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My Autobiography

I have been talking about writing an autobiography for some time; and I think I wrote about this in my blog a couple of times. I have finally done it in ten chapters totaling more than a whopping 150,000 words, to which would be added an introduction and additional pages on acknowledgements and postscript together […]

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More on Hope

In the past week, we can’t go anywhere without listening to progress or the lack of it, on the 2020 US Election. It is open knowledge that both parties had begun to develop strategies for the Election as soon as Trump took his Presidential Oath in January 2017 if not earlier. In the four years […]

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More on Hope

In the past week, we can’t go anywhere without listening to progress or the lack of it, on the 2020 US Election. It is open knowledge that both parties had begun to develop strategies for the Election as soon as Trump took his Presidential Oath in January 2017 if not earlier. In the four years […]

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Hope

Yesterday, we had another day of almost complete lockdown brought about by tropical storm Nangka. I got up just in time to see the news that Hong Kong Observatory had hoisted the No. 8 NE signal and got back to my warm bed for two more hours before contemplating breakfast. We were to meet at […]

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What a Week!

The week began with the very pleasant news that our Latin dance coach had their first born on Monday, which traditionally is Confucius’ Birthday, born in 551 BC. Sam has graduated with first class honour in Chinese from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and he wishes his son would grow up with some of […]

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Our Dance Coach and My Book Project

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on 22 September, President Xi Jinping called for mutual respect and cooperation between nations, which was in stark contrast to what Trump said immediately before him at the same forum. Trump had made ferocious attacks on China and blamed China for almost everything from the coronavirus […]

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Good Night Jenny (21.11.1932 – 21.07.2020)

We first met Jenny five years ago when we joined a Latin Dance class at one of our clubs. She was always well groomed, mild mannered, with appropriate make-up, tasteful dresses and matching shoes, and looking very smart, to the point of bright and shiny. She was over 80, but she looked just qualified for […]

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We Must Support Chief Executive Carrie Lam

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at her press conference last Friday 31 July 2020 her Government’s decision to postpone by one year the Legislative Council election scheduled for September 2020. The next day, Alex Lo wrote an open letter to her in SCMP in support of the decision and urge her to take courage, for […]

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Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

It seems that time is a function of one’s commitments to be carried out when and as they could be and in the manner and fashion that they could be, as opposed to what was pronounced in Parkinson’s Law, first published in 1942 and which I once pandered, that work expands so as to fill […]

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Sip Your Whisky – Nice and Slow

Exactly a week ago, I had breakfast with my brother Francis. He had actually asked me the week before, but both of us were sort of busy and that was the earliest slot we could arrange for breakfast or lunch.  No sooner had he sat down and ordered his usual eggs Benedict with Earl Gray […]

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