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Events Calendar @ Lamma Art Collective

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Public Forum w/Eddie Chu

Aug 29- 1st Sep (Sat), 3-5pm, YSW Tin Hau Temple Sitting-out Area.

Creating Something From Nothing

Aug 25 - A few new experiments, starting with the same grey-noise-only image.

Dora the Explorer, Pilgrim w/a Tent

Aug 18 - This marks the end of her pilgrimage along the Via Francigena trek.

'Fool Me Twice'

Aug 17 - Exciting excerpt from Lammaite Jules Hannaford's upcoming book,...

Before the Sunrise

Aug 11 - I usually sleep very well, till these amazing sunrises keep waking me up through our bedroom window.

Milestone at Lamma Power Station

Aug 7 - "Officiating guests ... celebrate the smooth completion of L10 construction."

Ring the Bell for 16th Anniversary

July 31 - Free drink for everybody, celebrating the Lamma.com.hk's anniversary.

Press to Pay

July 30 - Is it still operational, this DIY self checkout contraption in Yan Yan Store, home-made in 2015?

Total Lunar Eclipse Photos?

July 28 - Total lunar eclipse this early morning! Getting up at 4am, setting up my tripod and zoom.

Good-Bye to Marckq

July 25 - "Lamma Lamma Lamma. What an island. My home away from my new home."

Cook of Western Food Wanted

July 24 - Some of the sample dishes the new cook should be able to prepare:

16th Anniversary of Lamma Forum

July 23 - I6 years today since the Lamma forum on this site started! I'd ring the celebratory Bell...

Beach Partayyy!

July 22 - Marckq: "Great party! Thanks for coming and hope everyone enjoyed it!"

Pak Kok Ferry Pier Rebuilding

July 21 - "The Pier was first built and financed by villagers... 1970s and 1990s."

Accepted to University!

July 12 - The eldest of my 3 grand-stepsons ... are celebrating their success in the DSE exam!

Village Charter

July 11 - Register as a Village Rep voter! Details here and here...

Interviewing LegCo's Eddie Chu Hoi-dick

July 10 - "Went to interview with Chu Hoi-dick in LegCo canteen."

Register as a Village Rep Voter!

July 9 - Permanent residents who lived in their village for 3 or more years...

Philippe Colin, Artist

July 8 - See who I met again by pure chance at the Pak Kok ferry pier last Sunday:

Reopening Diesel's

July 7 - Our longtime readers and most Lammaites will remember the former Diesel's, an iconic bar!

Visiting LegCo

July 6 - Pre-registration, airport-style security check-in, phone call, bags X-ray, id card check.

Baroque on Lamma news?

July 5 - Summary: No news is good news!

Transition Coal to Gas

July 4 - "HK Electric announced ... transition from coal to gas generation."

1,000 Members

July 3 - I've just approved Member #1,000 into the Lamma Island Uncensored group.

What's Up in July?

July 2 - A full events calendar at Lamma Art Collective for the month of July.

R.I.P. Booza

July 1 - I've just approved Member #1,000 into the Lamma Island Uncensored group.

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Aug 29Public Forum w/Eddie Chu

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Aug 25Creating Something From Nothing

A few new experiments, starting with the same grey-noise-only image. Creating something out of (almost) nothing, with a little help from Google's AI algorithms:

Here's the photo I started with, just a mistake from my camera. All the other images have been created from this original.

More of my Deep Dreams...

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Aug 20Lightning Storm

Impressive light and sound effects this early morning, some of them directly overhead, waking us up, instead of our usual colourful sunrises. And the frogs going all night! Can't we get a decent night of sleep on Lamma! Too much nature! ;~}

All of this commotion made me rush to my home office PC to check it out online, after unplugging our broadband Internet line first, a must on Lamma if you value your broadband modem. Thanks to our 4G mobile phone hotspots, we can surf pretty fast and wireless even during a thunderstorm.

I found an additional sound effect:
a wailing alarm siren going off on the HK Observatory web page above, if lightning is detected within a specified distance from your location, like the 3 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes shown above right, pretty close to our bedroom!

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Aug 18Dora the Explorer, Pilgrim w/a Tent

My neighbour Dora the Explorer is crossing a street in Rome, Italy, inspired by The Beatles album "Abbey Road".

