Nick the Bookman: 'Lamma's number one hippie'
Sewage pipe works @ Fishermen's Village
Giant Grouper campaign updates
Lamma parents fight for vital playground
Draw the Best YSW Playground Competition
More Incense Tree Vandalism
'Best of Harry' (SCMP)
An adorable community of aging hippies, expats and
dreadlocked Gen Y'ers
Mother Child Healthcare Clinic Petition
Lamma's Internet: DAB press conference
Nick the Bookman:
Email us your Lamma-related news!
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 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
Jun 2 - Origin of this
letter has not been confirmed yet, but it's NOT from
Jun 1 - It was only the
last day of May yesterday, so we have many more amazing
sunsets to look forward to this year!
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,
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
P.S. This is the first
installment of Rachel's
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
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
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
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
"Half the Man I Used to Be".
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:
Lamma Senior VIP Brad Tarr (Lamma 500, Lamma Dragons, Lamma
Cricket Club,...) & his teenage daughters
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
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
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
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.
become so well-known locally, LAMMA BRAND even created a special cap made in
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
P.S. Over 200 Lamma Likes on Facebook,
We still love living in Pak Kok, despite all the many "challenges" of living
in such a remote, rural, traffic-free, minimal-infrastructure,
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! ;~}
(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.
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,
"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...
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 13, '16:
See former Spotlights -
(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
group didn't solve this intriguing mystery!?
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
The students decided to surprise them by showing up to class one day in
bandanas and flip flops...as a tribute to their teachers!"
(photo by Jamie Wilde)
Home-made self-check-out counter in Yan Yan Store. Discussion, plus quite a
few funny stories about this contraption...
Incense Tree Vandalism Updates:
(Photos by Shaun Martin)
A long-running problem on Lamma...
"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
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.
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
While talking about children, here's the petition and discussion to reopen
North Lamma Mother Child Health Clinic.
P.S. SCMPost City Weekend story on MCHC on Sat, June 11!
(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
Claudia McGregor Tarr: "Awesome Lamma Dragons U18"
How did the A18 (Above 18) Lamma Dragons do in Disco Bay this year?
out (only if you're a Closed Group member)...
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
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
Amazingly, for the first time EVER,
Lammadonna joined our discussion in English on Facebook,
after I shared her photo above! Greetings, most welcome!
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
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.
Lamma Spotlights of the Week, June 6, '16:
See former Spotlights -
One more fiery
sunset I shot from our Pak Kok rooftop on June 4,
so far, new record, plus it was widely shared.
This unique sunset
Sharon A. Birkett,
Official Court Poet (plus 2 of her photos)
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.
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.
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!
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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