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Hong Kong Central Police Station restoration: how city’s most ambitious heritage project overcame the odds

More than half a million clay tiles made in China’s Guangdong province. Forty thousand red bricks imported from northern England. About 200 prison …

Hong Kong

The 120-year-old story of Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry

No picture of Hong Kong’s skyline is complete without the green and white ferry plying Victoria Harbour. Each day, more than 50,000 passengers cross …

Hong Kong

More than souvlaki: top spots for street food in Athens

When Greece and street food are mentioned in the same question, the answer is always souvlaki. Undoubtedly, the pita-wrapped delicacy with its myriad contemporary variations is the quintessential Greek street food, but it’s by no means the only available option in Athens.<p>Whether you’re craving …

Family Business

The best public transport in Hong Kong: from double-decker ferries to funiculars

In Hong Kong, there’s always a luxe way to get around. You could go all-out by chartering a superyacht, or hopping on a helicopter tour of the harbour. But some of the best rides in town are true bargains that show off the city’s hidden corners and famous sights. Grab an Octopus card ­– that’s the …

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – city walking guide: exploring the Sham Shui Po district

Sham Shui Po has long been a working-class district of Hong Kong. This humble area hides an intriguing press of markets, shops, stalls, eateries – and, inevitably, a touch of hipster resurgence.<p>We start our wander with that most Hong Kong of meals: a bowl of noodles. There are very few restaurants …

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – city walking guide: Wan Chai district

Wan Chai is one of Hong Kong’s oldest areas and it’s always been far less influenced by the city’s one-time colonial overlords than its neighbouring districts to the west. To this day, Wan Chai is a dense assemblage of residential flats, small stores, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and the occasional …

Hong Kong

watchOS 5: The MacStories Overview

This morning at the WWDC keynote presentation in San Jose, Apple's Vice President of Technology Kevin Lynch took the stage to announce the latest version of the company's smartwatch operating system. watchOS 5 will ship this fall and include improvements to the Apple Watch fitness features, new …

Smartwatches

Female-led Ocean's 8 beats Solo at the US box office

Ocean's 8 has bumped Solo: A Star Wars Story from the top spot at the US box office, just three weeks after the sci-fi blockbuster's release.<p>The all-female spin-off from the Ocean's 11 franchise took an estimated $41.5 million in its opening weekend – a higher opening figure than that achieved by …

Box Office

Working out with your Apple Watch is about to get even better

Apple announced some great new features for the Apple Watch with WatchOS 5: a Walkie Talkie app, Siri shortcuts and Podcast support. But as someone who uses her Watch mostly for the fitness features, those are the improvements I'm most looking forward to with the new update.<p>Here are the key fitness …

Smartwatches
Red Carpet

'Sonic attack' fears as more US diplomats fall ill in China

More US citizens have been evacuated from China amid concerns that American government personnel and their families may be the target of “sonic attacks” by a rival country.<p>US state department officials said on Wednesday it had sent “a number of individuals” from its consulate in Guangzhou back to …

China

The ultimate Greek island-hopping experience – minus the crowds and ferry timetables

I was sardined into the petrol-scented bowels of a Greek ferry. Sweaty tour groups fretted around me, their hard-shell suitcases banging the shins of strangers as they fought to get to the front. Slowly, the gangplank lowered to reveal the sunny marina of Mykonos and, swept along by the …

Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town': 10 Things You Didn't Know

"There is a certain frightening aspect to having things you dreamed were going to happen <i>happen,</i> because it's always more – and in some ways always …

Rock & Roll

'I’m nothing but compost’: Bill Murray on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein

The last time I met Bill Murray things got rather physical rather quickly. It was the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party and I was about to leave, bloated with celebrity sightings and starting to suffer from indigestion. But as I walked out I saw a man arrive who made me turn around and go right back in.<p>…

Bill Murray

The Beatles' Revelatory White Album Demos: A Complete Guide

"We are going in with clear heads and hoping for the best," an optimistic Paul McCartney announced as sessions for the Beatles' new album lurched …

