How Nepalese Gurkhas helped put down the riots in Hong Kong in 1960s

  • In Gurkha Odyssey, Peter Duffell, former commander of the British forces in Hong Kong, tells the story of 200 years of service by the Nepalese Gurkhas
  • In this edited excerpt, Duffell describes a city rocked by riots during the 1960s – events that resonate today as the city again struggles with unrest

American hunter who hastened demise of the South China tiger, and how Mao’s assault on nature finished it off

  • Trophy hunters like boastful William Lord Smith pushed the big cat towards extinction in China and Southeast Asia; greed and growth hastened its end
  • Smith’s self-regarding memoir included the fact that he always sent one of the Chinese in his employ into a tiger’s lair first