Race begins for China Open berths

The race for 13 spots at this year's Volvo China Open in Beijing will begin in earnest at the two-day international qualifying tournament at the Discovery Bay Golf Club starting next Wednesday.

Wednesday, 20 February, 2008, 12:00am

Having your cake and paying for it

Corkage charge, yes, but have you ever heard of a cakeage charge? The 'Milk the public for everything it's worth' award this week has to go to Tutta Luna, the small Lan Kwai Fong eatery.

Never has a surprise birthday party turned into such a commercial debacle, a Backbites reader can reveal.

A group of 27 had wined and dined, quite respectably, on a week night.

15 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

War-time court less occupied with justice

With Liberation Day tomorrow many minds will be cast back to the Japanese Occupation. To prepare for the event, our correspondent in London has been burrowing through the archives to trace war trials in the territory. The trial of a British prisoner conducted by the Japanese military court in Stanley cast a new light on the mechanics of the occupying force.

25 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Manet not classified indecent

I refer to an article written by Jane Moir headlined, 'Anger as painting causes brush with censors' (South China Morning Post, August 9).

14 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Roberts' Anatomy Of A Witness

The former Chief Justice, Sir Denys Roberts, clearly has too much time on his hands. His latest despatch from Brunei, where he is sitting, takes out five pages of Hong Kong lawyers' rag The New Gazette, where he waxes lyrical about the thought processes judges use to determine whether the person standing before the bench is a congenital liar or the real McCoy.

14 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Caution leaves crew all at sea

Perhaps they were scared silly. Shark season seems to bring it out in the bureaucracy. The Government Information Service set the ball rolling last week with their 'Shark Warning' posted on Dragon Boat Day, but fun-seekers on a junk trip came across another gem.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Cathay's freight mate

One of the hottest publications to hit the newsstands comes from an unlikely source - Cathay Pacific's cargo service.

The magazine, Cargo Clan, opened this week's issue with remarks from the Clan Chieftain: 'If you thought the only place you found a jet engine was under the wing of an aircraft you'd be dead wrong.' Gosh.

2 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Record springs sales spree at Christies

While the rest of Hong Kong tightens its belt, lavish art lovers dipped into their pockets in style at the recent Christie's auctions.

A total of $223.6 million was taken, a record for Christie's spring sales, as collectors lined their mantelpieces with Chinese ceramics and snapped up paintings. A private viewing prior to the sale attracted many high-fliers.

13 May 1996 - 12:00am

Arresting time at policeman's ball

They crash a bash at the height of its debauchery. They appear your worst pooper nightmare. But the police can occasionally let their hair down at a party. Ceremonial grace soon took a less than sober twist at the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force ball at the Conrad Hotel. Chris Yeung crooned, Anson Chan swooned, and the Pattens swirled.

29 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Crash course

Crash course . . . the house of Hermes gave a tai-tai tutorial in what the men in their lives should be wearing, with a preview of their spring-summer collection at the American Club. Joining the party were Vincent Lee and David Au, and Mrs Kenny Bee and Tony Leung.

22 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Miserable, magical, theatrical first night

The bold and the beautiful leaped out of their seats to salute the poor and the miserable at the Cultural Centre - and there was not a dry eye in the house.

Socialites' mascara streaked down their faces as they wept into their hankies for the tragic grand finale of the hit musical, Les Miserables , at the gala opening night.

15 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

New Jazz style strikes a chord

Epitome of style, relaxed, casual, chilled out. Chris Patten tried hard, but the stuffy shirt and schoolboy tie let him down at the grand reopening of the Jazz Club in D'Aguilar Street.

While the jury is still out on the renovation among regular clubbers, the social set took to the club to toast the shareholders.

8 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Scots paint town red at Renaissance show

YET more Scottish talent has flooded into the territory, and patriots turned out in force to mark the opening of an exhibition of renowned artists.

The 'Scottish Renaissance' paintings exhibition launch held at the Rotunda attracted more than 100 guests.

The Hong Kong St Andrews Society chieftain Bob Samuel took on the role of guest of honour.

4 Mar 1996 - 12:00am