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Oct 31: Fanny (Heli)Pad
The nickname poll for the future permanent helipad (see below, bottom left in light blue) has just ended and a clear winner has emerged:
Fanny Pad, invented by Fortune Chan. He cleverly enlisted his private fan club to vote for him, collecting 12 of the 29 votes, over 40% share. Congratulations to him, as it seems he STILL has a few friends left. Sometimes we wonder why, especially after he was dissing the poll at first with a message of "How about we simply call it nothing at all?" But all too quickly he changed his mind - as he's known to do - and came up with the winning suggestion.
"Drop-a-chopper" by Sneaky-O ranked #2 with 8 votes; but none of the other suggestions got more than 2 votes each, not even my own favourite of "Official UFO Landing site" (my own suggestion, of course). Here are all the proposed nicknames, demonstrating the diverse range of creative local talent: often pretty bad, but also with a few good ones:
Spinney's Landing (ChuckM), Magical Spinney Thing Landing Site (ChuckM), Hippie Haven Heliport (ChuckM), Avalon (Soundbydesign), The Bug Bite (Miss Piggy), The Lamma Squat Spot (Miss Piggy), Heli Pier (Casanova), The Horizontal Wind Turbine (Casanova), Hunter's Heliport (Casanova), Chopper Board (Lam Ma Ma), YSWHLS (YSW Helicopter Landing Site - Down the Deli), Blackhawk Down (Down the Deli), Lamma Grazier Union Memorial Helipad (Alan), Yu Lai Heli-Fan (Alan), The Dropsy Zone (Guy Miller), Preeminent Premanent Heliport (Lamma-Gung), Yu Lai Fan Helipad (Big Bad Bill).
In typical irreverent (and backbiting) Lamma style, our Fight Club moderator, Granola Eater, put up a poll asking if, "In your opinion, having a poll to nickname a helicopter landing pad is: 'Stupid' or 'Fucking Stupid'". This poll has also just ended and, as expected, the vast majority (5-2) voted for "Fucking Stupid". And then they proceeded to run another poll if they should have another poll or not... Really stupid...
P.S. The above up-to-date map with the helipad comes from the Planning Dept website, sent in by new arrival and Alert Reader Lamman. Looks like the 2nd phase of the harbour reclamation is still active & planned. Click to enlarge.
Sorry, no easy legend available yet to explain all the letters, like the two red buildings on a huge slab of further reclaimed land (green) all along the YSW waterfront. It explains it as a "Commercial Area" designated "for a future small-scale commercial development to provide purpose-designed premises for commercial uses and to add vibrancy to the locality. It will also serve as a focal point for the Yung Shue Wan area...plot ratio of 1.5, 2 storeys (7.6m)."
No timetable is available either, but read this for a lot more detailed info about planned future govt. constructions all over Lamma. Big surprises coming up...
Oct 30: Charity Origami
Yesterday, Saturday, walking past our City Hall (Rural Committee HQ), there was a charity collection in full swing. by Lammadonna & friends (see above). For a minimum donation of $20 you'll get a little cardboard origami-style set, to fold by yourself into a collection box. Then you have to get it filled with donations to put into "The World's Biggest Donation Box" in a shopping mall in town to receive more origami sets of little donation boxes. Yes, it's like a pyramid scheme of donations, the perpetual giving never stops!
Following the instructions to the letter (see below), I ended up with this non-functional contraption which looked more like modern architecture than a donation box. Trying again, I finally got the standard shape, a neat little box! Now I just need to find some people to donate cash into my box... Any volunteers?
Oct 29: Eulogy for Kiwi Cafe
Lamma-Por's and my own favourite place for breakfast, Kiwi Cafe, has closed down permanently last week, after a few days of "vacation" (English sign) or "renovations" (Chinese sign). Today, Saturday, I caught them cleaning out the place while I was walking by, giving me a chance for a good farewell talk with Henry. 7 months ago, I was their very first customer and we've become fast friends in the meantime. Best value breakfast, best Chinese cafe-style breakfasts, cheapest ($25 at teatime) but very good & huge fish & chips, friendly & cheerful service by our Kiwi-Chinese friends Henry & Mo Yee and a local Chinese couple living just above the premises...
Kiwi Cafe closed because the below-30-years-old local Chinese lady got a stroke a few weeks back, leaving her half-paralysed and she's still not recovered... Business was going OK, it seems, but it had to feed 6 mouths. The slowly recovering lady and her husband lost interest in the business and the Kiwi couple is going back into retirement back home.
