Tue, Nov 14
'The Second Biggest Number'
(Nick the Bookman)
Sun, Oct 29
away from the tourist traps of Lamma and Cheung
(South China Morning Young Post)
Tue, Oct 24
fire rages on Lamma Island, with HK Govt. Flying
Service called in to dump water on flames'
(South China Morning Post)
Tue, Oct 24
Island hill fire bigger than six soccer fields
continues to rage'
(HK Free Press)
Fri, Oct 20
Bombay Bar & Rest.,
Waterfront Rest. & Bar,
The Bay, Jing Jing,
us your Lamma-related news!
News Archive -
Lamma-zine stories last month:
Nov 14 - "We
would like to thank you for all your efforts and
wonderful support towards Lamma Fun Day."
Nov 7 - "Six Hundred
Parents and Children Join Lamma Treasure Hunt by Hans
Nov 4 - Just a
few of my snapshots from Lamma Fun Day 2017
Nov 3 - "Live music
all day, two extraordinarily talented auctioneers with
voices of angels and bodies chiseled from granite."
Nov 2 - "Ever
seen a square pumpkin? Do you know how many shapes a
pumpkin can have?"
Nov 1 - "Makeup
and bodypaint by @facepaintbyabigail #art #bodypaint #facepaint
#hongkong #makeup #halloween2017"
The Second Biggest Number ~ Nov 14, '17
by Nick the
Bookman, edited by Lamma-Gung
"Bible legend states that the
trouble started after Eve ate the Golden Apple of Discord. This
was the forbidding fruit. An angry God sent his wraith. Man fell
from the space of grace. It was mostly downhill skiing from
This little gem (and a few others) are going to be strewn
throughout this article. A bit of comic relief. They'll be
italicised so you can jump over the possibly boring maths. They
all come from a book titled "Non Campus Mentis",
detailing genuine assumptions, bloopers and assorted alternative
facts. Taken from the examination papers of college students. A
joyous updating of "1066 and All That" - a collection of
howlers from students at Eton. Published in 1930 and showing
that creative stupidity is in no danger of decline. The authors
all share the same name. Anonymous. If you've seen the photo of
the book cover (see below) accompanying this piece, revel in the
picture of the student who looks like Alfred E. Newman's
smarter(ish) cousin. A nice touch...
"Prehistoricle people spent all day banging rocks
together so they could find something to eat. This was the
And that was sort of how I was feeling one fine Sunday
afternoon in the early summer. I was enjoying a state of beer
enhanced brain bogglement and I thought that I'd ask you kind
passers-by if you knew what the second biggest number is. A
creative afternoon ensued. Phil wrote on Lamma Facebook that his
answer is infinity minus one. Alan responded with infinities of
infinities for infinity and beyond. Zero is the absolute aleph
point. Dead centre, separating positive and negative numbers.
Lamma-Gung was overjoyed that the erudition level of Lamma
Facebook had risen for a few moments. My favourite answer came
from the father of a two-year old daughter. She said the second
highest number is nine, because she can only count up to ten. An
absolutely correct answer for her math matrix which goes from
one to ten. Out of the mouths of babes...
Read more of this story...
P.S. Title provided by the Bizarrely Fascinatingly Oddballily
Brilliant Liz Gower! Thanks!
Some more sage advice from Hong Kong Living magazine
Clockenflap for families – Best kid-friendly activities from ExpatParent
news and updates on Facebook
P.S. The Lamma-zine will be very happily covering the festival again
this year, staying in town for the night performances. No more rushing to
the last ferry to Pak Kok Village (8:30pm from Central) like in former
"On behalf of our Head of Partnership, it is our great pleasure to invite
you to join us for the celebration of our 10th anniversary!
Please redeem your weekend ticket by clicking the link below."
A most unusual sight over North Lamma the other day:
Pictures of this helicopter dragging the proposal banner, circling above
North Lamma and especially Pak Kok appeared on Facebook, everybody wondering
who it was all about and if Karena said "Yes!"? Nobody could
answer the question (closed Uncensored Facebook group; welcome to
join!) till I did some further research into my extensive contact list:
She said "Yes!", according to Gavin Neale, an ex-Lammaite and friend
Heliservices Hong Kong who provided these pictures, taken from the
huge proposal yacht above, floating off our Tannery Bay (Nga Kau Wan), Pak
Kok hills in the background.
Costs are a closely guarded secret, like their covered faces above, but it
must have been a "pretty penny"! Here's a picture of the 50*100 ft banner,
created in a New Zealand workshop from special heli-ad-banner-suitable
By the way, Gavin's ex is names KarenSa, from their happier days of
living in Po Wah Yuen Palace, the single-family villa with huge
garden terrace and its own flagpole just above the YSW ferry pier.
A first-time-ever sight in the East Lamma Channel a few days ago: a huge
container ship crashing into Magazine Island, between Lamma Island
and Ap Lei Chau, just off Aberdeen on South HK Island. Nobody injured, but
probably a lot of very embarrassed people!
Drone flyover video from my neighbour
Multimedia Journalist Extraordinaire for China Daily HK:
Plus a photo taken from South HK Island by Yogesh, our former
Music forum moderator. Thank you!
