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Sat, 6/18

Nick the Bookman: 'Lamma's number one hippie'  (SCMP)

Fri, 6/17

Sewage pipe works @ Fishermen's Village

Mon, 6/13

Giant Grouper campaign updates

Sat, 6/11

Lamma parents fight for vital playground upgrades  (SCMP)

Fri, 6/10

Draw the Best YSW Playground Competition

 

More Incense Tree Vandalism

Mon, 6/6

'Best of Harry'  (SCMP)

 

An adorable community of aging hippies, expats and dreadlocked Gen Y'ers  (Huffington Post)

Sun, 6/5

Mother Child Healthcare Clinic Petition

Sat, 6/4

Lamma's Internet: DAB press conference

Fri, 6/3

Nick the Bookman: 'Mad as Hell...!'

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Fri, Jun 24

Wendell - The Man with the Music @ The Island Bar

Sat, Jun 25

LEAfING Party @ Open Space

 

STAY DJ Party @ Open Space

 

Fish for Trash @ Aberdeen Harbour

Wed, Jun 29

Open Mic/Jam Night @ Lamma Grill

Fri, Jul 1

Dragon boat races @ Sok Kwu Wan

Sat, Jul 9

Reggae Beach Festival 2016 @ Power Station Beach

Sat, Nov 12

Lamma Fun Day @ Power Station Beach

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Jun 24 - "Hi all, I am Rachel LEUNG, Woman Senior Inspector of Police."

Jun 19 - Lamma Senior VIP Brad Tarr (Lamma 500, Lamma Dragons, Lamma Cricket Club,...) & his teenage daughters.

Jun 18 - "I got a call about the 25th or so from Rachel Blundy of the SCMP."

Jun 17 - A few panoramic (Google Camera) smartphone pics from my home office and rooftop this morning.

Jun 16 - This massive barge full of cement mixers outside the Fishermen's Village,..

Jun 15 - "Lamma Island. It's a place that retains a lot of my memories: incense tree..."

Jun 14 - Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 13, '16.

Jun 13 - Sincere congratulations to all the workshop completers! But...

Jun 12 - Home-made self-check-out counter in Yan Yan Store. Discussion.

Jun 11 - Incense Tree Vandalism Updates: a long-running problem on Lamma...

Jun 10 - Competition is open to all kids under 12 to draw/design your dream YSW playground.

Jun 9 - Super Pinky aka Captain Lamma, leaving on the 7am chartered ferry from YSW Ferry Pier;

Jun 8 - Lamma's 3 District Councilors, several village heads & Rural Committee members...

Jun 7 - Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 6, '16

Jun 6 - ...watched from0 inside our rooftop cabin, playing with panorama, fisheye and zoom lenses...

Jun 5 - "A sliver of light through the dusky sky Mesmerized everyone passing by."

Jun 2 - Origin of this letter has not been confirmed yet, but it's NOT from PCCW!

Jun 1 - It was only the last day of May yesterday, so we have many more amazing sunsets to look forward to this year!

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Jun 24:  Welcome to Rachel Leung!

"Hi all,

I am Rachel LEUNG, Woman Senior Inspector of Police. I recently assumed the post as the officer-in-charge of Lamma Island from my predecessor, Solid KWAN.

I have been serving in the Police Force for nearly 30 years and have been working in a variety of posts, including uniformed branches and crime units. Before posting to Lamma Island, I was attached to Marine Harbour Divison at Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong.

I like outdoor activities, in particular hiking, and Lamma Island is one of the places I've frequently visited, enjoying the beautiful scenery, nice people and also the delicious food. It's a pleasure to work in Lamma and being part of this community. Looking forward to know you all very soon!

Let's work together to keep Lamma a wonderful place to live. If you find anything suspicious or have any information to provide, please dial 999 or call the Lamma Police Post on 3661 1714."

P.S. This is the first installment of Rachel's Police Corner.

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Jun 23:  Throwback-Thursdays

These origin photos are from http://Lamma.com.hk/islandbar. I created this website via my 20-year-old Compunicate! co. It incorporates the best Island Bar pics/stories of the former Lamma.net website (last century) by the late Clive Brook-Fox.

Website updates up to now coming soon. There have been so many new Island Bar pics & stories in the Lamma-zine over the last 14 years. Click here for a search.

For the latest news, parties and pics, check out their brand-new Facebook page:

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Jun 22:  'You're Cured of Diabetes!'

After 16 years of diabetes (the common type 2, T2DM) treatment & monitoring, I've been declared CURED today in Queen Mary Hospital! This supposedly incurable disease affecting millions of people worldwide was the last of my former weight-related "co-morbidities" requiring years of follow-ups.

