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A growing number of people in Hong Kong believe the way forward for the city is on two wheels. Bikes, they point out, are more efficient, cheaper and less demanding on our pressured land resources than cars. Most importantly, they’re healthier, both for individual riders and the general...
Jul 16 2009
Tung Chung Cycling paths in Tung Chung are big among triathlon trainers at the moment, but commuters find them inadequate, namely because they’re disconnected and incomplete. Biking instructor Steve Coward says the gaps between them have forced commuters to ride on the open road, where...
Jul 16 2009
Traveling on the Mid-Levels escalator two months ago, reader Andy Knight was dismayed by what he saw. Along the stretch just above Wyndham Street, a trash man was emptying the recycling bins into the same receptacle as the regular trash. Anyone with the slightest concern for the environment would...
Category IIB. “The Taking of Pelham 123” is one dull train ride of a film. I’ll confess I haven’t seen the 1974 original, but if the plot’s even remotely the same, I can’t imagine what compelled Tony Scott to come up with a remake. The film comes across a bit...
Jun 12 2009
Space Oddity - Gaia
Fans of alfresco dining were up in arms recently over the Central and Western District Council’s recent decision to ban restaurants from operating in public open space. At the center of the row is Gaia Ristorante in Sheung Wan’s Grand Millenium Plaza. Since 2004, the Italian restaurant...
Spay It, Don’t Say It
“Cuteness At What Cost?” reads the flyer of local animal welfare group STOP, referring to the harm inflicted on animals by Hong Kong’s pet trade. Some of the figures listed beneath will unsettle even the most hardened zoophobe. According to an SPCA survey they cite, 78 percent of...
Eco Entrepreneurs - Brian Pemberton
Brian Pemberton, ReSACKel bags Derived from traditional rice sacks collected here and just across the border, Brian Pemberton’s ReSACKel bags are unmistakably genuine and come straight from the heart of a passionate local environmentalist. His idea naturally came in response to Hong Kong...
Greener Pastures?
There’s a growing international consensus lately that green initiatives, far from being a waste of money in tough times, could be the way out of the current global economic plight. In the US, President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has emphasized that we should “never allow...
Getting Real - Francis Cheng
About a year and a half ago, we highlighted a rampant epidemic that was reaching its peak in Hong Kong (“Going Logo,” November 29, 2007). A manic obsession with luxury goods had everyone from tweens to tai-tais across the city rushing to spend with reckless abandon. According to a book...
The Crassest of Crass - Marie Antoinette Christian Louboutins
Marie Antoinette Christian Louboutins These museum-worthy shoes are inspired by the famously decadent French queen. There are only 36 pairs in the world, 10 of which can be bought in Hong Kong’s Christian Louboutin boutique at 7 On Lan St., Central. Price tag: $47,250 Burberry Dog...