Monthly Archives: August 2016

Event: ‘Drag Domination’ – Hong Kong’s largest ever gathering of the city’s drag queens

Queen Collection and Orange Peel are organising the largest ever gathering of the city’s drag queens next Friday, September 9.

The event will feature all night performances, lip-sync battles and “the hotly anticipated debut of a new Queen.” It is open to all and the first line-up will be announced soon.

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The event will take place at Orange Peel, 2/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwan Fong, Central. Doors open at 9pm and the first show starts at 10:30pm.

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Event: Bill Bailey returns to Hong Kong with new show

Bill Bailey is returning to Hong Kong on December 14 with a new musical comedy show.

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Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian.  With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, he tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones… and an excruciating encounter with Paul McCartney.  Two decades of life as a comic filtered through what the Daily Telegraph calls ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

The show starts at 8pm at the Kitec Rotunda 3 in Kwun Tong.

Video: Japan PM Shinzo Abe emerges from pipe as Super Mario during Rio closing ceremony

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged from a green pipe dressed as Super Mario on Sunday during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Japan set to host the next games in 2020.

The Olympic flag was officially passed to Tokyo’s governor.

A colourful teaser video included Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Pacman and Abe himself.

HKFP History: A brief visual history of Hong Kong’s old airport, Kai Tak

Heralded as the sixth most dangerous in the world, Kai Tak served as Hong Kong’s airport from 1925 until 1998.

Photo: Daryl Chapman, via Flickr.

Photo: Daryl Chapman, via Flickr.

Landings over densely populated Kowloon were spectacular and involved a complicated last-minute manoeuvre known in the piloting community as a ‘Hong Kong turn’ or ‘checkerboard turn’, after the checkerboard reference point above Kowloon Tsai Park.

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In 1925, Kai Tak was a simple grass-strip airfield which served the British RAF and enthusiasts from the Hong Kong Aviation Club.

By 1928, a concrete slipway was constructed for seaplanes.

Hong Kong’s most dreaded creepy-crawlies

Hong Kong has recorded at least 6,784 insect species – most of which are fairly benevolent. However, some are less friendly. HongWrong has collected a list of the city’s most dreaded creepy crawlies.

Nephila Pilipes Golden Golden orb-weaver

Also known as giant wood spiders or banana spiders, they feature a leg span of up to 20cm and often prey on snakes or small birds. They are one of the biggest spiders in the world and, if you fancy a visit to the lovely Lantau Silvermine waterfalls, expect to be absolutely surrounded by gaggles of these nightmarish arachnids. Hong Kong’s “Jumanji Island,” Tung Ping Chau, is also teeming with the damned things, ready and poised to devour your first-born child.

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the 1972 deadly Kotewall Road landslide

On June 18, 1972, a deadly landslide at Kotewall Road claimed 67 lives and injured 20. These photos, which depict the aftermath of the disaster, were taken with a Nikon F camera by a Flickr user, who was a teenager at the time living at Lyttelton Road – just one level below Kotewall Road. The negatives were recently recovered and scanned.

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First scene of the site the next morning. Photo: aetse via Flickr.