Residents of YSW Lamma
Island Ferry Services Concern Group sincerely
invite you to express your opinion either on
Apr 6 and Apr 7,
visit our booths in
front of Spicy
or access Internet during the period
Apr 5 - Apr 8.
results will be made available for public, government & related
Thanks for your support!
HKVDO.com has just been promoting their movie rentals at the Yung
Shue Wan ferry pier recently, on Sunday, March 16. If you're one of the many
Lammaites staying away from the ferry pier on Sundays, avoiding the flood of
weekend visitors, you might have missed it. Renting a wide variety of movies
is a service almost completely absent from Lamma, sadly. But renting movies
from town (and returning them on time, avoiding the huge late charges!) is
often just too inconvenient and our pretty limited local TV options rarely
offer any good new movies.
I've been using
HKVDO.com's DVD rental services for a little while now and I'm very
happy with it so far. The convenience can't be beaten, see on the right how
it works. You can take as much time as you like to watch the DVDs, no late
charges! Return them via pre-stamped envelope (see below) and get the next
DVD in your online queue a few days later. It's charged monthly depending on
how many DVDs you'd like to rent at the same time. $128 monthly for 1, $198
for 2 discs at-a-time.
14-day trial right now; try it before committing to a
They've even got Blu-ray discs!
Click above for L-G's photo gallery.
Caroline Bowles - HK Gardening Society member:
(Story is courtesy of
Gardening Society who published a shortened version of this
article in their March 2008 print newsletter.
Photos by L-G.
Invitation for this excursion:
Beaches, Bars & Bizarre Residents.)
As we stood on the Lamma ferry
pier, a biting North-easterly wind tweaked our hair and nipped
at our noses. Despite the heavy skies and light drizzle, our
party of about 20 intrepid gardeners listened intently as
Bing Law and David Sanders, our guides for the day,
recounted how Lamma's vibrant agricultural community was
decimated in the early 1990s by the Government's decision to
allow fresh vegetables into Hong Kong from Shenzhen. Local
farmers could not compete, and the old terraces were abandoned
and lay neglected for some 17 years. We were to witness how the
hard work and enthusiasm of newer Lamma residents have
transformed those sad terraces back into productive herb and
vegetable plots, farmed organically using sustainable methods.
Energetic garden-visitors made
their way on foot to our first port of call, Pak Kok,
while the rest of us took the lazy route and boarded the gaido.
Having meandered up the path from the pier, we were welcomed by
Eric Collins, who, with the help of Bing Law, has cleared
bindweed, tall grasses and other tenacious weeds from four
terraces. Those next to his house have been restored and planted
with lawn seed after extensive digging. Shrubs were removed to
create a wonderful feeling of open space, terrace walls have
been rebuilt and fairy-tale brick steps allow you to tiptoe from
one level to another. The vegetable and herb gardens are now in
their second year and are a delight to behold. The lower area,
where the vegetable garden is located, has been trenched and
composted. Only organic fertilizers such as soybean meal are
used, and leaf mould is collected from under trees. Vegetables
seen here included carrots, beets, lettuces, capsicums and
tomatoes. Some were netted for protection.
herb garden is situated where formerly there were papaya
trees, and the soil here was not as good as that of the
vegetable patch. The artist in me rejoiced at the layout of this
beautiful herb garden, whose cross design was inspired by a
Tudor herb garden that Eric had seen in North Essex in England.
Herbs grown included two varieties of basil - a great favourite
of Eric's - and scarlet sage, while the massive grey-green
leaves of broccoli, the yellow heads and feathery foliage of
marigolds and tall garlic spikes provided visual contrast. The
latter are companion plants, which Eric is growing in the hope
of deterring voracious pests.
Close by, David and Bing Law have
developed vegetable and herb plots in a former orchard,
which again required vigorous clearing work. Existing fruit
trees have been pruned and the sick old Persimmons are
recovering. Other fruit trees include Lai Chee, Wong Pei, Longan,
Banana and Pineapple trees. Ah Bat developed this area 50 years
ago and Bing Law has honoured his wishes by nurturing certain
medicinal herbs which are rare in Hong Kong. Examples include
'sum shu' - a bulbous root similar to a white sweet potato which
is used for cleansing the body. It is harvested in the Spring
and made into a detoxifying soup during the Spring and Summer.
Its vines are carefully supported on canes. Still found here is
'leung meen tsum', which is excellent for healing snake bites,
and 'gai see tung', a climbing plant whose leaves are juiced and
then put into sweet black dumplings.
vegetable patch on this level is one year old and is
circular because Bing Law likes this layout. Veggies include
huge tomato plants, beets, carrots, peas, spinach, broccoli,
taro, choi sum and bak choi. My most compelling questions for
these expert gardeners were 'how do you stop the bulbuls eating
your tomatoes and red chilies?' and 'how do you stop
caterpillars eating your beautiful leafy veggies?'. Eric's
answer to the former question was to pick tomatoes before they
turn red and let them ripen in a sunny kitchen, and the general
consensus was that although netting may assist in the battle
against voracious caterpillars, the only way to deter them is by
dexterous manual removal - in my experience an extremely time
consuming and thankless task!
David and Bing Law are also
regenerating a lower terrace. The soil is a heavy sandy loam,
which is deeper on lower levels of the island. The soil has been
tested by the AFCD and it meets the standards required for
organic gardening. The AFCD have also tested the nearby
spring water, which is of good quality - an vital component for
good quality produce. David and Bing Law are planning a novel
means of conveying water up to the top terraces, using a water
tank and pump in a bizarre reversal of normal irrigation
practice. They are hoping to regenerate plant species, and to
get more food going. Their aim is to encourage sustainable
living. They are experimenting with different fertilizers and
get organic compost from an organic dairy farm in China. They
are negotiating with local authorities to have the use of a
heavy duty machine to crush branches for surface mulch. These
gardens are all being developed under less than favourable
conditions as local land rights issues leave them vulnerable to
the vagaries of local ownership regulations.
