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.

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Jazz, smelly socks, vomiting: weird and wonderful common cold cures

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.

2 Nov 2018 - 6:33PM

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.

Jazz, smelly socks, vomiting: weird and wonderful common cold cures
Today in history: Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Nikita Krushchev and Mao Zedong were all in the news

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.

12 Oct 2018 - 6:16PM

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.

Today in history: Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Nikita Krushchev and Mao Zedong were all in the news
Golden Week in China: the incredible numbers behind largest human migration in history

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.

27 Sep 2018 - 7:17PM

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.

Golden Week in China: the incredible numbers behind largest human migration in history
What is a cluster headache? A first-person account of the most painful condition known to man

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.

24 Sep 2018 - 5:44PM

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.

What is a cluster headache? A first-person account of the most painful condition known to man
Cluster headaches: five things you may not know – celebrity sufferers, extreme behaviour

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.

24 Sep 2018 - 5:54PM

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.

Cluster headaches: five things you may not know – celebrity sufferers, extreme behaviour
Brainwashing, child abuse, even bioterrorism: six sex cults that went well beyond ‘love thy neighbour’

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.

12 Sep 2018 - 5:57PM

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.

Brainwashing, child abuse, even bioterrorism: six sex cults that went well beyond ‘love thy neighbour’
The pet projects Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires spend their fortunes on – from space travel to immortality

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.

21 Aug 2018 - 6:45PM

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.

The pet projects Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires spend their fortunes on – from space travel to immortality
Four animals being eaten into extinction by gourmets in China and around the world

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

5 Jul 2018 - 12:54PM

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

Four animals being eaten into extinction by gourmets in China and around the world
Najib Razak not the only world leader to face court – here are eight politicians sentenced to jail for abusing their power

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.

6 Jul 2018 - 11:40AM

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.

Najib Razak not the only world leader to face court – here are eight politicians sentenced to jail for abusing their power
Six of the best conspiracy theories, from Elvis Presley is alive to Justin Bieber is a shape-shifting lizard

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

19 Jun 2018 - 5:41PM

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

Six of the best conspiracy theories, from Elvis Presley is alive to Justin Bieber is a shape-shifting lizard
Extreme Hong Kong weather and how it compares to the rest of the world

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

14 Jun 2018 - 2:26PM

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

Extreme Hong Kong weather and how it compares to the rest of the world
The most disgusting and shocking foods from around the world – would you dare try them?

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...

31 May 2018 - 12:25PM

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...

The most disgusting and shocking foods from around the world – would you dare try them?
Five leaders’ wives and their obscene shopping habits, from Rosmah Mansor and Grace Mugabe to Marie Antoinette

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

23 May 2018 - 7:37PM

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

Five leaders’ wives and their obscene shopping habits, from Rosmah Mansor and Grace Mugabe to Marie Antoinette
Elephant rescue up close: part two– Enkesha’s post-op progress

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Elephant rescue up close: part two– Enkesha’s post-op progress
How to cook a Christmas turkey so it won't poison anyone: four easy rules

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

7 Dec 2016 - 9:02AM

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

How to cook a Christmas turkey so it won't poison anyone: four easy rules
Health, delivered
26 Oct 2008 - 12:00AM
Health, delivered
Pushing my buttons
22 Feb 2009 - 12:00AM
Pushing my buttons
Red menace
11 Jan 2009 - 12:00AM
Red menace
Department of Irritation
21 Dec 2008 - 12:00AM
Department of Irritation