Thursday, 27 June 2019

How You Can Show Support for the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests

I know this is a bit off topic for my usual cultural/historical posts but I figured I would add my contribution to the anti-Extradition Bill protests that have been in the world news over the past few weeks.

The below image popped up on Twitter a few weeks back and it is basically a list of prominent local business people (their Chinese names in bold) who showed support for the Extradition Bill amendments, and a list of the businesses they are involved in (as owners, directors etc). For obvious reasons there were quite a few requests for an English version of this list so that those who can't read Chinese could show some support for the protests by avoiding spending their money at these places.

Anyway, I took a bit of time out of my day to provide an English translation and I encourage anyone in Hong Kong who wants to show some moral support for the protests to think twice before they put money into any of the businesses listed below.

Monday, 1 April 2019

The Avenue of Stars 2019

Well, it's been 3 long years since the Avenue of Stars closed to allow New World Development to build their new harbourside carbuncle, Victoria Dockside/K11 Atelier. The New World Centre and its adjoining serviced apartments are now consigned to history and in their place we have another Kowloon skyscraper.

Whilst all this was going on, some of the exhibitions from the former version of the Avenue were moved to a podium garden above TST East MTR Station and languished there for a while but was moved back a few months ago in preparation for the grand reopening.

Anyway, you may or may not recall many years ago I wrote a rather long piece for the (then) in-print Time Out magazine, and then followed it up here with a blow-by-blow guide to each personality featured on the Avenue. As a bit of a restart to this blog (because I have been lazy and not posted anything for nearly a year, although I have a bunch of stuff that is still in progress) I though it would be nice to revisit this old haunt and see if and how it has been improved.