Much to the surprise of the
super-fit Lamma denizens, the entire group opted to walk over
the hills to our next destination, despite dire warnings about
'Heart Attack Hill'. There were cries of excitement at
the sight of the spectacularly beautiful and abundant red
clusters of the huge Clerodendron ???? and similar delight at
the flowering Flame Tree. Several intrepid walkers negotiated
the overgrown jungle in order to explore a spacious old derelict
house, earmarked by some dreamers as a wonderful headquarters
We then interrupted the lazy
Sunday afternoon of another Lamma resident, Les McClure.
Les obligingly recounted how he took 9 months to clear two
overgrown terraces behind his house, and over a period of 6
years planted grass seed and transformed them into peaceful
glades, using the old fields as the skeleton for the new garden.
The terraces are skirted by magnificent shrubs and specimen
plants, including a very tall Schefflera, which until recently
sported its pink flowers for nearly 5 months.
Touches of whimsy were much
evident in this garden, and Les had many tales to tell of the
history of the property. Snakes enjoy visiting his house, and he
is regularly disconcerted by the sight of a long reptilian body
flopping down onto the floor from the internal rafters. Old folk
take fruit from the mulberry tree in front of his house, boil it
and drink the juice to help heal sore throats. En route to our
next garden, we marveled at the variety of fruit trees. The
sight of a heavily-laden jackfruit tree prompted us to marvel
anew at the rich variety of fruit trees to be seen in private
gardens. We spotted orange pomegranates, pale green starfruit -
painstakingly wrapped to protect them from the cold - papayas,
lemons, limes, custard apples...
next stop was the Tai Peng Community Garden, aka 'The
Eclectic Garden of Tai Peng'. This fabulous project was the
brainchild of Tavis du Preez, who first met like-minded
gardeners at meetings in March 2007. Hard clearance work last
summer meant that the first plots were ready for planting during
the autumn. Nowadays each Sunday sees the gardeners meet at the
site for a pot-luck lunch and to tend their plots. Children are
encouraged to plant and tend and dogs are welcome to join in the
fun. Our group, by now rather chilled, was enthusiastically
welcomed by our hosts, who had prepared a roaring fire and
delicious informal lunch for us.
Individuals prepare their own
plots. Knowledge is shared and experiments made with different
seeds, fertilizers and so on. Peanut cake meal - 'fa sun fu' -
has been added to the soil in powder form, or mixed into water
and allowed to decompose for use as a liquid fertilizer. Goat
poo, bone meal, peat moss and ash from fires have all been
tried. Thriving plots are producing beets, dill, lettuces,
tomatoes, turmeric, peanuts, basil, coriander, carrots, spinach,
rocket, horseradish and those fabulous additions to salads:
nasturtiums, pansies and sunflowers. Sage, borage (the 'silver
bullet' of complementary planting), marigolds, garlic and bell
peppers are all being tried as companion plants to ward off
those pesky pests.
Gardeners irrigate their plots by
means of watering cans and water from the original water tank.
Soon a large 'matchstick man' is going to be constructed on the
upper tank. Water will be pumped up through the matchstick man's
legs and it will then pour down through his arms in a whimsical
'take' on a waterfall. This matchstick man will be seen as a
tribute to the farmers of Lamma.
Touches like this are evident
through this vibrant community garden. An old tree now sports
thriving orchids, and one of the gardeners has constructed a
gnarly fence from old branches. This project is in its infancy
but growing rapidly, due to the hard work, warmth and enthusiasm
of its participants. We should like to say a big thank you to
all Tavis and all those wonderful people who made us so welcome.
we went to
a flourishing organic herb and vegetable farm. This was started
in 2003 by Gary and Gavin, who were two young volunteers at an
organic farm and who decided to start one of their own. Now they
grow a multitude of herbs, from arid Mediterranean sun-loving
specimens such as rosemary and oregano and savory, to Oriental
types such as Thai basil and even curry leaves. They even have
some coffee bushes. 20 - 30% of their produce is vegetables, and
the rest is herbs. They sell potted plants and herbal teas and
keep healthy rabbits. Two most beautiful and laid back marmalade
cats lazily sucked up adoring attention from cat devotees. For
more information on Herboland, please visit www.herboland.com.hk.
Like with all the other gardeners we met today, their enthusiasm
final treat was to visit the rooftop of David and Bing Law.
There they showed us their thriving
Microgardens, which they have developed with Hong Kong
gardeners in mind. Suitable for even the tiniest balcony,
Microgardens come with frame, planters, organic compost, seeds,
instructions and even a little trowel and fork - everything
needed to start a tiny but productive herb and vegetable garden.
like to thank everyone involved for our wonderful day out, which
was entertaining, fun and highly educational. Lamma Island was a
personality in her own right, decked as she was in her Chinese
New Year finery. Bougainvilleas and Firecracker Vines smothered
the hillsides. Rooftops and private gardens were full of
cheerful Lunar New Year flowers - Dahlias, Chrysanthemums and
(text and pictures):
of a Legend...
It's taken me a while to put words to
the mirage of emotions which have gone through me since
Pierre's passing. He was a man so full of life, so
strong, so powerful, (so loud!), I still can't believe
he's not here to give orders! Pierre radiated a unique
energy and whether you loved him or loathed him, once
you'd met him, you would certainly remember him.
Shihan or Ajarn Pierre was a gifted
martial artist and an inspirational teacher. He always
pushed you further than you thought you could go: made
you sweat, made you curse, made you cry; but in the end,
his unique blend of sugar and whip always left you
wanting more. His clients, many of whom became close
personal friends were indeed a unique band of
He was determined to revive the fighting
arts in Hong Kong and worked fervently for years to
bring his dream alive, most recently as a highly
successful Martial Arts Promoter and Event Organiser. Pierre
lived passionately and threw himself into everything he
did, with his vision, eye for detail and persistence, he
forged bonds between the Western, Chinese and Thai
martial arts communities around the region.
Pierre helped many people fight their
demons: from alcohol to heroin to depression. He was
strong for them when they needed strength and he was
tender when they needed compassion. He was a sucker for
a sob story and would always be "bailing people out",
both financially and physically.
He was a real man's man, he loved to be
with the boys, but he was also charming, chivalrous and
highly intelligent. The hard exterior that some people
never took the time to get past shielded an extremely
creative, artistic and sensitive man. He was
vulnerable, tender and fiercely protective of his family
He loved his "shining star" Montana
Anastasia more than anything, he was the proudest daddy
on the block and anyone that knew Pierre would have also
known all about Montana.
