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Wed, Nov 4

HK Govt. rules out further action on Lamma Ferry Disaster (RTHK News)

Sat, Oct 31

Journey towards recovery, ending up on Lamma  (SCM Post)

Wed, Oct 28

Manganese mining on Lamma  (Industrial History of HK)

Fri, Oct 23

Youth from Lamma ... infected  (HK Standard)

Wed, Oct 7

Mt. Stenhouse Hike  (Drone & DSLR)

Mon, Oct 5

Outlying Island Ferry Services to be enhanced  (Around DB)

Thu, Oct 1

Families of victims in Lamma Ferry Disaster 'still waiting for justice' 8 years later  (SCM Post)

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Aquabike For Sale?

Nov 20 - YSW ferry pier, an ancient bike magnet-fished out of the harbour.

Greetings From an Ex-Lammaite

Nov 19 - "I still enjoy reading your Lamma news every week."

November Sunset

Nov 18 - Mute Planet: "November never fails to bring us extraordinary sunsets in this part of the world."

Exploring South Lamma

Nov 17 - "Fantastic day exploring abandoned villages of Mo Tat Wan and Hoi Ha on a photo tour."

Lamma Viewed From The Peak

Nov 16 - Close-up, "zooming in": Yung Shue Wan panorama
Photos by Hana Ripley.

Home Sweet Ferry Pier

Nov 15 - Pak Kok ferry pier construction is making good progress.

Coffee Philharmonic

Nov 14 - Roby and the impressive coffee roaster in Coffee Philharmonic.

Happy Friday, Lammaites!

Nov 13 - "Wind down for the weekend with Friday night food and drinks in the village"

HK Electric to Freeze 2021 Tariff

Nov 10 - Great news from HK Electric, sole power supplier for HK and Lamma Islands.

Election Day Panic Watch

Nov 3 - "Tomorrow morning Diesel's will open at 10am to show the US election carnage."

Lamma-zine Archive Updated

Nov 2 - News, Events, Lamma-zine, Stories, Pictures, Forums, Classifieds....

Discover the Family Trail

Nov 1 - "Taste the traditional flavours of Hong Kong on this easy hike."

Memories of Halloweenies

Oct 31 - Brand-new photos of tonight coming up tomorrow!

People of Lamma:
Blue Geese

Oct 30 - "Colin and Jessie, relocated The Blue Goose Tavern from Wan Chai."

How Many Languages?

Oct 29 - Click above to find out or add your own language(s).

Secluded Island Idyl

Oct 28 - Our Tsui Wah ferry with its very friendly & helpful crew arriving at Pak Kok ferry pier.

Biodiversity Survey of Lamma

Oct 24 - "Plants, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, insects, amphibians, reptiles..."

'Free One-stop Service on EV Charging Solutions'

Oct 23 - HK Electric's Lamma Powerstation uses a few electric vehicles,...

Sleepover Lamma Style

Oct 16 - "This is what I woke up to three years ago on my way to work."

Undistinguished and Dreadful

Oct 14 - "...according to a beautifully opinionated 1969 Lamma guidebook."

Mandelbulb Maniac!

Oct 11 - A few of my recent artworks, all 3D fractals intensively mutated, tweaked and Photoshopped...

Huge Tree Collapse

Oct 10 - "Thank you, police, Lamma Fire Station and FEHD staff for assistance."

Sooty-Headed Bulbuls Love Papayas

Oct 9 - Sooty-headed Bulbul, 1 Oct. '20, by Karim Babakishi

Did Thor Get Hammered?

Oct 6 - "Thor", a Danish world traveler, has visited 194 countries so far without flying.

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Nov 20:  Aquabike For Sale?

YSW ferry pier, an ancient bike magnet-fished out of the harbour by Alex Summerson:

"I caught that magnet fishing, so technically, going off the mandatory law every human follows 'finder's keepers' then, that's my bike you're selling.

90% of the time it's just scrap metal or rebar. A few things that weren't:

Electric hand saw, old trolley, bottle tops, fishing gear.

