25 08 2014





Don’t matter if you’re black or white

25 08 2014

The work of illustrator Cherng, with his apparently trademark tapirs, being used to promote Taiwan tourism at a show at the Eslite bookstore in Causeway Bay.





Dogs Days

25 08 2014

Hong Kong was gripped last week in a controversy over an unfortunate stray dog that ran on to some train tracks and was sadly killed. Bizarrely though, this has led not to muttered offerings of regret but to a large-scale outpouring of anger at the transport authorities who “didn’t do enough”. Teary protesters marched on the government headquarters bearing photos of their own dogs and pillows shaped like giant dog biscuits. They shouted and wept for justice.

Watching them on the news I was, frankly, disgusted. In the context of a city where the population does not have the vote, in a country riven with stark inequalities and human rights abuses, in a world where ebola is stalking Africa, Syria and Iraq are engulfed in the horrors of war, sea levels are rising and whole species are being pushed to the brink of extinction every week  – this is what the chattering classes of Hong Kong had to be angry about?

It was so parochial and so childish that it made me furious.





Rage against the machine

25 08 2014

A return to form – but isn’ she in prison for tax evasion now?





25 08 2014





Kelis – Afrobeat chic

25 08 2014

The mysteriously-never-released video for last year’s sultry comeback song, Jerk Ribs. Why wasn’t it released? After all, that giraffe can’t have come cheap. Instead we got an ultra-cheap looking outtakes video.





The weekend that was

25 08 2014

Splashing in sunlit water in the pool at Wong Chuk Hung and Pok Fu Lam, saris and fairylights above Causeway Bay at the swish terrace bar/restaurant of Italian restaurant Shelter in the Hysan Building, and a (mediocre) buffet at uber-expat brunch spot Blue Butcher, followed by a lazy stroll through the hot streets of Tai Ping Shan with its cafes and cute little shops.








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