The world will certainly be a quieter
place without you, Pierre, and you will be sorely missed
by all those who loved you.
Take care, my love
P.S. Ex-Lammaite Pierre's
funeral will take place on Monday, 31 March, at the
Hong Kong Funeral Home in
North Point. You may come to bid farewell 4 - 5pm. The ceremony will commence at 5pm.
This will be followed by a wake in
Dublin Jack from 8pm onwards.
P.S. Click here for a photo gallery with some photos of
Pierre's Lamma days.
Silke - Kiel, Germany - Lamma visitor (text
The difference between Hong Kong Island,
where I first arrived, and Lamma Island could not have been
more significant. However, I must admit that Lamma Island
has a charm all of its own which is hard to resist. Though
it is a rather small community, I was astonished being told
that 60+ nations are living peacefully together on that
island, tolerating and maybe even appreciating the
differences so many people of so many nations might
represent. You can be awfully proud of that!
Besides a beautiful countryside with
gorgeous sea views, there are so many places and paths to
explore, It's a great hiking place, you have a cozy little
beach, excellent seafood which is offered throughout the
island and everything you need to make a good living. I can
fully understand that once you have been "stranded" for a
certain time on Lamma Island, you might find it very hard to
Even more surprising to me was that so many
people do take care of animals. We visited a huge shelter
for dogs the other day and I did not expect to find that in
Asia - sorry for my prejudices. I will also not forget the
sight of that tiny little black dog with a "wheelchair"
attached to his two back legs so that he would be able to
walk and jump around with his canine friends.
One week on paradise island was definitely
too short to explore everything that Lamma has to offer. I
had the chance to meet some really nice and interesting
Lammaites, had conversations which could have lasted
forever, had an excellent aroma-therapy massage, soaked in
everything with was new to me: smells, languages, food I
have not seen and eaten before.
for the experiences! Thinking of Lamma, I envy my friends
Simone and Holger (photo right, moved back to Berlin now)
for having had the chance to explore Lamma life and for
giving me the chance to share it at least for a week. It was
all so new, exciting and I've enjoyed myself so much! I'll
be checking up on Lamma frequently in the Lamma-zine.
Prof Red Star: Head Honcho of
Red Star Rising,
performing TONIGHT in The Wanch, together with local blues legend
Tommy Chung. See poster below and
click for details.
Republished from his
with friendly permission:
It's a dead loss trying to get
attention in Lamma Island's Main Street, especially
if you're a body lying in what looks like police
tape to mark an incident of some kind.
This was the scene that greeted me
as I was on my way home last night from a South
China Morning Post photo job and, as I had my camera
gear on me, I decided to snap away and see how many
people stopped to see what was going on. Well,
nobody did. But, then again, perhaps they already
knew that the tape on the ground was no more than a
street artist's prank and the body lying there was
another prankster who decided to play dead just for
the hell of it.
The body, who gave his name as Roger
Federer (hmmmmm), said that although he hadn't
placed the tape on the street, he wished he had.
"That's just fantastic," was his comment.
Paul Lau from Lo So Shing Village (near Sok Kwu Wan), well-known Lammaite,
photographer and publisher, was exhibiting pictures from his latest
beautiful photo book "Butterflies and
Moths of Hong Kong", in Back Street's
The Cyan Studio
on Sunday, March 16.
For more info, see recent story, Mar 13:
The Butterfly Man @ The Cyan Studio.
Elizabeth the Cyanotypist, Paul the Butterfly Man and Vernon Ram
Fellow professional photographers checking out Paul's work:
Stine Baska and Bob Davis
This fantastic photo - taken just a few months ago, last Sep - comes from
blog (in Chinese only) where it's used as wallpaper. Click
for large version of this photo and check out
more Lamma Blogs!
Feb 9, 2008: Bookworm Corner Stone Grand Opening party, photos by
Simon Li. our Photographer of the Month -
According to Ken the Bookworm (below left), this new bar-style "extension"
will be open to all guests and available for special events as well. The
driftwood counters were brought in from Power Station Beach and the stone
slabs were also locally sourced.
For more photos, see
Simon Li's photo blog.
From the "Far-Flung Baska-Gang":
"We wish you a Happy Easter for 2008. We send a message of Hope and
Another long holiday weekend, Easter, and Yung Shue Wan Main Street is
foot-traffic-jammed with visitors. But there remain so many pockets of peace
and quiet even on busy weekends like this. A few photos by
Jay Scott Kanes,
all taken today around Yung Shue Wan, offering revealing little glimpses
into our village life.
It must be a holiday weekend! - Seeking seafood at a Lamma restaurant
Car magazines for sale on a car-free island - Calling for cat food home
Jay Scott Kanes - Author, Photojournalist, Blogger
(Text and pictures by Jay Scott Kanes)
joyful yelp, Puddles, a brown dog, twisted, spinning to face
a toothy challenge from Yippy, her white-and-black playmate.
The two dogs rose to their back legs, grappling and pushing like
slimmed-down sumo wrestlers. Then they dropped to all-fours and
raced along the beach.
"Four-leg drive works well on the
sand," said Frank, squinting through thick spectacles and
scratching at his stubbly chin. "They're fast."
Frank, who could afford dog food
thanks to his job as an accountant, had escorted Puddles, his pet,
for a Saturday romp at Power Station Beach near their home on Lamma
Island in Hong Kong. Luckily for Puddles, they'd encountered
Wanda, a schoolteacher, her tiny daughter Doreen and the
"Our dog needs exercise," said Wanda.
"She stays quiet for hours when Doreen naps."
"The dogs love it here," said Frank,
who lifted a leg and tried to shake sand off one of his sandals.
Wanda, tall, slim and with curly red
hair, avoided the water's edge. In her arms, she held 13-month-old
Doreen, who curiously eyed the frolicking dogs.
"Gaaa daaa faaa" Doreen said
in infant lingo. She raised her hands as if framing the dogs between
mini-fingers. Gently, Wanda bounced the infant in her arms.
Frank stopped trying to expel sand
from his footwear. Using a big-toe that poked from his right
scandal, he drew a circle in the grainy terra firma.
