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Snakes and bladders

Mak Tai-kwong deftly takes a snake from one of the many drawers of a large brown cupboard labelled with the warning, 'poisonous snake' in Chinese characters. He cuts into the reptile's abdomen then squeezes out a little black organ - its gall bladder.

Thursday, 9 December, 2010, 12:00am

On the Rails

Where was Samuel L. Jackson when we needed him on Saturday? And why did turnovernoia strike at Sha Tin?

The Jockey Club's version of Steve Irwin (sans stingray) managed to catch a python, which was doubtless minding its own business, perhaps catching a few rays of sun, near the tying up stalls on the members' car park side of the racecourse.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Heritage finds a voice in art

The arts have become a popular channel to drum up awareness of the city's heritage and culture. Wing Lee Street in Central, which is the setting for Echoes of the Rainbow, drew unexpected global and local recognition for 'old Hong Kong' after the local film won the Crystal Bear award at the Berlinale 2010 festival.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Marathon man shares his experiences in motivational book

After completing some of the world's most gruelling ultra-marathons, Derek Kwik Kwok-tsan has met a new challenge: putting his inspirational achievements into a motivational book. Launched on Thursday at the Glaceau Vitaminwater pop-up shop on Staunton Street, the ultra-athlete and venture capitalist's tome is called Kwik Fix.

26 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Shia Wong Hip

Fare Cantonese, offering dishes of exotic animals such as snake, hard-shelled turtle, wattle-necked soft-shelled turtle, crocodile and gecko.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Snake seeks safety of home at Happy Valley property agency

A wee bit of wildlife wound its way into a city adventure yesterday. The metre-long green snake slithered on to Sing Woo Road in Happy Valley around lunchtime.

The harmless reptile is usually found in gardens and it's rare that the snake would expose itself in such a concrete environment. Nevertheless, this one found itself not so happy in Happy Valley.

6 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Motorcyclist hurt in crash

A 29-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash on Kwai Chung Road early yesterday morning. Police said the driver lost control of his motorcycle and slid more than 20 metres along the road after a fall at about 3am. He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital with head injuries, where he was in critical condition last night.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Smell of dead snakes puts children in hospital

Dead snakes seized by customs were the source of a noxious smell that sent 21 primary students to hospital in Sheung Shui yesterday. The children at Fung Kai Innovative School began to complain of an odour at 9am and were sent to North District Hospital for treatment.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

An exotic friendship

With a long Rainbow Boa slithering around his body, 24-year-old Toni Ngai Pak-yin talks enthusiastically about his pet snake at his home in Tsz Wan Shan.

'I love reptiles like snakes and lizards. They are adorable animals which have unique characteristics,' said the merchandiser who worked as a vet assistant in the past.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Shy boy slipped out of maths class to catch reptiles

I've been obsessed with snakes ever since I came to Hong Kong at the age of nine from England in the 1970s.

Some people love Arsenal, but for me it's reptiles that does it. I even have three pythons and others as pets.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am