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SCMP on the Lam

The South China Morning Post goes into a painfully contrived and disproportionate democrat-bashing frenzy today – devoting the front-page lead, laborious backgrounders, in-depth blah, a tedious editorial and pliable hack-columnists #1 and #2 to the Howard Lam saga. At best, … Continue reading

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Airline serves as partial metaphor for city

The glory days of Cathay Pacific are ancient history, an analyst says.  Others are forecasting that Hong Kong’s major airline faces more financial losses and further cost-cutting. The ‘glory days’ would most likely have been the mid-80s to mid-90s. During … Continue reading

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Just time for…

…a quick update on the mysterious Maison de Paris that now graces the neighbourhood around the Mid-Levels Escalator. The proprietors have placed a board outside listing what the business sells, and the teddy bear in the window is now sitting … Continue reading

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Another retail concept to the slaughter

Next to the Mid-Levels Escalator around Rednaxela Terrace, before you get up to the Mosque, is one of a series of humble storefronts. It used to be a Dutch pickled-herring-and-Edam bar called the Orange Tree, popular with the clogs-and-Heineken crowd … Continue reading

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A word from Hong Kong’s real boss

Just in case you needed reminding that Beijing’s Liaison Office is now running Hong Kong, its boss Zhang Xiaoming delivers a Policy Address and Update. He describes recent subversion of the city’s legal principles as ‘rule of law’ and the … Continue reading

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Armageddon approaches

Is the world heading towards nuclear confrontation? If it is, no-one has told the Hang Seng Index, which – perhaps hardened by Hong Kong’s inundation with palm oil – opens today with a very mild and probably overdue touch of … Continue reading

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Today’s lesson: what does Article 136 say?

A week ago, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam assured the public that she had no plans to expand ‘National Education’, the euphemism for Communist Party-approved brainwashing of kids. Now China’s Education Minister – one Chen Baosheng – contradicts her … Continue reading

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We’re at Peak Panda

The South China Morning Post describes Hong Kong uber-tycoon Li Ka-shing’s strategic shift from Greater China property to international utilities and infrastructure. Li’s model – make big easy profits in Hong Kong and Mainland real estate and buy revenue-generating assets … Continue reading

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CCP vs Holy Romans

A shift in Mainland vexillological protocol causes controversy. It appears to be part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s consolidation of his and the Communist Party’s supremacy. Not only does the Party flag take precedence over the national one, but Xi … Continue reading

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Buggle in a muddle?

Has Buggle lost his mind? Buggle Lau, the Hong Kong media’s most reliable quote-provider on property issues, works for a real-estate agency. He therefore usually cheerfully proclaims that every day is a good day to buy an apartment or three. … Continue reading

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