This marks the end of her amazing pilgrimage along the famous Via Francigena trek from France, Switzerland to Italy, famous since Roman times. She writes:

"I can't think of words to describe the gratitude inside me for you who have generously blessed my walk on Via Francigena.
I don't want to name you here one after another because I will miss out someone and because I hold you all closely to my heart. Thank you. Merci beaucoup. Grazie Mille.

I apologise if this simple note here cannot, and will never, measure up to the love, hospitality, acceptance, joy, understanding, even sorrow and difficulties you have shared with me. Nothing can measure up to that. But at least I want you to know I am very thankful for you, you, and you.
The walk has come to an end.

If you ever wonder what I am up to after the walk, feel free to click to the link below. Every now and then when I feel the ripples of VF washing through my face, I will put some words there.

For now, take care. God bless.
I wish you a safe journey onward, bonne route and buon cammino."

Here's one of the many Dora Drawings she created along the way. Plus the certificates that she completed the pilgrimage.

P.S. My message to Dora at journey's end:

"You've just been mentioned on RTHK Radio 3 a few minutes ago, by HK pilgrim Steve you walked up to in Rome. He's been reporting from the same pilgrimage almost every day live on the radio (returned to HK now). I messaged you about his radio reports before, so you approached him in Rome!"

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Aug 17'Fool Me Twice'

Exciting excerpt from Lammaite Jules Hannaford's upcoming book, to be launched this month in Bookazine Prince's Bldg.! Also on Amazon.

Read an excerpt, "The Failed Escape"...

Jules has just been interviewed by RTHK's Phil Whelan this morning about her upcoming book Fool Me Twice (direct link to program, go to 35 minutes in).

This book is inspiring me to maybe do a few Lamma-zine stories about my own "Fool Me Thrice" online dating experiences in the 1980s, pre-Internet, causing me to move to HK 31 years ago and marry my online sweetheart Lamma-Por.

I doubt that anybody would care much today when it's become so commonplace. But back then our online-cum-real dating was an exceedingly rare experience, worthy of newspaper stories and RTHK radio interviews. Oh, wait, online dating is still worthy of books and interviews, it seems!

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Aug 11Before the Sunrise

I usually sleep very well, till these amazing sunrises keep waking me up through our bedroom window, urging me to rush to the rooftop and set up my camera, zoom & tripod quickly!

Quite frequently I'm not fast enough, pre-morning coffee, and the fleeting colours have faded away already within just a few minutes.

My latest creative distraction, trying to improve my photo above artistically, using the Deep Dream AI generator (I should have been deep-dreaming in bed instead of on my rooftop at such an early hour!):
A few attempts:

P.S. A few more of my recent Deep Dreams...

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Aug 7Milestone at Lamma Power Station

Officiating guests perform the traditional roasted-pig carving ceremony to celebrate the smooth completion of L10 construction."

Free company lunch today, celebrating the completion of the installation of all major components of a new gas-fired generation unit. So it was a well-deserved lunch indeed and my favourite photo from HK Electric's news release today.

Short-term target: More than 50% of power generated from much cleaner gas. Long term target: 70% gas-fired by 2023!

Including L10, three gas-fired units of HK Electric will be commissioned successively within the next five years.

 Milestone at Lamma Power Station to Usher in A New Era of Gas Generation  (7 Aug 2018)

Lamma Island Uncensored FB group discussion (joining required), mostly about "Whatever happened to the Govt.'s former renewable energy plans?"

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July 31Ring-the-Bell! for 16th Anniversary

Renovated performance stage with newish backdrop, plus the fast-growing array of fancy trophies won by the often-victorious Lamma dragonboaters all over HK:

Lamma-Gung & Lamma-Por ringing the famous Bell.
Sorry, we're too shy to show our faces! Teeheehee...

Drinks were sponsored by The Island Bar. Many thanks to the very generous Brad Tarr & Oliver Armistead & silent partners! And many thanks to the precious friends who attended!

The usual very peaceful and highly sociable life in The Island Bar goes on, undisturbed by the occasional, rare Bell ringing and other distractions, overlooking the Beer Garden, neighbour Man Fung Chin. restaurant and YSW harbour.

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July 30Press to Pay

Is it still operational, this DIY self checkout contraption in Yan Yan Store, home-made in 2015? Just cash payments and credit cards, no Octopus or other electronic payment. For comments from current and former customers, click below:

Below is a little mock-up I made of a possible future upgrade: A brand-new co-operation of HSBC (Lamma's only 2 ATMs) with Yan Yan Store's DIY self-checkout contraption?

