Joanne Blue Tongue - Artist of the Month
Click above for an online art gallery, including the opening party of "Blue
and an exclusive interview with Lamma tattoo artist Joanne.
Unexpected Discoveries at the Christmas Fair
Artist Eddie Chau Yuen Wing (email)
and Lo-Por at the Christmas Fair outside the IFC mall. Only till tomorrow...
"Got anything showing Lamma Island?" "Yes, sure!"
Click to enlarge watercolour painting of Lamma Island as seen from Mount
Loads of Christmas ornaments and arts & crafts are available.
Another little discovery at the Christmas Fair... my first-ever Krispy
dessert for our 15th wedding anniversary dinner in Lambcombe
Christmas Fair in YSW Shopping Mall
From today till Thu (Nov 28-30, 7am-10pm) there'll be a Christmas Fair
outside the Yung Shue Wan Shopping Mall (also IFC mall, as some
non-Lammaites still insist on calling it) - to the left of the flyover from
Central's Lamma ferry pier into the mall. So what's on offer this year?
Press release of Christmas Fair -
(This is kind of an unpaid advertorial for an off-Lamma event - not
usually published in the Lamma-zine. But as quite a number of
current and ex-Lammaites are involved in organising and exhibiting -
and several charities will directly benefit - I'm making an
exception in this case. Any Lamma-based events are always most
welcome to get free publicity, of course.)
The festive season is growing nearer. What better
way to do your Christmas shopping than in one central place with
many gifts unavailable in shops!
the success of last year, the fair will once again take place on the
lawns in front of IFC mall, though this year it promises to be
bigger and better. Stalls at the fair will offer products such as:
Kids Toys and
Books, Art and
The stalls will be run by some of Hong Kong’s most
recognized names as well as individuals and small companies.
You will also be able to order your Christmas tree
directly from one of Hong Kong’s major suppliers during the three
days of the fair.
As Christmas is the season for giving, the fair will
be raising money for various charities that benefit Hong Kong. The
chosen charities this year include the St. James Settlement, Hope
for Children, the Christina Noble Foundation and Operation Santa
The fair will be open
10am - 7pm from Tue, Nov 28, to Thu, Nov 30. For more information
you can visit the website at
www.hk-christmasfair.com or call Ironmonger Events on 2973-0372.
Red Scare and a Good Celt
A double dose of weekly satirical original comedy Hong Kong news round-up
animation today! Enjoy!
Daniel (Moment Productions, ph: 9122 2849,
www.momenteye.com), the sole
creative mastermind and multimedia producer behind HK Copy News
"I didn't get around to thanking you for
last week's write up... awesome!"
A Harmonious Day
Click above for a comprehensive photo gallery of a fun Sunday bus trip for
Outlying Islands residents to the new Wetlands Park - organised by the Lamma
Area Committee and sponsored by the Islands District Office.
Making Hong Kong a No-Kill City
Dr John Wedderburn - LAWC; AAPN; Chair
of Hong Kong No Kill City Forum, Tel: 9097 8352,
email. Click for
Nov 26, 2-6pm, New World
Centre Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui:
This event tomorrow isn't specifically about Lamma
but it is generated and organised by Lamma people and we would like
Lamma people to attend. The idea is to persuade the Government to
control the supply of companion animals onto the market so that it
will no longer be necessary for the Govt to kill 2000 a month or for
to devote so much time and energy on finding homes for unwanted
"No Kill" is a short-hand phrase for a policy that
aims to prevent the need to kill homeless pets by controlling their
production. For at least the last 50 years the Government has
maintained an expensive, inhumane and ineffective method of rounding
up dogs, cats and other companion animals to kill them, at more that
20,000 a year.
We believe that a few simple pro-active measures can
prevent the accumulation of these surplus unwanted animals. - this
is called the No Kill Policy. This is a policy supported by all
those who hate to see dogs and cats roaming the streets uncared for
and posing nuisance and danger to society. Besides the 3 well-known,
Lamma-based animal protection organisations above, there are:
LAD Laboratory Animal Defenders
AAPN Asian Animal
am attaching a picture of some of the organising committee of
tomorrow's event - all Lammaites. The feline member is a paralysed
cat who uses a wheeled cart and was successfully homed by LAWC.
Final Days of a Gracious Lady Cat
John Cairns - Lamma Author. This story
appeared first in the Lamma-based
Cairns Media Magazine, republished here with friendly
All photos by John Cairns.
The tragic main character, Lady, is a real Lamma
Celebrity and has been featured in the Lamma-zine several times before:
Valentine's Day story
The Isle of Love, Photos of the Day (Cat
in a bowl, Lamma office life):
November 2 – Within a few months, a
cat named Lady has taught my wife Eva and I more than we ever
imagined on important topics, like unflinching courage, gritty
determination, positive thinking, quiet dignity and firm friendship.
While battling paralysis and an inoperable spinal
tumor, Lady refuses to surrender, stays active and relies on a
steadfast friendship with Gail, the family dog.
Lady first appeared at our door in 2004. When
working in a home office, I often stepped outside for fresh air and
noticed an unfamiliar cat lounging on the patio chairs to socialize
with Gail. Sometimes the cat stayed all-day and all-night, snoozing
in an empty flower box. Soon she followed Gail indoors and joined
We called her Lady in tribute to her formidable
social-skills. Unfailingly sweet, she disliked being held, but
enjoyed pats and belly-rubs. “For once, a pet chose us,” I told Eva,
flattered. “Usually, people select animals, not vice-versa.”
Actually, Lady chose Gail. When not sunbathing
together, the disparate duo shared the living-room couch. Lady
devoted hours to groom-licking her bigger girlfriend. Sometimes Gail
returned the favor.
Nightly, I escorted Gail to a sandbox where she
relieved herself. Lady insisted on trotting along too. If unfamiliar
dogs or humans approached, the street-smart Lady vanished off the
footpath into bushes before rejoining us back at the house.
In early June 2006, Lady began to limp. Initially,
we wondered why she had a sore leg. Her problem worsened, and within
four days, she lost all use of her back-legs.
By foot, ferries, taxis and underground trains, we
carried Lady for consultations with three different veterinarians.
One promptly urged euthanasia: “I see a lot of spinal cases. Lady’s
a serious one. There’s not much else to do.”
Eva and I shook our heads: “No way. Not yet.”
Despite paralysis and then incontinence, Lady showed
no hint of physical pain. She stayed alert and hungry. Determination
glinted in her eyes.
“She’s still the same old Lady,” Eva said.
“We’ll help her for as long as she wants to live,” I
vowed. “If she loses interest, we’ll know.”
One veterinarian performed a series of acupuncture
treatments – 10-20 needles per time, plus wires and electricity --
that didn’t cure Lady, but seemed to please her.
We discovered the cause of Lady’s troubles when a
tumor emerged on her back. Pressing on her spine, it blocked signals
to her back-legs.
“The tumor’s position makes it inoperable,” a
trusted veterinarian said. “A surgeon could try to remove it, but
Lady might not survive.”
