Turkish People

Gentle giant's on top of the world

Sultan Kosen always stands out in a crowd. But that's no surprise: he is the tallest man in the world.

The gentle giant is 29 and from Mardin, Turkey. He was in Hong Kong last week to promote Ripleys' New Guinness World Record Attractions in Asia.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am

A towering presence at home among skyscrapers

The tallest man in the world apologised to Hong Kong people yesterday for giving them cricks in their necks.

'They have difficulty talking to me as they need to raise their heads high,' Sultan Kosen said. 'I am sorry I may have made their necks hurt.'

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-cheerleader defies stereotypes

Liu Wenwen was barely 22 when success as a soccer cheerleader compelled her to leave Wuhan for a shot at stardom in Beijing. With a sense of adventure and a thirst for fame, she fought her way into numerous modelling gigs, acting roles and television hosting jobs.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Songs from the heart

Name: Greyson Michael Chance Born: Texas, United States Zodiac: Leo (August 16, 1997) Chinese zodiac: Goat Studio albums: Hold On 'til the Night (2011)

This is my ... first time in Hong Kong, second time in Asia.

In Hong Kong ... everybody has somewhere to go, and if you get in their way, they're going to be really mean to you.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tough to get toned

Alexa Towersey, wearing a tracksuit and ponytail at the crossroads of Hollywood Road and Lyndhurst Terrace in Central, looks like any one of the tourists ambling about.

That is, until her track top is lifted. There doesn't seem to be an ounce of fat on her well-defined abs. Surely this body was built after a lifetime in the gym.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dancing her way to fame and fortune

Name: Melanie Moore Home: Marietta, Georgia, US Star sign: Virgo Chinese zodiac: Goat

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Shreya Ghoshal

FIRST NOTES Although I first became known as a singer through Sa Re Ga Ma [an early Indian version of American Idol] as an 11-year-old, I'd been singing since I started talking. I learned from my parents - we are a very musically and culturally aware family. Though our family is Bengali, my childhood memories are of growing up in Rawatbhata in Rajasthan.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A higher goal at Standard Life

Despite being forced to quit his career as a professional footballer, Roy Halliday continues to live up to some lofty goals. As chief executive for Standard Life (Asia), a leading provider of insurance-related investment products, he continues to raise the bar both for himself and his employees.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

How our readers see themselves

Jacqueline Chau, 17, Hong Kong International School

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

My husband left me to become a monk

In many people's eyes, my situation would seem miserable: my husband has left to become a monk, and my two daughters live overseas, leaving me on my own. But I've learned to transform what I'm missing into something I'm grateful for.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Rochelle Flaherty

THE ART OF TEASE When you say 'burlesque' or 'cabaret' here, people tend to think of gentlemen's clubs with lap dancers. Even local dancers who come to audition for me have been wary of what kind of show we are running.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Pearl Lam

CRY FREEDOM I had no freedom when I was growing up and that was a problem. My upbringing was straight and strict. My mother was a very strong character. [My] parents were very determined people. I've inherited that. When I was at St Paul's primary school, in Causeway Bay, I used to go to church and pray that I would be sent abroad; that I would be set free.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Josh

There is a boy in my class who is always making fun of me. He just comes up to me for no reason and calls me a failure. Two of my other friends suddenly started calling me a failure, too. Then one day he told my two best friends to ignore me.

I've tried everything. I asked him to stop, I ignored him, and I even told the teacher but nothing worked.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Steven Ballantyne

HOLIDAY FROM HELL Ten years ago, I was trekking in Papua New Guinea when I was abducted. I was taken at gunpoint from a trail, which is now very popular but was closed at the time due to tribal warfare. I was alone but I was well organised; I had a satellite phone and all the right gear and I'd hired local porters and guides. However, they were the ones who set me up.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

This week, I want to talk about friends, something that is important to all of us. It is timely, too, since I am finishing school at Taft this week for the summer holidays and have to say goodbye to old and new friends.

This is particularly true when you are an international student coming from a far away country to study at a new school in a different country.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am