The Hong Kong government is caught in an embarrassing situation. On the one hand, it must maintain the fiction that there is a ‘shortage of land’ to justify current high housing prices and long-term multi-billion mega-projects to reclaim artificial islands. On the other hand, there is spare and underused space all around in the form of land zoned as agricultural or industrial, supposedly military sites, Disney/cruise tourist facilities, luxury developments for Mainland money-launderers, and much else.
If the ‘shortage of land’ is real, it follows that the city cannot devote a huge area to a golf course at Fanling. But the government’s buddies value their exclusive recreational club above the needs of the overall population or economy. So officials will falsify the site’s potential for affordable housing. Will the pro-dems be able to get their act together and make a suitably awkward issue out of it?
On the subject of officials pushing BS, here’s a response to the Hong Kong’s government’s ever-child-like thrill at receiving the World’s Freest Economy prize every year. And to mark the freezing weather hitting the city, here’s an analysis (for those following this sort of thing) of how China presents its Arctic ambitions. Not least – a Chinese Communist theoretician’s view of the Western Concept of Journalism, as opposed to that derived from Victorian-era London based German, Karl M.
Light relief from the land of vintage album covers courtesy of (no infantile snickering, please) The Beavers…
So – a 1964-style combo in matching outfits clearly modeled on the Beatles, with McCartney-style Hofner bass and mop-top hairstyles. The group is Japanese, and this seems to be from 1967, which suggests Japan was woefully behind the times in those days. But maybe they were cooler than we might think, as it says here (in an apparently neo-Marxist forum, so who knows) that they were banned from TV for their freakiness. Click on the pic to judge for yourself (quite with-it garage stuff, under the circumstances).