Life for listings publications, I am informed, is getting tougher as interactive wireless technology gives nightlife fans personalized, second-by-second information on entertainment and dining options. Hence a move by the management at Time Out Hong Kong to shift the weighting of the magazine’s content a bit away from the traditional hamburger reviews towards some more substantial fare.
Whether letting Hemlock loose on 6,000 words of cover feature about Hong Kong politics is the best way to do that, I have no idea. But that’s what has happened for the June 22-July 5 issue, which looks forward one year to the arrival in office of the Big Lychee’s next Chief Executive. To hell with all the secrecy and mumbling about candidates and elections – let’s just spit out the name: Henry Tang. There’s a long article on the forthcoming pseudo-election, one on the challenges awaiting our visionary new leader, a run-down of the specimens in the running for the job, and a ‘CH Tung vs Donald’ comparison.
Mature stay-at-home types and others who might like this sort of thing and wouldn’t normally read Time Out will find the magazine sporting a hard-to-miss, Warhol-esque portrait of Henry himself as great helmsman; to reassure the young and trendy regular readers, there’s a flash across the top right corner saying ‘KYLIE’S COMING!’ A snip at HK$18. At all good bookstores as of this morning, plus the classier newsstands and 7-Elevens.