I've written about Kiwi Cafe several times, even though they never advertised, just because I liked the place and the people. It's really sad news for Lamma-Por and me and their regular customers. Lamma-Por will miss her Tuesday morning congee. It is...was a special order, not on the menu, like quite a few dishes we got tailor-made...and we tipped generously for them.
Walking by Nam Wah Yuen Cafe on Main Street today, we noticed that they had bought all the soft chairs from Kiwi Cafe. We received a few plates as souvenirs from Henry ourselves. We're both feeling more wistful than after any other of the quite frequent & cyclical restaurant closures in the last 4 years we've been living here.
In memoriam, Kiwi Cafe, successor of My Cafe, successor of Offtime Cafe, all in this same location. Three times unlucky, maybe the next proprietor should NOT use a restaurant name with the word "Cafe" in it...
P.S. In the meantime, Kiwi neighbour Yo Lau Gei (Old Friends, best Wonton noodles in the village) might also be closing down in a few weeks' time. The rattan shop opposite Kiwi Cafe has just closed and the CD/DVD shop "Music Gallery" on Back Street also shut down end of Oct. What's going on here, a really bad trend in a supposedly recovering economy?
Oct 28: Ever Been Photographed From a Helicopter?
HeliAdventures was running another one of their 15-minute flights over Lamma, giving me exact advance notice where they'll be by when, so I could shoot a few close-up heli pictures of them in action (see right). That was that. But a few days later, I got a CD-ROM, all photos shot from that particular flight by well-known AFP photographer Froggy.
One of the photos showed the ferry pier from above and you can seven pot me waving! Not a very flattering perspective, almost from straight above, but a really rare shot! The helicopter has to stay 500 ft above the surface, avoiding too much noise pollution on the ground, so Froggy didn't get much detail. But I like it!
More of his fantastic pictures from the flight will be published in a few days, when I'll have some time to select the very best shots. Stay tuned!
Oct 27: Half-Time of Late Ferries Trial
Exactly one month ago, Sep 27, the 2-month trial period of "night sailing service between Central and Yung Shue Wan" started. Reviewing the trial half way through, I've asked Lammadonna and the ferry company for some feedback. It doesn't look good at all so far...
The new three night sailings (2:30am Central-YSW; 12:30am and 5am YSW-Central) have been almost empty. The average numbers are 20-30 persons for all 3 new sailings combined per night, according to official HKKF figures. Surprisingly, even the weekend passenger numbers fail to live up to expectations.
The record so far was around 100 passengers on the 2:30am ferry on Oct 1st, a holiday. But there have only ever been over 100 passengers on all 3 new sailings combined about twice so far. Detailed numbers have been promised after the end of the trial, in one month's time.
A number of complaints about noisy late-ferry revelers have been received, walking home singing and shouting through Main Street after 3am...
According to another local survey, 30% of people supported the late ferries, 30% against it and 40% were not supporting it IF it means a general ferry price hike. Something a bit strange about these numbers, but that's what I got from Lammadonna, who was the initial main local driving force behind the 2-month trial.
More promotion is necessary, for example the garish, lime-green, new big banners (see above) all over the village. But if the numbers don't improve significantly, HKKF will have sufficient reason NOT to continue the trial. They'll be happy, but most of us won't be.
There's still a rainbow of hope (unique picture courtesy of Down the Deli), one month to go. But if we can't get these passenger numbers to improve dramatically, the trial sailings won't ever become permanent. If you personally want to keep at least the late sailings, tell all your friends to party more off-island, coming home late! That shouldn't be too difficult, especially as the partying would be for a good cause!
Oct 26: High-Flying Heli-Hippies?
The pilot is asking his passengers the routine tourist question:
"So, where are you all from?"
"We're all from Hong Kong; in fact, we're all from Lamma!"
"So you're all hippies?"
Our all-Lammaite party of 5 set off from atop the Peninsula Hotel's helipad on the flight path I made up myself (see map on right).
First, we're flying over Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in Victoria harbour! They're on an Asia tour, promoting wind energy in HK - while we're en route to Lamma's very own windmill!
See the photo gallery with detailed captions about our flight, with my own and Gavin's photos: click on any photo or here: Helicopter Flight Over Lamma.
