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Old Etonians

Warning that America could face its very own Suez crisis

The September edition of Foreign Affairs magazine carries an essay entitled 'The inevitable superpower: why China's dominance is a sure thing'.

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011, 12:00am

Six degrees

On November 8, 1974, Lord Lucan (above) burst onto the world stage with the curious act of disappearing from it. The British peer vanished a few hours after his children's nanny was found bludgeoned to death in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity: Lucan had reportedly planned to murder his wife.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Honeymoon ends for London's Tory mayor

London

Former British prime minister Harold Wilson famously declared that a week is a long time in politics. Two months, then, must be an eternity for the London mayor, Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson, a Conservative, became mayor on May 4, ousting left-winger Ken Livingstone on a strong turnout in the 'blue doughnut', London's outer ring of Tory-inclined suburbs.

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

by Ranulph Fiennes

Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

Fate of Nepal's monarchy linked to polls

In a sign of how embattled the 239-year old monarchy has become, there are only two parties willing to openly support the king in tomorrow's poll - and one is led by a Japanese-Nepali tourism entrepreneur.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Clown Boris has Ken on the run

London

They sat on the doormat, hidden by the pizza delivery leaflets and minicab cards: the first London mayoral election leaflet and the postal ballot.

That same day the incumbent admitted he had five children from three women and his rival admitted to having snorted cocaine. The election bell had sounded and the gloves had come off.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

travellers' checks

Nobody did it better

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1955

Under the headings 'Maclean-Burgess case'; 'Macmillan unfolds 'painful story'' and 'No evidence Philby was 'Third Man'', the Post ran the following story:

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Royal lady in waiting

The apple of Prince William's eye, Kate Middleton, is not letting a media frenzy - in which she has already been crowned a future queen - go to her head. And she is proving better at weathering the paparazzi storm than the prince's mother, Diana.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

From sculler to scholar

Four Olympics and four gold medals - a lot of water has gone under the oars of Sir Matthew Pinsent. The famous British rower is now looking ahead to his fifth Olympic Games - 2008 in Beijing - but this time as a journalist, armed with a pen and not a scull.

9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Hurd warns crisis threatens trade

The philosophy of free trade is likely to come under systematic attack around the world in coming months as the slide in Asia's financial markets deepens, British elder statesman Lord Douglas Hurd warned yesterday.

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Much ado about the age of money

Frozen Desire: An Enquiry into the Meaning of Money by James Buchan Picador, $305 A recent flood of new books about money shows little sign of abating. Not long ago a review of Jack Weatherford's excellent and lively History of Money appeared in these pages (South China Morning Post, June 7).

1 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Hurd unconcerned by 'expansionist plans'

Former British foreign secretary Lord Douglas Hurd has dismissed claims China plans to spread its economic and political power across the world.

Lord Hurd, who was foreign secretary from 1989 to 1995, said that while the mainland did not appear to have expansionist aims there would remain 'edges of dispute around the Chinese world', such as Taiwan.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Hurd's 'good English word'

To answer Peter Olaes' puzzlement (South China Morning Post, October 15) at Governor Chris Patten's use of the word 'Peking' throughout his policy address, a look at what the then Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd, said in Parliament in December 1993 may help.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Swire to sell floors in Island Place

Swire Properties will put the lower 13 floors of its Island Place Tower office development in North Point up for sale at between $4,600 and $5,600 per square foot, company officials say.

25 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

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