Although unsure of Lady’s age, we knew that
veterinarians had checked her teeth and declared her to be a
“senior” citizen. Our best guess puts her at 15 years old. A huge
medical operation late in life sounded unappealing, as did
chemotherapy injections and their side-effects. We vetoed those
ideas. And Hong Kong lacks facilities for radiotherapy on small
“Will the tumor kill her?” I asked.
The veterinarian nodded. “Even if the tumor’s
benign, it takes more space each day, crowding her internal organs
until they fail. If it’s maligant, well…. Large tumors may burst
too. Then blood vessels rupture, and the animal bleeds to death
The prognosis sounded dire. So Eva and I simply
strive to keep Lady happy and comfortable one day at a time. That
means feeding her extra well and providing a bed near Gail. Every
few hours, we squeeze her lower torso, emptying her bladder. Twice a
day, I manipulate her back-legs, exercising the muscles.
With advice from the charity Lamma Animal
Protection, we built a cart to restore Lady’s mobility. But we strap
her into the cart only when she’s closely supervised. Even without
it, she stays active. Using her front legs, she drags the
unresponsive hindquarters. She avoids bedsores by moving often.
Luckily, our smooth floor-tiles don’t cause abrasions.
By day, Lady visits with Gail. At night, they
stretch out together. Often Gail looks worried. Sometimes she licks
at Lady’s defective back-legs while the cat purrs.
Each night, I carry Lady, her head bobbing as she
sightsees, and we follow Gail on a short stroll. Some days, Eva and
I awaken early, rouse Gail and place Lady in a pet-travel box. Then
we take both animals to watch the sunrise at a nearby beach. Prodded
by snout-nudges from Gail, Lady drags herself across the sand. But
rocks frustrate her. When able-bodied, she’d have leaped across
them. Now they loom like the Himalayas.
At moments when Lady’s problems distress us, we pay
extra attention to her. She stares back, and we understand the
message in her eyes – that she remains unbowed and determined, that
we can’t quit on her.
So Lady’s battle continues. The tumor has grown
huge, yet she shows no physical pain, refuses to concede defeat and
seemingly enjoys each day. As we watch and learn from her example,
our admiration for her deepens and expands.
The time for euthanasia may arrive. In fact, we
expect it. But that’ll be later, much later… we hope.
UPDATE (November 21) – At the Lamma Animal
Clinic, Lady the Cat, who had deteriorated rapidly in the previous
week, received a lethal injection and went to sleep for the last
For months, we'd watched closely for her to signal
if and when this might be appropriate. We believe that we finally
received that message from her.
She’ll be missed and remembered, but let’s take a
positive view. By now, she may be walking and running again
Click to enlarge:
Gail and Lady become best buddies.
Early on, Lady snoozes in an outdoor flower box.
Lady devotes hours to grooming her larger girlfriend.
Lady leaves drag marks on the sand.
Once disabled, Lady regains mobility in a plastic cart.
Acupuncture treatments fail to cure Lady, but she seems to enjoy
Human attention still pleases the affectionate cat.
At quiet moments, Gail worries about her friend.
Despite the tumor visible on her back, Lady savors an early-morning
Lady the Cat soon may see bright lights marking the end of her life.
A Drunken Lion in Police HQ!
Imagine the outrageous and scandalous shenanigans I witnessed
personally last week in the garden of the Cheung Chau headquarters of the
Islands District police force! A friendly lion being fed with multiple
bottles of beer, getting more and more drunk till he was out of his mind,
stumbling all over the place, spewing beer into the air and finally passing
out, legs pointing to the sky!
Was all of this just a silly prank, juvenile horseplay or
signs of serious debauchery and animal cruelty going on in Police HQ?
You decide for yourself, after looking at the photos below.
A bit of background:
I was invited to the yearly Public Relations
Reception of the Islands District's police force on Fri, Nov 17. A police
launch picked up the District Councillors, local dignitaries and community
group heads - plus one "Managing Editor of Lamma-zine" - from the major
Outlying Islands (Lantau, Peng Chau and Lamma), taking us to Police HQ in
Cheung Chau and back.
The happy celebration consisted of the usual blessings, roast
pigs, a drunken lion dance (see above), policemen presenting awards to each
other, and, last but most important, a big buffet & bar! I even got a guided
tour of the HQ, including the tiny, harsh holding cells. Maybe, this served
as a stern warning for me if I'd ever publish anything "naughty" about our
valiant police force? Oops, too late! This might have been the last time
they've invited me to their party...
Click any of my photo slices below to browse the photo
Herbs, Herbivores & Herboland
What are these two friendly guys smiling about? Lamma's two
most popular (and only?) organic farmers are enjoying a rare moment of rest.
Besides running their organic farm
they've even found the spare time to publish the book above, with the catchy
title of "Organic Growing of Herbs". It's all you ever wanted to know but
didn't dare to ask about... the organic growing of herbs!
Illustrated with beautiful photographs, you can now learn
about all the plants used to flavour your food, make herbal
medicines/cosmetics from, etc. We're all Herbivores (plant eaters) after
all, and growing herbs on your balcony or rooftop could be a most rewarding
hobby in so many ways. Click on the cover above or the photos below to learn
more about the book (in Chinese only).
The book will be available from Friday in bookstores and directly from
(besides Hung Shing Yeh beach). Stop by for a herbo tea and herbo cookie,
pet a kitten or rabbit, have a chat with bilingual Gavin or Gary, and get a
freshly signed and dedicated book, of course. If you purchase 5 copies or
more - and you're female - you'll even get a freebie, a kiss from one of
these two handsome guys! Rush there NOW, all ye Lovely Lamma Ladies, the
kiss will only be available as long as stocks last! Afterwards, you could even join one of their
Never mind that the book is in Chinese only, you'll be supporting the great
work of two genuinely nice and passionate guys and real do-gooders,
Lammaites in the best sense of the word. And the book's got beautiful plant
and flower photos, mostly taken on Lamma! Click here to post a
message to them or click below for their own fine website, forum and
extensive photo galleries:
- organic herbs / veggies / products / flowers
Santa Bikers, Jungle Bells & Lamma Xmas Kids
The season of Conspicuous Consumption, eh, Christmas, has
truly started in HK and even on Lamma. Decorative, blinkey lights in the
shops, rooftop parties being scheduled, Christmas shopping trips to town
ramping up to their yearly frenzy, the better-off members of our community
planning their dutiful overseas family visits or their Christmas getaways to
distant tropical isles...
What kind of good and noble deeds are Lammaites up to during
the Xmas season this year? Lammaites are well-known for organising,
participating and generously donating at charity events, raising big amounts
of funds every year. Let's list and promote the charity events that have
been emailed to me recently:
Mad Dog Motorcycle Club - Toy Run
Do you recognise Lammaite Rob - Mad Dog MC Club President (center) - without
his beard? There's at least one more Lammaite in this picture. A Santa biker
with a child on his lap and a teddy bear, isn't he soooo CUTE! I was teasing
them about it and got this reply:
Doug Netzel - PR Cheerleader of the
Mad Dog Motorcycle Club:
Ok... so we have a soft side... Hey, we are humans also... and it's getting
closer to Christmas!!