After traversing The Peak (great view of Matilda Hospital where many Lamma babies are born every year) and Aberdeen we explore South Lamma from 500 ft - avoiding Sham Wan turtle beach - scouting the area of future planned luxury housing developments (the flat area top right, south of SKW).
Even though it's the Sunday closest to Chung Yeung, we notice no smoldering hill fires on Lamma. We've been lucky this year, despite 50+ hill fires all over the SAR. Circling Lamma's new landmark, the wind turbine, our own horizontal wind turbine feels safe and steady, whirling above our heads.
Unfortunately, no private heli landings are permitted on the temporary helipad in YSW harbour, so we have to be content in hovering above YSW, spotting our own homes from 500 ft above, snapping photos like mad on a reasonably clear, but cloudy day. Returning over The Peak, back to Tsim Sha Tsui, we could even spot the Lamma ferry pier from above (top right, below ifc)!
Do you want to see YOUR house from above? Here are a few high-resolution shots I (first 3) and Gavin (other 5) took. Click and cut your neighbourhood from the huge 4-6 MPixel photos. Great wallpaper!
A truly amazing adventure and an unforgettable experience! I've asked the other passengers to come up with a few words about their own personal impressions:
For more info on this new tourist option to see any part of Hong Kong, have a closer look at www.HeliAdventures.com. There are fun videos and musical slide shows of recent flights, most over HK Island & Lamma. For just $2,700/trip, up to 5 people can enjoy a 15 minute-ride. Make up your own flight route!
P.S. HeliAdventures has just become a Lamma-zine Blog advertiser in the meantime, but this flight took pace well before. This story is NOT an advertorial, representing our honest opinions & impressions, no promotional strings attached. Many thanks to Gavin & HeliAdventures!
Oct 25: 'Show Us Yer Turbines, Baby!'
The musical event of the Lamma year is less than a week away, DickStock 2005 on Sat, Nov 5! The logo has been confirmed, see right, and you'll be able to get a B/W version on a T-shirt at the event, as well as food and drink. This great logo - by ex-Lammaite Gavin Coates - is really up-to-date, incorporating our already spinning windturbine and the just completed 4th half-height gas chimney - HK Electric must be mighty pleased! Can we get them to paint the 11-year-old slogan Peace, Love, Lamma onto the blades?
Trying to get any details from the organiser, Mr. DickStock, is like pulling teeth from an unwilling subject. He writes that the organisation and the band lineup so far are all a bit "Hippy-Dippy" and that there's "no need to be too organized too far ahead of time."
Asking about confirmed bands (only Red Star Rising and Yung Shue Wankers so far) gets a typical response of "Confirmations? We don't need no stinkin' Confirmations! Suffice to say that a LOT of the USUAL SUSPECTS will be there."
Sounds like a really typical Lamma event! Great people, great music and great fun, but it'll start when it starts and whatever musicians will turn up on the night will be playing & jamming. Just show up and you'll have fun, for sure! "Just do your thing," as Mr DickStock so eloquently expressed it. There might be a little handbill and poster about the event early next week, maybe or maybe not...
Oct 24: Earthquake Relief Charity Event
Mr DickStock: "Band played, Rajen got scalped like an Indian, and Kelly & Sara kissed for 30 long, slightly uncomfortable seconds."
Here's a little photo montage
I've created from photos submitted by Mr DickStock. Click on the
individual photo tiles to enlarge, so you can spot your friends behaving
badly, having fun while doing so and even raising a lot of money for charity
at the same time.
Oct 23: Lammarina Close-Up
Passing by on the ferry, you might have noticed the huge tower crane on Nga Kau Wan beach, just behind Po Wah Yuen on the way to Pak Kok. Here's a crane shot from the rooftop of Mr. DickStock's residence, submitted by The Man himself.
For very detailed info on what's actually being built, see my little Q&A with the site engineers a few months ago. The proposed beachside road from the ferry pier to the Lammarina and their proposed private ferry to Cyberport have been put on ice for now. I'm trying to get an interview with the developer himself...
The latest news was a Chinese newspaper story, where the developer hoped to sell those Village House-size units (2-3 floors only) at up to $7,000/sqft. A truly unheard-of price on Lamma where the very best flats go for much below $3,000/sqft. Property Jackson was visibly salivating when telling me about the $7,000/sqft mentioned in the article... Bad news for people renting flats here?
Here are a few brand-new close-up Lammarina photos, shot from above and from the beach below. The beach will remain publicly accessible even after the "Lammarina" (no official name announced yet) will be ready to move in end of 2006.
