Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2013

Sydney has anti-light-pollution regulations. Photo: Bloomberg

The global factory farming industry means that millions of animals are raised for food in what can only be described as inhumane conditions. Similarly, the fur industry has a brutal track record and it prefers to keep consumers uninformed about how that divinely soft pelt on a designer coat, or the fluffy fur trim on a new jacket, was manufactured.

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China Digest, December 31, 2012

Lanzhou has begun operations of its first rapid transit line, a type of service that uses dedicated lanes and other features to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:11am


What: Tempo stool and umbrella stand, designed by Pauline Deltour in chrome-plated steel wire Why: The stool is stackable and the stand has a transparent polycarbonate container to collect water How much: Stool in red stainless steel, HK$1,590; umbrella stand, HK$2,250 Where: Alessi, 2/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2869 6377

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The true aims of leadership

We all know leadership is an important part of our daily lives, but not many of us understand the exact meaning of it. This is what the GSLN (Leaders for the New Generation) course aims to teach students.

I took part in the course recently. In the 70-hour course, there were interactive lectures and a challenging camp.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Strike The Baseballs (CD)

Giving a handful of popular songs an Elvis makeover suggests The Baseballs don't want to impress us with their originality; instead, their strength is to add fun and cheekiness to their music.

23 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Elvis sound back in fashion

Giving a handful of popular songs an Elvis makeover suggests The Baseballs don't want to impress us with their originality; instead, their strength is to add fun and cheekiness to their music.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Umbrella king singing in the rain

Name: Ho Hung-hee (also known as Dr Umbrella)

Occupation: Umbrella maker

Sign: Virgo

On my playlist: Cantonese opera

Hobbies: Exercise in the morning

The man: I am from Guangzhou, and I will be 88 this year. I have been making and repairing umbrellas for more than 70 years.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

From suffering comes success

Whatever Rihanna released following the attack by Chris Brown was going to be heard in the context of that incident. The 21-year-old's fourth album Rated R is darker than anything she's done before, and it's a harder Rihanna who sings mostly about love gone wrong.

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Brolly wipers replace plastic bags

Shoppers at some city malls will have their umbrellas wiped dry on rainy days rather than having the usual plastic bags to catch their brollies' drips.

Cleaning staff with a towel in their hands will be stationed at the main entrances of four malls under Sino Property Services on rainy days. Umbrella bags will not be necessary after the umbrellas are wiped dry.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Exhibition puts mall's souvenir gimmicks under one umbrella

Umbrella is not just Rihanna's big hit, it's also a souvenir gimmick the Tsim Sha Tsui mall Harbour City has been using for more than seven years. They've produced 12 different eye-catching parasols by designers from France to Japan since 2001, with each edition available only for folks who spend more than a specified amount at the mall.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

'Level of British-ness' is Established in Pacific Place

Are coffee tables the new couture? Lane Crawford has bet on it by recently turning Pacific Place's food court into a home store. On Thursday it hosted a meet and greet for top English design firm Established & Sons.

19 May 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1955

London, February 17

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Umbrella protest for full vote in 2012

Pan-democrat lawmakers are hoping to earn a place in Guinness World Records with a demonstration in favour of universal suffrage in 2012.

People joining a protest in Victoria Park on October 7 will be asked to open umbrellas to form the numbers 2-0-1-2 - even if it is not raining. Organisers hope 10,000 will take part, making it the largest number of umbrellas hoisted at once.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Barbadian beauty turns up the heat

Rihanna's new album Good Girl Gone Bad offers both good news and bad. To expand her repertoire, Rihanna has dropped the unique Barbadian rhythms of her previous albums in favour of urban beats and mainstream melodies. This should attract new listeners, but may disappoint existing fans.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Harbour City offers another umbrella

By now, it has something of a tradition for the Harbour City mall to create a funky umbrella for its summer promotion. Since 2002, it has been producing artist-created umbrellas that customers can redeem after making store purchases to a certain amount. This year, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (below) has been commissioned to create two water-drop designs.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am