Teresa Norton

A million tasks to do before a holiday

I don't know maybe I'm nuts but as I sit here with the long hand on the clock working its way up to join the short hand at midnight, a crystal tumbler holding an amber single malt - my reward for having scratched the last of the imperative 'to do's' off my list - I am at

Saturday, 11 July, 1998, 12:00am

Missed again? What a relief

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, but now that the dust has settled I can state for the record that I am again proud not to have won 'that coveted golden statue', an Academy Award.

28 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Taking a wider view of ethics

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, but having sent my children to bed every night with a short reminder to 'treat other people the way you'd like to be treated yourself', I'm starting to wonder if my faith in that simple sentence - designed to guide them safely and ethically through life - has been misplaced.

17 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Losing marbles is in the blood

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts or maybe it's just that I've lost my marbles because my kids keep losing theirs. You'd think I'd get used to it.

It's become an annual event which begins with the hauling of boxes of plastic and rubber from where they've been since the end of December, to the kids' room.

10 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Sapping the spirit of the occasion

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts. Was I the person who said last week that I was finding 'the manic crush of the Christmas rush reassuring, comforting even'? I hadn't yet surfaced from a month of late nights spent at the Academy for Performing Arts directing a rollicking student production of Bye Bye Birdie.

13 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Wish us fewer happy returns

Idon't know, maybe I'm nuts, but as I gaze at the remains of my caffeine-free, sugar-free cup of Peaceful Planet tea-free tea I find myself stifling a manic giggle. Hey, it's not what they put in the tea that blows my mind, it's the proverb attached to the tea bag: 'Experience: A comb life gives you after you lose your hair.' Ain't it the truth?

15 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Fingers crossed for a baby girl

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, but I'm getting really excited about having this baby. Not my own. A friend I've known since we both arrived in Hong Kong more than a decade ago is having her third baby - her first is going to secondary school, her second is entering primary.

8 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

All at sea after a rainstorm drenching

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, or maybe these are the first signs of 'old-timers' disease, but last weekend I found myself wandering aimlessly, eyes alert and darting, jaw set in determination, trousers wet.

13 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Why bother with a car?

I refer to Teresa Norton's column in The Review, on April 13, about driving here on the left-hand side.

For her benefit and other 'aliens' like her, I would suggest that it is safer to remember that the driver must always sit closest to the centre of the road.

29 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

How to make fools of a crowd

I don't know, maybe I'm nuts, but when I was asked to give a little chat to a group of female professionals the other night, in spite of extremely cold feet, I leapt right in and said I'd be happy to.

6 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Clothing from hell

I DON'T know, maybe I'm nuts, but when my buddy called last night and confessed that he had gone out and done something awful, that he had finally sold out - and then swore me to secrecy - I knew that whatever it was, he would want me to share it with you.

27 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

A case of kill or cure

IDON'T know maybe I'm nuts, but in spite of a rattling cough that's been bothering my daughter on and off for about three weeks, and in spite of my faith in my paediatrician, I came this close to just keeping Grace home from school and burning a candle.

27 May 1995 - 12:00am

Float some in jetsam

I DON'T know, maybe I'm nuts but I don't think it'll be the PLA or Daya Bay or even the landlords that'll scare us out of Hong Kong. I think that when we head for higher ground, it will be the water that flushes us out.

13 May 1995 - 12:00am

A problem with nibbles

I DON'T know, maybe I'm nuts but it seems to me that when it comes to hors d'oeuvre, it's a man's world. You know I don't do the cocktail party circuit much, so I'm out of practice. When my folks had a cocktail party, all the men wore suits and ties and all the ladies were in their best Jackie Kennedy-wear. It was easier back then.

1 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Sisters for themselves

I DON'T know, maybe I'm nuts but I think the realisation that a woman's life doesn't stop at 39 may be the most significant accomplishment of the 'wimmin's movement'.

4 Mar 1995 - 12:00am