"What did you hear about the boats to
Central?" Wanda asked. "How many crossings will the ferry company
Frank winked at the baby. "I don't
know and don't care."
Frowning, Wanda turned to face him.
"Other people care," she said. "We need a little convenience to get
into the city."
"Que sera, sera," Frank said.
"What will be, will be."
"So you didn't attend protest
"No." Frank shrugged. "I'd rather see
fewer ferries. Then maybe they'd travel full."
He noticed the dogs reach a wall of
rocks near the adjacent power station. With their tails whirling
like windmills, they turned and galloped back.
Doreen twisted in Wanda's arms. "Waaay
geee heee," she said, waving toward the sprinting canines.
"I wonder when we'll understand
Doreen-talk," Frank mused.
"Not for a while," Wanda predicted.
They stared at the youngster, who
shot back a gummy grin. "Deee daaa neegaa," she said,
Then Frank noticed white and brown
blurs surprisingly close. Before he could yell a warning, Puddles
lunged at Yippy, who veered away and crashed into Wanda's legs with
the maximum force of a speeding dog.
Bashed from behind, Wanda's knees
folded, and she collapsed onto the sand. There, she sat blinking in
surprise, still clutching the delicate Doreen.
"Weee waah gaaa," said the
child, giggling. The hit-and-run Yippy bounded off after Puddles.
"Are you alright?" Bending, Frank
took Doreen into his own arms until Wanda rose.
"No harm done." Once upright, Wanda
brushed sand off her trousers.
"I'm deeply impressed." Frank
returned the child. "You didn't try to save yourself or break the
fall. You just hung onto Doreen and protected her. She didn't get
bumped at all."
Wanda smiled. "That's what a mother
does," she said. "I sacrifice myself for my daughter."
As the delighted dogs played on, a
tiny girl, safe in her mother's arms, beamed and drooled a little.
Canine friends square off
Dogs at play prove blurry
Supreme fun: a dog's
Nick the Bookman - Official Court Music Reviewer:
(Pictures by Willem Van der Merwe, In-The-Can Video Productions,
More about Underground:
Underground # 55 @
The Cavern - 15/3/2008
Well, this is an unexpected detour. I've returned to
The Cavern for Underground #55, something I didn't think I'd be
doing again. I used to write reviews for UG, starting with #12 and
continuing until #34. Then, the old "creative differences" got in
the way and I stopped going. It's an old story and not worth
rehashing here. Suffice to say, it was a very good line-up that
piqued my interest anew and so, "Here I Am Again" (just like
Whitesnake). Paid my $100 to Clifton on the door (no free drink!)
and went in. There's a sparse crowd inside as opening act Topao
run through a few scales. They're a 9-piece jazz fusion band, which
is a first for Underground. As I sit down, they're riffing on a
melody that is naggingly familiar. It's from the pre-credit section
of an episode of "Friends" when they're all in Central Perk and
start going "bom-bom-bom". The same vocal trick was also performed
in an episode of "Roseanne", I believe.
Topao are band leader Roger (lead guitar),
Kwok on bass and Henry on rhythm guitar. Fai keeps it together on
drums and there are 5 horny horns. There's Ken C and Ken Y on saxes,
Lok and Little Bee on trumpets and Ted on trombone. It's the 2nd
time that I've heard a trombone at an Underground gig. Adriel the
Kid from young band Hot Cakes on 55th parped away on one briefly
during their eclectic set at U/G #26. Anyway, I digress...
The band come over like a mix of the Blues Brothers
and a Shanghai Jazz group from the 1930's. The guitars swing madly
and there's more than a hint of 1950's loungecore in some of the
solos. Spiffy call-n-response action between the saxes and guitars
at one point. The 2nd track is called "Starlight" (I think). If any
Lammaites can dredge their ravaged memories of the Peter Berry-organised
Swingstock gig a few years ago, this group will bring back some
familiar memories. A pleasant 40-minute set, greeted by warm
applause from the slow growing crowd. More details available from
The next group is Chochukmo - a name that
Chris B mangles twice. They last played at U/G #19 and (I'm quoting
from the promo flyer now) "the reviewer" (that was me) "said they're
better than Franz Ferdinand". They hope the reviewer (still me)
"will say they are as pretty as Britney Spears this time as they
changed their uniform from Leather Jacket to Hot Pink Shirt". Unless
they're as drug-addled as Britney, I would prefer to pass judgment
to drum master Magnus who thinks they're "the HK Pixies and the best
band I've seen in a while". I'm a bit more of a rocking dinosaur and
they remind me a lot of The Who in places with some of the fine
lysergic touches of vintage Pretty Things. The Swedish progsters
Soundtrack Of Our Lives also spring to mind. Jan Chan is on lead vox
and guitar. Yan (from Hard Candy and the now-extinct Guitars and
Panties), plays splendid bass and contributes backing vocals. I
don't know who the other guitarist and drummer are. Sorry. The tunes
include "Blow Me Down" with some surfer-tinged Eastern licks and
"Strawberry" with its blended chorus and nods to Patti Smith. The
final song (title unknown) strays into psycho-Bauhaus territory. Jan
concludes by saying "the next group is my favourite band, Thinking
Out Loud" before hastily departing the stage before I can chat with
him. More details on
There's a lot of my history wrapped up in following
Thinking Out Loud. Back to the flyer. They "formed in late
2001" following the demise of the Sisters of Sharon. "Fronted by
Chris B." (the face and figure of Underground) and a self-confessed
"international music diva, and ex-Sisters of Sharon vocalist". She's
joined by Chris W on lead guitar and the Mysterious Mr. B. on sax.
Egg, the bassist, on his 2nd tour of duty with TOL, also fronts The
Train - another psychedelic power pop band who are well worth
hearing. New drummer, Bren, has bashed skins with Speedy Gonzalez.
As the set starts, it occurs to me that I've never reviewed TOL. In
fact, the only review I've done on Chris B. was when The Adaptors
played a charity gig for Vietnamese refugees in Chi Ma Wan, back in
the summer of 1988. The Adaptors were truly legends by lunchtime and
are still deeply missed. Since then, I've probably seen Chris B. in
her various bands more than anyone else in the world. TOL have been
MIA for a couple of years as various members got on with life and
families, etc. I've got to admit that she cuts a fine figure in her
skin-tight sparkle-black trews. Outdoes the egregious Posh Spice and
not bad for someone who's aged (mumblety) years!
