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Philosophy

Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World

Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World by the Prince of Wales Blue Door HK$240

Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 12:00am

Heights of hypocrisy

It isn't often Beijing gets to claim the moral high ground, so it's reassuring to see the Foreign Ministry has the gumption to call intolerance when it sees it, as it did when the Vatican protested against the ordination of Father Joseph Guo Jincai as bishop of Chengde, Hebei province.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

A call worth answering - protecting privacy

The ringing of a telephone used to be straightforward - a family member or a colleague calling to share interesting news or perhaps an amusing story. Friends still call, but these days the anticipation you feel when you get an identified number in the middle of the day is more likely to be one of dread.

25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Afterlife fantasy

Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks Orbit HK$247

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Counting the cost

Let's imagine a developer is trying to build infrastructure, such as roads or tunnels, in a rural area. The villagers are demanding financial compensation because, they say, the project will ruin the fung shui of their homes. How does one proceed from here to satisfy both parties?

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism

Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism by Joseph Heath Broadway, HK$149

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change

Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change by Jie Chen and Bruce Dickson Harvard University Press, HK$486

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Home ownership must not be ever-elusive

Last week, the University of Hong Kong Social Sciences Research Centre released results of a survey into people's hopes towards buying property. The news is bleak. About 60 per cent of the 1,063 respondents feel 'no hope' of being able to buy a house within the next 10 years if price levels remain where they are.

11 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Building blocks

After you have assessed the layout and design of buildings and roads in the vicinity of a block you intend to live in, consider the function and nature of the nearby structures. For instance, it is not recommended to live next to hospitals, as the energy or chi associated with illness and death will undeniably flow over to your building.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Compensation given to villagers

The government has given compensation including 'allowances' to rural committees and indigenous villagers for fung shui claims over the Hong Kong to Guangzhou high-speed rail link, the Lands Department confirmed.

It is not known how much the government has spent.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

letters

No more animal experiments

Experiments involving animals should definitely not be allowed. It's ridiculous. Even if we are a 'superior' species, animals are clearly not that much worse.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Masters to set up world's first fung shui body

Some of the city's best known fung shui masters are joining forces to set up the world's first industry association to regulate the profession.

The move follows a series of scandals and court cases - including Tony Chan Chun-chuen's attempt to claim the vast Chinachem fortune of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum - that have hit the reputation of the ancient Chinese art.

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Employees attracted to caring companies

One question Joseph Michelli looks to address in The Starbucks Experience - the book and the workshops - is 'what can I learn from a company like that'? The answer, in most cases, is some variant of 'quite a lot', whether the people concerned are at the top of their organisation, somewhere else in the hierarchy, or simply hoping to make a mark in their community.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Laws of Illusion Sarah McLachlan (CD)

It's been seven years since the double-platinum Afterglow, or any original material, but Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is back.

Laws of Illusion mirrors a journey of love starting with the euphoria of love won, losing oneself in illusions of bliss and finally learning to let go.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor Allen Lane, HK$340

Books on China are in abundance on bookshop shelves everywhere. It seems everyone wants a say on one of the most important events of the age - the resurgence of the world's most populous nation.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am