Pan-dems get a taste of their own medicine over costly poverty trip

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung. Photo: Gary Mak

When you spend too much time fighting an enemy, you become like him. That may be why a group of lawmakers led by prominent pan-democrats have decided to spend up to HK$560,000 of taxpayers' money to study poverty relief in Finland and Sweden, just about the most expensive countries you can visit.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 1:52am 19 comments

Our democracy offers flaws for thought

The Alliance for True Democracy. Hong Kong should look to countries in northwestern Europe and Scandinavia for better models of democracy. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Is Hong Kong a flawed democracy? According to the 2012 Democracy Index, we are. The phrase is an oxymoron if ever there was one. But perhaps this is what democracy has to recommend itself: it is always flawed, but rarely catastrophically, unlike dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 12 comments

Anteprima preview offers its fans a taste of spring on a grey day

It may have been grey and drab outside, but inside the Grand Hyatt Pool House, Anteprima's season preview brought a bit of spring and summer fun - with a sporty yet sexy collection of mini shorts and A-line dresses with see-through elements in creams and muted pastels.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Stop focusing on your looks

There is a very worrying new trend. Young girls post their pictures on YouTube and ask people to comment on their appearance. I find it difficult to understand why people attach so much importance to their looks rather than to their personality. It is so stupid.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Finds chef continues to bring a taste of Scandinavia to the palates of Hong Kong

Nordic cuisine isn't exactly a common meal for Hongkongers, but after more than seven years at Scandinavian restaurant Finds, celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa believes he knows which combination appeals to locals best.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Prins Nitram

Rockschool, Sat, 9pm

One-man bands are usually associated with street-corner buskers, circuses and pantomimes. Not so for upcoming rocker Prins Nitram.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

1,200 gas-guzzling limos for delegates

It's been billed as the most important climate summit in history, but some delegates have failed their first test after it emerged some will land in Copenhagen in private jets, and then be ferried around in gas-guzzling limousines.

Reports said that more than 1,200 limousines have flooded into the Danish capital for the green summit.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Danes eager for Chinese investment

Countless Danish company executives have found their way to Hong Kong over the years - so now Danes are looking forward to Chinese investment coming their way.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Small but influential nation to highlight all its strengths

Country to further expand links with Hong Kong and the mainland with promotional events and even better business, writes Martin Donovan

Danes in Hong Kong may be relatively few in number but their impact is big - and the country's consul general is happy in his belief that the nation's influence here will expand.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Denmark QUIZ

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

e-pal: denmark

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Christoffer Ravn Rahbek

Age 16

City Hellerup

Star sign Aries

Hellerup is a little suburb, with old villas dating from 1890 and big gardens.

We are right on the coast and have harbours and nice parks, yet only 10 minutes from the centre of the capital, Copenhagen.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Last Rituals

Last Rituals

by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Hodder & Stoughton HK$ 198

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Sign of a star

Like the rest of us, architects multitask, some of them using their skills for creations much smaller than the buildings they were trained to design. Denmark's Peter Karpf is one. A winner of the Bruno Mathsson Prize - Scandinavia's most prestigious design award - he is lauded for his wood and Plexiglas chairs and a series of lamps.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Island nation's saga during wartime

Iceland, a sovereign state governed as a constitutional republic, enjoys productive ties with all EU members, especially with Denmark, with which Iceland has a long complex historical association that extends to the 1300s.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


Name: Silja Lind Haraldsdottir

Age: 18

City/Country: Hafnarfjorour, Iceland

School: Kvennaskolinn in Reykjavik

I'm easy going, independent and reliable. I try to be a good person and good friend.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am