The first of
many local, wild Halloween parties, Garoupa playing with the big
boys from Australia now, a 4-day cricket festival (duration of a single
game?) and time for your monthly ferry ticket renewal! A real party weekend is ahead!
artists, painters, designers and other creative people call Lamma home.
Long-time Lammaite, photographer extraordinaire & frequent Lamma-zine
contributor Bob Davis recently celebrated his 60. birthday, after shooting
these 3 action commercials(click left), starring himself, incl.
voice-overs, advertising Sony's lines of digital cameras.
half a century in the business, Bob's finally switched over to
the "Dark Side", digital, film-less photography! The commercials are
being broadcast now on the National Geographic channel all over Asia!
Above right, marvel at Bob diving in Bali, click to play the video!
Do you want to
promote your next event, show off a photo, tell a good story, announce
some interesting news, share a new painting, poem or website, introduce
a new book or exhibition, submit anything interesting, funny or
thoughtful to display on this page, then consider this Blog as your free
opportunity to "Show and Tell"!
Lamma-related or about a current, former or future Lammaite will be
considered for publication inside this Blog and/or the Lamma-zine!
To start things
off, here's a modest example: a simple, little computer graphics I
created yesterday, inspired by the amazingly colourful sunrise
Comments welcome! Click to enlarge, then right-click to save as
wallpaper, if you like.
If you've come
here via the link in the email blast I've sent out this morning to all
I'm so glad that you could join us!
This is the
Lamma-zine Blog (web-log) that has been running in test mode since
Sep 1st. All stories can still be accessed via the links in
the upper right corner.
You'll find news, photos, stories, best of the
press clippings about food & dining, events & gigs, people & pets,
nature & environment,... plus loads of other serious & silly stuff, all
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Lamma's such a
small, friendly, quiet place, it's surprising how many events are going
on here in a single day sometimes. A few highlights from the daily
updated Lamma Events Calendar,
all happening today (click below for details):
season! Many locals are getting into the fever of catching the
prettiest specimens - not armed with a net but with a digicam they carry
everywhere they go. A photo is all we want, not dead, dried-out
butterflies stuck with big needles into a framed board! Disgusting!
short-lived beauties in their natural habitat, holding still not to
spook them and waiting very patiently for the split second when they
might hold still as well - which might never happen for some of these
hyperactive species - it's all part of the fun & challenge of taking
really good butterfly shots.
The novices are
shooting dead butterflies found on the ground instead. Yes, Zep?
you don't have the patience, shoot some of the beautiful Lamma flowers
instead, as they hold still most of the time!
Click here for
some new samples from local photographers. Both photos taken by
Sheila. Our official "Court Lepidoperist-in-residence" Guy
has been butter(fly)ing her up, presumably to get some tips on
how to take such great shots?
She called him "a rather handsome beast", a major compliment coming from
Sheila who likes all kinds of beasts as a true animal lover...
"inquires a curious
newspaper seller in Central, spying my camera bag..."
This is the
introduction of a story in the local "B International" magazine, July
2004, the "Alternative Issue". This in-depth, 4-page, highly-promotional
travel story is titled "lazy days in lamma", written by Amanda
"We might whine
that HK is claustrophobic, but which other city in the world offers
sun, sea, sand and an altogether alternative
lifestyle just 30 minutes from its centre?...
...not only boasts a
plethora of good seafood restaurants, but
the island's eclectic inhabitants
also add a colourful dimension to the
Checking out the
of sponsor Spy Magazine, I came across the following posting
talking about somebody living on Lamma:
"...He's however known to
pick fights with Gwailo's on the island and plays really loud music on
Sunday afternoons from the rooftop while catching up with his
philosophical readings. Hmm...... this somehow confirms my belief that
Lamma Island is a breeding ground for beatniks and weirdoes......."
is the official Chung Yeung festival
holiday in HK, the grave-sweeping festival.
Our most famous
native son, Chow Yun Fat, has been spotted last Sunday on our
fair isle. As a good filial son he's visiting his ancestors' graves
every year on this festival, having been born and bred on Lamma. His
extended family still lives here, while he's residing in his Sai Kung
villa these days.
successful grave-sweeping day. That is, if you want your ancestors to
roast in Hell. Virtually the whole of the vegetation cover on Pak Kok
Shan has been destroyed by fire. Can nobody stop these maniacs?"