Mad Dog MC is not just a bike club full of mean-looking, tattooed,
beer-drinking bikers chasing the girls in Wan Chai (not to mention Lamma
Island)! We try to pool our efforts and resources to help in the HK
community and support children's charities and their needs.
video by Operation Santa Claus... take a close look at the biker
Santa (brings a tear to my eye).
the past three years Mad Dog MC, HK
chapter, has held our
Annual Christmas Toy
Run: click here for
This year is
no exception, and will host our 3rd Annual
Toy Run on Dec 3rd. Meeting at Granville
Square, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon at 10:30 am.
pillion riders' fee will be $100 and all
proceeds will be donated to
Operation Santa Claus 2006 Foundation.
Also, we will
accept cash or children' s toy donations
which could be dropped off at Handle Bar,
Jaffe Road, Wanchai.
The Toy Run
will leave Granville Square at 11:00 am for
New Territories ride with lunch/noodle
break at 1:00 PM. The ride will end approx.
3-3:30 pm at Handle Bar, Wanchai, for
refreshments and pictures, of course. All
riders welcome, of course. We'll have enough
petrol for at least 100+ kms.
Hope to see
Lamma Island bikers join us once again!!
Thanks for the support! Ride Hard - Ride
Click above to enlarge. Christmas Craft Corner by Tamara is not for
but it's such a nice Christmas-related event, let's plug it here as well!
JUNGLE BELLS 2006
Drum & Bass mash up
Hosting some of the finest Hong Kong Drum & Bass DJs.
//All-stars all-styles DJ LINE-UP:
Arkham, Blood Dunza, Kas, DJ Wash, Stef:Fun, Teem, Epz, Le Libertin,
//WHEN: SAT 02/12/2006, 10pm - 5am
Yellow Devil (ex Quarter/Bling), 3/F, 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central (near
escalator, above Pizza Express). Tel: 3102 2066
//PRICE: HK$100 incl. 1 drink
The year’s come near to an end and we feel like giving you
Tune your ears, wax your trainers, pimp your styles, get ready when some of
the finest of Hong Kong's Drum & Bass playaz unite for one big pre-Xmas
Nine DJs in seven hours of body-shaking goodness. Music so full of bass, you
may want to give dinner a miss that night...
What's the Lamma angle on this you might ask? I've asked Lamma's
"Electronic Mistress" and she replied:
"My hero DJ Wash (above left) and I are Lammaites. We're part of the
organisers of this gig. We are and run the crew "Kongkretebass", promoting
Drum & Bass gigs around HK. "Jungle" is name of the music that Drum & Bass
originates from. Put Drum & Bass and Xmas together and you get "Jungle
"Because it's the season of compassion - I am going to donate part
proceeds of the night to charity (Kely Support Group)."
Rie Wada (above left) and her violin child prodigy Louie are looking for
young and adult singers for their yearly charitable Christmas Carol Singing
in Main Street.
Rie informs me that she wants to recruit members (all ages) to organize a
quite professional carol singing this year. Mr. DickStock has agreed to
shoot a video, but he's still looking for a video editor. Any volunteers?
The carol singing will collect donations for Operation Santa Claus.
Her daughter Louie is now 9 years old. She got a scholarship from the
Academy for Performing Arts and has got a 1st violin seat in the Academy's
P.S. More Christmas charity events will likely be announced very
soon. They'll be featured prominently in the Lamma-zine, of course. The
Island Bar's 7th Annual Treasure Hunt (Sunday, Dec 10) and O.S.C.
Quiz Night, anyone?
China's Smiling Faces
Charity Gift Book
Paul Lau – Lamma's
travel/wildlife photographer extraordinaire:
Dear Lamma Gung,
would like to ask for your kind assistance
for the following charity project.
Published Soon In Lamma - A Charity Gift
Book For World Vision's Environmental
Projects In China.
China's Smiling Faces:
Children Across The Land
is a photography book by Paul Lau that
shares images of smiling multi-ethnic
children from diverse backgrounds across
urban and rural China. It is now calling
company and individual sponsors for the
coming X'mas season.
Hope you will kindly assist in introducing
this project to the Lamma-zine readers for
the charity cause. 75% of the retail price
will go to World Vision without deducting
For details and more info, please
visit here or phone me on 2982 8157
Monk in a Hole on the Beach
The stuff one can find on the
sharing website is sometimes surprising and even
occasionally amusing. Most of the millions of videos are boring crap, to be
completely honest, but
there are unexpected discoveries, hidden pearls, and even real treasures to
be found - if one just digs deep and long enough.
Speaking of digging deep, here's the best and most hilarious
Lamma-related video I've found, about "an epic construction project": digging a
hole on Hung Shing Yeh beach, selling it to other beach-goers and creating
an absolutely brilliant video about it. Yes, it's the kind of thing that
some of Lamma's many young English teachers might get up to when they've too
much free time on their hands on our "Island of the Ghost Teachers".
It's an almost professional report mocking the style of a "BBC World
Special Report", subtitled "An
experiment in 'anti-real estate' - The Monk-in-a-Hole Project:
"The day we sold a hole (and put a monk in it) on Lamma Island in Hong
Kong. A special news report from Phil Grieve, Angus & Fergus Gallagher
It contains a "Lamma Rap", Breaking News ("Elvis glasses lost in
the hole"), and interviews with "Kevin - Attracted to hole",
"Random Girl - Likes the hole", Herboland's "Gary - Easily excitable",
the Construction Manager and other LLLs (Laughable Lamma Loonies, not to be
confused with Laudable Lamma Luminaries or even the exalted Living Lamma
Legends!). (All photos and video by Tom Grundy.)
Afterwards, they even went on to concoct
a poem about the experience, containing phrases like "In visions
of Lamma, A sea-salt Nirvana". They read the poem at The Fringe Club's
monthly poetry evening to a "semi-disinterested and confused audience",
filming another video about it (Monk
in a Hole - Epilogue). And there's a final announcement:
[monk-in-a-hole merchandising range coming soon].
An extremely inventive and fantastically well-executed prank, dear lads!
Congratulations for maintaining the true Laughable Lamma Loony spirit and
demonstrating it to the huge, worldwide YouTube audience! Great job, lads,
free beers for everybody involved in this absolutely brilliant project!
There are two more worthwhile Lamma-related videos I just
found on YouTube:
at the HK Finals of the World Battle of the Bands - where they came
2nd! - performing live at the Edge! Thanks to Alex the Facial Contortionist
(and lead singer) for emailing me this link.
Plus a really strange and surprising video, not sure if this
is serious or another prank, just uploaded one week ago:
An apology from two Chinese on a ferry from Lamma Island:
"Two Chinese would like to apologize to a guy on a ferry leaving from
Lamma Island to Central (Hong Kong) on Nov 11, 2006 at around 5:45pm."
Looks like a great idea to me. Can we demand public video
apologies from ANYBODY misbehaving on the Lamma ferry from now on?
P.S. The late
Halloweenies photo gallery is ready now. Sorry for the delay to all the
parents who've been asking me about it, because I took photos of their own
Halloweenies. Click below and enjoy!
Viva Deli Lamma Central!
