Jan 31 - Nick the
Bookman, our Official Court Music Reviewer writes: "Sasha
in HK - 19/1/2015"
Jan 30 - "Those few
holdouts [Lamma Bohemians] are being pushed out and soon
it will be nothing but Armani and poodles."
Nick the Bookman,
our Official Court Music Reviewer writes:
in HK - 19/1/2015
"My life is analog. Random chaos. Well, at least since 27/12/2014 when
Dick died. Start of Clockenflap 2014 and on for the rest of the year. Random
chaos. Like living in the swirling sonic dervish diaspora that is The
Grateful Dead doing drums/space. Or verse/vicer. A head full of the finest
chemical concoctions. Put together by Augustus Stanley Owsley 3rd. Aka "The
Bear". His LSD was reputed to be better (and more widespread) than that made
by the CIA. The trips were up there in the mythos cloud with Albert
Hofmann's immortal bicycle ride through the streets of Basel during World
War Two; Apr 19, 1943. The war that brought us both Acid and the Atom
Anyway, random chaos. Not the digital life when all is precise
progression. Like Kraftwerk in concert. I've seen them twice in HK and they
are spell-binding. But all the machine music is ordered. Layered.
Structured. Random is not a factor. If I'd been a little bit more digital, I
would have written a much different review for
The Dickstock (and Sue) Memorial Gig at the Pak Kok
Amphitheatre. Basically, Roz gave me a big metaphorical botty smack for
screwing the pooch that night. No, I'm not confessing to canine carnal
congress. It's a term for a major fuckup that I first came across in Tom
Wolfe's book "The Right Stuff". That was me, so hereby apologies and
let's get the record revised and remixed.
arrived up there as Oz, Clive, Roz et al were playing. Oz was on
djembes, although congas would do in a pinch. Clive was tootling on his
flute. (Got that bit right at least). Roz was playing ukulele. Not
guitar. As was Rose, who was singing lead vox. The song was
"Ripple" by The Dead and not "Country
Roads?". Clive wrote a tribute verse for Dick which was printed up on a
big white board. Held by Amanda. He graciously gave me the new lyric and
here it is... "So, goodbye Dick, Godspeed your journey. Be the place
you've gone, filled with love and laughter. You know the way. With love you
travel home..." And an extra chorus. "Dickstock, you're still
with us/ When there's something to drop. Or weed to blow..." Clive
told me his name for the group was The Stoned Roses. (Tittery tee-hee!)
I'm also remorseful at failing to mention Anna and
Lolita - the Sultry Swoonsome Swedish Songstrelles who
came all the way from Stockholm to pay their respects to Dick.
Anna was once Dick's girlfriend. They sang three songs in
Swedish. Including a Johnny Cash cover and they crushed it.
So glad you were here, lassies. Wish I'd been able to talk to
you! And give you a longer paragraph. Never mind. At least, it's
Also a huge Dead heads-up to Harry Harrison for his
Read more... a lot more...
It started as a rant about
Potential Newcomers Looking to Rent in our forum and quickly (d)evolved
into a Lamma Quote of the Day, by Alan:
"Those few holdouts [Lamma Bohemians] are being pushed out and soon it will
be nothing but Armani and poodles."
Well, too late, the Armani Poodles are already here, poodles in their cutesy
designer dresses and their cutesy human companions taking over the outside
Lamma Grill yesterday afternoon, ooh-ing and aah-ing while trying to
"master the art of the selfie" (sorry for quoting a TVB house
But where are their expandable
Selfie Sticks which have not surprisingly become not uncommon on YSW
Main Street? In their backpacks, surely?
P.S. One more story about Lamma, dogs & selfie sticks?
Sally Anderson's Hong Kong Dog Rescue blog:
"The holiday festivities continued for me with the traditional volunteer
Lamma party outside the village temple, and this time everyone could be in
the photo thanks to the extra-long 'selfie stick' innovation."