The above bike is the best thing so far, we thought the same as Mike Soares, be a great garden ornament and talking point, haha!

Don't do it expecting to find anything of note, it's just great fun.
Few beers, some mates, my son repeatedly saying 'You've caught another magnet, Dad' every time it comes up blank.

A few people have said we should keep what we find and show it off but didn't think anyone would be bothered and it really is mostly scrap metal. We had an audience when we found that bike though which they seemed to enjoy.

I need stronger magnets, loads of things down there I can't lift as they're just too heavy for the ones I have. So, anyone got any super powerful magnets, hit me up!"

Loads of great comments on this picture...

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Nov 19:  Greetings From an Ex-Lammaite

Marckq Schmidt:

"Even though I don't live on Lamma anymore and haven't visited for over a year, I still enjoy reading your Lamma news every week.
Greetings from Canada, where it was already freezing last night, -3 C."

Remember Marckq? Building a boat from scratch with friends, launching it on Powerstation Beach:

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Nov 18:  November Sunset

Mute Planet writes:

"November never fails to bring us extraordinary sunsets in this part of the world. #lammaisland #sunset #muteplanet"

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Nov 17:  Exploring South Lamma

 Photos by Ewa Wilkinson. She writes:

"Fantastic day exploring abandoned villages of Mo Tat Wan and Hoi Ha on a photo tour. With each strong typhoon these abandoned structures are deteriorating further, thus severing the visual connection to the past."

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Nov 16:  Lamma Viewed From The Peak

Close-up, "zooming in": Yung Shue Wan panorama

Photos by Hana Ripley.

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Nov 15:  Home Sweet Ferry Pier

Pak Kok ferry pier construction is making good progress
(viewed from coastal path from YSW)

Arriving @ Pak Kok pier

Photo by Anton

My ferry arriving from Aberdeen   

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Nov 14:  Coffee Philharmonic

Roby and the impressive coffee roaster in Coffee Philharmonic

Original wall painting by Freddy Law

Their door, decorated by the same artist ~
Take-away only, give phone # before drinking inside (Covid) ~
Follow this little sign from opposite the Lamma Clinic

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Nov 13:  Happy Friday, Lammaites!

Restaurants in Yung Shue Wan are awakening from their long Covid-19-induced slumber!

The Island Market HK writes:

"Happy Friday, Lammaites! Wind down for the weekend with Friday night food and drinks in the village:

Enjoy the milder weather and sea view on The Blue Goose Tavern patio!

Celebrate Diwali with some live music and a FREE buffet (only pay for drinks) at Spicy Island Restaurant & Bar!

Waterfront Restaurant & Bar hosts their regular Friday night Steak Night, only $110 including a standard drink!

Cool down in Jing Jings with a freshly prepared meal from Chef Marlon, followed by a nightcap across the road at Diesel's Bar & Restaurant!

Craving some Thai? Look no further than the brand new location of Little Thai opposite Granny Chan's (12A Taiwan New Village)!

Socialise with a sundowner and some authentic Spanish cuisine at Dale Candela!"

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Nov 10:  HK Electric to Freeze 2021 Tariff

Great news from HK Electric, sole power supplier for HK and Lamma Islands:

"Mr. Wan Chi-tin, Managing Director of HK Electric, attributed the adjustment of the Basic Tariff to an increase in capital expenditure, required for the "coal-to-gas" transition in electricity generation to support Government's environmental policy, the reinforcement of transmission and distribution systems, as well as the installation of smart meters to help transform Hong Kong into a Smart City....

On the other hand, a significant drop in electricity sales brought about by COVID-19 and the prevailing economic downturn has put pressure on tariff....

HK Electric will continue to provide relief measures and energy-saving programmes including the distribution of dining coupons to underprivileged households, as well as programmes like NGO Catering Subsidy, SDU Electricity Charges Relief and other energy conservation initiatives....