Day is back again - for the fifth year running!
Sun, Nov 21st, 2004
We need your second-hand goodies!!!
Fun Day caters to both adults & children with an abundance of games,
activities, stalls and plenty of food & drink. Come & enjoy the fun &
sunshine while benefiting disadvantaged children in Nepal!
tradition dictates we shall be having a
BRIC-A-BRAC stall and need your 'no longer
required' goodies to sell! All
proceeds go to the Child Welfare Scheme - helping kids in Nepal.
Please start collecting - anything from clothes to books to stereos.
this email to friends etc... who may also have items to give away!
who has goods, but needs help getting it to the Fun Day please let us
know and we will arrange to collect it from you and take it over the
The French aerobatic team is in town and some
Lammaites were out on the hills to watch their amazing displays of
precision formation flying. Photo & headline above from SoundByDesign.
"Just back from Ling Kok Shan, shooting the French fighters. Around twenty-plus
people at the peak, mostly tourists and also some
unexpected visitors. It took me an hour's
walk from there back to Yung Shue Wan."
photo message was
#15,000 in the forums of Lamma.com.hk!
This is quite a nice little milestone, reached in little more than two
years since webdog founded & opened the forums on July 23,
According to the
SCMP yesterday, this filming was for Lonely Planet's latest travel
series "Six Degrees" - due to air on the Discovery Channel next
year. They're shooting all over the city during the month of October,
aiming "to portray the city as it's never been seen before."
Well, with a
number of Lamma residents being interviewed for the program, that might
well become true. Lammaites are often very "different" from the majority
of HK people.
Nick said that
Lammaites Su the Pet Psychic and Alastair the Sculptor have also been
interviewed for the same program.
But you won't need six degrees of
separation for almost anybody on Lamma, one or two is usually
sufficient. So many people know each other F2F (face-to-face) or at
least know your friend or acquaintance.
Sun, Oct 17:
Lamma Cricket Club & 'King Viv' in Shanghai
from today's South China Morning Post Magazine,
A photo of the
famous Lamma Cricket Club at the Shanghai International Cricket
Sixes, posing with West Indian cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards
- also called "Master Blaster" - after losing to the cup winners CBB
(Colonials Behaving Badly) of Chiang Mai, Thailand (click to
CC Ian Harling is the one on the far right, and legendary "King
Viv" is the chunky hunk, 3rd from left (guarding his groinal region
for reasons we can only guess at).
Lamma CC player
Monty Burns (far left) wrote: "Participating in
the Shanghai tournament were players and teams from Thailand, Australia,
West Indies, UK, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Pakistan, New
Zealand, South Africa etc., a pretty accurate reflection on the
nationalities of the players who represent Lamma CC week in, week out."
Yes, cricket is
a really international sport these days! Maybe that's one of the many
reasons why it's so popular on Lamma. Plus, of course, they're
The (in)famous YSWankers are rocking their
favourite haunt, the
Island Bar, again TONITE, 9pm!
See famous cartoonist Harry... no, not drawing... but playing the guitar
in this hot band and even sing!!!
alerted me to these culinary awards featured in Apple Daily
today. You can vote for your favourite dish in each of four categories
and win nice prizes. Of course, Lamma restaurants are over-represented
in these Best of the Best dishes!
Casserole (Clay Pot)
Souffle Stewed Egg
Seafood Restaurant 1A-1B First Street
Sok Kwu Wan
The HKTB website is still
the biggest site I've ever launched and webmastered: more than 1 million
hits/day when I left in 1999, being headhunted by a TOM.COM subsidiary,
a travel agency dotcom start-up. Those were the days...
Having turned two years old on Sep 4,
the Lamma-zine has published over 300 stories & photo galleries to date.
Here are links to some of my favourite stories I've written during the
last year, including their opening sentences. Which are YOUR favourites?
