Mississippi Blues Trail

Carson Block fishes for clarity in China's muddy business waters

Carson Block, research director at Muddy Waters. Photo: Bloomberg

Carson Block, founder of Muddy Waters Research, parlayed his short-selling research reports into a reputation as an expert in the detailed inner workings of China's corporate world.

Monday, 20 August, 2012, 4:51am

Blue notes

Nowadays the blues are well anthologised. The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings, which runs to nearly 1,000 pages, devotes about 100 of them to 'various artists' compilations, and that list, published in 2006, is no more than a sampling.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Market Calls

China Yurun Food Group (1068), which makes pork products, on June 27 responded to rumours by hosting an unscheduled analysts' briefing. The company was addressing talk that the short-selling specialist Muddy Waters was about to issue negative research on the firm. The company's share price fell 20 per cent on June 27, largely because of those rumours, and short-selling volumes spiked.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Marysia Juszczakiewicz, founder of Peony Literary Agency

1. Happy Feet - Paolo Conte

I always enjoy Conte's gravelly voice and great lyrics. I always associate music with a time and a place - sadly, this track reminds me of Hong Kong during Sars.

2. Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Q&A: Richie Jen

Last month Taiwanese star Richie Jen Hsien-chi walked away with the best actor title at the Puchon International Film Festival for his role as an inspector in the thriller Fire of Conscience - his first ever acting award. The singer-turned-actor had switched to action movies such as Dante Lam's Sniper after first establishing his screen presence in a slew of romantic comedies.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Alisa Alisa Galper (CD)

American-Taiwanese singer Alisa Galper has just released her self-titled debut album after 17 months of hard work. She made a name for herself after taking part in One Million Star, a Taiwanese TV singing competition, in 2007.

23 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

King of Pop's passing leaves the world poorer

There were two Michael Jacksons - the unsurpassed entertainer and the bizarre figure he became. As his passing is mourned from Beijing to Boston, the world is reflecting on the paradox of the precocious child star turned Peter Pan of pop turned eccentric recluse. We will never know if a comeback season due to open in London next month would have mellowed his image.

27 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Blues are in Brooks' blood

I got a sudden earful of powerful blues harmonica as somebody answered Ronnie Baker Brooks' mobile phone in the middle of a sound check at the State Theatre in Falls Church Virginia.

The sound was instantly recognisable, and sure enough it belonged to Richard 'Magic Dick' Salwitz, whose harp playing did so much to define the style of the J Geils Band.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Elvis Presley

A poll in the British music publication, Q, recently voted John Lennon the greatest rock star of the 20th century. While the late Beatle truly was a talented performer and songwriter, if he were alive today, even he would likely admit the poll was rubbish as there has only ever been one king of rock 'n' roll: Elvis Presley.

7 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

keeping up appearances

Hand-wringing Hong Kong hoteliers take note: a certain hotel in Israel is trying to drum up business by offering half-price accommodation to guests who don't mind passing a few hours cleaning rooms. The Candle of the Jordan Hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, recently adopted this spirited compromise after it was suggested by a visitor doubtless short of a few shekels.

28 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Singin' the blues

The History of the Blues by Francis Davis Secker & Warburg $306 WHAT sets the blues apart from other types of music? When and where were they first played? What is the relationship between the blues and jazz? These and others are questions which Francis Davis attempts to answer in this excellent work.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

King's fans get chance to rock around the clock

GLANCING through the dozens of faxes that arrive at our modest cubicle, we noticed feisty FM Select has declared next weekend ''Elvis Weekend'', with the King's music being played on request from Friday right through to Sunday.

FM Select's channel director Larry London claims the event is being staged in memory of Elvis, who died in August 17 years ago.

10 Aug 1994 - 12:00am