Letters to the Editor, February 25, 2013

Call for direct US talks with Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP

It was shocking to see the woeful ignorance of the basic principles of security betrayed by Ms Regina Ip. For someone who was once secretary for security, not to have an understanding of identification and authentication, and the difference between them, is a very sad reflection of the calibre of politicians here.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 2:52am 1 comment

If you must curse, at least get it right

Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok

Legislators should not curse in public, especially not in English. If nothing else, they don't know how to do it properly. Take the case of Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok, who denounced pan-democratic lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung as "not a f**king Chinese" in the Legislative Council this week.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 19 comments

Beginner student falls in love with France

When Grace Man went to Nice, France, for a four-week study programme last year, she fell in love with the glamorous coastal city and the language.

'It was my first trip abroad on my own, and it was really the most impressive. My host mother helped me to adapt to the French culture,' Grace says.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Clean up your act

Music is a way of life. It brings joy and happiness to the soul. But unfortunately some songwriters nowadays think using foul language in their lyrics is necessary.

Since songs and music are one of the most popular forms of entertainment, young people are likely to come across this language and think it's acceptable to use it themselves.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am

Kitchen appliances

1. Smeg home garden, HK$20,100, from the Smeg showroom, 2/F, Amber Commercial Building, 70 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 3118 7449.

2. Smeg dishwasher (model BLV1RO), HK$18,000, from the Smeg showroom.

3. Kenwood Patissier, HK$2,000, from Fortress, shop 718, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0031.

5 Oct 2008 - 12:00am


You'd think Hollywood was bereft of a really good scandal these days, given how the spotlight has been so firmly fixated on a soap actor and how he didn't call someone a faggot.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Filthy hot tourist guide for taipei

We are just wondering what kind of impression Taiwanese tourism authorities are trying to convey with this intriguing handout (pictured). Travellers arriving at Taipei airport are helpfully handed this map of the city on which the cover features the highly appetising pop singer Vivian, It is available in English, Chinese and Japanese.

17 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Man admits assault on retarded woman

A man accused of anally raping a mentally handicapped woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted buggery.

The Court of First Instance heard that Mohammad Parvej, an Indian from Calcutta who is also known as Mohammed Jashim, approached his victim in a Tsim Sha Tsui building while visiting Hong Kong on a 14-day visa.

10 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The Bitch Goddess Notebook

The Bitch Goddess Notebook

by Martha O'Connor

Orion $165

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Bjorn throws down gauntlet

'It's a question of looking them all in the eye and saying, this is it, who is going to win?'

Thomas Bjorn will look Stephen Dodd in the eye today and challenge the Welshman to a duel in the US$1 million Volvo China Open.

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Watch your mouth

SOME THINK it is cool. Others find it totally offensive, and it appears most of us can no longer escape from it. Foul language, or swearing, is so prevalent among young people it has become a culture of its own.

1 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Swearing may be commonplace, but that doesn't make it good

Almost anywhere you go - strolling down the street, in a shop, even in school - it's not unusual to hear swear words. In fact, to put it the other way 'round, it would be rather surprising if you didn't hear them.

25 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Rude word acceptable in TV spheres

Saying 'bollocks' on television was not offensive despite a flood of complaints following a beer advertisement, it was ruled yesterday.

13 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Rough talk isn't smart

Foul language is becoming far too common among young people these days.

Consider the following scene: an impatient-looking teenage girl is using a pay phone. She is calling her boyfriend who has failed to turn up for a date.

9 Aug 1996 - 12:00am


NAME: The Old China Hand.

OR: The bitter old expat who sits in bars around town (either tatty pubs or low-end private members' clubs), moaning that life in Hong Kong isn't what it was.

AGE: Usually old enough to have a couple of divorces under his belt, and at least one resentful teenager at school overseas somewhere.

13 Aug 1995 - 12:00am