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Secrets of the sultans

The former spice trading route from China through the Middle East and North Africa to Europe left an indelible mark on the countries through which it passed.

Spices were assimilated with indigenous varieties resulting in piquant, aromatic cuisines.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

How would you design a spice rack for a blind person?

Jay Lee Seung-jae, 13, Hong Kong International School

In my opinion, the most important human sense after sight is the sense of smell. The special characteristic of spices is the exquisite scent of each individual spice. So the one way blind people would be able to distinguish one spice from another is by smell.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Singer-songwriter has a finger in every pie

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Wong Chee-hynn (pictured below) wants it all. Not only has the Cornell University graduate landed an assignment to write music for a regional talent show, he is releasing his second album and trying to break into the Japanese music scene.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hollywood West

It's been about a year since the Beckhams and their BlackBerry-toting entourage descended on these shores and I take no glee - well, not much, anyway - in saying that at long last the hype has died down.

And it seems many Los Angelenos are discovering there wasn't that much there to begin with.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Delay in concert, but Spice Girls still coming

Do not fear, Spice Girls fans.

Posh, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Scary will make it to Hong Kong for their reunion tour despite putting off the tentative January 12 date for at least a month following sell-out success elsewhere in the world.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The Spice Route

The Spice Route

by John Keay

John Murray, $144

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Spice: The History of a Temptation

Spice: The History of a Temptation

by Jack Turner

Harper Perennial $135

17 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Fitting tribute for 'family member' whose race is up

When Sugar And Spice came in first at the Sha Tin racecourse on June 14 last year, it was the perfect Father's Day present from Herbert Hui Ho-ming to his elderly father.

30 May 2004 - 12:00am

Going against the grain

GIRL POWER IS BACK. Hong Kong's copycat band the Rice Girls stopped riding the coat-tails of Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger two years ago. But by dropping the Girls tag and becoming simply Rice, the five have made a comeback, determined to find an identity of their own.

29 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Spice Girls - Forever


The Spice Girls forever, eh? Call me cynical but the girls have been doing more than their fair share of hinting that they want to permanently go their separate ways of late. Alas, it seems they are not brave enough to let go of the money-making machine that the band has always been and truly stand on their respective sets of stilettoed feet.

1 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Portugal adds dash of spice

Portugal plans to spice up the lives of those attending the leather fair.

Six times a day, a 10-minute fashion show will display funky and futuristic shoes and boots, including a selection by Over Cube, the label which provided footwear for the Spice Girls' Spice World Tour this year.

5 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Portugal adds 'spice' to image and draws crowds to pavilion

It's amazing what a fashion show can do to boost interest.

When Portugal decided it needed to spice up its image at the fair it redesigned its booths and organised shows.

The result: it grabbed the lion's share of attention when its models strutted their stuff.

30 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

kids' party entertainment

Using large, lifelike animal puppets that talk back to him, Uncle Mike's Kiddy Kapers puppet show is probably the most original in town. The one-hour performance also includes games, prizes and a magic show; $1,500 - $1,950 (plus round-trip cab fare from Sheung Wan). Call Abbott Leisure on 2540-3982.

15 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Anything for a buck

Some smart official has come up with the idea of charging rent for the unhealthy, squalid huts that are home to some 1,100 Vietnamese at Pillar Point Refugee Centre near Tuen Mun.

Only a year ago, its former manager James Ginns sensibly called for it to be bulldozed and its inhabitants re-integrated into Hong Kong society, as no other country is prepared to take them.

11 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Lookalikes at Stix

The good news is the Spice Girls are not coming to Hong Kong. But the bad news is, the Spicey Girls are. The Spicey Girls, like Nice n' Spicy, All Spice, Wannabe Spice Girls, the Spiced Girls, the Spiceish Girls, and even the Spicy Girls (sans 'e', it makes all the difference) are all professional performers who make a living imitating the Girl power heroines.

5 Dec 1997 - 12:00am