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Year of Birth Missing

The cost of love is worth each penny

Valentine's Day has passed and once again roses and chocolates were the best-sellers. But these don't come cheap on this special day: they are a financial burden to those without a steady income.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am

Lai See

The chief executive election - what's love got to do with it?

Love was in the air yesterday at lunchtime in the Foreign Correspondents Club, where Baptist University's Professor Michael DeGolyer was reporting on the latest findings of his Hong Kong Transition Project, which looks at Hong Kong's search for a new direction under the next chief executive.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Illustration Now! Vol 4

Illustration Now! Vol 4 edited by Julius Wiedermann Taschen

Taschen's Illustration Now! is a sumptuous compendium of new illustrative design work from around the world - and mightily impressive much of it is. The problem is that the book's format and editing frequently make it difficult to judge just how impressive.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The real gap

When legislators formally debate the budget next month, they need to ask some fundamental questions about the Hong Kong style of fiscal management.

Why does the government frequently get its forecasts wrong? In February 2010, officials estimated a budget deficit of HK$25.2 billion. Yet Hong Kong ended up with a staggering HK$75.1 billion surplus that fiscal year.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Badminton coach left behind for Games race

Hong Kong badminton coach Wang Chen will not lead her charges to the London Olympics as the former world No 1 is expecting her first baby this summer.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Uphill challenge for racer who lost both legs to polio

It's an uphill task, but Patrick Au Yeung Yee-kan, 52, is all ready to conquer the steep slope on the Marsh Road bridge in Wan Chai - in a wheelchair.

Au Yeung, a Manulife financial adviser, who contracted polio when he was only five months old, uses prosthetic legs and crutches to walk.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Outgoing HKU head wants freedoms upheld

The outgoing vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong said yesterday that his successor must protect academic freedom to maintain the university's standards.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

The peaceful election ... will make them feel that this will also happen on the mainland. This is the best gift from us Taiwanese

President Ma Ying-jeou

I don't believe anyone ... behaved in any way that was contrary to the highest ideals that we all live by as marines

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

US massacre exposes double standards

When I read about the slap on the wrist US Marine Sergeant Frank Wuterich received for the massacre of Iraqi civilians, I couldn't help but imagine what a similar scenario might look like for China.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Patchy fashion week needs a good ironing

Last week marked the beginning and end of Hong Kong's fashion week. Didn't realise? You weren't the only one. Amidst an otherwise dull week, a highlight was the glamorous Fashion Extravaganza, with its line-up of independent international designers.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am