Sunday, 28 February 2010

0399 HKSAR Name of the Day

Franki Cheung Wing Choi, solicitor, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation for male; Rare for female

Saturday, 27 February 2010

0398 HKSAR Name of the Day

Anny Law Pui Sze, surveyor (since 1994), Hong Kong

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Thursday, 25 February 2010

0396 HKSAR Name of the Day

Samson Tam Wai-ho, Information technology sector lawmaker. Legislative Council, Hong Kong (see also 0369 HKSAR Name of the Day)

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Name Category: Rare; Self-important; Son-suffix?

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

0395 HKSAR Name of the Day

Venice Cheng (Ms), research assistant, Department of English, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare; Geography-based

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

0394 HKSAR Name of the Day

Haydn H D Chen, Head and Professor, Dept. Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Monday, 22 February 2010

0393 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ignatius Leonard Chow Hin Ting (Mr), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Sunday, 21 February 2010

0392 HKSAR Name of the Day

Lawson Lo Him-shun (Mr), technician, Department Of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare; Son-suffix

Saturday, 20 February 2010

0391 HKSAR Name of the Day

Jackey Choy Wai Chu, clerical officer, Dept. Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation for male; Rare for female

Friday, 19 February 2010

0390 HKSAR Name of the Day

Mingsy Chan Yin Man (Miss), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Thursday, 18 February 2010

0389 HKSAR Name of the Day

Vinci Leung Wing-sheung (Ms), clerical officer, Department Of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

0388 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rigel Leung Ka Po (Miss), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

0387 HKSAR Name of the Day

Pakin Chan, Pak Kan, research assistant, Dept. Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based?

Monday, 15 February 2010

0386 HKSAR Name of the Day

Lornita Wong Yuen-fan (Dr), assistant professor, Department Of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Sunday, 14 February 2010

0385 HKSAR Name of the Day

Keynes T W Chan, research student, Dept. Mathematics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 13 February 2010

0384 HKSAR Name of the Day

Anthea Au-Yeung Sze Ngar (Miss), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Friday, 12 February 2010

0383 HKSAR Name of the Day

Roxana Fung Suk-yee (Dr), assistant professor, Department Of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Thursday, 11 February 2010

0382 HKSAR Name of the Day

Robust Lai W Y (Mr), assistant engineer, Dept. Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

0381 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ringo Tam Wan Kit (Mr), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Rare

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

0380 HKSAR Name of the Day

Nickkita Lau, news reporter, The Standard, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation; Insertion

Monday, 8 February 2010

0379 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rainice Lai Wai-man (Miss), percussion music student, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation; Insertion

Sunday, 7 February 2010

0378 HKSAR Name of the Day

Caecage Siu Chor-kee, executive director, Ocean Empire (congee retail chain), Hong Kong

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Name Category: Creation

Saturday, 6 February 2010

0377 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wilkie Wong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong (letters to the editor, 2009)

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Name Category: Rare for male; Creation for female

Friday, 5 February 2010

0376 HKSAR Name of the Day

Marchy Lee Ying-kin, local Hong Kong racing driver (appeared on Top Gear Live's World Tour, February 20 to 22, 2009)

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

0375 HKSAR Name of the Day

Bobo Chan Man-woon, former singer, actress and Edison Chen Koon-hei sex-photos scandal "victim", Hong Kong (see also 0210 HKSAR Name of the Day) (Creation)

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The Pot Calling the Kettle Ugly

While scanning the tennis articles about Andy Murray, I saw an article from a British woman bemoaning the fact that not only are British men ugly, but they are the "ugliest and slobbiest in the world". The article is full of generalizations, cherry picking and unqualified statements. It has a notable headline too: Liz Jones Moans.

Here’s what she looks like:

Does the idiom “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones” mean anything anymore?

The comments below the article by readers are pretty damning too. Some examples:
In the word's of Anton Du Beke, don't worry Liz, self-respecting British men wouldn't touch you with a stick either.
- Paul, Lincoln, 30/1/2010 08:32

Liz you have a face that turns the milk sour. And that is even after going through a beauty regime everyday.

- James Foster, Welwyn Garden City, 30/1/2010 00:38

I think this article is a bit hypocritical since Liz Jones is one of the ugliest women I've ever seen, she doesn't have much place commenting on the men in this country.

