When the guardian blurs the lines

For a club made up mostly of members who pride themselves on being guardians of the public interest, the latest row over fast-tracked memberships is disappointing.

Monday, 15 August, 2011, 12:00am

Survival tips for tournament virgins

School teachers are good at giving instructions and herding folk, so it's no surprise Kathryn Bignold (Aka Biggles) ended up with the role of YAHK (Young Aussies Hong Kong) president. She has been e-mailing/Facebooking her Sevens Deadly Sins list of things to avoid over the weekend and sharing these thoughts with those around her.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Crowds flock to expo's last weekend

Driving rain and plunging temperatures failed to deter the crowds from the World Expo in Shanghai as the mega fair entered its last weekend of ordinary operations yesterday.

A total of 837,400 visitors had crammed into the 5.28 square kilometre site by the time gates closed at 9pm, slightly below Friday's figure to make it the six-month-long event's third busiest day yet.

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Staff at popular pavilions shrug off long line-ups while 7 others have yet to open

Despite huge queues causing backlogs of more than four hours at the most popular national pavilions, staff at the top attractions insist they are well prepared to handle the crowds.

But some said they were negotiating with expo organisers on how to provide more protection against the elements.

3 May 2010 - 12:00am

Locals show colour of money for colourful fashion collection

People might not have as much money as they used to, but presented with limited-edition in-demand sale items, Hongkongers surely will find a way to buy, buy, buy. That's what the two local H&M flagship stores in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui experienced last Thursday when their hyped-up Matthew Williamson for H&M collection went on sale.

28 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Netherland by Joseph O'Neill HarperCollins HK$104

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Giving in to drivers may be only way to ban idling

The good news is that the government will finally press ahead with introducing a ban on idling engines. The bad news is that the draft ban will be significantly watered down by the time it is presented to lawmakers later this month.

3 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

'Early birds' angry at comics-fair chaos

Waves of boos reverberated around a comics fair yesterday from people angered by the organisers' inability to maintain order and ensure people were admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors complained that many had jumped the queue and that privileged visitors had been allowed in ahead of those who had queued for three days or more.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

4-day queue to cash in on comics fair

Dennis Chan, 15, is undaunted by sitting in a queue outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days because he believes he will make some money at the end of it.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Early birds get in line for games fair

More than a hundred diehard fans began queuing early yesterday ahead of the start of the Ani-Com and Game Fair, which opens today at 11am.

The first in line, Steve Mok, 18, arrived at 5am at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. He said this was the third year he had been at the front of the queue.

By 4pm, more than 100 game and comics fans had joined him.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Campaign to end queue jumping

In a civilised society, people should not only be polite, clean and disciplined - they should also pay attention to public hygiene.

I think people in Beijing need to be more aware of the importance of public hygiene.

Many tourists complain that people spit and throw rubbish on the street. They also cut the queues.

29 May 2007 - 12:00am

Playing the waiting game

Young fans waited for hours for a glimpse of the Manchester United stars; teenagers camped overnight to be the first to get into this year's book fest in Wan Chai; by Sunday, a whopping 4 million people are expected to have visited the month-long dinosaur exhibit at Taikoo Shing.

29 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Hongkongers in line for queuing gold

Hong Kong may not have won an impressive haul of Olympic medals. But there is one pursuit - alas, not featured at the Athens Games - in which we excel.

It is a form of exercise requiring dedication, determination, stamina and skill. Age is no barrier. And there are usually rewards on offer. Yes, we are talking here of our capacity for queuing - our love of standing in line.

28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

people's republic of desire

Ask any Chinese and they'll tell you that China is undergoing sweeping changes at an incredibly fast rate. Building construction, highways, and new goods for sale in new shopping centres have changed the face of Beijing and Shanghai. But some things never change.

17 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Humane and sensible policy can make 'queues' disappear

The proposals of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute on family reunion make good sense.

If a mainland spouse is allowed to come to the Hong Kong SAR on application after marriage to an SAR permanent resident without having to wait for upwards of five years, there will be no, or far fewer, additions to the current so-called queue of spouses awaiting reunion.

27 Aug 2002 - 12:00am