Oct 22: Wear Helmet, Spectacles & Safety Belt in Beer Garden!
According to this new notice posted outside the Beer Garden opposite the Island Bar, you have to take all of these safety precautions right now before entering the "Yung Shue Wan Sitting-out Area"! As this Area is most heavily used late at night by patrons of the Island Bar, I can understand the safety belt instruction, drunken patrons might be falling off the benches otherwise. But helmets and spectacles seem a bit of an overkill? Preventing accidents from flying beer glasses & bottles and from drunken fight injuries, maybe?
Looking at the fine print, it all becomes clearer: "repair works". I couldn't find anything broken or defect in this beautiful area with the multi-coloured seats and bright-orange creepers on the seat canopies.
Well, they killed off all the creepers (see photos before and after) and ripped out all the seats and flooring so far. They'll continue with these "repair works" till end of the year, all through the prime "sitting-out" time of the year. Looks like another jobs-for-the-boys project to me, but let's hope they do a good job and don't mess up this formerly beautiful and cozy area too much. The canopies will also be replaced soon and some new plants & creepers planted, we hope. But we cannot be sure, as no information of any kind has been available so far on this project, no gazetting, no announcement, no works plans...
At Christmas, you should be able to enter the Beer Garden again without helmet, spectacles and safety belts. But watch out for those flying beer glasses...
Oct 21: Painterly Cancer Survivor
Great & wonderful news from our Official Court Artist, Andy Maluche! His chemotherapy for testicular cancer has just ended and seems to have been successful! Read his fascinating & gripping 87-days account by clicking on the left.
But even having lost almost all his hair from all the poisonous drugs hasn't stopped his good spirits (see poster below). He's even found a new use for his bare scalp - as a painting canvas and advertising billboard!
"After 5 successive photography exhibitions it's time again to show another
side of me.
"Paintings by Andy Maluche
A paintings exhibition in a Powerplant? With so many great artists living on Lamma, now there's an idea worth following up on...
He'll be visiting Lamma again for DickStock on Nov 5 (of course!), hopefully taking loads of amazing shots of the performers and the audience alike, as the Official Court Photographer! See his last time out: DickStock 2002 Photo Comix.
Oct 20: Lamma - As Seen From Afar
Oct 19: Xmas Panto 2005?
Our 5C forum member (Crazy, Creative, Carnivorous, Convoluted & Cuarrelsome), Fortune Chan, is trying hard to revive an old Lamma tradition, the Christmas pantomime, also called Xmas Panto. A most commendable community initiative! Is he trying to redeem his somewhat tattered public reputation? He writes:
P.S. Despite asking a number of people involved in the pantos back then, none of them could come up with a single photo. Do YOU have some for publication, please?
P.S. II: YES! Jon sent over a link to the two past pantos! Guess who was Widow Twankie in this pix, still living here?
Oct 18: 'Itchy Eyes...Itchy Nose...Hoarse Throat...'
Our forums have reached topic #2,500. 2,500 discussions/threads/talking points in the 3 years since this website was launched! 1,058 active registered members have posted over 23,200 messages so far. We've averaged about 16 new messages every day on average over the past 3 years. But a LOT more messages are posted every single day nowadays, with the majority in Chinese. Check out our forums!
I've just streamlined the groups of forums a bit, merged several little-active forums and moved the currently inactive ones into a new Miscellaneous group. So it should be easier now to find the forum you'd like to post in:
You're always welcome to moderate or co-moderate an existing forum. You could even open your own forum for your own special interest! Contact me!
Fortunately, the poster of message #2,500, Jimmi James, doesn't live on Lamma (yet), so he wasn't talking about our fair isle when complaining about the severe and worsening air pollution in much of Hong Kong in general:
a little tired........Itchy eyes......Itchy nose.......Hoarse throat......
Irregular heartbeat........GASPING FOR F***ING OXYGEN..........?????
We're quite lucky, even with one of the worst air polluters in HK located on our island - the Power Station burning up to 5 million tons of coal per year. Lamma still remains a haven for fresh air, with low pollution on most days. Just one more reason that some of us Lammaites dread the ferry ride into town, the "Big Smoke" as we call it, every morning...
Well, another warm, stunning, blue-sky fall day on Lamma and you can see for miles from our scenic hilltops; 360-degree panoramic views over many of HK's 235+ islands and the South China Sea. Hiking & biking weather, finally! Photos coming soon!
