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Rap and ruin: The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.

Jay-Z on the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby, the 3-D film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of obsessive love and American social divisions? Surely, that's an all-too-obvious attempt to make a period story appeal to younger cinema-goers?

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 9:24am

'Omnishambles' Oxford University Press Word of the Year

Britain's media is in meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles".

Oxford University Press has crowned the word - defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations" - its top term of 2012.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Bookseller aims at younger crowd

A century-old bookstore chain known for its academic and history books is taking aim at the teenage market by opening a comic store.

Chung Hwa Book Company will officially open the new shop in Mong Kok next week, offering a collection of 7,000 local, Western and Japanese comics and animated movies.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

If you can invent a new mobile application, what will it be?

Yasmin Subba, 16, Sha Tin College

I'd invent a Yolo (you only live once) app. Does it sound cheesy? Read on.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

We've got the look

Much like their hairstyles, outfits, stage sets and guitar riffs, Japanese rockers L'Arc en Ciel's celebration of their 20th anniversary will be big. So big, in fact, that it will last two years - and encompass their 21st birthday as well.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Well-worn label is more ironic than iconic

'Fashion icon' is possibly the most overused term in our industry, at least that I can think of. It's de rigueur these days for brands to describe any z-lister they've paid to attend a promotional event as a 'fashion icon'. It is as common as the flat champagne that's always served at these things.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Being 'cool' can lead you into hot water

'Cool' is not just a word, but a lifestyle for teenagers. Being cool means following the latest trends in fashion, technology, food, accessories and other things.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Play it cool and the rewards will come


March 21 - April 19

As we move into the second half of the year, you can give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Young people often lack good manners

Last week, when I was commenting on one of my friends' observation, a schoolmate suddenly yelled at me from behind my back. She said she didn't like what I'd just said. She was so rude I was shocked. Many others were also speechless.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Win tickets

The appearance by the Ed Banger crew is likely to be one of the most talked-about club nights of the year, and the cool people at Volar are giving away a double pass to one lucky Going Out reader. For a chance to win, email going.out@scmp.com and tell us what music you usually like to bang your head to.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Take a trip to Tai Po and learn about YP

This Lunar New Year holiday, Young Post will be holding an open day so that you can find out exactly what goes on behind the scenes.

We are inviting some lucky readers to come to the SCMP office and talk to the team to find out what we do, and go on a tour of the presses, watching as the Post Magazine rolls off the conveyor belt.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Show goes on to help friend with cancer

Illustration artist Lun Wong (aka 1KStyles) was supposed to launch his first exhibition, Pop Attack!, a week ago at Club M1NT. However, he was under another kind of attack. 'I came down with swine flu. I just thought I had the regular flu. I was working my butt off and went to the hospital one day because I just felt really tired.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Crying shame

There was a fellow who once quipped that 'being punctual is a question of guessing how late the other chap is going to be'. Personally, I hate being late, which is why, last week, I was sat in a grand hotel's expensive cafe waiting for a tardy acquaintance to arrive. Normally, this would have been a chance to relax or read.

23 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

What's On

October 21-22

18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood East

After weeks, months and years of anticipation, the Beijing Olympics are finally upon us. No more countdowns in the MTR, no more daily torch relay updates, no minute-long TV specials like the Beijing Dream, highlights of athletes past and present, or documentaries on the architectural wonder of the Ice Cube and the Bird's Nest.

9 Aug 2008 - 12:00am