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Peter Kammerer

Power down

I surrender: I have reached overload, the point where my online, virtual life is taking up so much time that it is affecting what I do in the physical world.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Handout era

A conversation with a young man while on my way to the MTR on Friday was troubling in every way. On finding out that I was a journalist, the man, in his late 20s, let loose his frustrations about the government. It was not his sentiments that I found disturbing. I agreed with much of what he said. It was his sense of entitlement.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Public trust

The guilty feeling I have each time I walk into a public hospital for treatment was back the other week. My blood pressure had shot to unusually high levels and I needed to check it out. I earn more than enough to visit a private doctor, but when it comes to potentially serious health issues, I feel unable to put myself in the hands of anyone but the government system.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Park life

Life would seem to be sweet for the old couple next door. Their daughter moved them from the wilds of Ma On Shan to North Point to be closer to their grandchildren, giving them a luxuriously furnished flat convenient for every need and providing a maid. But the pair are not happy.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am


A cashless society has its drawbacks

While I do agree with Peter Kammerer that cashless payments are more convenient (especially when change is involved), he does not mention the positive aspects of cash and the drawbacks of a cashless society ('Dying notes', March 6).

The biggest advantage of cash is the anonymity you have when buying items.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Father's lament

My thoughts for months have been consumed with my younger son's future.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Clearer heads

Memories are the dramas of our minds, the bits of our past that are unforgettable because of particular action, suspense or sadness. The day a bar owner in Australia chased me from the pool room of his pub for underage drinking is one of those occasions. I had been going there after school on Fridays with older friends just for the game, not the alcohol.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Still growing

My elder son has just turned 21, a milestone age among his classmates at university in Australia, but one that has no special meaning in Hong Kong, where he was born and schooled, or the Philippines, the place I chose for a family celebration.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rap songs

The generation gap reared its ugly head at home the other day as I was checking on how my teenage son was getting on with his study for exams. I rounded the corner to his room and there he was, eyes glued to a book as should be the case, but the music pounding from his MP3 player seemed a giveaway that he was entertaining himself, not working.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Caged shame

Zoos tend not to be an issue to get people steamed. My colleague expressed indifference when I gave him a mini-rant about the keeping of animals at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, in response to the freedom-loving gibbon that had fled while its cage was being cleaned.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am