Christopher DeWolf, Text & Pictures, (c) SCMPost
48 Hours magazine, last Thursday, Jan 22, page 46-48:
"I arrived a sceptic and left a convert. I have always
been ambivalent about Lamma Island, finding it hard to look past
the tatty souvenir shops, scummy waterways and relentless
mosquitoes — not to mention the comically dystopian power plant
that looms over the horizon. On a recent couple of visits,
though, the island's charm has worn down my defences.
"It's just such an exception to all the normal rules in Hong
Kong," says Trey Menefee, an academic who recently left the
island to be closer to his job in the New Territories.
"There's just this constant background of familiar faces, people
who you've never maybe even said hi to, but you feel obliged to
nod at when you pass by."
The island's friendly shabbiness has begun to feel like a
refreshing antidote to big city gentrification. And it's just 25
minutes away from Central by ferry. "It's a Never Never Land
orbiting around the Death Star," says Horton..."
More pictures, reviews and comments...
More Lamma Photos of the Week, Jan - Dec 2014
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Dickstock review by
Nick the Bookman:
"Man, Dick and Sue will be pissed to miss this gig."
(... and here are some of his
Andy Maluche, our former Official Court Artist, writes about Sat,
"One of the 10 beers yesterday must have been bad. I feel
slight pain between my ears. It was an awesome party!
Thank you Gareth Dunster, John Parks, Harry Harrison, Roz
Keep, Philip Keep, those guys made it happen. There must have
been more than 300 people. You could feel the love.
Donations and t-shirt sale did not only cover cost, we
made a big chunk of money for charity. Videos and pictures will
follow. Just like those many happy kids that danced to the music
of their grandparents on Dickstock, I like to shout: "Again,
Dick would have had a ball,
slightly misty-eyed, though.
Let's do it again!"
(Recycling poster, photo/design by Andy Maluche)
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Jan 20, '15:
Fallstreak Hole, Lamma Mainstreet UFO Sighting, South East Asia 2015,
Black-eared Kites and an Alien?
by Daniel Clarke, Alain Jaquier, Howard Sheard, Tamara
Norris, and me.
If somebody's got a picture of a kite and the Police Box/TARDIS flying
through a Fallstreak Hole, I'd publish that right away, with full credits!
Is this Blue
Hole going to swallow up Lamma's famous Blue House?
The owner has just called it "Holy Halo House" after seeing this picture.
Buy the house before it vanishes!
Village House for sale in Pak Kok.
I love winter sunrises! We've been lucky to enjoy some amazing sunrises
after all these cool and crystal-clear nights. I love going up to our
rooftop and experiment with the Panorama mode on my Smartphone. Try it with
This concludes today's Lamma-zine story. All these pictures have been
before breakfast; an entire sunny, lazy Monday to waste away on Facebook...
P.S. Jan 21: Plus one great & unique Panorama mode photo from
Wing Lun Lee; he named it "An eye on the sky". Is it watching
There's quite a considerable number of artists living on Lamma. Many of them
have been featured at least once as Artist of the Month on this
website. I'm still discovering new local artists occasionally, but rarely,
as our artists are often shy and low-key, sometimes "hiding" in their forest
studios and only rarely venturing to YSW High Street or meeting new people,
If you want some FREE exposure for your or your friend's artworks on this
website, contact me anytime. "Art" is a very wide term here and I'm happy to
feature face painters, graffiti artists, designers, computer animators,
trash sculptors, etc.
Artworks of the Week, Jan - Dec 2014
SUBMIT Your Artwork!
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, Jan 15, '15:
Turtle Beach, Lamma Music Video, Animation/Design/Education, Stem of Bamboo
Leaf, Mike of
Monsters, Inc.; by:
Ronald Sastrawan, Parvez Shaikh, Mike Robinson, Rambler, Abigail Wong.
"Lovely clean up and AGM today. Thank to those who came along. The Living
Lamma committee for 2015 is:
Roz Keep: Chairperson - the hair with the flair!
Sheli Bowman: Vice Chair - and very surprised to be!
