Talking Points: Wall Trees Get the Chop, Boob News Spreads, and Don't Get an Escalator
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Wall Trees Getting The Chop
Hong Kong’s banyan wall trees have been having a hard time of it ever since a century-old wall tree collapsed in July’s typhoon on Bonham Road in Sai Ying Pun, injuring two. Since then five more similarly ancient banyans in the area have been removed in the name of public safety. But local residents and conservation groups have been crying foul play, saying that even if there was structural weakness, Hong Kong’s wall trees are a piece of the city’s heritage and they shouldn’t be felled without prior consultation. A miniature shrine has grown up around the trees’ remaining roots. Meanwhile, four other trees across the territory collapsed last week after heavy rain.
Our Take: Ancient institutions replaced by modern development? Sounds like Sai Ying Pun to us.
Boob News Goes International
The controversial conviction of 30-year-old Ng Lai-ying for “assaulting” a police officer with her breast during an anti-parallel trader protest has gone global. While activists marched on August 2 in solidarity with Ng, with men and women wearing bras over their shirts, the issue has seen massive support online. The event has also reached the ears of American TV host Conan O’Brien, who performed a satirical monologue comparing breasts to nunchuks. Spanish web magazine Playground also uploaded a 30-second clip, labeling the events “La Revolucion de los Sujetadores”—”The Bra Revolution.” So far the clip has had 9.2k likes on Facebook.
Our Take: It seems they’ve found the breast way to gain media attention…
Basic Modes of Transport Getting Freaky
Unfortunate escalator accidents appear to have spread from the mainland to Hong Kong. One of the four main escalators in Causeway Bay’s Times Square broke down last Monday morning, with dozens of loose fragments of yellow safety plastic breaking off along the edges of the steps. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department says that it was not due to any internal mechanical failure and no injuries were reported. The same week, Times Square’s elevator also experienced a malfunction: A lift carrying eight people plummeted from the 18th to the 14th floor. The passengers inside were rescued after 10 minutes, unharmed. Netizens have blamed Times Square’s ongoing Gundam exhibition, claiming that the accidents are due to battling mecha robots.
Our Take: Let’s just take Gundam robots everywhere instead. They’re apparently safer…