City rejoices as more exchanges and communication promised

The new boss at Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming attracts glowing praise from the city’s elites, it says here. The pro-Beijing elites in question are ex-legislators Maria Tam and Rita Fan, labour unionist Cheng Yiu-tong, legislator and second-generation tycoon Michael Tien and Chief Executive CY Leung.

The all-purpose blandishments – more bland than ishments, really – are strangely similar, as if written by the same, slightly rushed person. Zhang can pick up his duty fast and easily. He learned well from dealing with major events in Hong Kong. He is a scholarly person. He can further promote exchanges and communication between the Mainland and Hong Kong. He is polite, considerate and kind towards small furry animals.

The Standard asks some, presumably non-elite, pro-democrats what they think. The Civic Party’s Alan Leong imperiously requests and requires the new emissary to ‘learn in a humble manner’ – maybe ‘tremble and obey’ would have gone down well. The Labour Party’s Lee Cheuk-yan expresses highly original concerns about Article 23 national security laws. The Democratic Party’s Emily Lau accuses Zhang of covering up numerous illegal structures at his home. None of them drool at the prospect of his further promoting exchanges and communication.

I have been waiting for a decade and a half for a Hong Kong or Mainland bigwig who bucks the trend of pushing for more communication (or improved – quantity and quality are one where communication is concerned). It would be refreshing. “I think the most important thing is to have less communication,” the Chief Executive said in response to a reporter’s question, “most of our problems would go away if we would all just shut up, sit down and stay very still. And by the way, I’d like to clarify my comments yesterday about how chickens are Hong Kong’s most important resource: I meant to say ‘children’.”

Ladies who still have money left over after buying bizarre skin-care ‘serums’: you have a neatly trimmed and pleasantly styled, if unremarkable, head of hair, which generally suits your average, slightly simpering appearance. But you’re not happy with it. Instead, you want it to look as if you’ve been pulled from your bed at 4am and dragged by the legs through a pigsty… 

What to do? The answer is something called ‘Sen by Kim Robinson’. An ad in the Standard says so. Doesn’t fix the simpering, though.

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12 Responses to City rejoices as more exchanges and communication promised

  1. Lois Beluga says:

    Never trust a man with big teeth. Nearly always bent or corrupt or just plain greedy.

    That “Feng shui master” what did the business for Nina has really big ones, almost exploding out of his mouth.

    On another matter, I am surprised you did not comment on the fact that talentless, overblown and undersized nitwit Eric Tsang hit someone.

    No matter how many people Eric Tsang hits, he will never equal the number of people wanting to hit him.

  2. Property Developer says:

    The all-China propaganda department studied en masse at the school of Skinnerite behaviourist socio-psychology: emphasise the positive — youthful/experienced, previously posted to Tibet/Africa/anywhere without major corruption scandals in the last 3 months — and avoid specifics. Don’t provide, above all, any numerical information, and money should not be included under any circumstances.

    Maria, Rita and the other others are genuflecting too much to suggest that the less there was to do with the mainland the better.

    Illegal structures are actively encouraged in the multiple enclaved neo-yamens in our midst but beyond the range of Emily’s screechings. Let’s hope they try to join them up — like the Senkakus to Scarborough. Arrogance comes before a fall.

  3. Failed Alchemist says:

    It goes to show the depth of journalistic expertise here – “chicken” instead of children and no one asked a question. In Cantonese it would have immediately been spotted. Sorry, no speaking England.

    Sigh… at least they are not far away from their leaders – “headmaster” Alan Leong who is trying to “teach” Confucian principles to the new kid in town. But isn’t Confusion true when he said, one much teach by example?

    Don’t the pan-democrats understand the true meaning of humilty when they made a beehive to the Liason Office to finally concede a win-win or some win-most lose situation for universal sufferage only to be told that the process could be rail roaded by the ultra and neo-democrats or incense trellis-gate diatribes?

    Methinks Martin Lee made a marvelous suggestion – form a shadow cabinet & tell us how they will run HK (especially in policy making), different from what we see today. Either do that or shut up, otherwise the usage of “chicken” (either by character or profession) was probably the most apt thing said this week! Wakakaka

  4. Joe Blow says:

    Kimmie Robinson should know something about colored hair. He’s been bleaching his own since he was 9.

  5. Sir Crispin says:

    Ladies who still have money left over after buying bizarre skin-care ‘serums’

    Anyone ever seen Nip/Tuck, and the series arc where the woman’s spa was selling sperm as a “wonder” facial cream?

  6. Old Timer says:

    Kim Robinson still looks tha same as he did 20+ years ago, when, as I recall, he went bankrupt and had to work in a Mongkok salon for a time. Maybe that’s where he picked up this new look for the ladies.

  7. Adrian says:

    She looks far better in the Before pic.

    The After style reminds me of Chinese third-tier city hair styles (from the “fashionable” ladies, more often appearing to be massage ladies) in the early-2000s.

    As an aside, I just tried to send this url through MSN, and received “The link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe.” I’m not even in China right now, so not sure why…

  8. Property Developer says:

    Outllok will truncate as it’s rather long, but will successfully send and receive

  9. Stephen says:

    The hairdresser to the Tai Tai’s must be well into his 50’s by now and looks a lot younger in these lovely airbrushed pictures pimping his latest product.
    As I am bald and male therefore unlikely to go into his salon and / or purchase the “Sen by Kim Robinson” experience i wonder what he looks like in real life?
    “What I also like is a color process called ombre …” Oh FFS is the long Christmas holidays open yet?

  10. Adrian says:

    Property Developer,

    It was I was trying to send, even with www. didn’t work. I just removed the http:// and it was fine. Rather strange, I’ve sent to other friends and had worked.

    First url I’ve sent in a decade or whatever of MSN usage that I can remember this happening to.

  11. Tiu Fu Fong says:

    Sir Crispin: It makes sense that sperm would make a good facial cream. It’s full of babies (or at least vital baby ingredients).

  12. Property Developer says:


    In the same way that bigmelons or nicepeaches could conceivably be picked up, so to speak, by MSN, biglychee(s) or sweetcherries might possibly attract attention amongst the more prurient.

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