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More Lamma Dog Poisonings

Quarry Eco-Theme Park petition

YSW Community Center, etc.

'Twilight Fish Market' nickname

YSW Bike Park-in-progress

Ex-Lamma Quarry consultations

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Wake for Vernon Ram @ FCC

Streetometry exhibition @ Cafe Les Artistes

Ex-Lamma Quarry Forum @ City Gallery

Lamma 500 @ Power Station Beach

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Apr 23 - "Rezone ex-Lamma Quarry as an Eco Theme Park."

Apr 22 - Photo gallery by Howard Sheard

Apr 21 - "Updates: There were two known dogs poisonings over the Easter holiday behind Beer Garden."

Apr 20 - Lamma Dragons on the Rocks", close to the YSW Gaido Pier, by Nicky Jones,...

Apr 18 - "Gardens, Photography and Food:
Enjoy Easter Saturday exploring gorgeous gardens,..."

Apr 17 - "I first met Alain on a beach on Lamma Island."

Apr 16 - Alysha Tarr - paddler of the new Lamma Dragons Under-18s writes:

Apr 15 - Like my new poster? Should I get it printed to display it in a few selected places?
P.S. Happy & Delicious Easter...

Apr 14 - Latest article from WebMD: Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Against Diabetes.

Apr 13 - Even after more than 12 years living on Lamma, I still discover new, major, yearly, local events with zero "Gweilos".

Apr 10 - We're still not sure if this will be a full reclamation or just the promised platform, similar to the ferry pier?

Apr 9 - Shot from our rooftop last night:

Apr 8 - "Beauty lost its mother on a fresh spring day...
Here's a little Many-Banded Krait who had left the nest."

Apr 7 - "Yesterday's walk inspired me to do a collage of some of ... unique post boxes."

Apr 6 - "Caroline & James are pleased to inform you all that in July we will be opening in our..."

Apr 1 - "How do two ex-Lamma residents meet? Neither Jules Meaney nor Bike Mike had ever encountered ... on Lamma."

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Apr 23:  Eco Theme Park?

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Apr 22:  Lion Dance - YSW Tin Hau Festival

Photo gallery by Howard Sheard

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Apr 21:  New Lamma Dog Poisonings!

Trey writes:

"Updates: There were two known dogs poisonings over the Easter holiday behind Beer Garden. Fish was used as bait and the poisoner has "cleverly included sponges soaked in Paraquat this time", such that the poison enters the dogs' system too quickly for activated charcoal to work (it was used both times). Both dogs have died.

The police are involved and seem to be taking this seriously. In potentially related news, a dead cat was found in Tai Peng and a dog's skull is visible near the old Lily Pond.

It's time for leashes and muzzles. Spread the word."

Much more info, photos and discussion in the closed Facebook group, Lamma Dog Owners.

Bilingual appeals from the Lamma Police:

Obituary for Coffee (poisoned dog), by Dr John Wedderburn

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Apr 20:  Lamma Day!

"Lamma Dragons on the Rocks", close to the YSW Gaido Pier, by Nicky Jones, header of the Lamma Dragons Members Past and Present Facebook group.

Outside The Island Bar - by Jen Fulton

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Apr 18 - Good Friday:  Lamma Gardens Tour

 

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Apr 17:  The Guestroom Interviews Alain Jaquier

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Besides Sean Creamer's interview above, check out some of Alain’s latest work, or contact him:

Alain Jaquier Photography on Facebook

or his website:

http://www.alainjaquier.com.

Also, don't forget his Streetometry exhibition @ Les Artistes Café in Tin Hau is open until April 30!

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Apr 16:  Lamma Youth Dragons Debut

Alysha Tarr - Paddler of the new Lamma Dragons Under-18s writes:

The Start Line - Shatin Dragonboat Races, 6th April 2014

"As a new team on the race line against 23-year-old men and woman, you could say it was quite frightening. We got into the rocky dragon boat surfacing on the coca-cola coloured water and we paddled towards the starting line. All the bystanders watched and clapped and our nerves settled for a moment as we became proud to be apart of such a great group and representing the first Lamma Dragons U18s team.

Once we arrived, we realised there was no turning back. We heard so many noises; cheering, screaming and the staccato breathing of your fellow paddlers but everything seemed to quieten when we heard our drummer shout, 'Quiet in the boat!' and now all we could hear was the deep inhales and exhales of your own breath as our goal becomes clear. The finish line.

And then the voice came over the speakers: "ATTENTION!" and that was it, as soon as the horn went off it was paddle, paddle, paddle. There was an adrenaline rush that automatically filled our bodies as we used all your strength in the first 5 strokes. Your focus was no longer on the other teams, it was on your drummer and making sure your techniques was synchronised with the paddler in front of you.

There was no time for thinking, as were nearly neck and neck with other teams, which was actually quite surprising. Looking at twelve to seventeen year olds who have had only two or three practice sessions compared to twenty-three-year-olds which most likely have been training for a while, it was quite exciting.

