Monthly Archives: May 2012

POLITICS – Depraved HK Newspaper Needn’t Fear HK’s Media Watchdogs 7

What kind of case would it take to spur HK’s media self-regulatory bodies into action? One might think they’d pounce were some amoral local rag to – say – print a picture of the last moments of a bloodied up schoolboy…

Although independently funded NGOs with few legal powers, surely The Press Council and the HK Journalists Association would come down like a ton of bricks should the Oriental Press Group print such an intrusive, graphic image, as they did last November. Moments after an 11-year-old primary school child jumped from a bathroom window, a photojournalist was snapping away on the scene as paramedics attempted to revive him. (How said photographer sleeps at night is another matter.)
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PHOTOGRAPHY – Rare Shots from Inside the Old Kowloon Walled City 15

Below are shots fromCity of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City‘ – a photobook by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. The Canadian photographers spent 5 years shooting in the Kowloon Walled City before it was demolished in the early nineties…

“33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong’s safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in a place that was a true Hong Kong original.”

Click for more Architecture & Infrastructure posts or history posts.

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BLOG – The Weird, Possibly Racist World of HK Speed Dating – A Personal Account. 3

Doing the rounds today on Reddit, Facebook and the Twittersphere is a bizarre ad for a local dating event tonight… (N.B. As not to encourage anyone, I’ve filled this under the ‘Possibly Racist‘ tag as opposed to ‘Events‘.)

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…Yes, that’s right, $4800. But unfortunately this is not biting satire, it’s real and here’s the website to prove it.

And why might it be free for men? Quote: “Free for foreigners is because we have a 39 years old German banker meet his wife from our event and sponsor few quota for foreigners and hope they are as lucky as like him.” — because people do that, right?

EVENTS – Worst Movie in the World Showing Tomorrow in HK

Weighing in at a putrid 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, 1990 B-movie Troll 2 has the dubious honour of being the worst film ever made. And if you’ve no plans this rainy weekend, it’s showing at the Agnes B Theatre in Wan Chai, 7pm Saturday. Oddly, the film has no connection with its prequel or sequel, and its main cast were made up of extras.

The notorious cult cringe-fest was ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ that it spawned a 2010 documentary about its cult popularity. This will be also be shown on the night.

For tickets ($120) email [email protected] with the subject heading: “I want to get my TROLL on”. Every ticket holder gets a beer and pizza from Pizza Express if they survive the showings. More details here.

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EVENT – ‘Bankers vs Lawyers’ Fundraiser Quiz 1

Some of Hong Kong’s top lawyers and bankers will be temporarily taking on human form to partake in the 2012 ICM ‘Bankers vs Lawyers’ Quiz this Friday. It will be hosted, very strictly, by the very author of this blog. There are 5 rounds expertly designed to challenge the mental agility of the city’s finest legal and financial minds.

Topics shall include: Hong Kong, the Philippines (where ICM operates), Movies, TV Themes and a special Law and Finance round. The losing table will officially be ‘on detention’ and thus severely punished!

The evening runs from 5:30pm-7:30pm with the quiz at 6pm. It costs $40,000 to take part but you can join in yourselves at the back, cheer on your ‘favourite’ law firm/bank or simply prey witness to the inevitable humiliation if yours truly. The bar is open as usual so you can just have a drink or two OR you can pay $200 for unlimited food and drink!
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ICM is a fantastic sustainable, grass-roots poverty alleviation effort based in HK. The event is about raising money ($2million, hopefully) for the scholarship programmes – aiming to empower 5,000 disadvantaged children to cover the prohibitive expenses of ‘free’ public school. The charity and those it helps appreciate all and any donations.

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PLACES – Beautiful Bride’s Pool Waterfalls 9

With its idyllic pools, magnificent waterfalls and dizzying, rugged uplands, Plover Cove, in Hong Kong’s north-east, is home to some of the territory’s most spectacular scenery.

Bus 75K from Tai Po Market MTR goes to Tai Mei Tuk bus terminus, the starting point for various hikes for all levels of fitness. However, green minibus 20C from the MTR heads right up to Wu Kau Tang, arguably a better, quieter starting point for some of the best Plover Cove trails.

From Wu Kau Tang, the more adventurous can try the Reservoir Country Trail (7hrs) or there is a short, flat hike through woods and streams to Bride’s Pool waterfalls (40mins) as shown below. Upon reaching the main road, you can continue to Tai Mei Tuk on the slightly tougher Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail (2hrs) which begins directly over the road. After lunch there is the option to cycle to Tai Wai MTR (1-way hire $60-100, 90mins – 2hrs).

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