Simon O'Reilly
Simon O'Reilly
Simon is a sub-editor who occasionally moonlights as a writer. He has lived in Hong Kong for 25 years, he lives in south Lantau and his hobbies include playing guitar and getting old.

What do you do when someone with diabetes has an insulin overdose? A type 1 diabetic gives a first-hand account of how he dealt with his potentially fatal emergency situation.

Cold season is here again and chances are you’ve already caught one. Here are some less mainstream ‘cures’ to try from around the world, plus a few historical treatments.

October 12 was a day to remember thanks to the Jimi Hendrix Experience being formed in 1966, Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev causing a stir at the UN today in 1960, and in 1976, Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao Zedong after his death.


Twice a year China see a mass migration of its citizens as it celebrates Golden Week. With the next holiday starting on Monday, we look at the staggering figures involved when half the country travels at the same time.


Cluster headaches often top online ‘most painful’ lists, beating gunshot wounds, childbirth and amputation without anaesthetic. What is it like to have ‘the beast’ inside your head? One sufferer shares his story.

A rare debilitating condition, not to be confused with a migraine, cluster headaches are often wrongly diagnosed by medical professionals. Here are some more facts.

From Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his 93 Rolls Royces to paedophile David Berg and his 10,000 followers, here are six weird sex cults from around the world.

If you had a spare US$1 billion of US$100 billion, what would you spend your money on? These men could have anything in the world, but they want more as they push the boundaries of health, science and infrastructure.

Throughout history humans have wiped out animal populations. Have we learned from our mistakes? It seems not, with creatures from a songbird to pangolins and bluefin tuna now facing extinction by way of the dinner table

Members of the public don’t always think very highly of politicians, and that’s especially true when they are convicted criminals. These eight men, from all corners of the globe, misused their power and paid the price.

Did Paul McCartney die in the 1960s? Is the Earth really flat? Is Justin Bieber a shape-shifting lizard? There are many conspiracy theories out there that sound mad but still have plenty of believers – here are some of our favourites

With memories still fresh of May’s record heatwave in the city, we look back at some of the hottest, coldest, wettest and windiest moments in Hong Kong’s history and contrast them with global extremes

Still-beating cobra hearts, decayed fish heads, baby mice drowned in alcohol, durian – all these and much more are genuine delicacies in some parts of the world, but absolutely horrific to others. Take a deep breath before reading on...


Following the downfall of Rosmah Mansor, Malaysia’s former first lady, we look at spouses who are known for their love of luxury and designer goods and weren’t shy about raiding their nation’s coffers to fund their shopping sprees

Badly injured baby elephant Enkesha was rescued from the Maasai Mara and flown to Nairobi for an operation to try and save her severed trunk. Here are the latest pictures of her recovery

Following the tragic food poisoning outbreak at Dan Ryan’s, here are some professional tips for safely preparing and roasting that Christmas turkey