If you are interested in joining the Lamma Dragons U18 team, please contact claudiatarr@gmail.com."  (Photos by mum Claudia & Christopher Guinness.)

P.S. Want to have a look at the Lamma Dragons Newsletter April 2014:

"For those who attended glorious Shatin, you would have witnessed another historical day for the Lamma Dragons with the first-ever race of our kids team. There was many a tear in proud parents' eyes at the end of the race.
Yes, we're talking about you, Brad!
Paddles up!"

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Apr 15:  Looking for the Golden Goose

Like my new poster? Should I get it printed to display it in a few selected places?

P.S. Happy & Delicious Easter Holidays to all our readers!

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Apr 14:  Weight-Loss Surgery Might Stop Diabetes

Latest article from WebMD, plus many similar articles in the medical press and in hospital news: Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Against Diabetes.

Having undergone Weight-Loss Surgery in Queen Mary Hospital Hospital 6 years ago, I was one of the lucky quarter of patients whose former massive, long-term diabetes has gone into full remission, requiring no more drugs, diet or any treatments since then. "A quarter of the people in the sleeve gastrectomy group had remission of type 2 diabetes," so I consider myself pretty lucky!

My other weight-related "co-morbidities" like blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, knee pain, digestive issues, etc. have also completely vanished. I have been completely medication- and symptom-free for several years now, with an almost perfect glucose level and yearly, extensive blood and diabetes complication screening results.

The great QMH doctors reduced only the size of my stomach to the size of a single full rice bowl, via Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, leaving my digestive tract untouched otherwise. It's a much simpler and reduced operation than the much more invasive and more common Gastric Bypass ("routes food directly to the small intestine, which means it bypasses the stomach, duodenum and large intestines".) No long-term dietary issues and restrictions with my VSG, unlike in a Gastric Bypass. But we save half the money in eating out, only having to order a single set meal for the two of us,... and we might have left-overs to take home.

A single glass of alcohol per day is still permitted, but enough to make me tipsy, as my small stomach absorbs any alcohol very quickly. I'm a really cheap date these days and Lamma-Por appreciates that, I hope.

Yes, I can eat sweets and desserts again, no problem, but in moderation to keep my weight steady. I might share a single donut.

Having kept my weight very steady for the last several years, the full remission of my diabetes & related health problems is the main motivation to maintain my weight, not looks (Still fogly - fat, old and ugly! ;-)

The diabetes and other co-morbidities would surely return right away if I'd regain a major part of my former massive weight, making my life and health pretty challenging again! Let me enjoy life in my 50s to the fullest, walking/hiking/biking, living on a traffic-free island is a fine place to remain healthy and fit!

Index of my ongoing weight-loss story: Only Half the Man I Used to Be.

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Apr 13:  Chan Clan Feast

A Chan family - Chans start enjoying chicken feet early (2y, 4m old Charlotte)

Even after more than 12 years living on Lamma, I still discover major, yearly, local events with zero "Gweilos" I've never attended before and that are only promoted word-of-mouth. Even the long-time, non-local residents of Tai Wan Village I asked had never been invited to or attended this almost yearly event, on Palm Sunday, Apr 13, 2014.

The Chan Clan's feast is being held basically to celebrate being a member of the large and influential Chan Clan "ruling" over a number of local villages. Chairman Chan of the Rural Committee of North Lamma greeted Lamma-Por and me, but there was a large number of VIPs and families from the Yu, Chow, Wong and other local, major clans, the "usual suspects" and many Tai Wan villagers, of course.

We were invited by the wife of a senior Chan Clan member (Thank you, happy and successful flat-for-rent Lamma-zine advertiser!). As the only Gwailo at the event, I was treated very friendly and warmly encouraged to dig into the very nice, huge, frequently refilled, home-made buffet, with several roasted suckling pigs. After the feasting, the piles of left-overs were filled into lunchboxes and we enjoyed free food sufficient for the next day. There was even half a donated bottle of fine red wine left that they insisted on me bringing it home.

Some firecrackers outside the Chan Family Temple, some drumming, great weather and a big free feast just outside the Hans Andersen Centre with local families and friends; it was a great and fun event, demonstrating the best of Lamma village life. We're looking forward to Lamma Day on Easter Sunday!

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Apr 10:  Bike Parks

Progress of Bike Park construction @ YSW Ferry Pier yesterday:

We're still not sure if this will be a full reclamation or just the promised platform, similar to the ferry pier? The multiple signs along the ferry pier seem to indicate temporary works only, including the many more cement blocks to be added (see barge) to be removed after completion of construction, hopefully?

This banner inside the YSW Football Pitch (closed now for 1.5 months due to Cantonese Opera over Easter, Apr 19-23) doesn't seem to make much sense as there's not a single public and legal place to park a bike on all of Lamma Island (?). That "Parking for Bicycles" sign above is the only one on our island and it's a private space of Ngau Kee restaurant, opposite Pizza Milano (to be relaunched as the Lamma Grill on July 1).

