odds second down the straight first time out this season when chasing home Fortune Maker.

2 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Celebrations informal

We thank Dr Wong Yee-him, Kowloon City District Councillor, for his comments on the Millennium Extravaganza at Happy Valley on New Year's Eve (letter, South China Morning Post, January 15).

19 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Damp squib

Our two guests from New York stood with a small, happy crowd of tourists on the Lippo footbridge at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, waiting in vain for harbour fireworks. Everyone on the footbridge was excited - even first-time visitors knew about the incredible fireworks displays put on during Chinese New Year and the 1997 handover ceremonies.

8 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

New beginnings

It was the most monitored midnight in history. People around the globe passed over the threshold into a new age - from those on tiny Millennium Island in the Pacific, who were the first to see the dawn of a new millennium, to the millions who took to the streets of the world's great cities.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Fright night

The end of the world is nigh! If it is not the millennium bug that will get us, it could be biological bugs that strike at the heart of the human race, as we are to find out tonight.

3 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Bugged by millennium debate

Surely the biggest problem with regard to the calculation of the date of the millennium is that the 'Letters To The Editor' pages are full of boring letters about calculating the date of the millennium.

Rightly or wrongly, most of us will be out celebrating this coming December 31/January 1. Party poopers and pedants are welcome to stay at home.

28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Simple logic

The very simple logic of Jesse Brown (South China Morning Post, July 10) proves Geoff Alves (Post, June 15) to be absolutely correct.

If 1,999 years come to an end on December 31, 1999, and the second millennium is completed only upon the completion of 2,000 years, then the third millennium must commence on January 1, 2001.


20 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Wrong date

I refer to my letter headlined, 'Innocent mistake' (South China Morning Post, July 17) about the debate on the starting date of the new millennium.

I referred to the birth of Jesus as January 1, 1 AD. Due to a typographical error, the next sentence read, 'The day after would be January 1, 1 AD and so on.' This should have been January 2, 1 AD.

19 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Interesting mistake

I refer to the letter from Jesse Brown (South China Morning Post, July 10) on the new millennium.

Mr Brown makes an interesting mistake when he states, contra Geoff Alves (letter, Post, June 15), that the new millennium will start on January 1, 2000.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Caught in the grip of the Y2K bug

One essential element of news is that it is, just that, new. But one of the biggest stories of the year falls outside that definition.

21 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

False dawn

To Matthew Bailey (letter, 'Wrong date', South China Morning Post, June 7), your father is correct. You cannot start a new millennium until you have completed the previous one.

A millennium is a thousand years. Two millennia are two thousand years.

15 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Wrong date

A lot of things have been going on in the world related to the new millennium. There have been announcements in golf, that 'this is the last PGA match in the 20th century', or 'this will be the last Hong Kong International School prom in this millennium.' I addressed the question to my father about when the new century and millennium actually begin.

7 Jun 1999 - 12:00am