Alain the Panther – newly
minted World Champion and ex-Lammaite:
It's Alain the Panther. I just came back
from Singapore where I won for the second
time the world title at the
Grand Final of the 2nd World Kuoshu / All
Styles (of Martial Arts) Championship
Tournament, Nov 9-11.
attached knockout video
seconds, MPG format, 2MB] is one
of my bouts. I dedicate this win to all
Joey also won a bronze medal in this World
Title competition. Competing just 2 months
after giving birth to our baby boy Joshua.
She's really amazing to fight so soon after
having a baby. She just had one month to
train; winning a bronze medal in such a
tough competition is a great achievement.
We are also planning to have a celebration
for our win this Friday in the new Deli
Lamma Central. Would be great if you could
join us. Perhaps you can take some more
photos of us with our medals.
[Editor: all photos
by L-G, except the Singapore and trophy
Prafull, Alain the Panther/new world champ, his eager & talented student
Saheb (Prafull's son) and Deli Lamma Central manager Aslam, last night in
the Deli Lamma Central. I love Alain's T-shirt!
3 recent ex-Lammaites and happy Deli Lamma customers: Colette ("The Very
Vain Lady" of
Molokko the Blogging Catster), Alain "No Guts No Glory" N'Galani,
The Josh (Colette's hubby and lead singer of Lamma Band
Victory party of Impakt
Martial Arts and Fitness Centre teachers and friends.
To learn more about most of these "tight-fisted" people,
The winning Impakt team in Singapore
Happy birthday, Joey! Alain with medal and trophy. Click to enlarge.
Winner Building is close to the top of D'Aguilar Street,
between Al's Diner and Hardy's, on the 1st Floor.
Opening hours: 11:30am-2:30pm and 6pm to midnight.
Guitars & Nappies!?
Well, DickStock's been completed successfully for another year, the
hangovers have been cured, the DickStock Residence's garden has been cleared
of cans and condoms and Mr DickStock has gone into hibernation till next
spring, I think. Meanwhile, let's take a look ahead at next year's
potential lineup of Lamma Bands for DickStock 2007:
Have you already heard of the latest, newest and wettest Lamma Band:
Guitars & Nappies? At first, they considered calling themselves the "ABC
Girls" (Ashley, bbchris and Chloe), or even "The Amazing Bowers Girls". It's
a just renamed all-girl band and they're already practicing hard (and very
loud!) all night long for their first gig at next year's DickStock. You have
been warned! Here's the announcement of this renamed and now even more
Music forum moderator & founder of
(Photos submitted by bbchris, logo above updated by Lamma-Gung):
Finally, the 'bb' at the
beginning of bbchris's name has an
explanation! Not only is our own bbchris a
live music events organiser, a colourful
palette for local hairdressers and a "Rock
Goddess", she's adding "Rock Mum" to the
list of achievements under her PVC belt.
Announcing the arrival on 2nd
November - just before lunchtime - of
Chloe Anne (6.4 lbs) & Ashley Anne
(4.6 lbs). [Editor:
Worldwide-exclusive pictures, not published
yet in any other media, see below!
Brangelina, eat you heart out, the
bbchrishaun twins are way cuter than your
look like their Daddy
[Editor: Huh? Poor girls! See below! Not
true!] and are feeding well. Both
have long fingers and great lungs -
displaying the potential to become vocalists
with deftness on guitars!
bbchris has denied that
the band she founded, "Guitars & Panties",
will change its name to "Guitars & Nappies".
Well, we know better, don't we? Not only have they been
renamed to "Guitars & Nappies" - see their new logo above for proof! - but
bbchris will be adding Ashley & Chloe to the band as "junior" members soon,
making it a six-girls band!
Looking ahead even further, when might the first album of
“Guitars & Nappies” be coming out? Will its production last another full
nine months? By then, they might have so many songs (babies crying as
backing vocals?) recorded that they'll have to release them all as a double
album! Thinking about it, they'll ALWAYS release DOUBLE albums only from now
It's great for bbchris to have the twins so early in her life, as she's only
20 years old, according to her comprehensive and VERY detailed
She looks 20 in her profile photo (see left): "About me: I am a
Eurasian Rock Goddess!" Fun reading, but it might need a bit of
bbchris has only one fear for her girls' future:
She hopes they won't grow up to become accountants or civil
servants! They might even become "nice girls" some day and - unlike their
"Rock Mum" - never want a colourful tattoo or a painful piercing, never
colour their hair red, green or blue, never join a rock band or become a
groupie! A real nightmare for a "Rock Mum"!! So better get them into a rock
band as early as possible!
This kind of fear could keep bbchris awake at night... if she
wouldn't be awake at night already to feed her double bundles of joy.
Send her your congratulations and all your best wishes for the
founding of a true next-generation Lamma Band!
Meanwhile, paparazzi-wannabe Lamma-Gung will be hiding in the bushes and
undergrowth around the bbchrishaun residence in Tai Peng with a
massive zoom lens trying to capture potentially lucrative candid snapshots
of the twins, NOT!
Loony Creativity & Horripilatory Tingles @ DickStock
Nick the Reviewman - Official
Court Reviewer for Lamma Bands:
Check out his
or send him an
All photos above and below by
Lamma-Gung. Click on any photo in this article to get the
DickStock 2006 photo gallery of several photographers.)
No, I didn't know either what "horripilatory" means,
till I googled it:
Only 8 relevant uses of this word on the entire Internet, 2 of
them can be found in 2 of Nick's former reviews on his very own
Nick the DJ is all ears during
Things are getting scatty
and tardy. First, Parksy locks himself out
of his house, causing a delay in loading the
gear. Then the VV breaks down... Everything
arrives up at the DickStock Residence
about 10 seconds before sunset. Final set up
is under muted lights, while the crowd
slowly ambles in.
The stage faces the beach so
the sound should carry away from Po Wah Yuen
and provide a wider space for the audience
to sit down, stand up, chat, drink, make
merry and occasionally boogie. The smart
dogs gather backstage and near Geng's
barbecue (Hmmm, free bones!) A copy of the
CD that Timo Maas gave me after his recent
HK gig is playing while the first band of
the night gets ready.
Transnoodle are Jamnoodle
tonight. Josh, mainvox, can't be here, so
Johnny sings "Transnoodle" and
The sound is a bit more Pogues folky, less
ska, with plenty of jamming between Andrew
on lead guitar, Kevin on bass and drummer
Magnus There's a new tune "Bury the Harbour"
which has some near-African guitar melodies
snaking through it. Jamnoodle play a shorter
set than at Lamma Fun Day, but it's still a
Time to get ready for
Boys. "Mushrooms" by Lee Burridge
is faded down as the quintet amble on stage
and plug in. They are Dan the Bastard,
on typical leather-lunged vocals, Hugh on
drums, Dennis (the Menace) on bass, Phil and
Gabriel on rhythm and lead guitar. Opening
song "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop is as close
as they get to the 21st Century. It's a
no-frills, satisfying trawl through some of
the seedier songs of the 60's and 70's.