Oct 17: Lamma Off-Road Biking
Yes, Lamma Island is a great place for mountain bikers and bike riders in general. Clean, fresh air (on most days), cooler weather, sunshine, scenic views and, best of all, NO CARS, the #1 enemy of all bikers! But you'll have to avoid angry pedestrians, some of them not exactly fond of sometimes careless, impatient, bell-ringing bikers...
If you avoid the main hiking route from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan on weekends, then you'll have all the concreted and natural paths of the island almost for yourself. Some paths might be a bit steep, but that only adds to the health & fitness challenge (see right).
You can rent bikes locally in the bike rent/repair shop in Sha Po Village on Back Street, on the way to the Hung Shing Yeh public beach, about 250 metres from Main Street, close to the LAWC animal welfare shop.
After a hard day off-roading
on the gentle hills of Lamma - don't forget your camera! - take a rest on
the benches provided in many spots. The benches pictured on the left - just
opposite our brand-new "Magical Spinney Thing" - have already become major
pit stops for curious bikers & hikers alike.
Oct 16: The Red Star Keeps Rising...
Oct 15: Man Plans, God Laughs!
The most frequent enquiry I receive is about how to rent flats on Lamma, from one night holiday resorts to long-term rentals. As none of the property agents has a "for rent/sale" website, I forward these enquiries to our "Rent & Let" forum or to my two blog stories, giving detailed advice and contacts:
One of the people asking for my advice was Barbara. After successfully finding a flat via our "Rent & Let" forum in record time, I sweet-talked and cajoled her into sharing her flat-hunting experiences. Her observations definitely sound very familiar to most of us with recent local flat-hunting experiences:
Oct 14: Mr Jones, the Chunky Hunk of Love
We haven't featured a "Lammaite of the Day" for quite some time. Your suggestions would be most welcome, but no need to restrict this honourary title to human animals only, let's include "companion animals"! Walking past Lamma's "Democracy Wall" at the ferry pier, Mr Jones was grinning at passersby from posters, part of another "Mass Wallpapering Operation" by LAP.
But who could resist such a pretty face, the face of "a gentle and cuddly fellow, a chunky hunk of love!". Such a great description, I wouldn't mind to be described like that by Lamma-Por! For more posters of "a little ball of energy" and other "gorgeous, little dogs", click on the posters below:
For fair balance, here are the contacts of the other 2 local pet adoption charities on Lamma. They all do great work and get free advertising in the Lamma-zine. These are their ads linking to their websites with all contact details.
Oct 13: Corruption Rots - Report It Now
Coming home from another afternoon of photo-taking and interviewing Lamma-zine Blog correspondents in the village, I found this big envelope pictured above in my letter box. So official-looking, hand-addressed, even a "Corruption Rots - Report It Now" warning printed on it! Closer inspection revealed it to be from the police force ("Serving the Community" printed on the envelope). Getting more and more worried, I tried to guess to which of my recent misdeeds, transgressions & general scofflawing this letter might refer to. Of course, I couldn't remember any! (The local police is actually reading this blog occasionally, so I better be careful not to admit to anything even slightly unlawful in writing...)
Well, anyway, opening the letter with jittery hands and sweaty palms, I didn't find any court summons, severe reprimand note or an invitation to jury duty, but just the photocopies below: another "Bicycle Clearance Operation at the Covered Area of Yung Shue Wan Pier", supposedly for publication in this blog and in our forums.
Be warned, all ye good citizens of Yung Shue Wan, remove your unicycles, bicycles, tricycles and quadcycles from this area by Tuesday night, Oct 18, or you might lose them! This very narrow covered area is getting so congested by vehicles these days, the crowds coming off the ferry can hardly get through anymore. They should be cleared out every weekly, IMHO. A parking area is planned around the bridge to the Library, but it might take a very long while to happen, if ever. Meanwhile, both sides of the ferry pier should be made legal parking areas, except the covered area.
But I really feel kind of honoured and privileged that the local police force hand-delivers letters to my home! Probably some junior constable being dispatched to walk to my humble abode in the valley, to solicit some publicity for a police operation. Great! Even much better, last time they invited me & Lamma-Por onto a police launch for the Islands Anti-Burglary Roadshow opening in Cheung Chau, including a great visit & lunch in their Cheung Chau HQ, together with local dignitaries & politicians.