Jo Wilson: Secretary - happy to do the boring but
necessary bits, helped by
Theresa Andrews - a welcome new addition!
Jack Wilson - Treasurer, and
Charlotte Varley and Barbara Tavernard.
We have left an experimental clean up station on the beach
[before Main Street bridge over nullah] so that anyone at any time can clean up. We still have an aim to
restore the beach and continued today to take off construction
If you want to help out, please make use of the clean up
station. Leave construction rubble in the wicker basket, and
take other rubbish/recycling to the bin and return the container
for the next person.
We will leave gloves there too and wash the dirty ones for you."
Dawn writes: "Santa Sprint Amount Raised:
Previous record $2,800, so over 100% more.
Thanks to everyone for being so generous and getting into the
spirit of the event!
Santa Sprint Race Results:
Surfski Champion: Jean Gorguet: 45.30
OC1 Champion: Paul Collins: 51.52
OC1 Runner up: Andrew Shields: 55.29
OC1 Rookie* Champion: Alex Miranda: 49.29
OC1 Rookie* Runner-Up: Steve Stanton: 50.19
OC6 Champions: Paul D, Pirate John, Pascale, Steve,
OC6 Runners-up: Fraser, Jim, Christine, Theresa,
Daniele, Louise: 53.35
*Rookie: anyone who has not done the race before.
Well done and HUGE thanks again for everyone who took part
and for making this such a fun event. We had 31 paddlers (which
is also a record) and hope to make this even bigger and better
Here's to a fabulous new year for everyone and lots of
Text messages from Marcus & Jane, expedition leaders:
"Update for Resolution Walk on New Year's Day, 1/1/15:
The departure points will be:
Pak Kok, 11:00am on main path heading towards our house.
Tai Peng: 11:25 on Cable Road at junction to Tai Peng swamp and
YSW/Hung Sing Yeh: 11:50 at public BBQ pits.
Weather outlook is 'cool and
dry', so we'd suggest a pac-a-mac and fleecy plus good grip
Please bring a picnic lunch and fruit as well as your own
thermos/water bottle/hip flask etc.
Bring your own vices that you want to leave at the trig point
and come down the mountain a new man/woman!"
The hike was extremely straining, definitely not for
tourists, 5 hours for the red round-trip above, according to my
mobile phone GPS. Just a few people dropped out along
the way to Sok Kwu Wan.
One tough lady made it to the top with a fever of 38.8
degrees, as she found out only afterwards. But she's got a
"private doctor" in her home, so she'll recover soon, we hope.
Another Lammaite partied till 5am, a few hours before the hike,
imbibing more than would probably kill me, but he still made it
to the top! Marcus writes:
"Bad news for the Lamma bars, my straw poll was that most
'Resolution Walkers' were leaving boozing on the trig point for
Resolutions that I heard:
"Give up the booze and the one
night stands and forget about everything"
"Just get a bit healthier, really"
"Giving up cigarettes the day before Resolution Walk, so that
there is nothing to give up for the rest of the year"
"Do my homework on time and not get told off by Dad"
your new TV and PlayStation!"
"Run Pak Kok loop twice a week"
As probably the oldest hiker in our large group (no seniors),
I've succeeded in my yearly fitness self-assessment: making it
up to Mt. Stenhouse at least once a year! That was my own, not
very ambitious, but realistic resolution.
My thighs and knees were very sore for a few days, but all my
many scratches healed within a week. Which Lamma peak is next to
be conquered once again?
Click above for my annotated Facebook photo album
P.S. Jan 16: I just got a question from one of our hikers about the
According to my
GPS map of our similar hike last year, with distance markers in km,
walking all the way from Pak Kok and back to North Lamma:
From Hung Shing Yeh it's about a 5km hike up to Mt. Stenhouse via Sok Kwu
Wan; and 4 km down back to Hung Shing Yeh beach, via Lo So Shing beach.
It took me about 4.5 hours this year, including breaks, just for the loop
mapped above, starting and ending in Sok Kwu Wan.
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