(Photos by Marckq Schmidt and Craig Hurst, combined by Yours Truly. Thank you to Mark Dineley for the inspiration.)

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July 28Total Lunar Eclipse Photos?

Total lunar eclipse this early morning! Getting up at 4am, setting up my tripod and zoom on the rooftop, full of expectation for great views of a reddish blood moon.

But my efforts failed due to the cloud cover and my zoom lens unable to focus on the very dark moon behind almost-constant clouds before and after the full eclipse.

2 hours of unsuccessful waiting to get a good zoom shot during the few minutes the clouds cleared a bit. Total failure.

Alastair Gray seems to have created the best and most creative photo of the Red Moon night, an amazing "Holey Planet"-style creation! Congrats, click for more:

I had to wait till sunrise after 6am to get a half-decent shot. The sunrise was amazing and I got some fine shots. A failure turned into a success through long-time patience? A lesson learnt? Nah, just luck!

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July 25Good-Bye to Marckq!

Marckq Schmidt, Lamma Book Club, ex-Lammaite:

"Lamma Lamma Lamma. What an island. My home away from my new home. Just had my leaving dinner and on my way to the airport now.
So many new beautiful memories - thanks everybody for giving me these 2 amazing weeks.
#lammabookclub4life
"

Plus a little "Leaving Lamma" story Marckq wrote and illustrated exclusively for the Lamma-zine a few months ago. Many thanks! We'll definitely see you again someday soon!

"In September last year I moved away from Lamma.

I lived on Lamma Island for 4 years - arriving October in 2013. Previously to that I'd been living in Beijing for a few years, but after getting a job offer to work in a financial advertisement agency in Hong Kong, I happily accepted to make this move south (I actually later ended up working in Digital marketing for a global health insurance company).

I'd been in Hong Kong a few times on a visa run, and knew that I didn't want to live in the city. After considering Sai Kung and Lantau, I can say now that I am very very happy that I chose Lamma Island to be my new home.

In my first few weeks I had already met dozens of people that I ended up spending a lot of my time with. I got introduced to the Outrigger and Dragonboat club after I bumped in to Henry and (pirate) John. These clubs played a big big role in my social life, I got to meet so many inspiring people! I had to drop out from the paddle clubs due to a back injury, but still enjoyed the races and parties!

Shortly after joining the paddle club I met Axel and Tom and somehow we decided to build our own 6 meter canoe. Building the White Dragon took us 2 years to complete. We spent so many weekends, evenings and days on this, haha! I learned so much, we had a 1,000 set backs, pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong - but we kept going.

She was taking shape as the months progressed. It was sometimes hard to keep going I have to admit, we had our full time jobs, relationships and our own social lives. We laughed, we had arguments, our hands had a 100 cuts and blisters, oh, those mosquitos…. And the sun…. We didn't know each other well before we started this project - but 2 years later I think it's ok to say that these 2 guys mean the world to me.

Launching the White Dragon was one of the most beautiful things I've experienced in my life. We paddled her from PSB in to the YSW harbour and towards Pak Kok. So smooth, so stable. It floated. I was proud.

Not everything is meant to be, shortly after a few friends took her out for a paddle and got caught in a storm. She flipped, filled with water and was later dragged back to shore, where a wave picked her up and that was the end of that. No hard feelings, the process of the build was beautiful and I'll always keep that in my heart.

Another beautiful thing that happened to me on Lamma was 'The Lamma Book Club'. Together with Oswin, Eileen, Jake and Luke (and later Cameron and Adam) - we got to organise a few really nice events. We started with our first 'Lamma Island Reggae Festival' in 2015 (with much help from John Parks!) and that snowballed in to a lot more events - NYE festivals, Beach cinemas and floating cinemas, secret Raves and many more. Wow looking back at this now - we were so lucky to be able to do this. We had quite a few run ins with the police, but towards the end there was a good (well almost always good) cooperation.

But - all good things come to an end. I'd been on Lamma for 4 years, and felt like it was time to move on. I moved to Barcelona for love and a new job. The love wasn't meant to be, and we got separated shortly after the move. To be completely honest, it is/was very hard to find my way, my life in this new city. Making new friends, finding my 'routine', learning the language. All I wanted to do was move back as fast as I could back to Lamma Island.