When leaving the QMH Outpatient Clinic after this fantastic news, a nurse stopped me and wanted to book another standard, full, yearly Diabetes Complications Screening. It usually requires half a day of tests, a battery of blood samples, measuring my blood pressure on all four limbs (!), picking my toes with a sharp object, etc.

NO MORE!  I'M OFFICIALLY CURED!

Time to go out and devour a whole cake and swallow loads of sugary soft drinks? Unfortunately not, as I still should stick to my same standard healthy diet and moderate exercise to keep my health. So it's more biking & hiking (taking loads of pictures, as usual)! Many more Lamma-zine stories to come!

And there's another 'Outdoor Fitness Training' happening on Sundays in the YSW Football Pitch? I should check it out...

P.S. More about my weight loss journey in my e-book:
"Half the Man I Used to Be"
.

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Jun 21:  Pak Kokian Views

This was exactly one year ago, but nothing has really changed in my idyllic pictures; except that the new village house opposite my home office is almost completed now, no more cement mixers (for now)!

My favourite Pak Kok smartphone pics from that day: from the ferry pier, walk to pier, inside the Lamma.com.hk HQ:

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Jun 19:  Happy Father's Day!

Lamma Senior VIP Brad Tarr (Lamma 500, Lamma Dragons, Lamma Cricket Club,...) & his teenage daughters 

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Jun 18:  Nick the Bookman: "I'm a Lamma Man!"

Nick the Bookman:

"I got a call about the 25th or so from Rachel Blundy of the SCMP. She wanted to do a feature on me for the re-vamped Citybeat Section of the Saturday Post. We arranged to meet on Lamma on 30/5/2016. She caught the 09:30 ferry from Central. I met her 10:00. No problems. She's a nice lass. A fellow Cockney. We went to The Green Cottage where Lamma-Gung [my volunteer online publicist] met us.

She asked me about my past life. The usual suspects stuff. ATV from 1974 -1980. Commercial Radio from 1980-1984. RTHK from 1984-1986. TV and radio writing and appearances on the small screen and on radio. Covering the 1976 Olympics. Interviews with Vincent Price, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Roman Polanski, Richard Jordan. An interview with Pele. A day hanging out with Mohammad Ali. Interviews with tennis players Ilie Nastase (who sort of assaulted me), Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg. Covering the start of the HK Rugby Sevens.

Meeting Marilena my wife in 1988. Getting married in 1995. I was clean shaven. The beard started growing the day after our successful nuptials at City Hall. Hasn't been shaved yet. How it became a useful advertising tool. How it keeps me honest and how I'm easy to find for repeat moving jobs. Now more or less retired from that. Aside from small one trolley/ground floor removals.

How I became the Bookman and love living on Lamma. She has good shorthand. She didn't want to go anywhere near the "Rabbit Hole" of my Conspiracy Life and Beliefs. Stopped writing when I started up. I think I gave her an amiable enough interview. While trying to plug Lamma and its residents as well.

Tipped her off about the collapsed man in Tai Peng on the morning after the big eve in Pak Kok. [Editor L-G: Identified and OK in Eastern Hospital now.] Maybe they could have an extra story out of her visit. She got another story about the Lamma Moms trying to get the kids playground by the football pitch and clinic upgraded.

We finished our chat. She paid for her coffee. I paid for mine and Lamma-Gung paid for his. I guess the SCMP doesn't run to a large expense account. [Editor L-G: Lamma-zine pays for interviewee's drinks.] Or maybe that could be construed as bribery of sorts. An inducement for a "just the facts, Ma'am" type of story.

Anyway, the interview ended with me showing her the pictures of giant cylindrical artefacts within Saturn's rings. Photographed on the Cassini Mission of 1989. I told her that James Maybrick is the most likeliest suspect to be Jack The Ripper. I told her that Leonardo Da Vinci faked the Turin Shroud in 1492 on a commission from the then Pope. It's LDV's face as well on the Shroud. Made using a camera obscure to fix the image on the silk via chemicals and sunlight. It's basically the world's oldest photograph.

Overall, I enjoyed the interview. Tried to make it fun for us all."


Nick interview today in SCMP: "Story of a Lamma Legend" in today's SCMP print edition.

Lamma's Nick the Bookman: Lamma's number one hippie reflects on more than three decades in Hong Kong

Nick Lovatt is one of Lamma Island's most famous characters, helped by his trademark, flowing beard - and he wouldn't be anywhere else.

Nick's become so well-known locally, LAMMA BRAND even created a special cap made in his honour:

Plus Nick's own website I built for him pro bono, plus his many recent reviews in my Lamma music forum.

