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Samantha Leese

Man alive - Asia rising

It isn't often that Hong Kong can boast of contributing to the global literary stage, but the Man Asian Literary Prize looks set to do it.

Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am

Reach for the moon

A colleague recently ranted here about people who grow up in Hong Kong but leave, disillusioned with the prospect of having to become a teacher. They go in search of their 'creative dream jobs' on brighter shores. Many, he pointed out, come back to the city 'with their tails between their legs', so they should have been thankful for what they had here in the first place.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ranulph Fiennes

MAN OF ACTION My father was killed in the second world war four months before I was born. So when I was little, in South Africa, the stories were about my father and grandfather. I wanted to do with my life what my father did - to be commander of the [British Army's] Royal Scots Greys. Obviously, in a pyramidal organisation like a regiment, only one lieutenant will get to the top.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mum's the word, please

I wish working mothers would just get on with it. There's a film coming out starring Sarah Jessica Parker based on journalist Allison Pearson's book I Don't Know How She Does It. Here we go- by all sensible accounts- another dated 'celebration' of the life of a big, brave career-driven mum.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Junot Diaz

COMING TO AMERICA I'm from a low-level military family of old, conservative, country people. They moved to the city of Santo Domingo [in the Dominican Republic] before I was born. My memories of the Dominican Republic are very strong, because leaving home was so traumatic that it cast everything that I would have normally forgotten into amber. I moved to the United States when I was six.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am