But I told myself I have to give it a try for at least 6 months. Those 6 months have just passed now that I'm writing this - and I've managed to renegotiate my contract - which gives me the opportunity to work from Hong Kong from time to time.

I'll be back on this little island in July '18, after a quick stopover in Bali to go to Tom's wedding. I am smiling and full with excitement now while I'm writing this - I can't wait to see all of you soon and have bonfires on the beach, go swim and hike around.

I am and will always be a Lammanite!"

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July 24 Cook of Western Food Wanted

Call 2982 1168 or message.

Some of the sample dishes the new cook should be able to prepare, or add his own Western-style creations:

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July 23 16th Anniversary of Lamma Forum

16 years today since the Lamma forum on this site started! I'd ring the celebratory bell in The Island Bar, if I could afford to buy everybody present a drink. I can't afford my own drinks these days, so if somebody wants to sponsor a Ring-the-Bell!, that would be grand.   ;~)

Till just a few years ago, the Lamma forum was Lamma's free-speech version of Facebook, where you could discuss anything Lamma-related, from parties, pets, pet peeves, restaurants, sunsets and the latest gossip to local development projects, classifieds or just being plain silly.

It got very creative and great fun for years, but also occasionally aggressive, resulting in me, the admin, being blamed for anybody else's negative posts, being badmouthed and/or ignored by former friends, even threatened with slander litigation and physical violence. With lots of Swiss diplomacy and keeping my cool, the forum and I "survived" all of this, not even mentioning all the spam attacks, email bombs, trojans, viruses, worms, tracking cookies, firewall attacks, in the earlier, wild days of the Internet. This gave me quite a few sleepless nights and lots of diving deep into technical countermeasures and installing fixes.

All the mischievous, anonymous forum trolls in the early days made the introduction of basic rules in the open forum unavoidable, plus the introduction of the closed, members-only "Fight Club" forum.
This solved the problem within weeks as it deprived the anonymous trolls of their much-treasured, consequences-free, wide publicity, so they lost interest quickly in trolling our forum (and almost no banning or censorship was needed).

I couldn't have done it all without the help of some wonderful volunteer moderators in the various forum topics who brought their expertise and passion to their pet topics of discussion! Thank you all!

This entire website started as a free-speech forum only. Soon I added the initially weekly, then monthly, then daily Lamma-zine, plus an e-newsletter to promote the forum to my fast-growing subscriber list (6,000+ currently). Adding several other sections, the website grew and grew to over 4 million hits/month worldwide, accessed in over 100 countries.

Nowadays, the Lamma forum is kind of on life support, almost killed off by Facebook. It serves as an easily searchable archive of 1,000s of stories, 10,000s of images, plus quite a number of videos/multimedia about anything Lamma-related of the last 16 years; an online time capsule, public and searchable by anybody on the entire Internet.

The forum's webhosting is cheap (US$59.95/year) and sponsored for this year, so I might keep it alive and maintained for a while longer. The rest of this website, hosted separately, is currently under sponsored renovation to give it a modern look and make it fully "mobile-friendly".

P.S. If you ever get tired of Facebook - where your personal information is being widely shared and (mis)used - our anonymous, free-speech, personal-info-free forum will still be here, for a little while longer. Will it survive to its 20th? I hope so!

P.S. II: "I'd ring the celebratory Bell in The Island Bar, if I could afford to buy everybody a drink ... if somebody wants to sponsor a Ring-the-Bell!, that would be grand!"

My casual, non-serious wish above has been fulfilled, to my big surprise!!!
Ring-the-Bell! this Thursday, July 26, 7pm in The Island Bar! Free drink for everybody present when the Bell rings.
Sponsored by proprietors Brad & Ollie. Thank you!

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July 22 Beach Partayyy!

Marckq Schmidt, Lamma Book Club, ex-Lammaite:

"Great party! Thanks for coming and hope everyone enjoyed it!"

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July 21 Pak Kok Ferry Pier Rebuilding

Discussion paper of District Councils:

"The existing Pak Kok Pier ("Pier") is located at the northern tip of Lamma Island. The Pier was first built and financed by villagers and reconstructed in the 1970s and 1990s.

The villagers of the Pak Kok Tsuen and Pak Kok San Tsuen mainly rely on the Pier to commute to urban areas. Tourists also use the Pier to the Lamma Island. The location of the Pier is subjected to strong monsoon wind and exposed to sea swell.