There's "Roadhouse Blues" and
from The Doors. They crash up against "Sweet
Jane" and "Waiting for my Man" (Lou Reed/The
Velvet Underground). There's almost a singalong on J.J. Cale's
"Cocaine" and the
Boy's tart it up for "Should I Stay/Go" (the
Clash). All that was missing was Dan's
spandex leopard-print trews! They depart to applause as
Dub" by the Clash echoes around the garden
before fading into some live Tubes "Crime
Medley" and "I was a Punk before You".
There's probably about 300 people here,
enjoying the craic and roll, while Willem,
Lamma-Gung and Bob Davis are going
snap-happy. Dick appears every so often,
beaming through the crowd. Earlier, he put
down little guide messages along the path,
asking the neighbours NOT to call the
police. So far, it's working. Three friends
of mine from the Timo gig - Julia, Chris and
Casey - are here, in full-on fun mode.
Hugh is back on skin-bashing
duties with Red Star Rising
haven't played since the recent Bikers Daze
gig in the N.T. so this is the Lamma debut
of Alex, the bassist. Steve plays some
sweaty synth guitar on eponymous opener "Red
Star Rising" and there's a wired blues-buzz
to the second tune "When Worlds Collide" The
next 2 songs "Dollar Arcade" and
Line" are more pop-exploitative and lead
nicely into a new number "In Your Arms" with
a hint of The Beatles in the melody.
I'm sharing a gag backstage
with Nikki and Nitai who have just realised
that Hugh is "a great drummer". They can't
remember seeing him play before. He and Alex
then perform an impromptu drum and bass duet
as Steve's amp aborts midway through "Bags
and Belts". He fixes the problem and the
trio rock out to the end. "Shopping
Malls" should feature a backwards guitar
solo in the break, but technical
difficulties arise again and Steve can't
play it properly. Never mind, this is
still a great fuzzydelic beast of a song and
leads nicely into "Escalator Girls". The
final tune is "Walking with the Devil" which
showcases Steve's blues playing. It's a
Taste-y version, recalling prime Rory
Gallagher. Steve is chuffed with this when
we speak later, telling me he knew Rory
well and that they've played together.
A heaving horde of humanity
is hopping happily as The Beatles sing "It's
All Too Much" and the Electric Prunes pay
tribute to Roger (Mcguinn)'s ringing
Rickenbacker. The DJ sound cuts out and
returns with "Get Ready" by Rare Earth as
Nude get their shit together. They're a
cool collective, reminiscent in many ways of
Lamma's Mothership in that they can shed
members, find replacements and get guest
musos to join in and jam.
Hamada is sitting in on lead
guitar for the departed Mark. Justin is
having major drum fun. Kevin is back on
bass. Sam Bruce on trumpet and Makha on
They're joined by Tony B. on sax. Last, but not
least, is Matt the keyboard kommander who
meshes smoothly with Hamada's rhythmic
worldbeat guitar licks. Paul's still the
rapmeister voxman, but Donna's not well and
is sorely missed tonight. The set features
some tasty jams on tunes by Fela (dad) and
Fema Kuti (son) amidst the original
compositions like "Articulated State" and
"The Art of Flipping". Little, spontaneous
outbreaks of Happy Feet are occurring all
over the place. A fine blend of vintage
Santana jams, crossed with the horny horns
of The Blues Brothers. You can't NOT dance
Armand Van Helden's mix CD
of rock breaks and New York party tunes is
playing as Kumi's drum collective
invades the stage for a short unscheduled
show prior to the Yung Shue Wankers set. The
guys are banging away happily to the beats,
but Kumi's in a strop about something or
other and wants the music off. When it IS
turned down, she's arguing about something
else, so it comes back up. Someone says she
tried this a couple of years ago during
Gaelic Gaul's gig, prompting a frosty
request from Fraser to "shoot the fucking
drummers!" Mick Farren's "Memphis
Psychosis" - an epic tale of drug debauchery
leading to an inability to visit Graceland -
helps set the mood for The Yung Shue Wankers
The Yung Shue Wankers
are more Bouzakai tonight. Ollie's turned up
with his accordion and spends about 10
minutes trying to get plugged in. Success,
eventually, as he joins Davy on fiddle, John
on guitarvox and Harry on 2nd guitarvox.
Opening song is "Folsom Prison Blues", but
Harry soon departs as he can't hear anything
he's playing. The other 3 perform a fine
set, comprising some material from Lamma Fun
Day. Ollie's accordion causes
on "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking
For". There's also a semi-falsetto romp
through "YMCA" and some instrumentals that
recall Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
The absolute highlight is a
near-totally unhinged cover of "Surfing
Bird" by The Trashmen. Davie's fiddle
recalls prime Kaleidoscope playing Flock,
while John channels the spirit of Wild Man
Fisher on vox. The most psychedelic song of
the night - full stop. Jules returns with
her party piece "These Boots Are Made For
Walking" and it's pretty much "Th-th-that's
a-a-all ff-ff-folks!" for the live music.
police haven't turned up all night. The
overall vibe veers between semi-controlled
chaos and loony
creativity and Timo is playing us
out as the musical wheel goes full
circle. Something IS happening, Mr. Jones.
Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
All DickStock logos so far, click to enlarge.
Looks like DickStock 2006 is being broadcast live & worldwide from the rooftop!
Yung Shue Wankers getting into the groove
Best view of the event: from Mr DickStock's balcony
More photographers snapping other photographers, unintentionally this time
The entrance gate to the DickStock Residence
A friendly, peaceful, joyous community event: "Peace, Love, Lamma"
Most of your local friends are here as well, stepping on your toes
Parksy's pre-digital sound mixer causing a few technical hiccups
Some people got uncontrollably Happy Feet!
P.S. Finally, an appeal from Switch, a
well-known and popular musician himself:
"What's up Lamma? No jams, no open mics, no impros, no JAZZ...!!!
I haven't seen/heard of one proper jam since Dan's (the Bastards)
time at the Aroy . What's this caused by? Have we turned into responsible
busy people? Or we just can't be asked to do this anymore? Come on, you all.
Let's get to-gether, n' do something fun! Can I have a count of hands all of
Music forum and let him know that you're interested!
'A Deadly Outswing Bowler Who Destroyed England'
Hong Kong Invitational Cricket Festival 2006:
Fri-Sun, Nov 17-19, 9am -
Po Kong Village Road Cricket Ground, Diamond Hill, Kowloon.
Entry - free for all spectators, organised by
Lamma Cricket Club.
email, Tel: 9636 5545.
Official Charity - Make A Wish Foundation.
Click for poster (another Harry Harrison classic).
Kevin Bishop -
Lamma Cricket Club
Festival Tournament Director Brad Tarr confirmed that former Test
stars Terry Alderman (Australia) and Jack Richards (England) would be
appearing at the tournament. Alderman, formerly of Western Australia,
Kent, Gloucestershire and Australia, and Wisden Cricketer of the Year in
1982, was a deadly outswing bowler who destroyed England taking
41 wickets during the 1989 Ashes series which Australia reclaimed. He
also took 42 wickets in the 1981 Ashes series (Botham's Ashes).
