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Stressed over exams? HKU’s therapy dog Jasper will lend a paw

University of Hong Kong students experiencing stress during the examination season can now head to the law library to chill out with the school’s newest resident – Jasper.

Jasper is a nine-year-old English Sheepdog adopted from Hong Kong Dog Rescue. He is the university’s therapy dog, introduced as part of a new pilot programme. Jasper will be available for 30-minutes sessions at the library at University of Hong Kong on December 11, 13 and 15 – the peak of exam season.

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Photo: The University of Hong Kong – HKU – 香港大學 via Facebook.


Video: ‘Life in China will never get bored’, says Xinhua’s new rap song on foreign residents

Chinese news state agency Xinhua has released a new video titled Another Day in China to unironically chronicle the lives of expats in China.

Posted on Thursday with the tagline “Life in China will never get bored!” – the song, like its predecessors, adopts the trope of expats fawning over China.

The video boasts China’s embracing of the digital revolution, peppering mentions of various apps into the verses.

“With Wai Mai, Kuai Di, WeChat, I’d be super screwed without my phone,” belts the singer in the video.


Event: Katy Perry to perform in Hong Kong on Asia leg of ‘Witness’ tour

US singer Katy Perry will perform for the first time in Hong Kong next March.

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Her Witness album tour will touch down in Asia next year, with shows also announced in Tokyo, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta.

Perry was denied a visa to China this year, according to PageSix. In 2015, she donned a bright sunflower dress during a concert in Taiwan and wore the Taiwanese flag as a cape.

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Tickets – starting at HK$488 – will go on sale on December 12 via HK Ticketing.


Video: Dutch ‘Black Pete’ character appears at Disco Bay Christmas parade, prompting racism row

A traditional Dutch Christmas festival in which people don blackface has made an appearance at Discovery Bay beach, Lantau.

In a video shared by Localiiz on Saturday, five characters can be seen arriving on a boat wearing blackface make-up, lipstick and large wigs. According to the tradition, Zwarte Piet – or Black Pete – is meant to be the servant of Sinterklaas, or St. Nichloas.

Across the Netherlands, the character celebrates the start of the Christmas season by giving out gifts to children alongside Santa Claus. According to polls, most Dutch see the practice as uncontroversial, though – internationally – the tradition has long raised eyebrows, not least owing to Holland’s colonial history.


In Pictures: Interactive artwork and music wow festivalgoers as Clockenflap gets into full swing

Interactive artwork and a diverse succession of sets wowed festivalgoers as the Clockenflap festival continued into its second day.

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Photo: Chris Lusher.

On Saturday, headliners The Prodigy and Stormzy got the crowd moving as tribute act The Bootleg Beatles led the audience in an epic singalong by the Central habourfront.

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The Prodigy. Photo: Chris Lusher.

Aside from the music, attendees enjoyed an array of interactive art pieces.

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Photo: Luke Van der Kamp.

Balloon Chain, a gigantic sculpture made of helium-filled balloons, brightened up the harbour as it continued to change, shaped by the passing wind throughout the weekend.


In Pictures: Hong Kong’s 10th Clockenflap festival kicks off in Central

Clockenflap music and arts festival kicked off on Friday at the Central Harbourfront.

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Photo: Chris Lusher.

The 10th edition of the 3-day festival began with performances from UK indie heroes Kaiser Chiefs, Canadian indie-pop chanteuse Feist, French indie band Totorro, Chengdu rap act Higher Brothers and LA rapper Kid Ink.

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Feist, Photo: Chris Lusher.

On Saturday, UK grime don Stormzy, local indie legends Chochukmo, Portland’s Dandy Warhols and UK techno-punk hellraisers The Prodigy will be playing.

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Higher Brothers. Photo: HKFP.

Tickets are still available – HK$1,050 for single day entry. HK$640 for students.


Event: The full Clockenflap Festival 2017 schedule

The Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival returns for its 10th edition next weekend at Central Harbourfront, bringing together a sparkling array of talent, unique attractions and music-loving fans that all adds up to the best weekend of the year.

Here is the full 2017 schedule – click to enlarge:

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See also: Clockenflap Festival 2017: The Prodigy, Young Fathers, Temples, Jungle & Bootleg Beatles

saturday clockenflap 2017 schedule

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See also: Massive Attack, Feist, MØ, Dandy Warhols, Matthew Dear, Bob Moses confirmed

sunday clockenflap 2017 schedule

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Phase 3 ticket prices:

  • General admission 3-Day weekend tickets are HK$1,830

Kaiser Chiefs, Kid Ink, Stormzy, Chochukmo to play at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap 2017, as full line-up confirmed

English indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs, American rapper Kid Ink, Michigan DJ Seth Troxler and English grime and hip hop artist Stormzy have been announced for Clockenflap 2017. 

Also joining the line-up will be French Hip-hop beatmaker Onra, Californian DJ/producer Tokimonsta, Taiwanese funk-pop trio Cosmos People and local indie heroes Chochukmo.

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The Kaiser Chiefs. Photo: Clockenflap.

They will be joining previously announced acts The Prodigy, Temples, Temples, The Bootleg Beatles,  Young Fathers, Slaves and Wednesday Campanella.

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Shots of the Prodigy on tour, Sydney Australia, March 2015.

As well as Massive Attack, Feist, MØ, Dandy Warhols and Bob Moses at Central Harbourfront from Friday, November 17 to Sunday 19.


Event: A free Hong Kong art walking tour with Chinese performance artist Frog King

Mesmerised by the rebellious artistic movements at the turn of the 60s and 70s? This weekend, an exclusive free art walking tour will look at two major exhibitions from the period.

First up is an exhibition of work from Gianfranco Baruchello and Marcel Duchamp at Massimo de Carlo gallery. Both artists subverted the standards of their time. Have a go at decoding Baruchello’s iconic box compositions and large-scale figurine populated canvases. Also see Duchamp’s spiralling installation, which will turn your idea of art on its head!

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Frog King. Photo: Wikicommons.


Google fixes MTR exit feature in Maps app, after disappearance vexes Hongkongers

Google has restored the numbered MTR exit symbols on its Google Maps application in Hong Kong, after they disappeared for much of September.

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Photo: Googlemaps/remix.

Commuters had been complaining for weeks on social media about their absence.

When asked as to why the issue kept reoccurring, a spokesperson for Google told HKFP:  “The issue has been fixed. Hongkongers can now see MTR exits again on Google Maps.”