HK Electric has achieved good progress with the "coal-to-gas" transition to combat climate change and improve Hong Kong's air quality. With the commissioning of the new gas-fired unit L10 early this year, the proportion of the Company's gas-fired generation has reached about 50% of the overall electricity generation, and various emissions have been reduced significantly....

When the other two new gas-fired units and the offshore liquefied natural gas terminal currently under construction are commissioned in the next few years, the proportion of our gas-fired generation will rise further to about 70% with corresponding reductions in emissions."

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Nov 3:  Election Day Panic Watch

The Beer Shack writes:

"Come panic watch the US Election results at The Beer Shack! We will have food, coffee + beer deals. Free beer for Americans upon arrival.
Depending on the outcome, there will be a champagne toast and/or high ABV beers to get you through the rest of your day (and the next four years).

* We are aiming to keep this a friendly space. Malarkey will not be tolerated. In other words, 'Will you shut up man?'"

Diesel's Bar & Restaurant writes:

"Tomorrow morning Diesel's will open at 10am to show the US election carnage. CNN on one telly and Fox (on mute) on another. Only if Biden wins will Fox be unmuted..."

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Nov 2:  18-Year Lamma-zine Archive Updated

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Nov 1:  Discover the Family Trail

The very first website I launched and webmastered in the last millennium is still going very strong, offering HK tourist info worldwide in almost 20 languages and a growing number of social media channels:

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Oct 31:  Memories of Halloweenies

Memories of Lamma Halloweenies 2016.
Brand-new photos of tonight coming up tomorrow!

Click for loads more photo memories of YSW Halloweenies...

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Oct 30:  People of Lamma: Blue Geese

The People of Lamma Island writes:

"In 2015, Colin and Jessie, relocated The Blue Goose Tavern from Wan Chai to Lamma after the building owners decided to sell-up.
In addition to the waterfront…"
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Some of my favourite photos over the last 5 years:

Koalafied couple, created by Jessie (I believe?)

Their former place in Wanchai

Colin & Jessie's reasons for moving to Lamma 

Logos by Laudable Lamma Luminary Harry Harrison

Their signature burger & fries and potato skins (my favourites!)

Let's hope that their concerts & events can resume soon!

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Oct 29:  How Many Languages?

Click above to find out or add your own language(s).

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Oct 28:  Secluded Island Idyll

I never get tired of this view:
Our Tsui Wah ferry with its very friendly & helpful crew arriving at Pak Kok ferry pier to take us to work, school, shopping, a meal or just a day out, away from our stay-at-home routines and our no-restaurant, no-public/no-private transport, only 1 part-time mini-shop secluded subtropical island idyll. Just 20 leisurely, comfortably seated minutes to noisy, crowded, all-face-masked HK Island.

New ferry pier construction barge dwarfing the actual ferry.

Zooming out on this barge at sunset from our home's rooftop:

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Oct 24:  Biodiversity Survey of Lamma

Living Lamma: "Biodiversity Survey:

We have started the biodiversity check with birds on Lamma Island ten years ago, throughout the time, we have expanded the categories to plants, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, insects, amphibians, reptiles and inhabitants in intertidal zone and streams. To date, we have recorded 1,118 species of fauna and flora, some of which are even firstly discovered.

A total of 119 butterfly species were recorded in the Lamma Island, including 12 uncommon, 6 rare and 7 very rare species. As nearly 50% of Hong Kong's butterfly species were recorded, indicate that Lamma Island is an important butterly hotspot in Hong Kong."

In the meantime, Living Lamma's beach cleanups continue, following Covid-19 restrictions, but still having fun while doing good. Join them!

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Oct 23:  'Free 1-Stop Service on EV Charging Solutions'

"HK Electric launches a new one-stop 'Smart Power EV Charging Solution' service for free in support of the Government's $2 billion 'EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme' to help install electric vehicle charging-enabling infrastructure in car parks of private residential buildings."

"HK Electric customers interested in applying for the Government's subsidy scheme are welcome to call the new "Smart Power Services Hotline" (2510-2701) or fill in an online form available on the company website (www.hkelectric.com/EV-en ) or email to ev@hkelectric.com.