Greetings from the Shire! One of the true pleasures of a home
office - besides not being "burdened" with a regular or substantial
income - is being able to watch the Academy Awards ceremony all
sacrifices I make! Let me tell you a little story about
a day in the life of your editor and all the sacrifices necessary
to bring a new issue of the Lamma-zine to your desktop. It's a
cautionary tale of foolish over-confidence and physical hardship
a Wind Turbine
Putting together a 50+-page magazine
just about Lamma every month, I rely very much on ideas,
contributions, submissions and tips from readers & friends.
"Life" - Organic Vegetarian Restaurant If you live in Hong Kong, you'll
have heard of "Life" by now. It was hard to ignore all the buzz &
publicity it has generated for 2 months now: TV, radio & dozens of
newspapers & magazines.
Village Idiot Election After the recent District Council
elections, one more feature about elections: a less serious, more
fun affair, much more fun than the US Democratic Party primary
elections running right now! Elect Lamma's Official Village Idiot!
Pinkyism ― a
New "Evil Cult"? It all started when local icon Pinky
Chan submitted a long letter to the last Lamma-zine. Our
pinky-haired Divine Ms D was so impressed & smitten with the letter
that she started a new discussion topic on Lamma.com.hk, "Pinky
Living on a traffic-free
island has its pros and cons: No exhaust fumes, no dangers to
toddlers, no traffic noise, getting healthy exercise in fresh,
unpolluted air, etc.
There are emergency vehicles,
miniature versions for the narrow village streets, and so-called VVs,
Village Vehicles, 1-person, freight-carrying open trucks. But the
only means of getting around, besides walking, are non-motorised
transport options like roller blades, skate bikes and regular bicycles.
Bicycles can be rented
cheaply and are such an easy, quick & healthy way of getting around. Try
it during your next visit here!
My own Photo of the Day,
plus some text from an anonymous, concerned citizen",
photo of the tranquil lily pond on the way to Tai Peng - which would
certainly be destroyed if the Ring Road and the drainage channel all the
way through the Yung Shue Long valley were to be built. It's a small but
important part of the amazing subtropical flora & fauna of the Yung Shue Long valley.
For more info on the drainage channel, click on Talkback!"
Urgently looking for a
freelance Ad Sales Manager to sell advertising and sponsorship for
Lamma-zine and this blog. Very high commission and totally
flexible working hours. Basic Internet knowledge and some sales
experience necessary, preferably a bilingual Lammaite. Make a very nice
extra income in just a few hours per week.
"The Village Bakery will be
opening in late October to supply Yung Shue Wan with freshly baked bread,
cakes, pies and pastries, in both
European and Chinese styles. The Village Bakery will use only the finest quality
filtered water and NO preservatives.
A full range of loaves and baguettes will be
wholemeal, white and organic. Sliced bread will be baked, sliced and wrapped on the
Monday to Saturday, early sandwich and beverage
service will be available
from 6 am
onwards, in time for all the morning ferries to Central and Aberdeen.
recommended; just complete the
order form and collect your pre-packed order as you pass the bakery on
the way to the ferry pier.
Special orders for birthday cakes, Christmas cakes and other items can
be made with 3 days notice.
So that we can provide what you want,
we welcome your
suggestions for your favourite bakery items."
(Disclaimer: The Village Bakery
is a Sponsor of the
This very popular Lamma band has succeeded in
a public audition two days ago in Amnesia. So many bands had applied to
perform at Rockit, they had to become selective. Garoupa will be
playing at the
Rockit 2 festival on Oct 22-24, the only Lamma band
confirmed to play so far.
a Dogma, a new band w/ex-Garoupa Hamada also made their audition,
but don't have a drummer yet for the Rockit weekend...
Breaking News, just in: Lamma band
Nude also made it through the auditioning process last night, Oct
9, @ Amnesia!
Rockit has been expanded to 3 days because of the large number
of bands eager to play! See you there?
Stretch Your Life: Lammaite Chris Watts and SCMP
sports columnist Tim Noonan will launch & sign their new book
this afternoon from 2pm: see right. (Disclaimer: Stretch is a
banner advertiser of the
Beach Party at Power Station Beach, from 8pm
Nude will also be auditioning for Rockit, from 9pm,
Amnesia. Go & cheer them on to win!