It's a bittersweet moment when they commence. A
short set of very familiar tunes (to me, and Shaun B. at least).
Opener "People" seems a little faster than I remember and Chris B.
has a breathy voice that combines nicely with the sax. The crowd has
more than doubled by now and time for a big hi to the Lamma
contingent. Hi, Ivan and his coterie of babes (greedy bugger!) Kiwi
Martin is here with Magnus. Photographer Willem is as solid as ever,
snapping all the action. Have a friendly chat with his mate Tim and
we promise to get together for the next Lamma Pier Pressure Party on
the 21st, an American band called Horse, who do "Nintendocore" will
headline. $150 and all you can drink. You got to say yes to a night
of excess. Anyway, ad break over and back to the action.
The 2nd tune is "Stranger", written by Chris W. and
interspersed with some vicious riffs in a fine 70's style. The 3rd
song is an old Sisters of Sharon tune. You wouldn't know it though,
because Chris B. seems reluctant to address/acknowledge her past.
Did she just mention the Sisters in the flyer to grab the old fans?
The song is "Moving On" and is more haunting than the SOS original.
That was a chainsaw frenzy bringing out the latent bitterness of a
relationship that's soured. This version seems more whimsical with
some fine late-night boozy sax from Mr. B. (aka Tony). Song #4 is
"Rock And Roll Machine" This one is a 20-year old classic, written
by Chris B's ex-boyfriend, the late Ray Perigoe. It always galled me
when she would NEVER give him the credit when SOS and TOL played it
live. So. I'm redressing the balance. God bless, Ray. You're still
missed mate! The mid-point is still a hoot when Tony dons the
Ray-Bans and chants, grunts and intones "Rock and Roll Machine" as
the band spiral into near-dementia. The oldest song is "Fire" (the
old Jimi H single), given a slight Red Hot Chili Peppers makeover.
Final tune is a newer number, entitled "Sex Junkie" which was
written near the end of TOL's last period of existence. Chris B's
vocals are gruff and guttural. A sore throat is beckoning.
There's a philosophical old saying, "You can't go
home again". The past is another country, accessible only in the
mind. This is occupying my thoughts as the set winds down. I haven't
been able to go home again, but I have enjoyed myself very much
looking over the garden wall. Next time, I'm camping in the garden
and hopefully inching closer. Welcome back, TOL(/SOS/The Adaptors).
It's been a long, strange trip and I'm mighty glad I've been there
with you. Looking forward to the next one.
Things are going to get seriously freaky-warped as
The Yours take the stage to conclude the show. Nic is on
bass,guitar/vox and Jack is on guitar/vox. Jack is the one who has
"GEEK" in gaffer-tape across his chest. There are also The
Mysterious Girls in similar black garb and sneakers. Alok, a
veteran of HK's darkcore/noisenik community and a fine producer,
declines to give any details, smiling sneakily when I press him. The
Yours played Rock-It in 2006 and have released one CD, called
Abraham, before streamlining the band.
They remind me at times of the mighty Elf Fatima
crossed with Suicide. Minimal plucking, mostly at the base of the
guitar, thunder drones, electronic beats in place of drums and some
ferocious tambourine action. Mystery Girl (with red nail varnish)
bangs the tambourine while her Goth twin assaults the guitar. No
idea what the songs are called. They do contain hints of Joy
Division rhythm's, fused with Neil Young in "Arc/Weld" feedback
mode. This is the sound of rust oxidising - a corrosive squall that
doesn't stop. The guys alternate on vocals and the crowd seems
stunned into submission. More please! Alok, keep me posted.
It's nearly 2300 hours and I'm focusing on where to
watch the upcoming England-Ireland rugby match. If the English pack
is half as abrasive as The Yours, they'll turn the Irish into
paddy-pate. Underground #55 is over. Now, where's the nearest pub,
showing the match?
Click to enlarge poster above.
There's a noticeboard of the Lamma Northern School in-between Sampan
restaurant an the Policebox, announcing the latest primary school news.
Click above to see the full, large, legible version. The noticeboard is
often very entertaining and amusing, very creatively designed and it's being
updated every number of weeks showing many school photos and recent events.
The current (English) poster is showcasing the latest children's "1 2 3,
Action!!!! Drama and Film Making". A few quotes:
P1 Drama: Policeman Goldilocks, Seven Bears & One:
"Yoyo and Kiki performed in front of the school! They were baby bears."
"Ken created his own role. He was the park ranger in the forest. Just
"Hello! I'm Papa Bear and I drive a train, said Man. The P1 students wrote
and performed their own play."
P2 Drama: The Halloween Party:
"I turn you into sweet smelling yuk."
"Did the spell work? Am I invisible?"
"Ooooh, how scary can I be! I just swallowed a fly."
"He! He! My pet snake is crawling out of my brain!"
"Don't look now but I accidentally turned Ms Lau into a toad."
"Oh no! How could you? Now she will be really mad, be careful, I can't
change her back!"
P6 Film: Shark Bay:
"Our delightful P6 students were so excited about filming a play they
wrote! What clever kids! The play took 3 hours to film and we had lots of
fun moments filming around Lamma Island."
"On the way to Power Station beach we filmed Dr No's hideaway. This is where
he was conducting experiments."
"The policeman is interviewing the rockstar. The policeman has found out
that the drinking water is contaminated and there are many mutants
"Lady Billionaire and Lady Penny have come to take over the island."
"All the mutants on the island are dancing. Little do they know that
the chemicals are rotting their bodies and they die."
"Dr No sees one person alive. He and his assistant, the specimen, kill the
Some of these quotes are just priceless! Who's Policeman Goldilocks? Where
exactly are the mutants hiding out at Power Station Beach? Will Ms Lau be
Could anybody get a copy of the P6
film? We'll put it online for all to see!
A memorable moment: all officiating guests and U3A students pictured at the
end of the completion ceremony.
