Ronald Reagan

Go fourth and party

America served up 235 years of independence on Monday, washed down with a barrel of patriotism, a dash of stars and stripes and plenty of hot dogs and ice-cream on the side.

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011, 12:00am

By the book

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) - American president

Comprehension: Book nouns

What is ...?

1 a book token

a. a book which someone gives you as a present that you know you will never read

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

In your dreams

Something the financial secretary said last week made me chuckle. It wasn't anything to do with his humour: there wasn't any in his lengthy budget speech, which he read, head bowed, in that monotonous drone so typical of our bureaucrats. Maybe John Tsang Chun-wah didn't look his listeners in the eye because he had nothing to say that would even come close to being boldly imaginative.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Wake up to reality

Our chief executive says he doesn't lose sleep over the scandals that hound him. Maybe he should. Granted, lying awake at night prevents the necessary recharging of body and mind, but the tossing and turning has its own benefits. It forces you to think about the worries that keep you awake. And Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has plenty to worry about.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Tantalisingly close to nuclear disarmament

I was telling a friend recently that I was going to write about nuclear weapons. As I explained a couple of my thoughts to her, she said I went white. I countered that this is why we prefer not to think about the unthinkable. I probably do blanche, but I am not alone.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The Reagan Diaries

The Reagan Diaries

by Ronald Reagan, edited by Douglas Brinkley

HarperCollins, HK$280

These diaries, written by Ronald Reagan during his two terms as president, reveal no White House secrets, intrigues or scandals.

They don't offer much insight into Reagan himself, either.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Sailors offer obscenities at the alter of heaven

The steep trek up the steps to the Big Buddha on Lantau is renowned for leaving tourists huffing and puffing, but some visiting sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan seemed particularly put out by the climb this week.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

US presidents

1 Which president appears on the US$50 note?

2 Who was the only US president never to marry?

3 Which president formerly served as director of the CIA?

4 How many US presidents have either been born or died on July 4: a) zero b) four c) eight?

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Pet project

Owning a pet in Hong Kong is no easy feat, and many owners end up guilt-ridden about leaving their beloved pooches cooped up at home all day. However, thanks to a couple of dog-friendly cafes, you can take your dog out for coffee. The aptly named Rex has a cosy pet section with enough space for canine companions to laze around.

2 Jan 2005 - 12:00am


The island Ronald Reagan ordered troops to invade in October 1993 was Grenada, not Granada as reported yesterday on Page A7.

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

What made Ronald Reagan great

They renamed Washington's National Airport after Ronald Reagan even before he died. Now that he has gone, it will not be long before his face is on the US$10 bill, and there is already a campaign to carve his likeness on Mount Rushmore. It makes sense, in a way: nobody has ever played the role of US president as well as he did.

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Reagan's greatness shines through flaws

There are historians who believe that the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war was inevitable, with or without Ronald Reagan. The former United States president's claim to greatness then was his willingness to seize the opportunity when it came along, despite his well-known antipathy towards what he called the Evil Empire.

7 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

No reason for gloom over Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been under Chinese sovereignty for almost seven years, and although we have experienced many unexpected misfortunes (all unfairly blamed on the chief executive), no one can honestly say that 'one country, two systems' has not been adhered to.

Yet some opponents of Beijing still preach gloom and doom, just as they did before 1997. They were proved wrong then.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


Investigative journalist Mark Hertsgaard's book, On Bended Knee - The Press and the Reagan Presidency, first published in 1988, could effectively be reprinted with a few name changes and applied to the Bush regime.

8 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Casting the Gipper in stone

SOME Republicans just cannot leave Ronald Reagan in peace. His image is so idolised that the man who revitalised his party and won the Cold War is in dire danger of becoming prematurely immortal.

21 Feb 1999 - 12:00am