Too preachy for its own good

I've never read anything by Japanese crime writer Keigo Higashino, but the film adaptation of The Wings of the Kirin feels very much like a novel. It's less a film adaptation than a representation of a book in another medium.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Facing the press pack is 'like taking an exam'

As the spokesman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference for the past four years, Zhao Qizheng approaches the annual session's opening press conference much like a high-school student would in preparing for the university entrance examination.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Down with the corporate king

In his 30-plus years as a leading management consultant, James Haybyrne has seen one attribute that has helped executives build successful organisations: It is the ability to ask the right questions.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Questions overwhelm the debate

As lawmakers continued their barrage of questions on the technical details and cost of the multibillion-dollar project, the most familiar phrase came from the mouth of the Finance Committee chairwoman: 'Your time is up, please queue up again.'

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Question 1

Returning faulty items

Two customers are returning faulty items to the electrical department in a department store. Listen to their conversations with the shop assistant and then answer the questions.

Conversation 1

1. What product is the customer returning?

2. When was the product bought?

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Question 1

A problem with exam results

Listen to the news item about the GCSE examination in the UK and then answer the questions.

1. Complaints about wrong exam results in the UK GCSE examination rose by what percentage last year?

2. How many examination results were questioned by teachers last year?

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Mail bag

Guidelines unclear in oral exams a grey area

Graham Kennedy's responses to criticisms of the new English oral exam for HKCEE students highlight an issue I presented in my original letter: guidelines on scoring are unclear, as are other aspects of the individual presentation.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Grade A questions on Yahoo platform

Twenty-three students who scored 10 straight As in this year's HKCEE have contributed thought-provoking questions to an online knowledge exchange platform for public discussion.

They are now available at Yahoo Knowledge+ (

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Talking point

Part A


You are Lettuce Lo. You are the leader of a group of Form Five students who are organising a graduation dinner for July. You want it to be a very good one so you do some research and ask students in Form Six what they did for their graduation dinners. You want the following information about their dinners.

1. location

26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Talking point

Part A


You are Pineapple Pang. You work for a television programme called Meet A Star. People write in to be on the programme and meet their favourite star. You invite some to the studio and talk to them to see if they are suitable. You want the following information.

1. the identity of the star

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Talking points

Part A


You are Apple Chow. You work as a volunteer at an elderly people's centre on your housing estate. The centre wants to improve its services and is conducting a survey of the elderly visitors there to gather more information and ideas. You are helping with the survey and want to get the information below from the elderly people you speak to.

8 May 2006 - 12:00am

A Question of Love

A Question of Love

by Isabel Wolff

HarperCollins, $112

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

HKCEE listening

12 marks

Question 1

What is Rico going to buy?

Question 2

Complete Simon's laundry list by putting the number (1, 2 etc) of each laundry item in the relevant box.

Question 3

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Question 1

Which list does Jim take to the sandwich shop?

Question 2

What is the boy talking about?

A. a novel

B. a film

C. a TV programme

D. a DVD

Question 3

Complete the chart (right) with the missing information.

One example has been done for you.

6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Make your own newspaper

A good STORY is more than just the facts. People want to read about others, so every story needs a human element. The fact that your school is closing down is news; but it won't be a great story unless you find out its impact on teachers and students. Quotes from people affected by the news make a story come alive and that's why interviews are the lifeblood of reporting.

9 Mar 2005 - 12:00am