Virginia Maher

Virginia Maher 1945-2007

Every Tuesday for the past three years, Virginia Maher compiled the Slice of Life column in this space, recounting stories published in the South China Morning Post in years gone by.

Tuesday, 10 April, 2007, 12:00am

Slice of life

From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1941

In spite of seven air raid alarms, the second day of the war with Japan found the locals so calm that a warning had to be issued to civilians to take proper shelter during raids.

Japanese planes appeared over the colony during some of the alarms but did little damage.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Slice of life

Excerpts from the South China Morning Post this week in 1972

In a daring pre-dawn raid on the Olympic Games village in Munich, a five-man Arab squad shot dead two Israeli athletes, wounded several others and captured more than 20.

Hundreds of Bavarian policemen and army snipers moved into the village as the Arabs held 13 members of the Israeli team to the Games.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Wong Kam-mui, 100, was born in Hong Kong the year the South China Morning Post made its debut. She complains about having to leave her home in Stanley, where she lived until five years ago. 'I've had two operations on my eyes, but I still can't see properly. That's why I am here,' she said, referring to the Madam Ho Sin Hang Home for the Aged in Pokfulam.

31 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Chan Yuen

I was born in Hong Kong, the third of five children. My father owned a barber shop in Yau Ma Tei, but he died when I was seven and my mother lost the shop, because no one wanted to work for a female boss. I went to the Tung Wah Hospital school in Yau Ma Tei. It provided free schooling and I was very lucky because we were very poor and it wasn't easy to get in.

30 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Hunt for parents goes on

A CARE and protection hearing has been fixed for Friday for a baby girl found abandoned on a staircase in Wan Chai.

The baby, who was estimated to be about two days old when found on April 4, is being looked after at the Chuk Yuen Children's Centre.

11 May 1993 - 12:00am

Police warn women against self-defence

FRIGHTENED Tuen Mun women are being warned in a series of seminars organised by the police against using self-defence tactics which might provoke potential attackers into violence.

27 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Handicapped get welcome role at show

THE Society of Homes for the Handicapped has been working overtime to stage an educational exhibition today at City One Plaza in Sha Tin, after the furore generated by an attempt to ban them from the commercial complex.

17 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Welfare boss turns to families on suicides

FAMILY welfare services are to move centre stage as the new director of Social Welfare, Mr Ian Strachan, turns his attention to preventing suicides by school children.

14 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Pixton plea for final Operation Santa push

LISTENERS to Ralph Pixton's Open Line show on RTHK Radio 3 this morning will be asked to give a final push to the Operation Santa Claus 1992 charity drive.

The total yesterday stood at $2,361,962, with about another $1 million in outstanding pledges.

9 Jan 1993 - 12:00am