Where can you study a wide variety of free classes, such as workshops on
traditional gourmet cooking, sign language, crystal accessories, personal
blogs, magic and Chinese drumming techniques? Or do you want to learn about
"Fun with Sudoku", "Getting Smart with Your Money", "Know Your Mobile
Phone", "What’s New Today" and "Guided Tour of Architectural Buildings",
At U3A, the University of the 3rd Age, supported and sponsored by
HK Electric, that's
where! It's nice to know that a part of our electricity bills supports such
a worthy cause, one amongst many. Just one tiny little drawback: you have to
be at least 60 years old to qualify. So a very significant part of Lamma's
population would qualify.
They've just held their official yearly Completion Ceremony, see HEC's press
Richer Life for Retirees with Expanded U3A Network:
"To continue its support of U3A to encourage life-long learning and
community service, HK Electric will sponsor six more elderly service
agencies to enter the U3A network this year, making a total of 19
self-learning U3A centres throughout the territory.
"The U3A project is sponsored by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and
coordinated by HKCSS. Elderly service agencies receive funding to set up
self-learning centres providing courses conducted by the elderly and for the
elderly. Over the past year, the network has organised nearly 200 classes,
with more than 2,900 participants.
"...as the U3A entered its third year of operation, it would continue to
grow through Asia’s first
U3A website, where
more people would get to know the potential and talents of 3rd age citizens,
and how they created a quality retired life while continued serving the
"For details of U3A, please visit
U3A students from Po Leung Kuk sing to celebrate their knowledge and
friendship gained after a year of studies at U3A.
Two U3A “magicians” from Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council
demonstrate what they have learnt at the ceremony – the Black Magic.
Today, a little local mystery! Lammaites and visitors alike
have been wondering for weeks what this "goldfish bowl" in the "VV Parking
Lot" outside Ngau Kee Restaurant (on Main Street, opposite Deli Lamma) will
be used for? Nobody I've asked (and I've asked quite a few people) seems to
know anything but guesses. The restaurant staff doesn't tell, even to other
locals and not even to police constables. Why all the secrecy? The guessing
game has been going on in our
What's that forum for a little while now:
HK' first urban green house (soundbydesign)
Transport Dept.'s new Lamma office (toddy)
New VV showroom (minibeast)
Restaurant VIP Room
Changing room for swimmers (greyhair)
YSW smoking room, airport style (Insomniac)
Add your own guesses to the
What's that forum now, before it'll be all
revealed, hopefully before the notorious curiosity of amateur
photojournalist/Placeblogger Lamma-Gung will kill him...
Arriving on the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier, coming from
Aberdeen on HK Island...
Elizabeth the Cyanotypist - The Cyan Studio +(852) 6252 6839,
2/F, 21C Back Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island,
Dear artists & aficionados,
The Cyan Studio is pleased to
welcome spring incarnate: we will feature Paul Lau's Butterfly
photos this month. True to their temperament and as ephemeral as
ever, this is a chance to see the kaleidoscopic butterflies up
close for a single afternoon, before they flit away to Paul's
tranquil village house in Lo So Shing.
Open Studio hours for March are
exclusively this Sunday, March 16th, from 2-6pm. Signed copies of
Paul Lau's latest book,
Butterflies & Moths of Hong Kong, will also be available.
Warm regards, Elizabeth Briel
If you're in Hong Kong over the Easter holidays, feel free to stop
by my booth at 1a Space's DIY creative stalls:
I'll be there on Sunday the 23rd
and the following Sunday March 30th, from noon-6pm.
Accolades and sincere congratulations to two ex-Lammaites
today, 1st prize co-winners in the recent Sony Cybershot contest, Ran
and Chris Bowers
Underground). They won a camera and their own Sony Cybershot
commercial, showing on National Geographic channel all over Asia these
weeks. Click below to view the 2 TV spots on YouTube:
Quoting from the
Electric Holdings managed last year to achieve its government-permitted
return for the first time in five years - and possibly for the final time...
"...The existing scheme of control agreement that allows duopoly power
providers Hongkong Electric and CLP Holdings to earn a return of up to 15
per cent on net fixed assets expires at the end of this year. Under a new
deal signed in January, future return will be capped at 9.99% - with an 11
per cent ceiling for assets related to renewable energy...
"...Locally, the firm plans to rely more on gas and is retrofitting
coal-burning units at its Lamma power station with sulphur scrubbers, or
flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units, to cut emissions. It expects gas and
FGD-fitted units will account for 95 per cent of the electricity generated
on Lamma by 2010."
For more details, click below (PDF files):
2007 Annual Results -
2007 Annual Results Highlights
(All pictures courtesy of NicBud, photo montage by L-G)
LammaFerry@gmail.com - The original complete email that called
to join this protest march of all Outlying Islands:
You may be aware that the Government has extended by
one week the consultation period. Well done! This is the direct
result of all our campaigning.
Your support will be really valued at the Sunday
march to the Transport Department offices. The purpose of the march
will be to support the renewal of convenient and reasonably priced
ferry services, which are essential to the outlying islands. The
petition, which over 3,000 people signed on Lamma alone, will also
Here are the details:
Starting point: Peng Chau Ferry Pier
Starting time: 12.45 (11.15 or 11.45 ferry
Route: Central Ferry Pier to Legislative
Council Building then Government Offices then Transport and Housing
The organisers have also encouraged everyone to
bring along a lifebouy - a good Saturday craft project maybe!
We are very aware of the fact that there have been
so many events which our group has asked you to attend this week.
Let's show all of
Hong Kong that everyone from the islands will be affected by these
changes and stand together against drastic cuts and the government's
short term solutions. With one voice and one message to hear, the
Govt. cannot say that it can't make everyone happy.
Please note that
the Government has issued a police permit which allows for the
demonstration to start at Peng Chau ferry pier. Lamma has not applied
for a permit so please do not raise
any banners or start your own demonstration anywhere else. At the
current moment we are in the spotlight anyway for our earlier
'meeting' in Central, so it is very important that we do everything
by the book.
We should all be proud of the way that we've
conducted ourselves so far - well done. Lets keep up the good work
and act with dignity!
See you all tomorrow for the grand finale.
