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Profile | Call the Midwife star Jenny Agutter on being a Railway child, mother, now grandma, and her career on stage and screen

The British actress, who found fame as a teenager in the 1970 film The Railway Children, talks about her career on stage and screen, and the success of Call the Midwife.

The British actress, who found fame as a teenager in the 1970 film The Railway Children, talks about her career on stage and screen, and the success of Call the Midwife.

16 Oct 2021 - 4:50PM
Opinion | Driving me mad: where did Hong Kong motorists learn their annoying habits, from speeding to parking and changing lanes?

Hong Kong traffic can be heavy, and its entitled drivers in their expensive cars have their own particular skills. From tailgating to lane changing and parking, we look at seven advanced manoeuvres.

Hong Kong traffic can be heavy, and its entitled drivers in their expensive cars have their own particular skills. From tailgating to lane changing and parking, we look at seven advanced manoeuvres.

7 Aug 2021 - 9:45AM
Why a United Nations discussion of South Africa’s gender inequality problem will be led by a Hong Kong teenager

Hong Kong ballerina Erita Chen went to perform for a charity in South Africa last year, and was stuck there six months in a coronavirus lockdown. Seeing life in townships there made her an advocate for gender equality.

Hong Kong ballerina Erita Chen went to perform for a charity in South Africa last year, and was stuck there six months in a coronavirus lockdown. Seeing life in townships there made her an advocate for gender equality.

24 Mar 2021 - 1:37PM
Obituary | Musicians pay tribute to ‘Hong Kong’s Eric Clapton’, guitarist Davie Colquhoun

‘Hong Kong’s Eric Clapton’ Davie Colquhoun, who has been part of the city’s music scene since the 1980s, died suddenly on New Year’s Day. Friends and musicians recall a great guitar player and composer, who had no ego.

‘Hong Kong’s Eric Clapton’ Davie Colquhoun, who has been part of the city’s music scene since the 1980s, died suddenly on New Year’s Day. Friends and musicians recall a great guitar player and composer, who had no ego.

13 Jan 2021 - 9:53AM
Why Burgundy – one of best-known names in wine – has not been used in France until now

Region in east-central part of nation keen to reassert original French name, Bourgogne, to distinguish it from imitators

Region in east-central part of nation keen to reassert original French name, Bourgogne, to distinguish it from imitators

2 Dec 2020 - 2:29PM
From China’s baijiu to Scottish whisky – a destination’s signature drink can distill sublime holiday memories

Whether it’s a mojito in an Old Havana bar or sipping one of Islay’s single malts, a local tipple can secure a place in our hearts – but not always back in our homes.

Whether it’s a mojito in an Old Havana bar or sipping one of Islay’s single malts, a local tipple can secure a place in our hearts – but not always back in our homes.

5 Oct 2020 - 2:42AM
Opinion | In Hong Kong, nutrition labels often obscure more than they inform – why?

Introduced 10 years ago with the intentional of standardising food labels, the Nutritional Labelling Scheme doesn’t always get it right.

Introduced 10 years ago with the intentional of standardising food labels, the Nutritional Labelling Scheme doesn’t always get it right.

15 Sep 2020 - 8:46AM
Three Hong Kong cheese shops selling Gouda, Brie and other fine European cheeses for less

Far from Hong Kong Island’s expensive stores, three specialised outlets in Sai Kung sell high-quality cheeses from Europe at comparably cheap prices. Customers can ask questions, taste the products – and may even get a story.

Far from Hong Kong Island’s expensive stores, three specialised outlets in Sai Kung sell high-quality cheeses from Europe at comparably cheap prices. Customers can ask questions, taste the products – and may even get a story.

28 May 2020 - 4:42PM
Home-grown Asian herbs add a fresh twist to gin cocktails at Aqua Spirit

Hong Kong bar Aqua Spirit is growing its own herbs to put a unique spin on Tanqueray’s gin range.

Hong Kong bar Aqua Spirit is growing its own herbs to put a unique spin on Tanqueray’s gin range.

22 Feb 2020 - 5:30PM
Hong Kong bartender’s Milano cocktail a tribute to the fashion capital with a Japanese twist

Jonny Amir, of Zest by Konishi, says the cocktail he devised is inspired by both the Milano-Torino and the Garibaldi.