A record number of 32 teams will be featured, 18 local teams, as well
as 14 clubs flying into Hong Kong from all over the world. The Women's
divisions includes a team from Shanghai consisting almost entirely of
annual Festival of cricket is the largest club cricket sixes
tournament in the world. Men's & women's cricket teams will be
flying into Hong Kong from Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, UK,
Australia, Taiwan, Philippines and Singapore to compete against local
sides in this ICC Award winning tournament, now in its 5th year.
Spectators are welcome to enjoy the Festival Village on the
weekend days (Nov 18 & 19) featuring bouncy castles, food & beverage
stalls from Delaney's and Jashan Restaurant, and fun kids stalls with
proceeds raised going to the 'Make A Wish' children's charity. The 2005
Festival raised over HK$30,000 for 'Make A Wish'. Entry for spectators is free. Directions are available from the
HK Copy News #9
Another weekly installment in the satirical news programme by
Lammaite Daniel MomentEye. He writes: "The new HK Copy News is up!
Okay, so this one is late... tell you what, you can have it for half price.
Tung Chee Hwa gets a free doctorate and Beijing swaps Margaret Chan for Bird
met fun-loving, great guy Daniel in person (see right, he's shy) for the very
first time at the recent opening party of Joanne's Blue Tongue Design
Tattoo Parlour (1/F, just before the Bookworm Café). Yes, Joanne's
really got a beautifully blue tongue, ask her to show you!
Daniel MomentEye looks and sounds so amazingly different from his alter ego,
the cheeky, bubble-headed, helium-voiced pipsqueak newsreader in his HK Copy
News! Yes, he's truly mastered the mysterious miracles of modern,
all-digital CGI, sound processing and video editing...
Many of us wonder how long he'll be able to main-tain the writing, designing,
editing, recording, producing and publishing of his very creative, hilarious
and professional Flash-animated videos all by himself on a weekly schedule?
Let's hope it'll be for a long, long time! Click below for the index of all
9 HK Copy News so far:
Lamma Fun Day Raises $158,000!!
Fun Day Sonya - Lamma Fun Day
(SCMP cartoon of "Lamma Legend"
Sonya - according to the SCMP - by Harry Harrison, a Laudable Lamma
ALL Lamma Fun Day Participants and Volunteers,
THANK YOU ALL for your hard work
and efforts leading up to and including the day
in making it a FANTASTIC LAMMA FUN DAY!
We are thrilled to report that
this year's Lamma Fun Day was the best year
The total amount raised was
just over $158,000!!
Looking down the road and along
the beach and seeing all the people having a
great time was brilliant. We could not have done
this without your help.
We look forward to seeing you
again next year! Stay tuned for details
regarding this year's Funkraiser!
The Lamma Fun Day Committee
Send Me DickStock Photos!
Yes, another "iconic DickStock" music festival last night!
All the Lamma Bands played up a storm and a wonderful time has been enjoyed
by all. Lamma's vast hordes of amateur, semi-professional and professional
photographer were out in force, shooting the action in literally thousands
of shots, illuminating Mr DickStock's garden with a lightning storm of flash
lights, fitting in well with all the multi-coloured spotlights, flashes and
lasers of the professional stage light show.
Having turned down a $1,000 photo shoot in Sai Kung last
night myself to be at DickStock, I shot exactly 488 photos, hoping for at
least a handful of acceptable shots, maybe. I was stalking world-renowned
photographer Bob Davis half the night, hoping to learn from the master and
pick up a few tips. He's already submitted his first shots this morning,
being not just great but also fast.
But to my great surprise, he didn't email me shots of the
bands but of other photographers taking photos! Hey, Bob, where's the good
stuff? Well, anyway, very first DickStock photos by
Wait, I've got one more! How about a photo of Bob himself I shot while he
was shooting other photographers shooting photos? Watch the professional at
the precise positioning of the arms, high elbow and stretched-out
to zoom in for a closer look);
the choice of camera (a sheer-black, professional Nikon dSLR with a
top-quality Nikkor lens, nothing else or lesser will do);
creative shooting angle with
camera body askew;
the photographer's fully
loaded kit and accessories bag;
attire (DickStock T-shirt, charity plastic flower);
watch on the inside of the
wrist - to be able to tell time while holding the camera in the correct,
the ultimate focus and
maximum concentration expressed in his pose;
and, last but not least, by
far his most impressive skill of all:
the amazing and obviously
well-practiced dexterity of being able to balance a glass of cool beer
with just two fingers while taking pictures!
All the telltale signs of a true professional photographer! It took him more
than half a century of full dedication to the high art and craft of
photography to reach this Zen-like level of a venerated master! I'm not
worthy to be your disciple, Sifu Bob! Teach me more, please, please!
Send me YOUR DICKSTOCK PHOTOS for publication ASAP!
P.S. DickStock band reviews by the newly appointed
Official Court Music Reviewer of Lamma Bands, Nick the Reviewman, will
Scary Lamma Hippies!
Click to enlarge. All photos by
Darren, shot at Lamma Fun
Day, Oct 22, 2006. They have all been cropped, processed and arranged by L-G. Darren set up a
Competition" stall, raising a lot of money for the Children Welfare
This is final and definitive proof that we really have the
scariest people living on Lamma. Some of them didn't even have to pull a
face, that's how they look all the time! How many faces can you recognise
Approval for publication was obtained from the subjects. But
if you mind being featured here, just let me know and you'll be
For a gurning slide show by Daniel of MomentEye
Productions - part of
HK Copy News #7 - click below:
DickStock XII, Tomorrow!
Mr DickStock - Laudable Lamma
After the unfortunate incident
with the patrolman's handcuffs last year, we
here at DickStock Acres are working with Law
Enforcement to mitigate any spill-over of noise
to our neighbors in the hills above the lovely
valley of Nga Kau Wan.
My downstairs neighbor Ah-Wong
has proposed a possible reconfiguration of the
facility which will minimize noise impact, and
also possibly expedite his 'marketing'
initiative. Wong will be distributing beer,
wine, and soft-drinks at a very low
And Geng from the Lamma Gourmet
will again be cooking up snacks, 'Geng-Burgers',
and who knows what - all-Thai food for hungry
Things will roll around 7pm or
so; kids and friends are welcome; dogs, less so.
LAMMA BANDS performing:
DJ & acoustic
The Spicy Boys
All DickStock logos so far, click to enlarge.
P.S. If you're going to take photos,
email them to
me. They'll be published in the DickStock 2006 photo gallery. See
Check out the
DickStock 2006 forum for the latest info and a map.
Deli Lamma Opening in Lan Kwai Fong
Click above for
photo gallery of opening party of Deli Lamma LKF, Nov 3, 2006.
Sam Chambers - Writer, Deli
Lamma Publicist & Cheerleader:
That New Deli
Opening from 6.30pm this Friday,
November 3, Lan Kwai Fong will finally have the
kind of watering hole that people have been
craving for the past couple of years - a
non-pretentious, non-faux Irish bar where you do
not have to think about taking out a second
mortgage in order to buy a round of drinks.