In the meantime, there's a Temporary Bike Park just below the Lamma Winds windturbine, left on Cable Road 2. It's been created after the recent clearing of the YSW Ferry Pier, but it's locked and there's absolutely, definitely no legal way to get your confiscated bike, trolley or child buggy back!?

This is the former, locked "temp bike park" inside the 1st phase of the YSW Harbour Reclamation, completed around 15+ years ago. A few bikes are still left, just besides the sand/gravel storage and the brand-new Police Station (right).

After the completion of the official YSW Bicycle Area, there'll be several more bike parks in the not-too-distant future:
At least 3 of them are already planned inside the ex-Lamma Quarry housing development in South Lamma, serving those future 5,000+ Lamma residents, especially the numerous kayak and canoe paddlers around the future South Lamma main ferry piers (see above)???

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Apr 9:  Lamma Sunsets Are Back!

Shot from our rooftop last night:

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Apr 8:  Many-Banded Krait Family

Photographer Jean Gorguet writes:

"Beauty lost its mother on a fresh spring day...

Here's a little Many-Banded Krait who had left the nest on the chilly end of yesterday. The way it was using the grips to sneak away on the side of the path was pure beauty.

Shot right in front of Studio 31 (my little house). I guess the bigger version of what I saw last year a few steps away [see right] was a parent of this little one. Be aware that there is a whole family of these along that path!"

Further enquiry with Jean revealed that this family of very "scary beauties" lives along the main path from our Pak Kok Village home to the ferry pier!
Don't tell Lamma-Por! Don't forget your flashlight!

Googling "Many-Banded Krait":
"Known to have caused several human deaths in Hong Kong."

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Apr 7:  Postboxes, Rocks, Glass & Seaweed

Sean Creamer writes:

"Yesterday's walk inspired me to do a collage of some of the thousands of unique post boxes across the island...

...more to come as we discovered Katelyn loves to be taken for long walks!

I took my Mom and Katelyn for a walk on Lamma today to my favourite little beach. The rain, wind and tide surge brought in all these little rocks, glass and seaweed. It's not often you see stuff like this on the beach so I thought I'd make a little collage of it."

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Apr 6:  Lamma Grill Moving to Pizza Milano

Announcement:

Caroline & James are pleased to inform you all that in July
we will be opening in our new location, 36 Main Street, currently the Pizza Milano restaurant!!

Woo hoo!!!

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Apr 1:  Ex-Lammaite Wedding!

Bike Mike - Official Court Overseas Correspondent (North Canada):

(Story & photos by Bike Mike)

Baffin Island, in Canada's Arctic -
March 30, 2014:

How do two ex-Lamma residents meet?

Neither Jules Meaney nor Bike Mike had ever encountered each other on Lamma. Jules, formerly of Back Street in Yung Shue Wan had been gone from Lamma 9 years when Bike Mike arrived here.

They first encountered each other through photos both had posted on the secret Lamma-zine Gay Forum.

"I knew right away Jules was the Back Street Boy of my dreams", said Bike Mike in an exclusive interview with Lamma-Gung. Jules, who had been happily married to Bonny, also formerly of Lamma, did not know that he was "of the other persuasion" until he met the verily virile Bike Mike. "It was love at first sight", said Jules.

Bonny and Jules did not part amicably. Jules barely made it out of Toronto; all he was able to salvage from his marriage with Bonny was his pink DickStock T-shirt and his denim shorts.

Travelling to Baffin Island to join Mike, the man of his dreams, was a particularly arduous and cold venture. Fortunately, Mike had just the thermal pants for Jules to slip into when he arrived.

The happy couple will soon wed. Reverend Dan The Bastard will be officiating. Nick Lovatt, AKA Nick The Book, will give away one of the brides, and Silver Maria will give the other bride away. Bike Mike's cousin Maria runs Tigra da Lua in Tai Yuen Village, Lamma's premier fashion and jewelry boutique.

A special musical interlude at the ceremony will be sung by Lamma Dragons she-warriors: Gina Miller, Rachel Adams, and Claudia Tarr. They will be backed up by a choir of Lamma Dragons and Outrigger Canoe Club paddlers. Well-known cartoonist, song writer, singer and Bearded Ukulady Harry Harrison will perform a special solo which he has composed for the couple.

Photography will be provided by France's Fashion Photo Icon, Jean Gorguet.

"I love these guys", said Lamma Dragon Josh Sellers, "but I want everyone to know that just because I bless this sacred union doesn't mean that I steer the OC from both sides of the boat".

Wine for the reception will be the Lamma-zine house brand, Fat Bastard, supplied by famous wine baron Brad Tarr.

The wedding will take place on Baffin Island, in Canada's Arctic on April 1st. All are invited!

She-Warriors

Tigra da Lua's Maria

Blissful Bike Mike in OCC attire

P.S. Barefoot Bike Mike is a long-time Lamma-zine Overseas Correspondent, see some of his former articles below. His most recent articles seem to arrive always on the very same date every year:

April 1, 2012:  Lamma Eco-cycles Launch

April 1, 2011:  Eco-Development Starting Construction

April 1, 2010:  Island Bar Reinvents Itself


 

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