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News gets out: In memory of Anthony Lawrence 1912-2013


When official sources fail, good journalists shine. One of the best was the BBC’s Anthony Lawrence, who died in Hong Kong in September 2013 at the venerable age of 101. One of his greatest stories is an example of how news, like desperate people fleeing horrific situations, has a way of getting out. What would he have made of coverage of Australia’s refugee story? Continue reading

Rough hands, simple pleasures – life on the collective farm


The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Soviet-era The Bright Stream turned out to be anything but a strident celebration of the nobility of labour. Instead it was the lightest, loveliest, funniest work I’ve ever seen. Continue reading

Little Red wolves in sheep’s clothing


When the Baxters shipped up to Hong Kong in 1967 we arrived at a turbulent time in the little colony’s history. The Cultural Revolution in China was in full swing and by May had spilled noisily and often dangerously on to the streets of Hong Kong. Government House was swathed in big character posters and besieged by demonstrators, shouting and brandishing their Little Red Books. Continue reading

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