The boarding and alighting of passengers at the Pier are inconvenient. Therefore, there is a need to implement full-scale reconstruction works to facilitate alongside berthing of vessels, as well as easier and safer boarding and alighting of passengers.

The Pier will maintain operation during the construction stage. The existing landing steps will be demolished and replaced by seawall blocks with handrails upon commissioning of the new pier.

Subject to the progress of funding proposal, the proposed works are anticipated to commence in the second half of 2019 for completion in 2021. We expect to gazette the project under the Foreshore and Sea-bed (Reclamations) Ordinance (Cap. 127) in the 4th quarter of 2018."

 

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July 12 Accepted to University!

It's rare that this proud Gung-Gung posts about his HK relatives (from Lamma-Por's former husband.) But I can't contain myself today!

The eldest of my 3 grand-stepsons and some of his schoolmates are celebrating their success in the DSE exam! His excellent grades allowing him to choose any university and discipline he wants to study (making up his mind from 3 top choices now). At the last family dinner, I gave him quite a bit of advice pre-exam, from my own Swiss student days.

Lamma-Por and I are remembering well the Y2K millennium night spent in hospital, awaiting his birth. But I've never seen him in a tie before, I think!

Thuis is how I remember him and his brother on Lamma, frolicking at Hung Shing Yeh beach just 6 years ago, visiting their Gung-Gung and Ah-Por overnight:

P.S. Counteracting the feel-good story above, another step-grandson just failed his extensive entry test to Lamma Primary School, asking him to repeat his (successfully completed) year if he'd move here and join the Lamma Northern School.

He's staying put in his current school, no repetition needed. I never knew that Lamma Northern School is so tough? It seems a great preparation for Lamma kids to continue their education off-island beyond primary, according to local parents.

All we have on Lamma are a few kindergartens, but just a single primary school (P1-6) is left, several former Lamma schools had to close down island-wide (not enough pupils, according to Govt.) in the last years and decades. Our population keeps growing very slowly (1%/year, slower than HK-average), but it's also aging and has less children.

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July 11:  Village Charter

Register as a Village Rep voter! Details here and here...

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July 10:  Interviewing LegCo's
Eddie Chu Hoi-dick

"Went to interview with Chu Hoi-dick in LegCo canteen. We spent almost two hours there. He's fluent in English, very well-composed, gentle and approachable."

These are the comments from my Lamma-zine volunteer, coming along to our interview with law maker Eddie Chu in the LegCo complex. I agree fully.

Introduced by a new friend of the Lamma-zine, Eddie invited me for this interview. We discussed many issues concerning Lamma and Lammaites (Village Charter, rebuilding/renovating the two N.Lamma ferry piers, ex-Lamma Quarry housing plans dormant for now, village rep and district council elections, VV issues, DAB dominance, raising limits for LegCo-approval exempt village project from $20 to $150 million, etc.) with our official, independent LegCo member (NT West, incl. Islands District).

There'll be many more Lamma-zine stories in due time. He's also joined the "Lamma Island Uncensored" FB group, posting occasionally about these Lamma issues. Most welcome!

Eddie's office is a very creative working environment, bring your foldable bike and personal knick-knacks to the office.
This is probably not the same bike of the staffer who won this Champion trophy in last year's YMCA Mountainbiking Challenge in the ex-Lamma Quarry (Lamma-zine photo story).

Congratulatory messages for CHD gracing his LegCo office walls.

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July 9:  Register as a Village Rep Voter!

Designing HK:
"If you wish to influence the management of your village, make sure you vote during the village elections in January.

To become a village voter, you need to enter your name in the register of electors for Rural Representative Elections.

Permanent residents who lived in their village for 3 or more years have a right to vote, but you need to register first.

Please register as a village voter on or before 16 July, 2018 (next Monday). See below, it only takes a few minutes on-line:

Form online (includes postage-paid, addressed envelope) or pick it up from the public table in the Rural Committee Building, G/F (opposite HSBC).


Village Charter

We will promote a 'Village Charter' in the run up to the village elections. Here is the first draft and we welcome your comments:

1. Improve road networks and road maintenance
2. Improve parking facilities
3. Improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists
4. Improve public transport services
5. Reform garbage and recyclable collection
6. Upgrade refuse collection points against wildlife raids
7. Promote local composting facilities
8. Control fly-tipping
9. Expand green and amenity facilities permitted for small houses (NTEH)
10. Promote solar energy installation on rooftops
11. Improve village water supply
12. Speed up the roll out of village sewerage networks
13. Promote 'smart villages' with high speed internet
14. Review the standards and guidelines for public facilities
15. Expand elderly and child care services
16. Facilitate better management of burial areas
17. Enhance public areas and community properties
18. Support a transparent, accessible, contestable and competitive rural committee.