Meanwhile, HK Electric's EV fleet will reach 166 by the end of this year, representing about 50 per cent of the present contingent, a vast improvement from the two electric vans that were introduced in the 1980s. By the end of 2020 all operational sedan cars in the current fleet will be replaced by EVs or hybrid vehicles to further help curb roadside emissions."

This press release from HK Electric is kind of exotic for Lammaites, as so very few of us own any cars. They can never drive them on Lamma itself, as we're public/private-traffic-free (except a few dozen VVs for goods deliveries).

But HK Electric's Lamma Powerstation provides ALL electric power to HK Island, including recharging all electric vehicles there.  They're also using a few electric vehicles on Lamma, but they're only permitted to drive them inside their Powerstation and on their own two cable roads across N. Lamma.

P.S. Some more good news:

CLP Power and HK Electric Launch Funds to Support
Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

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Oct 16:  Sleepover Lamma Style

Linda White: "Spotted in the garden this morning - a sleepover Lamma style:

This is what I woke up to three years ago on my way to work. I love how Princess has managed to find herself a proper mattress (possibly with peas underneath) and Frette sheets while all the sleepover guests have to make do with various uncomfortable cushion arrangements and Ikea blankets.
The discarded beer can bottom right, the discarded tutu center left! What's not to like?"

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Oct 14:  'Undistinguished and Dreadful'

Pete Spurrier: "You are undistinguished and dreadful, I'm afraid, according to a beautifully opinionated 1969 guidebook."

Lots of comments in Lamma Island Uncensored...
(Private group, apply to join if you're a current resident.)

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Oct 11:  Mandelbulb Maniac!

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Oct 10:  Huge Tree Collapse

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Oct 9:  Sooty-Headed Bulbuls Love Papayas

Sooty-headed Bulbul, 1 Oct. '20, by Karim Babakishi

More fantastic Lamma Birds photo...

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Oct 6:  Did Thor Get Hammered?

"Thor", a Danish world traveler has visited 194 countries so far without flying: Once Upon a Saga.

He has become stuck in HK for many months now due to Covid-19. Thor has visited Lamma several times and taken the mandatory photos with Nick who hasn't left HK since 1986, but loves to travel in his mind via reading many books.

SCMP story on Thor & another world traveler who's based in HK.

Thor emailed photos to Nick (cc to me, Nick's social media assistant). He wrote "You are a very interesting man. Please stay that way."

Adding a bit of colour to these 2 colourful characters:

P.S.: Answering the question in the title:
No, Thor did NOT get hammered on Lamma. He left his mighty hammer Mjolnir at home, 6 years ago.

P.S. II: Thor replied to my email, linking to his interview by fellow world traveller Drew Binsky: 1+ million Youtube views! We thought that Drew's video interview with Nick was amazing with 100K+ views. We were wrong, but not too shabby for a guy who hasn't left HK since 1984!
This makes the 3rd world traveller to almost all countries worldwide who all got interrupted by Covid-19 shortly before completing their records. All have met Nick and one of them, David, is still based in HK, and another one, Thor, has been stuck in HK all year.

P.S. III: Thor has posted about his encounter with Nick:
"I recently had the pleasure of paying Lamma Island yet another visit.
I describe it as a hippieish/creative island with regular local Hongkongers as well. And it predictably took less than five minutes to find someone on Lamma Island with a longer beard than mine.
"Nick the Book" was happy to take a photo with me. He is a former journalist and definite intellectual. And yet within a few minutes of our meeting he went into a rant about aliens living on the far side of the moon harvesting energy directly from the sun....

...Upon scratching the surface I've found that Nick is a truly interesting man. He doesn't own a phone or a laptop. A friend helps him stay connected to the world. Nick has also met and spent time with a long list of A-list celebrities...."

Guess who's that friend helping Nick as his volunteer Social Media Assistant?

 

 
 

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