Jonny Amir, of Zest by Konishi, says the cocktail he devised is inspired by both the Milano-Torino and the Garibaldi.

29 Oct 2019 - 6:54PM
The Clover Club – an accessible, sophisticated cocktail that is fashionably late to the ‘ginaissance’ party

Once vilified as ‘one of the worst cocktails, the classic concoction has clawed its way back into fashion.

Once vilified as ‘one of the worst cocktails, the classic concoction has clawed its way back into fashion.

2 Oct 2019 - 8:12PM
‘Something new’: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s first 20 years, and what’s next – more CDs, musicals and tours

Known for its innovative programming, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong begins its 20th anniversary season under a new chief conductor, and with plans for more recordings and two new musicals after Bug Symphony’s success.

Known for its innovative programming, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong begins its 20th anniversary season under a new chief conductor, and with plans for more recordings and two new musicals after Bug Symphony’s success.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:28AM
Fat-washed cocktails are taking off in Hong Kong, inspired by PDT’s Benton’s Old Fashioned

Inspired by the Old Fashioned, bars such as the PDT speakeasy in Central and Mr Brown in Wan Chai are using bacon fat and butter in a time-honoured ‘new’ drinks fad.

Inspired by the Old Fashioned, bars such as the PDT speakeasy in Central and Mr Brown in Wan Chai are using bacon fat and butter in a time-honoured ‘new’ drinks fad.

4 Sep 2019 - 12:41PM
Move over manhattan – Brazil’s caipirinha is the hottest cocktail in town

The caipirinha, a South American favourite made with a potent sugar-cane liquor called cachaça, is gaining traction in Hong Kong.

The caipirinha, a South American favourite made with a potent sugar-cane liquor called cachaça, is gaining traction in Hong Kong.

29 Jun 2019 - 8:08PM
Climate change, veganism, fast fashion tackled in ‘bite-size’ theatre production by Hong Kong pair

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister wrote short play about sustainability after talking to her son. It’s one of five ‘bite-size’ works being staged on themes including gangsterism, espionage, gender and diversity.

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister wrote short play about sustainability after talking to her son. It’s one of five ‘bite-size’ works being staged on themes including gangsterism, espionage, gender and diversity.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:05PM
Hong Kong highball bar recalls Prohibition-era Chicago mayor with boilermaker cocktail

The version of the cocktail served at new Central bar The ThirtySix pays tribute to Prohibition-era Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, who was killed by a bullet intended for US president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The version of the cocktail served at new Central bar The ThirtySix pays tribute to Prohibition-era Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, who was killed by a bullet intended for US president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

27 Apr 2019 - 3:30PM
Hong Kong bar The Old Man channels spirit of Hemingway to reach world top 10

Ranked No 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the Central drinking hole is a tribute to its bartender’s favourite author, who loved a tipple or two

Ranked No 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the Central drinking hole is a tribute to its bartender’s favourite author, who loved a tipple or two

14 Mar 2019 - 8:00PM
Degree of latitude aids winegrowers in Thailand

Thai wine is growing in importance as part of the nation’s tourism industry

Thai wine is growing in importance as part of the nation’s tourism industry

9 Dec 2018 - 6:01PM
The Hurricane cocktail: how a cheap New Orleans tipple became a classy drink, and where to sip it in Hong Kong

Conceived to consume a surplus of rum during the second world war and so called because it was first served in a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, Hong Kong bartenders have refined the often punch-like concoction

Conceived to consume a surplus of rum during the second world war and so called because it was first served in a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, Hong Kong bartenders have refined the often punch-like concoction

1 Dec 2018 - 4:36PM
Not martini or manhattan – martinez is the cocktail you should be drinking. A Hong Kong barman tells you why

As classic cocktails make a comeback, Spanish bar The Wise King, in Hong Kong, adds a fresh spin to the precursor of the martini

As classic cocktails make a comeback, Spanish bar The Wise King, in Hong Kong, adds a fresh spin to the precursor of the martini

13 Oct 2018 - 4:31PM
Mexico’s favourite cocktail? La Paloma, not margarita, is country’s concoction of choice, and it’s poised to take over the world