From the Lamma Fun Day organisers:
"We would like to thank you for all your efforts and wonderful support
towards Lamma Fun Day. Your support was extremely generous and enabled us to
raise valuable funds to improve education for children in Nepal.
Together with your support and that of the Lamma community,
Lamma Fun Day raised a gross total of over HK$ 417,727!
Lamma Fun Day this year supports our Child Friendly Schools
project in Nepal which is in it's 3rd year. Almost half of
Nepal's children drop out of school by the time they reach 15
years of age due to poorly trained teachers, a lack of resources
and poor infrastructure. When a child drops out of school they
become easy targets for exploitation and trafficking. The longer
a child stays in school the less likely they are to be tricked
and exploited. Our goal is to ensure children are protected,
educated and can fight for their rights. The project aims to
transform 49 schools in villages near Pokhara by providing
teacher trainings, educational materials, family support as well
as improved infrastructure such as building toilets, repairing
school buildings, building libraries, providing safe
playgrounds, equipment and clean drinking water. All proceeds
from Lamma Fun Day will enable us to transform 12 Schools,
benefiting 1,125 current students and their families and
thousands more for future years.
Although it is a drop in the ocean we are glad to be able to
prevent even 1 child from going through the horrors of
trafficking. We are extremely grateful for your support and we
end the year celebrating the lives protected and changed thanks
to you. Kindly find attached a photo collage from the event.
Please visit Lamma Fun Day FB page to find some photos from
the event, more photos will be updated as we are still
collecting photos from our volunteer photographers. (https://www.facebook.com/LammaFunDay)
Once again thank you for your continuous kind support and we
look forward to having you again next year!
Avi - Project Manager - Child Welfare Scheme"
Lamma Spotlights of the Week,
Nov 14, '17:
See former Spotlights ~
your best Lamma photos/videos!
Lamma Spotlights of the Week I
Hans Andersen Center writes:
"Six Hundred Parents and Children Join Lamma Treasure Hunt
On 4 November 2017, HAC Lamma Treasure Hunt was held at Yung Shue Wan on
Lamma. Over 200 parents and children explored the characteristic of small
shops on the main street.
In the afternoon, creative market was held at Yung Shue Wan Plaza to
link up elderly people and younger generations with stories and games. A
total of 600 people participated throughout the whole day...
33,129 participants were served in the last three years by Lamma Island
Centre. 1,600 volunteers from over 40 companies involved. Teenagers were
developed, local community network was established and people from different
sectors were connected. This year, we are grateful that Lamma Treasure Hunt
programme was supported by 14 shops and over 150 volunteers, which was a
good show case of social capital.
Mrs. Kwok Li Mung Yee appreciated the creative service
methods adopted by HAC. For example, elderly visit via cycling,
Little Change Makers project, story fun day and community farm.
These activities connected the young people with older
generation, helping to build a sustainable community...
In the creative market, children are given recycle materials
to build village for future. Clown performance also attracted
lots of attention and laughter."
After shooting the
Harmonious Community at Lamma police event in the YSW Plaza last
Sunday, I took a few more pics of our "Harmonious" environment just outside
(Lamma Island Uncensored Facebook group)
Just a few snapshots from
Lamma Fun Day 2017
"Join us for the
Lamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival on Saturday 4th
November 2017, 11am- 11pm, on Tai Wan To Beach near Yung Shue
More than 15 bands, musicians, singers and DJs will
perform on two stages as part of the FREE family-friendly
charity event raising money for Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong.
Expect market stalls, a licensed bar, international food
stalls, charity auction, the Rob Rogers Family Fun, Fun Show,
arts and crafts fun, beach games for kids, plus football and
volleyball competitions on the beach.
The day kicks off with the Lamma8 and Lamma14 races, which
take 400+ runners on trails through the hills to south Lamma,
then back to Tai Wan To Beach, where Lamma Fun Day begins at
11am. Music on the Beach Stage from 12 noon
ENTRY IS FREE!
Please give generously to CWS HK at their stall 4 Nov!"
One of the two beachside
"Live music all day, two extraordinarily talented auctioneers with voices
of angels and bodies chiseled from granite, bar open all day and all money
raised going to charity...
what more do you want????"
Home-made cookies still available in
Corner84 bakery! I bought these
just today, enough left for your family/friends.
Click on any of the cookies above to read the home-written story that
Corner84 created for each one! My favourite one about the
"Ever seen a square pumpkin? Do you know how many shapes pumpkin can
have? Pumpkin Imp was just one ordinary pumpkin sold in the market, until
someone bought him and carried him home to make pumpkin soup with a blender.
Rest assured, he is alive and well...
Since then, Pumpkin Imp has roamed freely everywhere. When you pour him
into a bowl, he takes the shape of a bowl. When you pour him into a teapot,
he takes the shape of a teapot. He is full of countless possibilities.
Like Pumpkin Imp's life, yours can be filled with possibilities too, but
please be warned that never try to squeeze yourself into a blender."
This was inspired by the idol of my teenage years:
water, my friend!"...
by Abigail Wong, Face and Body Artist Extraordinaire
"My favorite so far. What do you think?
Makeup and bodypaint by @facepaintbyabigail
#art #bodypaint #facepaint #hongkong #makeup #halloween2017
Abigail's Face and Body Art."
There's even a
video version and
Making of... live videos!