No more excuses for reverting to type

Are you a tour, or a type? (Sorry, that's not what I meant.) By your talk or a type? (No, not even close.) Are you a talker or a tighter?

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

Printer keeps pressing on in the old-fashioned way

The moment you step into the Happy Printing shop on Pok Man Street, you are transported back in time.

Four large hand-powered printing presses dominate the room with ink-soaked rags and towers of coloured paper filling the spaces in between.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

English fan takes XXX approach to teaching ABCs

David Tung Tak-wai really does have proper manners - although people who read his book might not know that.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Dash Ahead shows there is still life in his old legs

Evergreen Dash Ahead will turn nine in a few days, but that didn't stop the gelding appreciating a change of pace to land the sixth win of his lengthy career in the Luk Wu Handicap.

Dash Ahead (Ben So Tik-hung) could never be called a prolific winner, but he has long been as consistent as his get-back style of racing could allow.

28 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Mark these words

Mark it down

What sort of marks are these?

1 a black mark

a. something bad you have done or a bad quality that affects the way people think about you

b. the number plate on the front of a car

2 a tidemark

a. a line left around a sink or a bathtub made by dirty water

11 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Blogs are great - if we avoid slang

Writing blogs has become a mania which has swept all walks of life, all over the world. A lot of teenagers write what happened that day on their blog instead of in a diary.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am



by Adam Mars-Jones

Faber and Faber


28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am



A font is a style of writing the letters in the alphabet - or Chinese characters. Fonts should really be called typefaces. But most people today just say font.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Now you'll know where that little apostrophe needs to go

The Girl's Like Spaghetti

By Lynne Truss

Published by Profile Books

ISBN 978 186197 168 5

My new neighbour's daughter is really tall and very thin. Guess what she reminds me of? A strand of spaghetti. The girl's like spaghetti!

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am



Starring: Michael C. Place, Paula Scher, Matthew Carter and David Carson

Director: Gary Hustwit

The film: If you're familiar with the phrase 'kerning' and if fonts are your fetish, chances are Helvetica will make you weak at the knees.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

A better, brighter Sunday read

Last Monday your SCMP took on a new look, and today the Sunday Morning Post follows suit. Nothing drastic, but a sleeker and clearer look to make your reading experience more engaging and enjoyable. We have renewed our typefaces, layout and graphics to ensure you can both get information more quickly and easily, and be more comfortable if settling down for a leisurely read.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The SCMP evolves and improves

Yesterday your newspaper took on a new look - nothing drastic, but a sleeker and clearer look to make your reading experience more engaging and enjoyable. We have renewed our typefaces, layout and graphics to ensure you can get information more quickly and easily.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Print Run

Stand out from the crowd with a printed shirt - as bold or as subtle as you like.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Watch your commas

A few years ago, English writer Lynne Truss got fed up with seeing bad punctuation on signs and in newspapers so she wrote a witty book about how incorrect commas and the like mess up what you mean.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves became a best-seller, and now Truss and cartoonist Bonnie Timmons have come up with a delightful version of this unlikely hit for youngsters.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Mind your language

It was a clear, bright morning and An An, the Ocean Park panda, decided to leave home for the day and go shopping in Causeway Bay.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am