Quality grapefruit soda is key to the no-fuss agave-based recipe, which is gaining in popularity worldwide

Quality grapefruit soda is key to the no-fuss agave-based recipe, which is gaining in popularity worldwide

12 Aug 2018 - 2:31PM
Judy Garland trip to Hong Kong, when she went into a coma, the spark for new play about troubled star’s visit and her life

Candice Moore stars as the American singer and actress in a play premiering at the Hong Kong Fringe Club about 1964 visit, in which she met Australian Peter Allen, who was to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli, and was rushed to hospital

Candice Moore stars as the American singer and actress in a play premiering at the Hong Kong Fringe Club about 1964 visit, in which she met Australian Peter Allen, who was to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli, and was rushed to hospital

25 Jun 2018 - 2:51PM
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation celebrates 25 years of exploration and organic growth in visual and performing arts

The foundation organises about 100 projects every year. Founder Lindsey McAlister talks about her favourite shows, how things have grown over the past 25 years and how she maintains private and corporate sponsorship

The foundation organises about 100 projects every year. Founder Lindsey McAlister talks about her favourite shows, how things have grown over the past 25 years and how she maintains private and corporate sponsorship

20 May 2018 - 6:28PM
Iconic New York bar gives its signature drinks a Hong Kong twist - Big Fan, anyone?

At the Mandarin Oriental’s PDT speakeasy, the drinks list is a mixed bag of the original New York bar’s top tipples plus innovative cocktails featuring local ingredients

At the Mandarin Oriental’s PDT speakeasy, the drinks list is a mixed bag of the original New York bar’s top tipples plus innovative cocktails featuring local ingredients

12 May 2018 - 7:00PM
Hong Kong rock ’n’ roll jukebox musical will keep fans happy with its string of classic hits

Songs by storied songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to feature in new production, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, with Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Stand By Me just some of the famous tunes

Songs by storied songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to feature in new production, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, with Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Stand By Me just some of the famous tunes

15 Apr 2018 - 7:43PM
When Roger Moore stole my thunder: jazz singer Georgie Fame looks back

The British jazz singer and pianist, who has been visiting Hong Kong since the early 1990s, says the episode involving the James Bond star taught him an important lesson

The British jazz singer and pianist, who has been visiting Hong Kong since the early 1990s, says the episode involving the James Bond star taught him an important lesson

30 Mar 2018 - 6:18AM
Five Wan Chai bars: great Thai-Chinese, local and Japanese joints, a pleasant Japanese-Brazilian mash-up and a so-so hotel bar

Looking for somewhere different to drink in Wan Chai? Whether you want a stiff G&T and great happy hour deals, delicious Asian inspired cocktails or a Japanese-Brazilian fusion, let our reviewers be your local guide

Looking for somewhere different to drink in Wan Chai? Whether you want a stiff G&T and great happy hour deals, delicious Asian inspired cocktails or a Japanese-Brazilian fusion, let our reviewers be your local guide

23 Mar 2018 - 12:31PM
Grammy Award-winning jazz singer ahead of Hong Kong concerts: interview with Cécile McLorin Salvant

We caught up with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant before her performances for the Hong Kong Arts Festival to talk about why she chose jazz, her upcoming album and what she will be singing in Hong Kong

We caught up with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant before her performances for the Hong Kong Arts Festival to talk about why she chose jazz, her upcoming album and what she will be singing in Hong Kong

20 Mar 2018 - 7:46PM
Hong Kong production of Closer won’t have film’s ending, as actors talk about the challenges of getting into their roles

Sweet and Sour Productions’ play won’t turn out the same way the 2004 film starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law did, while the four actors talk about dealing with characters bent on deceit, emotional manipulation and betrayal

Sweet and Sour Productions’ play won’t turn out the same way the 2004 film starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law did, while the four actors talk about dealing with characters bent on deceit, emotional manipulation and betrayal

12 Mar 2018 - 11:12AM
The Bar at Dockyard review: best food court bar in Hong Kong is in Hung Hom

The choice is fairly limited but the drinks are good value and the bar staff know what they’re doing. And if you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of options nearby

The choice is fairly limited but the drinks are good value and the bar staff know what they’re doing. And if you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of options nearby

8 Feb 2018 - 8:14PM