Our world's become an existential joke

As a failed philosophy student, I can't help but notice how people don't use words like existence and existential in popular English-speaking culture the way they used to.

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012, 12:00am

ALBUM (1952)

4'33' John Cage

Avant-garde composer John Cage wrote hundreds of pieces of music, many of them controversial, but none more so than 4'33' - a work in three movements, all of them silent. Although normally played - or not played - by a pianist, it can be performed by any combination of instruments, the only essential one being a stopwatch.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate Post Hypnotic Press (audiobook)

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage's 4'33'

No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage's 4'33' by Kyle Gann Yale HK$192

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Without silence, there is no peace

There are a lot of messages flowing through our society every day. The noise is growing louder and louder.

Switch on the television tonight, watch some financial programme and look at the activity on the stock exchange floors. Everywhere traders are constantly shouting from start to finish.

23 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Right of way

Property developers want the government to take responsibility for the upkeep of open space in private developments. What should officials do to try and resolve this ongoing debate on use of public space? Write to us.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Black humour

New Zealand's other sporting nicknames

The Tall Blacks

The basketball team couldn't resist - they're tall, their uniform is black, it was a gimme.

The Black Caps

The cricket XI's moniker is surprisingly new, dating only to 1998 when their sponsor held a competition to choose a name.

The Black Sticks

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


There is a popular saying: 'Nothing is impossible.'

This is actually contradictory. How can 'nothing' be impossible?

You need something, such as a target, to test whether it can be achieved.

But we can explain the above statement philosophically - it's all about attitude.

5 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Black magic

Perhaps the most widely used colour in fashion, black will always be associated with mystery and sexy sophistication. This makes it the perfect colour for elegant evening wear.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Novel soundtracks

MORE OFTEN than not, the purpose of creating an audio compact disc (CD) to accompany a novel is to complement the aural landscape of the book.

Yet, if a CD is to become indispensable to the book, it has to possess certain qualities. It must be able to stand alone without overshadowing its counterpart.

1 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

One minute to reflect on the value of human life

My firm (a US-based company) recently requested that staff observe one minute of silence at 9am today in memory of those that lost their lives in the World Trade Centre tragedy.

11 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Emptiness seen as fulfilment

Venerable Siu Kun has been a Buddhist monk for 50 years. He joined a monastery in Zhaoqing, China, when he was only 14 and is now one of the more senior monks at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.

28 May 1996 - 12:00am

Vacuum in profit

SHANGHAI Vacuum Electron Devices has reported profits of 60.78 million yuan (about HK$56.52 million) for the six months to June 30.

8 Aug 1995 - 12:00am


BE A devil and indulge in a little black magic to bolster your spirits. Sexy, sophisticated and easy to wear, versatile black is back with a vengeance. Whether you make it all-black or mix ebony with white - it's time to reveal your darker side.

STYLING: Vivien Jones HAIR: Justinpaul Chambers at Private i MAKE-UP: David at Models 4 MODEL: Nicole at Models 4

19 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Shanghai Vacuum net soars

SHANGHAI Vacuum Electron Devices yesterday announced a net profit of 96.7 million yuan (about HK$130.5 million at the official rate) for the first half of this year.

The company said profits for the whole of last year had been 17.5 million yuan.

Both sets of figures, it said, had been calculated according to international accounting standards.

21 Aug 1993 - 12:00am