Keep the info flowing, Senior Inspector Wu (pictured right as one of the officials at last Sat's Mid-Autumn Carnival in the football pitch). This law-abiding, good-citizen community blog will continue gladly to publicise your local police matters.
P.S. OK, after all these "law-abiding" assertions of mine above, I can now return to plan more misdeeds, transgressions & general scofflawing, hehehe...
Oct 12: Lamma Bands Update
Recently, I've been getting so many news, gig posters & photos from Lamma bands! The autumn musical season has truly begun, loads of gigs coming up in the next few days & weeks!
I define Lamma bands as amateur bands with at least one member living on Lamma. After always inserting all their gigs on- and off-island into our Lamma Events Calendar, I've put together a little table here.
It looks like most Lamma bands are auditioning for Rockit this year! Click on the band names for details. More reviews, photos & advance promos below the table.
Oct 7: RSR @ Amnesia: Katherine:
"We mustn't forget Friday, when Lamma's guy with the black nail varnish and the rest of Red Star Rising made their bid for a slot in the Rockit Festival with a great mini-set at Amnesia.
We heard them out, but unfortunately some of us had to rush for the "second last ferry to Lamma" to see the other acts. Sorry, this correspondent is too old to stay the course... We wish Steve and co luck!"
"This a big up and thanks to the Lammaites who turned out in force to back Red Star Rising on Friday night at Amnesia club in Hollywood Road. It was a Rockit audition - and we all enjoyed playing. The night had more of a party atmosphere than an audition one and for at least three members of the band it ended at 5am in the Deli Lamma. Yours truly included! We were rehearsing the following day at 11.30am - ouch!
It was so great to see so many familiar faces in the audience, most of whom were up and dancing by the time we got to Walking With Devil, the end of our short five-number set.
There was a lot of energy, everyone had a great time, but we won't know whether we're picked to play Rockit until all the auditions are over in a few weeks' time. If we are, great. If we're not, well, it was a great night anyway.
For those who want to hear a longer set... we're playing the Underground at The Edge this Thursday, October 13. Doors at 7.30pm. Free Entry."
Oct 8: Yung Shue Wankers @ Island Bar: Katherine:
"Pix from a great evening with the Wankers in the Island Bar last night. The star of the show, though, was little Louie, age 8, with her Irish ballads on the violin. Congratulations Louie!" (All pix by Katherine, click to enlarge):
Oct 13: RSR @ The Edge: Review by Nick (The Bookman) Lovatt:
"Fresh from a near sell-out performance on the last ferry home to Yung Shue Wan, RSR arrive at Underground 13. Comprising Steve on fancy finger-plucking duties, Hugh W (from Shockin' Rockin' Donkeys) on drums. Sound is fleshed out by upstanding Nude members Kevin and Mark on bass and more guitars.
They started their set by announcing to the audience that it is John Peel Day! Playing post-mutant blues songs to songs with a Beefheartian edge of funk blues complete with grimaces from Steve, with interesting song titles such as "Disneyland meets Wanchai". At times, their music is moving into Quiksilver Messenger Service territory (remember Who Do you love?). John Peel would have approved."
Band bio from Underground website:
"RED STAR RISING started in the pub, as all good bands do, and was an amalgamation of musicians from other bands. Steve Cray (Overadogma) and Kevin Voigt (Nude) were having a pint or two and decided they would like to play live more often. Not only that, but both shared a passion for blues, a style that underlies even RSR’s most melodic of tunes. Enter drummer Hugh from the Shockin’ Rockin’ Donkeys and guitarist Mark from Nude and you have the current line-up.
"Steve has since decided to concentrate on RSR, although he and Overadogma’s Hamada remain good friends, with Hamada often joining RSR to play guitar on the song Lizard In A Jar and perform one of his own numbers with the band.
"RSR first started rehearsing in July this year but have come a long way since then. With a few months of Lamma Island gigs behind them now, the band have a pretty full gig diary throughout October and November and are set to record a single, "Last Ferry To Lamma".
"All of RSR’s songs are original. You can view a live music video of "Last Ferry To Lamma.(Editor: downloaded over 350 times from this website so far!)"
"Shockin' Rockin' Donkeys playing coming FRIDAY 14 OCT 10:30pm at The Fringe Club, Central (HK$80 includes drink). Bigger is better so get ready for huge, stomping sounds (not suitable for children)."
