On this day…in 1973

On this day in 1973, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema possibly caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller. During Lee’s all-too-brief career, he became a movie star in Asia and, posthumously, in America. Jun Fan (Bruce) Lee was born on November … [Read the full story]

The cruise ship

It was my first cruise. I boarded the boat/ship/vessel at Fremantle and took a short cruise to Singapore. It would take me hours to get aboard and find my cabin. Luggage delivered later and no booze allowed in the baggage. But that’s okay, I’m off out to investigate. The ship is massive. It’s called HMS, … [Read the full story]

Primal Scream bring the house down at Clockenflap

Primal Scream brought the first day of Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival to a close last week, with a greatest hits set at the Kowloon Waterfront Park. The show marked the band’s first appearance in Asia with new permanent bassist Simone Butler, who was officially anounced as Mani’s replacement in October. After Bobby Gillespie greeted the … [Read the full story]

Beijing switches allegiance

As rumours abound that the government’s authority has been challenged, Beijing is striving to maintain its grip on Hong Kong. Just days before the southern financial hub’s elite chooses the region’s next leader, there are signs that Beijing wants to dump its first choice for the winner as it tries to keep pace with public … [Read the full story]

The Great Firewall of China

For the people of China, the advent of the internet could have meant a new age of free expression, allowing them access to previously restricted and often sensitive information. Unsurprisingly, then, Beijing has been quick to tighten its grip on the web, stopping potentially subversive material from crossing its borders. Last year saw the birth … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1940

On this day in 1940, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee is born in San Francisco, California. In his all-too-brief career, Lee became a film star in Asia, and a pop-culture icon, posthumously, in America. Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved … [Read the full story]

3D Sex & Zen is bigger than Avatar at box office

A 3D porn comedy has taken the Hong Kong box office by storm. The Cantonese-language production 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy had earned 17 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.2 million) as of Tuesday since opening last week, according to figures provided by producer Stephen Shiu. That’s nearly seven times the total take so far … [Read the full story]

Will you marry me…at McDonalds?

McDonalds in Hong Kong is now offering marriage services. Everyone knows that McDonalds exists for divorced dads to say sorry to their children for having an affair. So, how is this McDonalds Marriage Service going to work? It’ll hardly be romantic, exchanging vows with a couple of tradies looking at you whilst devouring a sausage … [Read the full story]