🌊 A professor, singer, priest and lawyer walk into a police station
Fossils as old as my parent's views found in Sai Kung
One of my tutoring students showed up today for his final session before exams tomorrow (good luck to all IB English students!) with an annotated copy of an article I wrote two years ago (It’s this one by the way).
Apparently our SEO makes it so googling me only comes up with old work. I barely remembered my thought process writing it. Is this what it’s like to be old???
Anyway, very cute and nice surprise because I don’t even recall telling him about Harbour Times but here I was with some kid analyzing my work.
Also a continuous reminder that a donation would be great for funding HT showing up to the DW World Media Conference. Maybe I’ll get random German kids analyzing our work after that.
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COVID | Yuen Long cluster goes international
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A professor, singer, priest and lawyer walk into a police station
Barrister Margaret Ng, Cultural Studies Scholar Hui Po-Keung, Cardinal Joseph Zen, and Singer-Activist Denist Ho were all arrested last night by National Security police for their positions as trustees of the now-disbanded 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund which raised money for legal fees related to the 2019 protests.
In July 2021, the group had gathered a total of HK$253.7 million in donations.The group officially disbanded on 31 Oct last year after the Fund’s holding company, the Alliance for True Democracy, closed down.
In September, a month before they officially disbanded, police served a court order to the fund, requested information on its operational and financial transactions including bank account details (largely piggybacking on the Alliance), and donor information.
All four arrested were released on bail around midnight.
Cardinal Zen’s arrest sees an interesting development between the Church and local law enfocement. In a statement, the Holy See said they have “learnt the news of Cardinal Zen's arrest with concern and is following the development of the situation very closely".
If His Holiness Pope Francis has the power to smite with Old Testament style lightning….now’s the chance.
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 280 (32 imported)
Total cases: 1,207,371
New deaths: 3
Total deaths: 9355
Yuen Long cluster goes international
Hong Kong has a new export - three members of the Yuen Long restaurant cluster have travelled to Shenzhen and Malaysia. Otherwise, things seem….rather calm…
Largest fossils every in HK
and no it’s not my dad’s viewpoints
HKU researchers found a set of fossils dating back to the Devonian, Permian and Jurassic periods.
For those of you who know all your prehistoric history from Jurassic Park, here’s a thing I found on Reddit.
The super cool fossils were found at Plover Cove and Centre Island, and include ‘trace and ostracod fossils’ (which apparently means …something to do with ammonite and shellfish) that are the largest ever found in Hong Kong. According to Professor Chan Lung-sang, this means Hong Kong used to…be a…sea area…
Some things never change.
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The Open Couple: Still asking us to help sell tickets
Event Description: “In this farce about sexual politics in marriage, a man persuades his suicidal wife that an open marriage is politically correct and embarks on dalliances with younger women, to her dismay and fury. After deciding to be on her own, the tables are turned when she confesses to a new man, Nobel prize nominated professor and inspired singer-songwriter, it is the husband who becomes suicidal.”
Shoutout to The Open Couple’s director and High Tide subscriber Ryan King for sharing the event!
When: 11-14 May at 8 PM
Where: HKRep Black Box, 8F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 345 Queen’s Rd Central, Sheung Wan
I’ll be going on Saturday for the closing night, please say hi if you’re there!
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