"Greetings, lovely people,
"'Tis time once again to strap on your Alsatian and get ready to bust a move to the smooth, velvety tones of the lads from Garoupa. Join the boys this Saturday (the 15th, 10 p.m.), at Amnesia* as they gurn and spazz about in a valiant attempt to be allowed to grace the stage at Hong Kong's very own Rockit Festival (Victoria Park, 12th & 13th November).
"There's no cover charge, and therefore no excuses. Tell your family, alert your neighbours, bring your friends (especially if they're saucy) cos nobody, that's right, nobody, wants to miss this show.
"Let's be 'aving ya."
Oct 15: RSR @ Deli Lamma: Steve Cray:
"It's great to be playing Lamma again, our first gig here since our debut at The Island Bar on Sep 3. Since then we seem to have been all over the place, playing Hong Kong side - The Venue, Amnesia and The Edge etc.
"The poster says: You are invited to join the comrades for a night of postmodern blues and melodic rock... but it should perhaps add, and a good old-fashioned Deli party afterwards. Probably not a good idea to have anything important to do on Sunday morning! After the Amnesia gig some of us got to bed way past 6am.
"Guests so far include Harry and John from the Yung Shue Wankers and Hamada from Overadogma, although there is talk of Barney from Nude sitting in on percussion if he's around . . . but who knows who else might join in. Red Star Rising is playing at home, which means there's a signal 8 party warning in force!"
Oct 11, Chung Yeung Festival: Domesticated Dragonfly
The main problem with shooting Lamma's wildlife is that most of them like to live outdoors, preventing heat / dirt / humidity-averse, patience-challenged individuals like myself to get close to them during the spring/summer/autumn months.
I've finally found a solution to this problem:
shoot photos indoors!
I noticed a dragonfly sitting on top of a crossbeam of the floor-to-ceiling windows, barely moving. It was resting between repeated frenzied attempts to fly through the glass to freedom, which it repeated every several minutes. Opportunist that I am, I got my camera out (always with me wherever I go, on or off-island) and started shooting macro photos. The dragonfly seemed too exhausted to escape from my camera lens just a few inches away.
Suitable to my posh surroundings, I was even dressed in a black suit at the time - returning from my occasional court interpreting part-time job - dressed totally un-Lamma-like, unlike Guy in his "Lone Hunter" camouflage outfit shooting all his amazing & beautiful dragonflies in our Flora & Fauna forum.
Some people gave me funny looks while I was crouching at the window, taking quite a series of photos to come up with these two photos. This is the first INDOOR, domesticated dragonfly I've ever shot and my only acceptable dragonfly photos this year so far. It might be a while till I'll be so lucky again. I was actually considering to release the dragonfly into the wilds of Central, but how to catch a dragonfly without a net or damaging such a fragile creature close to the end of its very short natural life cycle (Oct 10)?
But the weather is getting so much cooler and drier now - simply beautiful. Maybe it's safe now to dare venturing outside my air-conditioned home office into the wild blue yonder of Lamma's rolling hills and burbling brooks to find some non-domesticated dragonflies and other shy members of the amazingly diverse local Flora & Fauna for some close-up portraits. Stay tuned and post your own best shots in our forum!
Oct 10: Official UFO Landing Site?
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Oct 9: Mid-Autumn Carnival
Delayed twice, three weeks late, the yearly big local Mid-Autumn Carnival in the YSW football pitch has finally been taking place yesterday, Sat night, Oct 8. Here are some photos of this almost Gwailo-free event with hundreds of locals and their children. Many children were performing song & dance & Kung Fu and winning prizes and raising money for charity with their pretty, most;y hand-made Mid-Autumn lanterns.
Oct 8: Veggie Pizza, Anyone?
P.S. The Bookworm is not a Lamma-zine/Blog advertiser anymore (new management).
Oct 7: Grazier Union? On Lamma?
You might have seen these two big banners put up by Lammadonna's office. The first one from a few months ago, as part of a concerted effort to push the Govt. to build a premanent, eh, sorry, permanent helipad in YSW.
The second banner is up right now at the bridge from the ferry pier to the Library, claiming credit for successfully convincing the Govt. to finally start building the helipad next April. The construction will complet, eh, complete in July 2007. A fine success - if it really goes ahead, finally - well worth taking credit for, as it's high-profile, high-face-value and widely popular.
Everyone loves a winner, so it looks like everybody is joining in to claim credit on the banner besides Lammadonna, even the "Wai Chow Clansmen General Association" who wasn't even mentioned on the first banner. Clansmen?