How to register as a village voter:

Download the relevant registration form here: https://goo.gl/WBajwA

Complete the form and return:

(a) by post (Address: Home Affairs Department, 30/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong); or
(b) the signed application form scanned and attached as an email attachment; or
(c) by using the electronic form and uploading the completed and signed form to the HAD.

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July 8:  Philippe Colin, Artist

See who I met again by pure chance at the Pak Kok ferry pier last Sunday:

Philippe Colin, a well-known artist who's painted many scenes all over Lamma and HK!

Here's the completed painting, WhatsApped to me just a few days later:

See more of Philippe's Lamma paintings...

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July 7:  Reopening Diesel's

Our longtime readers and most Lammaites will remember the former Diesel's, an iconic bar in a traditional, old-style village house on YSW Main Street. Many Lamma-zine stories have been published about their parties and other events in our 16-year history!

Despite local resistance the house was torn down and rebuilt as a standard double village house. The G/F has FINALLY reopened last Sat, June 30, as the new Diesel's!

Interior-designed by Lamma's HK-wide-famous Debi Yeung Design. It's now also a restaurant, just in case you get hungry from all the drinking and partying.

Logo by Lamma's incomparable Harry Harrison.

Many congratulations! Many more Lamma-zine stories to be written and photographed soon, we hope.

Some of Diesel's own best photos of the opening party:

Check out the Diesel's Bar & Restaurant page...

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July 6:  Visiting LegCo

Our first time ever in the new LegCo complex in Admiralty, just besides the new HK Govt. skyscraper. But first: pre-registration, airport-style security check-in, phone call, bags X-ray, id card check.

Here's the view from a LegCo member office (who invited us for an interview), all the way to the Outlying Islands ferry piers:

Spotted in LegCo before and during our interview:

Edward Yiu (plus a Lamma-zine volunteer), Dennis Kwok, Junius Ho and various other former/current LegCo members:

P.S. So what about that LegCo interview we were there for?
See this weekend's Lamma-zine story...

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July 5:  Baroque on Lamma News?

Another casual meeting with the Baroque on Lamma's top man yesterday, it's been a few years...

Summary: No news is good news, basically just waiting for a change in political climate before applying again to the Town Planning Board (turned down the 1st time in 2011).

Their extensive, detailed, modified plans to build a high-class marina (large enough for 100m superyachts), luxury housing development and a 6-star resort hotel, all in southernmost Lamma's Tung O Wan area.

The hotel would be a 6-star Capella hotel by the very same hotels and resorts group that housed the Trump-Kim summit a few weeks ago in the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

So this HK$10 billion+ project by the Mainland's Agile Property group is sleeping for now, to be awoken as soon as the prevailing political climate will shift, becoming more welcoming and less hostile to their huge plans for southernmost Lamma.

P.S. Keep up-to-date with this project in our Baroque on Lamma forum, running since long before the rejected TPB application in 2011.

Most recent SCMPost stories from 2011.

Most recent HK Free Press story from 2015.

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July 4:  Transition Coal to Gas

"3 July 2018 - HK Electric announced today a capital expenditure of HK$26.6 billion in the next five years to build the infrastructure required for the transition from coal to gas generation in order to increase the proportion of gas-fired generation, while continuing to provide a highly reliable power supply and excellent services.

HK Electric is pleased that its 2019-2023 Development Plan has been approved by the Executive Council today, said Managing Director Mr. Wan Chi-tin who pledged full support for the Government in combating climate change and improving local air quality.

Under the new Development Plan, HK Electric will invest HK$16.2 billion (see table 1) in projects related to power generation, which accounts for 61% of total investment. A large part of it will be used to build the new gas-fired units and associated facilities required to replace the retiring coal-fired units...

...However, following two years of substantial special rebates in 2017 and 2018 - "Special Rent & Rates Rebate" and "Special Fuel Rebate", there is no room for HK Electric to provide the same in 2019. These two rebates will be reduced from 20 cents per unit of electricity in 2018 to 4.6 cents in 2019, with the shortfall of 15.4 cents to be reflected in the 2019 tariff.

