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Update from Hemlock

The mood on the Mid-Levels Escalator this morning is one of balmy indifference to just about everything. It is 7.45, and not one, not two, but all three 7-Elevens between Soho and Queens Road have still not had the South … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

Back from a four-day trip to Bangkok, and I find myself in the conference room on the top floor of S-Meg Tower, in the central district of Asia’s perennially dynamic international business hub. The Big Boss fiddles with the ceramic … Continue reading

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This Day in History, 2006 (1)

Monday, 29 May 2006 My instructions are to find a Ms Chan at Peking Road, at 7am. How many Ms Chans will there be in a Tsimshatsui street? As it happens, she is easy to find, looking important in a … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

Yawning, bleary-eyed half-ghosts roam the top floor of S-Meg Tower this morning after Hong Kong endures yet another sleepless night fretting about whether the saintly Martin Lee will quit the Democratic Party over its decision to support the government’s non-reform … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock: live-blogging from Government House

8.31 pm Quite a big turnout!  We are here this evening in the modestly ornate ballroom of Government House for a state dinner hosted by our dashing Chief Executive Donald Tsang in honour of His Majesty King Letsie III of … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

More evidence of the dangers of trees comes to us from Macau, where one has been used to dangle an allegedly criminal and (non-allegedly) deceased Korean.  “The man was wearing a yellow T-shirt and jeans,” reports the Standard, helpfully providing … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

She is a nicely proportioned, attractive and – now I think of it – high-earning woman, and she looks me in the eye and sighs.  “Hemlock, you really should come to see me… well, at least once a year.” My … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

A small card in the mail box at Perpetual Opulence Mansions informs me that I have some sort of special delivery awaiting my personal collection at the post office.  Could it be the bulging parcel of genuine Turkish delight, or … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

The final results of the exciting East Asian Games are in.  As expected, Hong Kong, China performed abysmally, while Chinese Taipei, China was downright mediocre, and Macau, China a disaster except at fan-tan and blackjack.  In fact, People’s Republic of, … Continue reading

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Update from Hemlock

On the top floor of S-Meg Tower, in the heart of Asia’s leading international financial hub, the company gwailo sits miserably in his office and grabs another tissue from the large pile requisitioned from the IFC Mall branch of juice-and-wraps … Continue reading

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