But the most intriguing and mysterious on the list of credit-claimants must be the "Hong Kong Grazier Union Lamma Office". Grazier Union? On Lamma?
For the ones who, like me, did have to look up the exotic word "grazier", Googling "define:grazier" results in "a large-scale farmer who grazes cattle or sheep for market". Wow, do we've got any of those on Lamma? There seem to be even enough of them here to form a union? Wonders Never Cease on our Fantasy Island, part of the City of Life...
Our Flora & Fauna moderator, Zep - under whose jurisdiction this big local mystery seems to fall as it concerns sheep and cattle - writes:
"Lamma Grazier Union?? Jeez. Let’s not get left behind in claiming credit. Let’s hear it for the:
Lamma Opal Miners Association
Anybody I've missed out?"
By the way, we're still looking for a good Lamma-style nickname for the future permanent helipad. My own suggestion is "Lamma's Official UFO Landing Site", but I'm sure you can come up with a better nickname! Email me! Sorry, no free heli flight over Lamma for the best name. But the winner could apply to put up a big banner claiming credit for his winning helipad nickname...
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to
be critical of the Grazier Union in any way and no disrespect or offense is
Oct 6: Lamma Fun Day - Stalls & Bric-a-Brac
Click on the email addresses above to contact these ladies directly! You can also view & print the entire bric-a-brac poster by clicking here.
Make a nice profit by selling your stuff or services at the Lamma Fun Day!
For more info, please email Li, or call her at 9539 5602.
Pick up an application form at the Green Cottage, Deli Lamma or The Bookworm. Or view & print the form right now (Word).
P.S. I, Lamma-Gung, am doing the official Internet marketing & promotion for the Lamma Fun Day, so you'll soon hear A GREAT LOT more about it. Beware!
Oct 5: Police Maps for North Lamma
Oct 4: The Best of September - From Our Contributors
It's my great honour & pleasure to present the very best Lamma-zine Blog stories of last month, thanks to a large number of current and former Lammaites who again submitted quotes, stories & photos. Many thanks to all of them, you're the best! Without your on-going, wonderful help, this Blog couldn't survive and hope to strive constantly to become better, more informative & more entertaining!
If you've missed some of these best stories, just click on the story titles below!
Oct 3: Chinese Forum Breaks the 3,000 Mark
Oct 2: First Prize for Anonymous_Guy!
Lamma's Wildlife Photographer Extraordinaire has won first prize in a photography exhibition in the worldwide Bird Forum with the photo above, titled "Hornet Incoming"!
There were 118 votes cast in this competition in July 2005 and he attracted 25 of those, while the runner-up attracted just 10 votes. Some feedback from Bird Forum members: "a real eye-catching shot", "staggering picture", "a stunning image, a worthy winner".
Our modest Anonymous_Guy replied in the Bird Forum:
"Thanks all.... have been on tenterhooks all week, last time I won anything was a pub raffle (3 pork pies and a roast chicken) 30 years ago, & to win this has been especially gratifying as I got my first camera less than a year ago.
I'd like to thank not only those that voted for me, but everybody involved in every aspect of the competition...., it's been fun. A special mention should go to all the other entrants, not only those that made the cut, but all of them. In my eyes they are all winners."
Here's his explanation on how to shoot a prize-winning photo like this:
"Sit for a hundred hours with a rotting banana, with 50 hornets buzzing round yr head & tangling in yr hair, set the 60mm lens at minimum focal distance (about 4" from the end of the lens [I think]), set the speed at 500 & the f-stop at 28-40 (depending on ambient light) with fill-in flash & wait for one to fill the frame.
For other pics (including what I think is the Asian Killer Hornet responsible for 40+ deaths in Japan last year) - can be seen here.
BTW - there is a disclaimer for injury liability through the use of this method."
For more hornets in flight and other stunning shots, check out our own forums!
Oct 1, National Day: Record Website Traffic!
September was a record month in every respect! We've had the highest-ever figures in the 3-year history of this website for all key web traffic statistics:
Monthly hits (1.33 million!), pages viewed (142K), number of visitors (33K) and amount of data transferred to browsers (an amazing 18.3GB)!
239 of these downloads were the "Last Ferry to Lamma" music video by Red Star Rising, taking up 1.33GB of transferred data all by itself...
P.S. My apologies for this little geeky article, but Cybergeeks/Webmasters like myself get excited by these figures, especially constantly-rising record figures. Good for our fragile egos...