Nick welcomes email, the ONLY online media he ever uses, on the free public PC in the Green Cottage (occasionally and for email & reviews only, so please wait patiently for any reply, or leave a voice mail on his telephone landline).

P.S. Over 200 Lamma Likes on Facebook, here, here and here.

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Jun 17:  A Few Panoramic Pics

We still love living in Pak Kok, despite all the many "challenges" of living in such a remote, rural, traffic-free, minimal-infrastructure, shop/restaurant-free place!

A few panoramic (Google Camera) smartphone pics from my home office and rooftop this morning (except the "sunrise-opposite" from 6/10). We never get tired of these ever-changing, sunrise-to-sunset views...

Well, back to work now...

Oh, wait a sec, this actually IS my Lamma-zine "work"! It pays very little, but it's kind of a 14-year labour of love!  ;~}

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Jun 16:  What's That Big Ship in YSW Harbour?

(photo by L-G, like all non-credited Lamma-zine pictures)

(photo by Stephen Thompson)

This massive barge full of cement mixers spent quite some time outside the Fishermen's Village, just off the YSW Ferry Pier. Several people asked me about it, assuming I might know. I might know, click here or above.

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Jun 15:  'Today is my last working day...'

WhatsApp & photo from our Police Chief, Solid Kwan:

"Good morning, I have to sadly inform u that I will be on transfer out from Lamma on 15/6 upon my promotion to Chief Inspector."

Farewell from Solid Kwan, Police Chief, Tue, June 14, 2016:

"Today is my last working day on Lamma Island. It's a place that retains a lot of my memories: incense tree cutters, speeding traffic, suspected dog poisonings, red tide attack, skeleton found, burglary on unattended premises, tree collapse, dragon boat competition...

All of these seem like they just happened yesterday and on each occasion I've handled them like I'm a member of the island, not simply just police. How can I do it better? Is there anything I have missed? Should I pursue it any further at this point? If there were any occasions that you were dissatisfied about us/me, please bear with me. Trust me that "Serve with Pride" remains our motto for all of you.

Tomorrow, June 15, I'll start a new page of my career, transferring to Marine Headquarters in Sai Wan Ho. I would like to thank you all with my heart-felt appreciation for all your support and, most importantly, the understanding you've shown to me during my tenure here. Though I won't have the "supervisory patrol" ("my boys", plus one new female officer) around me anymore, Lamma will remain on my radar and I'll try to monitor every nitty-gritty news of what's happening on Lamma Island, because I truly have acquired an interest in it all.

Take good care and do say hi if you see me on the street.
Miss you all, xxx"

Wasn't it just less than half a year ago that I published her welcome message? Dec 28, '15: 'What a Wonderful Place!!'

Let's hear from Solid's successor as soon as possible!
Welcome to our Lamma Island community, Rachel!

P.S. 152 Likes & 33 Comments (mostly congratulations) so far...

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Jun 14:  Typically Lamma?

Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 13, '16:

PHOTO

Flying Over Lamma

by Marcus

VIDEO

Aberdeen Dragonboat Races

by DJ Clark

WILDLIFE

Toad in the Hole, Po Wah Yuen style

by Nick Bilcliffe

BIRD

Bulbul Nestlings

by Walter Koditek

ARTWORK

Best of Harry

by Harry Harrison, SCMP

See former Spotlights - Send me YOURS!

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Jun 13:  Congratulations!

(Photos by Kinesiology Asia)

Sincere congratulations to all the workshop completers!
But looking at the fine first photo above, I was intrigued if this one-toed sandal footwear was mandatory at this weekend workshop? EVERYONE at this workshop seemed to wear the same style of footwear! I cannot wear them myself as I like my (extremely unfashionable) socks & sandals!

Is this specific footwear kinesiologistically beneficial or even a mandatory requirement for workshop admission? Brett, my former neighbour, what's the explanation? Browsing the Kinesiology website or the Facebook group didn't solve this intriguing mystery!?

P.S. Kinesiology Asia replies:
"Thank you for sharing our photos, Lamma-Gung!
The flip flops (thongs) are Brett's preferred choice footwear during the weekend workshops and instructor Sean Bilkey is often seen sporting a bandana.
The students decided to surprise them by showing up to class one day in bandanas and flip flops...as a tribute to their teachers!"

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Jun 12:  Press To Pay: Lamma High-Tech

(photo by Jamie Wilde)

Home-made self-check-out counter in Yan Yan Store. Discussion, plus quite a few funny stories about this contraption...

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Jun 11:  More Incense Tree Smuggling

Incense Tree Vandalism Updates:

(Photos by Shaun Martin)

A long-running problem on Lamma...

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Jun 10:  Draw the Best Playground Ever!

