Mirage

Doleuze pinching himself as he realises victory was no illusion

Mirage R was once raced by Queen Elizabeth, but there were no royal niceties about for Olivier Doleuze as he landed the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained gelding's first win on the all-weather track.

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

postcards from the pole

The first time I saw one I couldn't believe my eyes. I checked the charts, looked through the binoculars and asked the crew to double check what I saw. A small island had suddenly grown by a few hundred metres, towering high on the horizon miles away.

21 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Online community leaves me feeling glad to be alone

The tech arena can feel like a cesspit. One recent spam message I received rhymed 'hag' with 'shag'; another advertised images of straight guys pleasuring gay guys for cash. Meanwhile, the onslaught of worms and scams never lets up - I could form a museum of virtual garbage.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Online community leaves me cold

The tech arena can feel like a cesspit. One recent spam message I received rhymed 'hag' with 'shag'; another advertised images of straight guys pleasuring gay guys for cash. Meanwhile, the onslaught of worms and scams never lets up - I could form a museum of virtual garbage.

21 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

The Russains never made it to the moon. Why? The Soviet space programme lost momentum after its mastermind Sergei Korolev died in 1966. While the US was moon-crazy, pouring about three per cent of the entire federal budget into the space programme, the Soviets were more interested in making bombs.

9 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Travel firm to invest in 'fairyland' project

CHINA Travel Service (Holdings) Hongkong plans to take a 20 per cent stake in a 600 million yuan (about HK$808.2 million) tourist development in what it calls Shandong province's ''fairyland'' city of Penglai.

Penglai mayor Duan Zhiqiang said the Mirage project to promote the traditions of the province would cover 0.6 of a square kilometre on the coast.

11 Mar 1993 - 12:00am