Thinking Out Loud Birthday Bash! at the Fringe Club,
10:30pm. bbChris' bday, Nick's the roadie...
Details as always by
clicking Events Calendar in the left-side navigation menu.
Did you ever watch shit
hitting the fan in slow motion, a nasty, disgusting mess exploding and
spreading in all directions, sullying everybody unfortunate enough to
Gossip & rumours about a
recent real-life pub fight have been spreading all over our small
village community of Yung Shue Wan in mere days, in the Violence on
Lamma? topic in our forums. It had to be moved to the
private-access-only Fight Club forum.
Don't get involved, it might
stain you and you might smell badly after emerging from this bubbling
cauldron full of boiling emotions. I dared to hand out a Yellow Card
to the verbally most violent offender in there and got called a
"stupid fat bastard".
Well, you need a really
thick skin to be a message forum moderator these days...
But this controversy managed
the message forums to reach another record of "Most users ever
online was 15 on Fri, Oct 08, 04 13:09".
Just received another great
Lamma travel story from Dan Petersen of the Island Bar:
The Sun-Herald in
Sydney, Australia, published this story on Sun, Oct 3 in the
Travel section, promoting the Island Bar at great length and showcasing
a new ferry service, see below. Looks like the Star Ferry
instead of our HK & Kowloon Ferry!
"Alex Mitchell finds an
oasis near one of the world's most bustling cities...
specially good news is that it is free of cars, buses and coaches. The
next best thing is that it is free of crowds, with a local population
of just 8,000, a mixture of Chinese working in the fishing and fish
farming industry and European expatriates.
finally, its holiday atmosphere means that in summer you can go to one
of the secluded beaches for a swim and most of the year you can eat
seafood at an intoxicating array of alfresco restaurants...
disembarked we wandered along the jetty that joined the curved
esplanade taking us through a tightly packed avenue of food and gift
shops, bars and restaurants offering not only Chinese dishes, but
Indian, Italian and Thai.
the harbour-side adorned with clay pots, fishing nets and small boats,
the only other place I have encountered such village charm is on one of
the Greek islands...
visiting Hong Kong on and off for the past 30 years, I am delighted to
have discovered Lamma Island, and I hope you can too."
The "Site Investigation" has
started at the future wind turbine site behind Mt Panorama. This is the
drilling machine used to explore the ground structure of the site. The
pavilion and the Cable Route are in the background.
short summary of the longer summary of the full version of the
wind turbine report by HK Electric.
"Picture of the Day"
from Zep, our resident Flora & Fauna moderator & expert. He sent
me this beautiful photo this morning, with the following description:
"Also saw this pair of insects at the weekend.
Are they not talking to each other, or engaged in some kind of weird
I love Zep's pretty amazing
photo; it's visually simple & clean, great colours & contrasts, fine
composition, plus a scientifically fascinating subject matter...
Many great nature photographers live on the
island and it'll be my pleasure to web-publish their best pictures,
with full credits, of course. Just
email them to me!
It's been a full 2 years now
since the first Lamma-zine was published: 32 issues, over 100
contributors, over 300 stories, several thousands of original photos...
all sorted and accessible by
clicking here. To rate and vote on the last issue, click on
Please have a look at former
issues and let me know which stories are your favourites so far.
Any honest comments & ideas about the past, present & future of the
Lamma-zine would be most welcome and warmly appreciated!
Email me till Oct 9, so I could include YOUR comments in the
celebratory 2nd anniversary issue, #33. Many thanks in advance!
Sat, Oct 2: Maternal & Child Health Care Centre Reopened
From today, this centre is
open again in the North Lamma Clinic, after it was closed down on May
17, due to govt. cost savings measures. A poster from our District
Councillor - Lammadonna as we call her - is announcing the good news.
Congratulations to her for
this fine success, after a signature campaign she organised (over 100
signatures) and a lot of convincing work in the Dept. of Health, with
the help of fellow DAB member and LegCo member Tam Chiu Chung.
It's such good news for local parents to be
able to receive health checks and immunizations for babies (more than
40/year) on the island itself. Another small but important and most
welcome step in improving the woefully inadequate healthcare services
on our island.