Tsarina Booth:
"Draw the Best Playground in the World Ever!
Competition is open to all kids under 12 to draw/design your dream playground for Yung Shue Wan.
Winners (chosen from age groups) will win $100 book token.
Competition closes 3rd July 2016.

Entries can be submitted to Ivy's shop on Main Street or emailed to lammaplayground@gmail.com.
Please include: the kids name, age and the name and contact of a grown up.

The organisers would like to thank The Banyan Bay Cafe, Jing Jing, Kim Bacon Photography and the Lamma Grill for their kind support.
Organised by PLAY (Parents of Lamma, Activities for the Young). The organisers decisions are final."

Emma Webb: "Welcome to PLAY - A group created to take action to improve our playground!! Shade, rain cover, water fountain, baby changing table, improved equipment and landscaping (dreaming big there!) rubbishy piles cleared away etc."

SCMP story coming up soon, interviews & photos have been done... Photo by Sean Creamer:

While talking about children, here's the petition and discussion to reopen the North Lamma Mother Child Health Clinic.

P.S. SCMPost City Weekend story on MCHC on Sat, June 11!

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Jun 9 - Dragonboat Festival:  Lamma Dragons @ DBay!

(Photos by Ivan Lam and Alicia Guinness)

Super Pinky aka Captain Lamma, leaving on the 7am chartered ferry from YSW Ferry Pier; celebrating the Lamma Dragons' wins on the DBay stage; performing on the Party Ferry back home.

He prefers to keep his keep his real identity secret. He's worried about getting banned in the next dragon boat race. For his exuberant, triumphant celebrating, perhaps? Hardly! They might make him a mascot and he might become an honoured VIP, instead!

We've got enough photos of the Lamma Dragons in the Lamma-zine already, except this best one above, by Nicky Jones. Let's have one more of the Under-18 team, winning lots of trophies again!

Claudia McGregor Tarr: "Awesome Lamma Dragons U18"

How did the A18 (Above 18) Lamma Dragons do in Disco Bay this year? Find out (only if you're a Closed Group member)...

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Jun 8:  Lamma VIPs @ Pak Kok Ferry Pier

Lamma's 3 District Councilors, several village heads & Rural Committee members at a site visit to the Pak Kok ferry pier (completely rebuilt a few years ago) on June 6 to push visiting legislators and Govt. to improve or rebuild the pier.

This site visit, walking over North Lamma, follows the recent bilingual questionnaire distributed to Pak Kok Residents.
We hope we get to see the results of this questionnaire soon? I completed it at Mrs. Chan's nearby shop, taking this ferry route very frequently.

Amazingly, for the first time EVER, Lammadonna joined our discussion in English on Facebook, after I shared her photo above! Greetings, most welcome!

I'm generally very happy with Tsui Wah's ferry from YSW to Aberdeen and especially its great, professional and personable staff. When they actually RETURNED to the Pak Kok pier to pick me up when I was a few seconds late, I became a fan... and I'm definitely not the only one!  (Aberdeen Ferry Updates)

No info yet on how to improve this dangerous pier where the ferry has to dock head-on directly into the pier steps. Here's more info on last year's Pak Kok Pier drowning death.

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Jun 7:  Lamma Life...

Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 6, '16:

PHOTO

Super Sunset...

by Lamma-Gung

VIDEO

Mountain Bike Tips

by DJ Clark w/David Ogg

WILDLIFE

Frog vs. Caterpillar

by Jorge Carrete

BIRD

Greater Coucal

by Guy R.H. Miller

ARTWORK

Career Suicide

by Ben Appleby

See former Spotlights - Send me YOURS!

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Jun 6:  Like Those Rainy Days

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Jun 5:  Super Sunset...

One more fiery sunset I shot from our Pak Kok rooftop on June 4,
280+ so far, new record, plus it was widely shared.

This unique sunset also inspired...

Sharon A. Birkett, Official Court Poet  (plus 2 of her photos)

Super Sunset...

A sliver of light through the dusky sky
Mesmerized everyone passing by
As the array of splendor was spreading out.
We were stunned in awe, there was no doubt.

Almost magically the sky took command
Reminding us to be grateful of this land
Vibrant colors of orange and reds
Streaked with light above our heads.

As we stood watching, smitten with great delight
Five bright Planets are visible in June's sky at night.

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Jun 2:  Internet Broadband News

Origin of this letter has not been confirmed yet, but it's obviously not from HKT/PCCW. Note the NORHT in the title. Probably from "local people" urging PCCW into action? Click letter for discussion!

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Jun 1:  Love Those Sunsets!

Love those sunsets, like today! It was only the last day of May yesterday, so we have many more amazing sunsets to look forward to this year!

Last night, views of Lantau Island from Lamma Island's Pak Kok.


 

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