Mr. Wan explained that though the reduction of permitted rate of return will lower tariff, it could not fully offset the impact of the substantial reduction in the two special rebates. As a result, there will be a rebound in 2019 net tariff by 7.6 cents per unit of electricity, from 112.5 cents in 2018 to 120.1 cents in 2019, representing an increase of 6.8%."

SCMP stories about the new tariffs:

HK households can expect electricity bills to rise by 1.9 per cent next year

HK officials plan to give consumers HK$8.7 billion helping hand to pay electricity bills over next 5 years

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July 3:  1,000 Members!

I've just approved Member #1,000 into the Lamma Island Uncensored group yesterday night, being one of several moderators. Congratulations to my Facebook/real-world acquaintance Betty Hopperstad!

This Uncensored group is the fastest growing Lamma-related Facebook group; it just took a few days more than 1 year to reach 1,000 Members!

I've asked Betty Hopperstad for a few words for the Lamma-zine:

"If someone had ask me in years past where I might land in retirement, Hong Kong was not even on my radar, let alone, Lamma Island. Then, in the early 2000's my son, David Kramer, moved to HK with his work and, thereafter, found his way to Lamma.

Fast-forward… I now have two grand-children.

So,So, when I retired from my faculty position in 2014, from Napa Valley College, in California, I made Lamma my home as well, for one-half of the year, Sept. through March. The other half I'm in the US.
I have grown to love Lamma, with her majestic, sometimes magical, and often other-worldly nature… all in spite of her many jungle creatures!

I miss Lamma when I'm away. This year will be my 10th year visiting and now living, part-time, on the Island. See you all again in September!"

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July 2:  What's Up in July?

A full events calendar at Lamma Art Collective for the month of July:

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July 1:  R.I.P. Booza

Colin Clarke of The Blue Goose Tavern writes:

Something precious has been taken
So young, my baby bird,
Why is God so cruel sometimes?
Coz this, she didn't deserve.

2 and a half years we got to know
Each other, it's been really great!
But for reasons we will never know
He's taken our little cell mate.

You showed us much love, you gave us much fun.
You watched over me, you watched over mum.
There were things you hated, and things you liked
And you'd soon let us know, by giving us a bite!

You'd lay down in your cage with your feet in the air.
People come running after having a scare.
She'd just had a bath, sung a song and good filling.
But scares turned to a smile, coz she was just chillin'.

We laughed at the stupid things she's done.
The trust that she gave us, was second to none.
She'd watch me at work, serving drinks to the thirsty,
Knowing if she sat quietly until about 10:30,
she'd be rewarded her freedom, to come sit on my shoulder
For an hour or so, before I take her to a colder
Room, where she'd sleep, and at the end of the day
I'd come up and we'd chat and giggle and play.

But now she's gone, and boy, did I pray!
She got this fucking cancer, and it took her away.
My prayers for her healing, we're never answered
By the bloke in the sky, the bloke that I thought would
Give my baby a chance, and sprinkle some life dust
To bring more joy to her friends who'd spend long nights with us.

Thought he'd help me coz we didn't think he'd choose
To end her young life, why'd he take baby Booza?
So young, so cute, such fun, great company.
This happy red bird, fitted right in with this family.

To end her life, for no apparent reason,
Like chopping down roses at the end of the season.
But roses have a chance to come back and grow again.
But this little red birds life was taken in vain.

I'm speaking my mind, I'm telling in rhyme,
I hate this savage God, but I guess that in time
I'll get over this murder, and the pain will pass by
And I know that Booza has flown up to the sky,
To meet the mass killer, who took her away,
The God who has shattered my heart totally today,
Thing is, she went there, that's the way it now is.
She flew up to meet him, it's in her soul to forgive
And if she can do it, to forgive this giver of sorrow
I'll also try hard, and maybe tomorrow
I'll start praying again, and ask many questions,
Why he done this, what were his reasons
For taking my bird on the 1st of July
so far away, to the place in the sky.

I'm sorry, God, my words bitter and twisted,
But you never listened to the things I had listed,
But this time I needed you, but you never heard.
I just wanted you to help my little red bird.

But it's done now tho, it's time to move on
The damage is final, nothing now can be done.
I'll forgive and forget but I'd rather I didn't lose her.
We love and miss you.
My Best little Friend Booza."

 

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