- Lily, Chelt, UK, 29/1/2010 17:11

Furthermore, Jones also moans about Kylie Minogue for having the gall to expose “so much bare skin” at this time of year in Paris.
[Kylie Minogue looking fantastic, in HKSARblog’s 'conservative estimation'. Pic courtesy Tony Barson/WireImage.com.]

HKSARblog is no fashion guru but is there anything wrong with Kylie’s attire? Is Kylie exposing too much bare skin? First, Kylie is indoors, and not standing outside in the cold Parisian winter. Second, it is reasonable to think that Kylie probably had a coat or she arrived by a chauffeured car (or both). Third, if this is considered “so much bare skin” then Liz Jones seems to suggest that women must wear veils and long drab clothing during winter … oh, and be stylish too.


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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

0374 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ayo Chan Yi-ngok, student (union president), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
(Gained infamy by being removed as University of Hong Kong student union president in a 2009 referendum by students after he claimed that some of the 1989 student leaders in Tiananmen had acted irrationally)

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Contemptible Chinese Charlatans

Fung Shui Master Tony Chan Chun-chuen is only the latest in the long long line of fraudsters who prey on the gullible. His claim to the late Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum’s HK$100 billion fortune has just been thrown out by Hong Kong’s High Court.

It is a pity that Nina Wang is not alive to launch court proceedings against Tony Chan's fung shui scams. This is because similar scams have recently been dealt with in court cases, with the contemptible Chinese charlatans receiving lengthy prison sentences.

[Despicable Huckster Tony Chan. Photo from SCMP.]

It is simply incredible that there are plenty of dodgy hocus pocus happenings in Hong Kong, such as:
- Sex Therapy for Good Fortune
- Purple astrology
- Sex Therapy Cure for Hair loss

And here’s another sex swindle where an unidentified and gullible 47-year-old female clerk was conned in to having sex with two “Taoist masters” and racked up a debt of HK$1.5 million.
- Sex-ritual clerk conned of $1.5m in holy racket

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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

0373 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rocco Yim Sen-kee, architect (whose "The Door" design was selected for the new government headquarters at Tamar in Central), Hong Kong

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Federer Proves His Brilliance Yet Again

HKSARblog admits to wrongly predicting an upset at the 2010 Australian Open Men’s Singles title. Instead, Roger Federer comprehensively beat Andy Murray in three sets. Federer even said:
"I think this has been one of my finest performances in a long time, you know, or maybe forever."

[Roger Federer 2010 Australian Open Champion. Pic Getty Images.]

The question then is not: “How long can Roger Federer continue to win the big tournaments?” but rather: “When will the next generation become consistently good enough to overtake Federer’s game and keep him from winning more titles?”

HKSARblog seems to recall this same question appearing when the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were still dominating the men’s tennis circuit during the twilight of their careers. Questions were also raised about just who would emerge from the next generation to overthrow these 30-something tennis stars. There were pretenders like Carlos Moya, Tommy Haas and even the relatively more successful Lleyton Hewitt but their brand of tennis (and personalities) failed to ignite the tennis circuit and excite true tennis fans. Eventually, Roger Federer emerged as the true contender following a none-too-impressive start in his first 17 grand slam appearances; notwithstanding a notable five set win against Pete Sampras in the fourth round of Wimbledon back in 2001. Back then, 29-year-old Sampras said this about 19-year-old Federer:
"There are a lot of young guys coming up but Roger is a bit extra-special. He has a great all-round game, like me doesn't get too emotional and you have to give him a great deal of credit."

The rest, if you like, is “ongoing history”. Considering Sampras won his last grand slam aged 31, it is reasonable to think that Federer has the opportunity and means to amass over 20 grand slam titles before he retires (although HKSARblog is prudent enough to refrain from making any predictions!).

And here’s another clue to Federer’s longevity on court. He said:
"My game is not as taxing as other players' games. I also think I have a very relaxed mind when it comes to the game of tennis."

This is absolutely true when we consider the amount of injuries sustained by the likes of Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal, who have extremely taxing tennis styles. The psychological self-confidence in knowing that his game is good enough with very little weakness adds to Federer’s brilliance. We should recognise Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time, and enjoy his brilliance in our present time.

Monday, 1 February 2010

0372 HKSAR Name of the Day

Lobo Louie Hung-tak, associate professor of physical education at Baptist University, Hong Kong

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