Kind regards, Sarah
P.S. Please forward this message and SMS your
Mrs Santa Claus - Seemingly on community duty all year round,
from ferry protest co-coordination to reporting and taking photographs
at this free dinner for Lamma's elderlies in
New Holiday Mood Rest.:
Ricky provided a lovely meal, for the elderly folk.
Never quite got to the bottom of why so many 'young' people
attended, but it looked like it was a great evening. There was a
lovely atmosphere when I took the photos. Would you put something on
your site, please? Maybe Mrs L-G (Lamma-Por) can find out if I have
missed out anything important. I took a couple of photos and had to
run to another engagement.
Ricky, our jovial restaurateur at Holiday Mood, has
once again found a way to give back to our wonderful island
community. On February, Friday 22 Feb, he hosted a party for the
elderly people of Lamma. Celebrating Chinese New Year and the
welcome of Spring, Ricky had issued an open invitation for people to
enjoy an evening of fun and jollity. The atmosphere was wonderful
with delightful food and a terrific ambiance contributing to a very
convivial evening for all concerned.
Following on the children's party earlier in the
month, Ricky is doing a lot to bring the community together. Thanks
I'm watching a flaming red, serene disk setting over the South China Seas
from my window-side bed in the General Surgery Ward of Queen Mary Hospital
on HK Island. Just having had a taste of my first non-fluid food in 14 days,
I'm so happy and relieved that my new, 8-ounce, Titanium-stapled stomach can
accept non-fluid food.
Regular white congee never tasted as wonderful and flavourful as it does to
me right now, a culinary revelation, after 8 days of "rice water" 3 times
daily, a horrendous, disgusting concoction of salt/spice-less, very thin,
white congee that has been pureed or boiled for so many hours till no single
grain of rice survives.
It took over a day of gentle persuasion, cajoling, pleading with the nurses
and doctors and calls to off-duty senior doctors to finally switch me over
to "soft food", meaning congee 3 times a day. It was promised by the doctors
to happen yesterday, but due to several bureaucratic delays and hiccups it
just didn't happen. I just couldn't bear the thought of "rice water" for
another 3 days, till the doctors and dietitians will return on Monday. I
triumphed in the end, hopefully without being viewed as just another
troublesome Gwailo, the only one in this huge public ward, probably the
youngest guy in here.
How do I feel otherwise after my major stomach-reduction surgery? Thanks for
asking. "It only hurts when I laugh", will be my motto for the next few
weeks. Anything straining my stomach muscles is out for now, like coughing,
Getting back to the hospital gym daily, voluntarily starting on the 7th day
post-op, has been a bright moment in the daily hospital routine. Expect me
bounding through Lamma's hills soon, maybe even taking up swimming and
cycling in due course. "Jump for your lives, Lamma-Gung's racing down Main
Street and nothing can stop him!" And when's the Lamma Fitness Centre going
to open again?? Almost 50 pounds off so far, another 100+ pounds to diet off
over the next 2 years!
The doctors and staff have been wonderful and great in almost all regards
and have done a fantastic job in this operation and nursing me back to
health. Congratulations and many thanks (from the bottom of my heart and my
stomach) to all staff of the Gastrointestinal Unit of Queen Mary Hospital!
But what happened to the stomach you cut out, guys? Keeping it as a
grotesque, medical souvenir in a formaldehyde-filled jar in the cellar
I've been considering to look for a role in a HK triad movie, as the
stereotypical evil Gwailo who gets machine-gunned, as I'm sporting 6
laparoscopic, bullet-size holes in my belly now.
I'll be back to Lamma middle of next week, I hope. When you see me, don't
make me laugh too hard, please!
P.S. This Placeblog has been brought to you all this week via an
outside, free, weak, unsecured Wifi hotspot, accessible only from my
window-side bed. Wifi signals are blocked off inside the main blocks and
wards of the hospital, so I got lucky to get a window-side bed!
The Cyan Studio - +(852)
2/F, 21C Back Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
Dear art-lovers in Hong Kong and beyond,
The Cyan Studio is pleased to feature photos by Bob
Davis this Sunday, Feb 24th, from 2-6pm.
Hong Kong has transformed itself dramatically in recent
decades, and this gives a chance to check out the changes. Stop by if
you can to meet the artist and get a taste of Hong Kong, both old and
For map and directions, click on the
PS: Above is a photo from "old" Hong Kong, in
the 70s: CONNAUGHT PLACE in Central with old Post Office and the
building of Jardine House on the left.
Photos by Royal Roy from the gallery opening, see below:
Bob and his famous work "Tattoos" - Talking some more...
Bob, Damon and Sing - Couple Looking
Clive - Zoe - Vernon
Click here for Bob's photos, being a former
Lamma-zine Artist of the Month.
The Office of Yu Lai Fan, District Councillor:
Transport Dept. Meeting With
Residents TONIGHT in YSW Playground, Re:
the Re-tender of the Ferry Routes
The Transport Department announced that it had
reviewed the bids for six outlying island ferry routes but four of
which have to be re-tendered because the proposed fares in bids
received were too high. The fare proposed in the bids for
Central-Lamma services represented an increase of more than 35%.
Holding the view that most local residents would
likely reject such fare, the Transport Department planned to re-tender
the four outlying island ferry routes in the first week on March and
results are expected to be ready by the end of April.
Date: 6 March 2008 (Thurday)
Venue: YUNG SHUE WAN PLAYGROUND
All residents are welcome. Your opinion is very much appreciated.
If you are not available for the above meeting, please
do not hesitate to send us your opinion by fax (2982 1443) or by email
LammaFerry@gmail.com - Mass email from the central mailing
list of Lamma residents opposing the reduction in ferry services.
Email them to remain informed and up-to-date!!
Please find attached the English version of our
submission to the Transport Department, entitled 'Maintaining Our
Island Life Lines'. The working group have worked very hard to
reflect everybody's views based on Monday's meeting [@ Deli
Lamma]. The Chinese translating group is still working hard to
complete the Chinese version of our submission so once this is
completed, we will send it out.
For those wanting some more background information,
here are links to the Government's latest proposal for re-tendering
the ferries in English and Chinese. This proposal outlines the
Government's suggested alternatives, including reducing routes and
providing relief from ferry pier costs. It also provides some
background history on the re-tendering negotiations up until its
release (approx. mid-February).
