Peter Goff

Unruly Beijing fans ruin Li's chances of a top finish

The mainland's lone contender in the final round had the 'advantage' of a lot of home support, but yesterday the livid young star said the unruly fans put him off his game and he plummeted down the leader board on the last day.

Monday, 17 April, 2006, 12:00am

Tens of thousands get in the swing

Beijing has been eagerly awaiting the return of the China Open after an eight-year absence, during which time the game has boomed in the city.

The tournament first teed off in the capital in 1995 with a three-year run at Beijing International, back in the days when there were only a handful of clubs in the city catering largely to expatriate golfers.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

859 days to go

In a shabby public bathhouse down a small alleyway in Changchun - the capital of Jilin province in China's northeastern rustbelt - a stout woman scrubs the toilets and gives female customers back rubs through the course of the day for five yuan a rub.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Selling porn by stealth

The stocky young woman spies a potential customer and careers across the road on a Flying Pigeon bicycle, forcing an old taxi to swerve to avoid hitting her and the infant that was strapped to her back.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Stigmatised and ostracised

The crook in the television drama is shifty, sleazy and would merrily sell his mother to the devil for a handful of change. Speaking in a heavy Henan province dialect, he is a villainous and malevolent sort, with nastiness oozing from every greasy pore.

22 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bird's eye view of the real world

There's been a lot of talk about darkness but, for many, the blinkers are coming off. Despite spending five years in the hallowed halls of a top Beijing university, Carol Li said that when she graduated in 2002 she was like the proverbial frog in the well - content in a world she saw through an extremely narrow field of vision.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Dark era for investigative journalism

In the sticky days of August 1972, a US$25,000 cheque landed in the bank account of one of the Watergate burglars - a key event in a scandal that ultimately played a part in the downfall of US president Richard Nixon.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Casting a net into blue waters

The printed word has its limitations, so Muzimei, the notorious online sex diarist, has turned to podcasting technology to titillate and inform. It was 9am on September 12 and the Guangdong native was chatting online with a stranger who was celebrating his birthday. What would he like to do on his special day?

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Tearing down the great wall of silence

It was a media frenzy: harried hacks whispering in corners amid plumes of cigarette smoke, photographers pushing through corridors brandishing long lenses, scores of minivans and cars with press signs on their windscreens blasting horns as they careered through crowded streets.

But missing: published news.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

A moment of fury that changed Jason's life forever

Jason Clarke's world went dark at a party on New Year's Eve night in 2000.

He was in a Dublin pub preparing to see in the new year with his girlfriend, family and friends. According to Mrs Clarke, her son had been out with the boys the previous few nights, irritating his 'highly possessive' girlfriend of two years, Jenny.

20 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Blood, sweat and tears

It does not take much for foreigners to master the basic Putonghua sounds. Simply place the tip of your tongue between your teeth and bite hard until you taste blood. Now say 'shi, shi, shi, shi' in undulating tones. Next, roll your tongue back until the tip is at least one-third down your windpipe and say it again. Repeat, ad infinitum.

9 Aug 2004 - 12:00am