Moreover, run buy a seasoned
restaurateur this exciting new development will
bring a slice of island life to the heart of
Central. The hugely popular Deli Lamma bar and
restaurant, open for more than a decade on the
Main Street of Yung Shue Wan, Lamma, is
spreading its wings and opening a Central
offshoot, also to be called Deli Lamma.
Bringing the same relaxed, cool
mood that its island original has enjoyed since
1992, the new Deli Lamma, set out over 1,800 sq
ft on a first floor, has a sprawling balcony,
curvaceous designs, vibrant colours, a jukebox,
both Indian and Western cuisine as well as a
startling array of drinks and cocktails.
Come along for the official
launch party this Friday, Nov 3, from 6.30pm.
Full contact details; click for website.
New manager Aslam Thahirul, Lamma Football Club Captain Saheb and Praful.
Big Success of No Hillfire Campaign!
There wasn't a single hillfire on Lamma Island at
the Chung Yeung "grave-burning" festival this year!
Who should we thank for this wonderful achievement?
The Conservancy Association (CA) and the HK Electric Volunteers, that's who!
The SCMP published a column by Kevin Sinclair today,
praising their efforts.
Click here for the
full text of his column. Here's the link, if you have access to the
The CA also just sent me a thank-you email today for my helping and
consulting them with their campaign (Lamma-zine,
Oct 26: "No Hillfire Campaign"). I've also been joining one of their
fire patrols to take pictures for them and for the Lamma-zine, see above!
Doris - Conservancy Association
Congratulations for our effort
in preventing hill fires in Lamma Island! The
"No Hillfire" Campaign in Chung Yeung Festival
was a great success!
Without your help, we could not
have achieved our goal of preventing hillfire
under such dry conditions. Cheers!
Enclosed please find the SCMP
column for your reference. Would you mind
sending me some pictures that you took when they
are weeding or any other pics on that day.
Thank you very much!
Ferry pier, Chung Yeung Festival day, 9am:
Doris, the CA project leader, in the middle,
plus 2 HKE employees/volunteers.
ALL the credit should go to the CA and the HK Electric Volunteers who did
such a great job on Chung Yeung day and the day before. They worked for free
on a hot day up in our hills (mostly behind Po Wah Yuen, Tai Peng, Yung Shue
Long, Pak Kok and Sok Kwu Wan), weeding graves, distributing
posters, leaflets and water
bottles (see right), informing grave sweepers they met.
Our longtime moderator Alan brought up this idea of fire patrols and
got the ball rolling in a "village meeting about environmental issues" that
the CA initiated a few months back. A few weeks after that meeting, the CA
decided to take action on Lamma first, setting a good example. I stayed in
touch with them after the initial meeting, consulting them (dates of their
patrols, grave locations, promotions, etc).
An uneventful Chung
day at the Lamma fire station
The CA tried to find local volunteers, asking me first, then Lammadonna, but
we found only one local volunteer. So they went to HK Electric's Volunteers
group (orange shirts) who joined the Conservancy Association's own people in
this 2-day campaign.
They also work together on the 3-year
"Green Lamma Green" campaign, planting and maintain-ing trees up at
the pavilion above Hung Shing Yeh beach, on the tourist trail to Sok Kwu
Three cheers and many thanks to
the Conservancy Association and
the HK Electric Volunteers!
P.S. Let's find more LOCAL volunteers for the next
grave-sweeping festival (Ching Ming) - under the guidance of the CA -
hopefully continuing to prevent hillfires on Lamma for a long time into the
'I Moved to Lamma Because of Lamma.com.hk!'
Randy Roach - Newly minted
Lammaite from the Hawaiian islands:
Lamma is the
best place to live in Hong Kong.
How did we who
live here find out about this gem? Word of
mouth, a quick visit to the many islands here in
Hong Kong, maybe checking out the seafood
restaurants that line the village. Mine was a
I met a woman in
China on a business trip. She was from Hong Kong
but doing business in China as well. We took our
time, fell in love and I decided to move from
Honolulu to Hong Kong to be with her, learn her
culture and be able to travel in and around
Asia. I did some research about Hong Kong. I did
the usual Frommer's, Lonely Planet, but that was
fruitless. I was going to live there, not just
I hit the
Internet. Pulled up all I could about Hong Kong.
I was interested in a site named Lamma.com.hk. I
pulled that up and read it all. My last months
in Hawaii getting ready to make my big move, I
read every page on Lamma.com.hk. I got to know
some faces that were making news and doing
interesting things on Lamma.
My lady had
already rented a place for us when I moved to
Hong Kong in North Point. WOW! Terrible. Noisy
and too many people jostling into each other. I
made several visits to Lamma looking for the
right place within our budget. Many of the
contacts came from my reading of Lamma.com.hk.
Without that Internet publication I doubt that
my transition to Lamma would have been so
resident now on Lamma is a great experience.
Lamma is filled with wonderful people and filled
with silence, peace and tranquility. Making it
to and from the ferry is sometimes tough. I seem
to be pulled into the Island Bar, but that is
cool, too. Great people who own the place and
great people who frequent the place.
this possible for me. It showed me, an island
boy, a place to live in Hong Kong without living
in the hustle and bustle that Hong Kong is known
Lamma is a bit
of Hawaii in Asia. Cool people, good food,
and serene surroundings, quiet except for my
exodus to the Island Bar where you always feel
welcome. Thank you, Lamma.com.hk, for helping me
to discover this bit of paradise.
So, if anyone who
reads this knows of a 700sqft 2/F with a rooftop
in Tai Peng, let me know. Thanks again,
Chin. Forum Update & HK Copy News #8
Daniel Clarke - Moment
Productions, ph: 9122 2849,
I've just posted a new HK
Copy News. Check it out
This week we have hill
fires, altruist developers, Henry Fok and
Obviously I'm trying to
publicize this as much as possible, so please
pass it on [Editor:
by clicking on "Send to Friend" in the
"Monday" bar above]. Thanks!
Samson - Official Court
Moderator of All Chinese Forums (even though there's only one
Chin. forum so far, his upgradeable title allows for future
(Photos by Miu, Wingman, bobby, simonltk and Lamma-Gung)
What’s Up, Pussy
Chinese forum has a particular focus on
animals and photography this month!
Firstly, the members posted many great
photos of their pet feline in this topic
that has been dormant for some time.
welcomed a number of newborns this
month, which has ex-Lammaite
bunnyrabbit thinking about visiting
the organic farm real soon. With thanks
to nicole_kam, who kept the forum
updated, this topic has now become a
journal on the babies’ growth.
The Tai Wan To
Need I say
more? Have a look at the stunning work
of mo and Wingman!
Best Pics of the
Even more great photography from bobby
and nicole_kam, taken around our
The Moderator’s pick of the month,
snapped at the Lammarina construction
Dog vs Tortoise
and Lamma vs Mui Wo
Fearing that her K9 would cause grave
harm to a tortoise that was left in the
yard of her new Lamma home, Dai Wong
wanted to find a new foster home for the
tortoise. Then, she found herself
comparing Lamma with her former home,
A somewhat shaken Miu shared her
experience in helping a drunken
gentleman who had fallen off the path to
A representative of the Hong Kong
Tourism Board dropped by to ask about
local celebs living on Lamma, in a bid
to prepare a promotional video for our
fair isle. That got the Chinese forum
thinking: Does Lamma really need
celebrities to shine?