Chinese version -
See you on the football pitch at 8 tonight and don't
forget to check
Lamma.com.hk for any breaking news from
A Community Objection
from Concerned Residents of Lamma Island For
"No Erosion of Current Ferry Services"
March 5, 2008
Presentation to HKSAR Transportation Department
2.0 Community Concerns
3.0 Community Proposals for Tendering
5.0 Annex 1: Community Group Representations:
5.1 Parents Group
5.2 Rural Committee Submission
5.3 Teachers Group
5.4 Concerned Residents
5.6 Homeowners and Property Owners
5.7 University Students
5.8 F&B Owners and Operators
5.9 Environment Group
Email them (or
email me) to get the full text of this concise and very
well-written presentation. Sorry, I can't upload documents from QM
Hospital (where I'll be till next week) easily yet and the file is
too long for the Lamma-zine.
Objectives of the Petition:
Say 'No' to all the set back terms in the HKKF Tender.
Ask for a comprehensive review of the Outlying Islands Transportation
Push HKSAR Govt. for taking up the responsibility to provide reasonable and
affordable public ferry service.
Date for the Petition: Sunday, March 9, 2008
Gathering Time: 12:45pm at Central Lamma Ferry Pier No. 4
Petition Route: Central Ferry Pier - LegCo, Central Govt.
Office - Transport and Housing Bureau
For Lamma residents, please gather at the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier after
11:15am. We will take the 11:45am slow ferry to Central all together.
Please spread the message to those concerned and bring along a lifebuoy as a
Click here for more details!
P.S. I just got informed that this petition has collected
an absolute record in Lamma's recent history!
Our most successful forum,
Lamma's top 10 birds, started by
Flora & Fauna forum moderator Zep in 2004, has just reached 60 pages
in length (1,190 posts, almost 30,000 views!), an all-time record for the
Zep writes: "This is a great forum to moderate -
basically sit back and let everyone else come up with fine pictures. Seems
like we all have fun in the process, though."
Chuckm comments: "To all the generous contributors
of bird photographs ... thanks and keep up the good work! Have you noticed
that this thread has turned 60? ...60 pages that is! Very few forum threads
on any web site ever get this far."
Kudos and congratulations to
everybody involved in this wonderful forum, from all of us many Lamma bird
lovers! To celebrate, here's a little avian portrait by Lamma's leading bird
anonymous_guy - Bird-o-grapher Extraordinaire:
Violet (Blue) Whistling Thrushes...
very furtive birds, keeping close to dense undergrowth, and not
usually seen perching out in the open or singing.
They do perch, but in trees with a lot
of tangled or close woven foliage, where they look for prey, darting
at high speed to the ground where they will quite often stay for a few
minutes in that same vicinity turning the leaves for bugs.
When they dart, or announce their
arrival, is with a shrill whistle, though slightly lower pitched than
the more commonly heard Magpie Robin call.
Constantly fan their tails, as shown
part "fanned" in the image above. Spend most of the day travelling a
chosen circuit in search of food, and likes to bathe late afternoon.
In terms of pecking order, they will
generally move on if a Greater Coucal is passing through, but will not
think twice about entering the territory of the very aggressively
territorial Magpie Robin in search of food.
Conversely they can become relatively
tame and hang around garden areas if there is a good food supply or
water source, and will approach to within 6 or so feet. This
particular chap, is a daily visitor to my garden and on one occasion
recently, ventured through the French windows into the house.
Can be a very frustrating bird to get a
good photograph, seemingly very obliging, but being a very large sized
thrush, and a very dark colour, is difficult to get enough shutter
speed, depth of field and the right lighting to show off their blue
colour without blowing out the highlights in their plumage, or getting
a strong light reflection off their beak.
Call to Protest Re-tendering of
Outlying Islands Ferry Service
7 pm, Tuesday, 4th March 2008
Central Ferry Pier #4 (Lamma Ferry Pier)
In protest of the recent news of plans to
re-tender the Outlying Islands ferry services, concerned island
residents have called a demonstration at Pier 4, the Lamma Island Ferry
Pier, at 7pm, Tuesday 4th March.
Anger amongst residents has erupted over
plans to reduce service and increase prices. Locals are also frustrated with
what they see as a lack of transparency in the government’s decision-making
process, and a lack of publicity over the Transportation Department's recent
visit to an Outlying Island to canvass public opinion. Turn-out at the only
official meeting was very low due to lack of advance publicity.
Now, on the eve of the deadline, residents
fear losing access to the essential transportation services upon which their
livelihoods depend. Residents argue that there are various
revenue-generating activities that could be profitable for ferry operators
but which have not been seriously considered in the decision-making process.
All members of the press are invited to
attend and cover the protest, and to discuss the issues with local
TONIGHT, 7 PM!!!
non-violent public protests with loads of reporters and photographers are
not your cuppa tea, you can go to:
Lammadonna & co.'s (District Councillor Yu Lai Fan)
TONIGHT, 8 PM, YSW City Hall
(in English AND Cantonese.)
They're the ones who accepted the
Transport Dept.'s re-tendering of the Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan ferry
routes at no fare increase, accepting less sailings and no more fast ferries
in the bargain. Give them an earful of your personal opinion!
Or you could become a real hotshot activist and attend BOTH
of the above events, reporting back to the Lamma-zine, hopefully even with
Urgent news from Nancy in our active
There will be an important meeting to discuss the proposed changes
to the Lamma Island ferry service and draft a proposal to the Dep. of
Transportation that expresses our needs for service to Central, Pak Kok,
This affects everyone who uses the ferries!
While nothing has been finalized, suggestions have been made that
fares may increase by up to 50%, service to Aberdeen will be severely cut
or eliminated, service to Central will be reduced, and fast ferries will
Please attend this important meeting to decide what we want and how we can
best take action.
Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Deli
Please tell all your friends on Lamma. Thanks.
P.S. This is the very first Lamma-zine story ever published from my
bedside in Queen Mary Hospital's General Ward. I got a window bed and found
a slow but free Wifi connection. Back to Lamma later this week, after a few
more days of liquid diet and daily gym exercise.
Read last month's stories...