Life in the line of fire

Frances Harrison, former foreign correspondent for the BBC. Photos: Guardian, Frances Harrison

For the first eight months, I hid my pregnancy from my bosses, terrified it would spell the end of my career as a foreign correspondent. I simply didn't know any other women in the field with children.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:05am

Personal Best: How I discovered my inner badass

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

I'm neither a serious nor gifted athlete. However, what I lack in natural ability I make up in unwavering drive and an insatiable appetite for getting the best of myself - what I've come to term as my "inner badass".

9 Oct 2012 - 9:44am

Osage Art Foundation turns gallery into artistic night market

Joe Yiu with her sea-view images

To wrap up its "Market Force: Whither Contemporary Art?" exhibition, the Osage Art Foundation held a pop-up art market over the weekend.

22 Aug 2012 - 4:35am

BOOK (1958)

Night by Elie Wiesel Penguin

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Silvain Gilbert

ADVENT OF WAR I was born in Antwerp [in Belgium] in 1937. Jews made up most of the city's artisan class and my parents worked in the diamond industry. My sister was born five years earlier. I was two when the Germans invaded Belgium, in 1940. In Antwerp, there were about 30,000 Jewish citizens at the time and things changed almost overnight for us.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hanging in there

To many people, bats are blood-sucking demons that lurk in the dark and bite people in the neck.

Movies and myths are largely to blame for this misconception. Vampire bats exist, but they feed mainly on the blood of birds and large mammals. And they account for just three species of bat found in Central and South America.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Under-the-weather songstress taps into her energy reserves for Puma label launch

Like many of her showbusiness peers in Hong Kong, singer-actress Fiona Sit Hoi-kei has been spending more and more time working on projects on the mainland. When she gets back home, she needs all the strength she can muster to handle all the jobs that have piled up while she's been away.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Letters from the dorm

An intense noise wakes me from my dreams. With my face still buried in the pillow, I reach out for the clock. It is barely 7am. As I slowly regain consciousness, I realise I've been woken by the fire alarm. This is typical: fire drill on the second day of school; they could have at least waited until next week, I think as I slip on a pair of pumps and grab my dressing gown.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

An ad campaign that scores with the wrong notes

Hats off to Singapore! If you think those authoritarian bureaucrats are only capable of dreary ad campaigns, you would be right. But even the Lion City pulls off a good one every now and then.

27 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

I am typical of many Hongkongers who have recently returned to the city from a life overseas. My mother was a first-generation immigrant to Australia and struggled with alienation because of poverty, culture and language in the early years in her new country. But she brought her family through with resounding success.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Birthday party turns into date with death

Blaze survivor tells how night of celebration ended with him losing four of his friends

It was meant to be a night of celebration and excitement - a party at which a young Hongkonger would celebrate his 18th birthday with four of his best friends.

22 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Night time is the right time

'Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.' Was American actress Catherine O'Hara right when she said this?

Night nouns

Can you match these night nouns with their meanings?

1 opening night

2 hen night

3 night owl

4 night school

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The Pope, the pervert and the poster boy


'What has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought?' That's the central question posed in Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth (Doubleday), due out this month.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'Every night, I heard the last sighs of girls dying. They were the lucky ones'

Lotte Weiss' first 'crime' at the concentration camp was to finish digging through a plot of debris too quickly and move over to help her sister clear through hers.

The punishment? Death by gassing.

But Lotte escaped the gas chamber because the truck could hold only 20 people - she was 21st in line.

22 May 2005 - 12:00am


On 10 February I arrived in Central at 6.45am and it was dark outside. On the 30-minute drive from the New Territories, I counted 83 vehicles that were not using their headlights as mandated by the recently amended legislation.

26 Feb 2003 - 12:00am