Saturday, December 31, 2011

William Wordsworth: Upon Westminster Bridge

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Happy New Year

Friday, December 30, 2011

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The Other Side: Harbour eye-candy on a murky Friday afternoon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Slade: Merry Christmas Everybody

For Christmas, a guilty pleasure.

No Christmas is complete without Noddy Holder's yell starting at 3'03. . .

Plus, Christmas hits: are Slade, Boney M and the Pogues made for life?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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The weekend starts here. . . season's greetings!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Joni Mitchell: River

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

From the album Blue, a song for Christmas. . .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ronnie Corbett: My Blackberry Is Not Working

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield. . .

Friday, December 09, 2011

Cold Weather Warning

The Cold Weather Warning has been issued by the Hong Kong
Observatory at 4:20 p.m. Cold weather is expected in Hong
Kong during the overnight period.

The minimum temperature in the urban areas overnight will be around 11 degrees. It will be lower than 10 degrees over parts of the New Territories and on high ground.

As Hong Kong will be affected by a cold winter monsoon in
the next couple of days, people are advised to put on warm
clothes and to avoid adverse health effects due to the cold
weather. You must also ensure adequate indoor ventilation.

If you must go out, please avoid prolonged exposure to
wintry winds.

If you know of elderly persons or persons with chronic
medical conditions staying alone, please call or visit them
occasionally to check if they need any assistance.

Make sure heaters are safe before use, and place them away
from any combustibles. Do not light fires indoors as a means
to keep warm.

Whatever the temperature, please ensure that there is plenty
of fresh air in your room when you are using an old-type gas
water heater. 

Dispatched by Hong Kong Observatory at 16:20 HKT on 09.12.2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Orchestre National de Barbès: lawah lawah

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian musicians. . .

The name of the band is a wry joke. . .   Barbès is in Paris's 18th arrondissement

If memory serves me well, Emile Zola's novel Nana begins in the Goutte d'Or (gutter of gold) in Barbès. At that time the area was a refuge for the poor recently made homeless by the clearance by Haussmann of whole sections of the city centre to create the boulevards and prospects as they are today.

Soon after the area became first port of call for workers from France's rural provinces, followed by workers from Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Since the 1950s, Barbès has been a starting point for workers from ex-French Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia. It has some great couscous restaurants. 

Friday, December 02, 2011

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Overnight the temperature hovered around 12C. Today, however, the sky was blue, the sun shone, and the thermometer hovered around a pleasant 17.5C. Humidity is way, way down. Crisp, even. Well, crisp for these parts.

Hong Kong Observatory forecasts cold (12C) for ce soir, except under the duvet.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

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During the night an "intense winter monsoon" swept in from the north and the day-time temperature today dropped eight degrees compared with the day before.

Hong Kong Observatory forecasts an overnight temperature of 13C or slightly below. And not much warmer tomorrow. Ouch!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bob Dylan: All Along the Watchtower

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Side one, track four, from one of Dylan's greatest albums, John Wesley Harding. . .

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ignatus: Le Soleil Chante / The Sun Sings

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Whimsical film to accompany the song. . . and English subtitles. . .

Friday, November 18, 2011

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Chinese medicinal herbal teas

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Très chic!

Video too quick? OK, go here:
Scarf: 1
Scarf: 2
Scarf: 3

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

A postcard is better than no letter at all

Thanks for the welcome back messages!

Previously, it was usual to go out each day and post a photo that very same day.

Such frequency is not possible for the time being, but as a good friend and mentor once pointed out to me apropos of something else: "a postcard is better than no letter at all".

So, life goes on.

And wherever you are, may you stay well and be blessed with moments of serenity and grace.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Time Out

Been even less well than usual these past few days. Until some of that is sorted out, I am taking a break.  

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The Beatles: You Can't Do That

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Melbourne, 1964. . .

Friday, October 07, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs: Stay hungry, stay foolish

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) commencement address at Stanford University in 2005:

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011

John Adams: China Gates

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Music with a delicate touch. . .

Performed by Fraser Graham

Friday, September 30, 2011

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Village square by night

[Yes, tomorrow, 1st October, is China's National Day and hereabouts a public holiday]

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Typhoon Nesat

[A little island in the South China Sea woke up this morning to discover that sometime during the night Hong Kong Observatory had issued a No.8. . . a 'gale or storm force wind warning'. So this morning most people didn't go to work or school, the ferries stopped, and most shops stayed closed. The all-clear was given at 4:10pm.]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Village Square

[A little island in the South China Sea marks China's National Day on 1st October]

Note: it's quite windy. Having battered The Philippines, Typhoon Nesat is now progressing westwards across the South China Sea. It is currently about 500 kilometres south of here and heading west-northwest. Earlier today, Hong Kong Observatory issued a No. 3. The Obs forecasts rough seas, occasional gale force winds, and "squally" showers overnight and into tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Cantonese opera recital, public pier

[This event was in connection with China's upcoming National Day on October 1st]

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

They paved paradise. . . put up a parking lot. . .

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yves Montand: Les feuilles mortes

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

A classic. . . Montand first sang this song of loss and regret in a 1946 film, Les Portes de la Nuit. A year later, Johnny Mercer took Les feuilles mortes and made it into Autumn Leaves. . .

Autumn Leaves
Jacques Prévert

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Mooncake, Mid-autumn Festival 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Niney: Blood and Fire

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

More Jamaican riddims. . .

Friday, September 09, 2011

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The Other Side: High Street, Sai Ying Pun