The word is out! Get a glimpse of what
the Year of the Boar holds for you…
(Note from the Official Court Moderator
of all Chinese Forums: I don’t like the
predictions made for me here!)
Fun Day 2006
Once again, the inhabitants of Lamma
gathered at the Power Station Beach for
the annual Lamma Fun Day! Some of the
members are excited about meeting each
other in person!
As Lammaites celebrated the Mid-Autumn
in style, this topic discussed the many
folklores surrounding the moon gazing
festival: how did the Sheung Or, Ng Gong
and the bunny reached the moon? How did
moon cakes originate?
Dazed Bikers Seeing Red Stars @ DickStock?
For a photo gallery by Andy Maluche of the last
gig at the Mad
Dog Motorcycle Club's Biker Daze event
on Oct 28:
Here's a little montage I made from cropping Andy's amazingly cool pictures.
Click below to see ALL his photos from Biker Daze:
Doug Netzel - Biker Daze Promoter:
Editor of Lamma- zine,
Thank you for all your postings of
Mad Dog Biker Daze 2006 Event...
It was a huge success with more than
three hundred bikers and guests attending this
unique event, a first for HK.
Mad Dog Motorcycle Club of Hong
would like to thank all the Lamma residents who
attended... the special bus was full !!
Also I would like to thank the Lamma
Bands "Garoupa" and "Red Star Rising" for their
outstanding performance at this event.
Now here is a first for Lamma !!
Sharon, a Lamma Island Resident,
won the Biker Daze Wet T-shirt Contest...
close contest won by two points! Pictures will be
posted soon... but censored !!
Check out the first of many short
videos of the event. Hong Kong Mad Dog Members:
Final cut of
this fun video:
Biker Daze video!
Ride Hard... Ride Free !!
Mad Dog MC of Hong Kong
Weelin'n'Deelin' - Biker Daze guest reviewer:
I was at the Biker Daze and someone asked me to
write all about the Lamma Bands:
I hadn't seen Red Star before and someone told me
they were a blues band before the set, but they are more rock than
blues, really. They produce a very big sound and were welcome after
listening to a covers group who were very good but sounded a bit
like a juke box.
It was a surprise to hear the opening notes sounding
more like Pink Floyd than a blues outfit with big synthesizer sounds
opening the title song (Red Star Rising), the sounds coming from
frontman Steve's Fender Stratocaster. It was an unusual combo of
rock and blues, but it worked. After that it was rock all the way
through for an hour and a quarter.
Great guitar work and a Japanese bass guitarist who
is something else. The band certainly have power and their
self-penned songs stay in the mind, especially that
"Last Ferry" song which they said was going to be a single.
The only problem was the acoustics. Red Star and the
other bands played in a film studio that was huge and most people
hung about at the entrance or outside. This meant that the band's
sound echoed around the huge room. It was strange because the
organisers had a great stage with lights and dry ice - proper rock
concert style - and then put speakers outside. So, of course, most
people stayed there. The first band, Garoupa, played to an empty
[Editor: Garoupa came 2nd
in the HK Finals of the World Battle of the Bands!
Never mind, it was a great day (although there
weren't many entrants for the wet t-shirt competition, although at
least two of them did get their kit off).
Hope they do it all again
next year - and top marks to Red Star Rising! Look forward to
hearing them when there not in a big film studio. A smoky music club
would be perfect.
Finally, a few more words about DickStock next Saturday, Nov 11:
All the info available about DickStock '06
so far, besides the
poster above, is that the following Lamma Bands have been announced to be
the Bastard and friends
8pm: the Spicy Boys
9pm: Red Star Rising
11pm: Yung Shue Wankers
More might be announced in due course by the organiser, hopefully well
BEFORE the event, but no guarantees on that. It's a Lamma event after all,
very "loosely organised", but also very informal and flexible. The only sure
thing is that you'll have a fantastic time at DickStock '06!
A few more photos from Mrs. Arroyo's Lunch on Lamma yesterday, all submitted
by Diesel's Lucy! Many thanks! Great smiles, ladies!
(Click on any small photo to enlarge them)
Arriving from the ferry pier. How did Lucy get so close?
Everybody's welcome to take photos & The Island Bar's Kumar's Finest Hour
Mrs. Arroyo admiring the Lamma Dragons' trophies & noticeboard in The Island
Lucy & the Speaker of the Filipino House of Representatives,
the Hon Jose de Venezia
Philippine President's Lamma Lunch
Island can be so quiet and peaceful on most days. But sometimes it turns
into a frenzy of activity and excitement, getting our "unique, fascinating
inhabitants" all excited! For example when a famous personality is visiting
our little island, like Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo just
did today, unexpected and unannounced on a private visit. She's been
traveling to several Chinese cities, after attending the ASEAN (she's the
chairwoman this year) summit in Beijing. Not meeting HK politicians or the
media, she just enjoyed a Chinese seafood lunch in our touristy Man Fung
Three friends called me to inform me and urge me to rush to get pictures for
this Lamma-zine! It's really great to have good friends all over the island!
Thank you, Kumar, Dan and Lucy! Then the SCM Post called and wanted to buy
some of my pictures, as even they didn't know about the unannounced visit. A
leisurely lunch and Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage of more than 40 people
were walking back to the ferry pier (see right), boarded their reserved boat
and were gone. Farewell, Gloria, see you back soon?
It was fun being a paparazzi reporter for once and no other reporter seems
to have covered this visit. So you're hearing it here first, a breaking and
exclusive story in this Lamma-zine, well before any other media. Some quick
photos first, more of my pictures to follow tonight, plus Diesel's Lucy's
Lunch in Man Fung Seafood Rest. and taking pictures in front of The Island
Heavy security keeping a watchful eye: "No photos!"
The photo above has been published in the SCM Post on
Sat, Nov 4.
Click on photo to read the full story.
On the way back to the ferry, picture taken from Man Lai Wah hotel
Govt. boat leaving from the ferry pier, ending the 2-day HK visit
namecard above is one of the most impressive I've received in a long time:
Presidential TV Cameraman! He and the "Presidential Close-in
Photographer" - traveling with Mrs. Arroyo all the way from Beijing
through China to HK - were fun to talk to while we all waited in
The Island Bar
for her to finish lunch. Due to the heavy security, I couldn't get close
enough to Mrs. Arroyo to get her namecard! ;-)
P.S. 1: High-quality A4-sized prints are available from me on
P.S. 2: A photo above has just been published in the
SCM Post. Click for full story. My new Nikon D80 has already begun
to earn back its cost, job by job.
Need some good photos for selling your
flat or furniture; for your party, wedding, concert or any event; for your
company; for your own presidential visit or just for your family and friends
overseas, then I'm your man!
Click above for photo gallery by Lamma-Gung
Lammaverse: Graceful Flight
Our frequent contributor Eric, the
"Official Court Poet" of this website, has sent in another one of his
Powerful Photo Poems today. Enjoy! Any more hobby poets, writers and
reporters out there who'd like to be published here?
Read last month's stories...