Typewriter repairman stays true to the written word

Ermanno Marzorati at work. His restorations include the machine on which Orson Welles wrote the script for Citizen Kane. Photo: AFP

Ermanno Marzorati has rarely been so busy. He is currently fixing a 1930 Underwood typewriter for Tom Hanks. But there are plenty more ancient writing machines awaiting his tender care. While the modern world taps away in an ever-increasing frenzy online, the Italian senses a new trend, from his calm Beverly Hills studio: the return of the art of slow writing.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:42am

Swire denies closure of HUD repair business

Hongkong United Dockyards has stopped taking ship-repair business.

Hongkong United Dockyards, jointly owned by Swire Pacific and Hutchison Whampoa, has stopped taking ship-repair business but a Swire director denied industry speculation that ship-repair operations were being closed and equipment sold.

7 May 2015 - 4:04pm

Landlords neglect duty to prevent killer landslides

Hill slide: Loose soil is secured

Nearly a quarter of landlords ordered to repair their man-made slopes in the past three years have not done so, Buildings Department figures show. More than 760 orders are still pending and the department has taken 32 landlords to court in the past 12 months. However, only nine people in such cases pleaded guilty.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:22am