Guitar

How to cook the perfect peach melba

For a dish described by none other than Jane Grigson as “the most famous and travestied of all fruit puddings”, peach melba crops up surprisingly seldom on modern menus: you’re more likely to find it as a flavour of yoghurt or ice-cream than as a dessert in its own right. Originally created by the …

Ice Cream

There's a Surprise Cameo in Solo. Here's What It Means for Future Star Wars Spinoffs

<b>Warning:</b> This post contains major spoilers for <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i>.<p>After nearly two-and-a-half hours of uncertainty, viewers finally found out …

Star Wars

Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian Is the Best Part of Solo

The ending of <i>Solo</i>, the newest Star Wars spinoff, makes it pretty clear that Disney is planning a sequel—or even multiple sequels—about the swaggering …

Donald Glover

The Beatles' Esher Demos: The Lost Basement Tapes That Became the White Album

<i>Rob Sheffield's book</i> Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World <i>is a celebration of the band, from the longtime</i> Rolling …

George Harrison

Deadpool 2: strange deaths and supercharged irony – discuss with spoilers

The first Deadpool changed the face of comic book movies almost overnight. Would Taika Waititi have been able to get away with the son of Odin’s reinvention as a wisecracking, fourth-wall-breaking god of thunder in Thor: Ragnarok without Tim Miller’s freewheeling splash of superhero irreverence? …

Comics

Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis?

“Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker Wai Li, who rents a 200 sq ft (19 sq m) “nano flat” by herself in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Li’s living area is little more than the size of two standard Hong Kong parking …

Hong Kong

The Handmaid's Tale, season 2 episode 1 review: Elisabeth Moss is outstanding as we make a terrifying return to Gilead

After 10 hours of remorseless sadism, the first series of The Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4) concluded with a small luminescent uptick of hope. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), the unhappy captive of a fundamentalist regime, seemed to have effected some sort of escape. Fingers were crossed a good minute into …

TV

Westworld, series two episode five recap: we're finally in Shogun World and Maeve's speaking a whole new language

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Westworld anymore. Or at least we’re not in the “West” part of Westworld. I may or may not have used those opening lines in a review discussing the Raj World-set story a few weeks back – but if we learnt one thing from this latest episode, it’s that writers on a deadline …

TV Series

SNL Finale: Tina Fey’s Russian Spy Natalia Veselnitskaya Mocks Donald Trump Jr.

The bit occurred during a ‘Morning Joe’ parody as part of the sketchy-comedy show’s 43rd season finale.<p>This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee …

Donald Trump

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Leads 'SNL' Chorus Lamenting 'What I Did For Trump'

John Goodman's Tillerson croons: "Don't forget I regret what I did for Trump."<p>It’s been a long time coming, but “Sarah Palin” was back on “Saturday Night Live,” thanks to her alter ego, Tina Fey. And she had a message for everyone in Donald Trump’s White House: “Enjoy your moment. Who knows how …

The White House

Tina Fey Hosts Star-Studded 'SNL' Season 43 Finale

Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) happens upon President Trump's (Alec Baldwin) dinner with Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) and Eric and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day, Alex Moffat).<p>The season's last episode of <i>Saturday Night Live</i> opened with a nod to Tony Soprano including …

Comedy

The Rolling Stones – every album ranked!

23. Dirty Work (1986)<p>The best moments on Dirty Work come when the atmosphere of intra-band animosity in which it was recorded is channelled into the music: One Hit (to the Body) and Winning Ugly fizz with nasty energy. Elsewhere, it’s lifeless, and the period production on Back to Zero has dated …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Deadpool 2 review: Ryan Reynolds out-grosses himself in a sequel that's strictly for the fans

<b>Dir: David Leitch. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz. 119 mins, 15 cert</b><p>While most superheroes are rather po-faced do-gooders, Deadpool offers something more irreverent, more grotesque in its humour and – with his withering asides direct to the audience …

Solo: A Star Wars Story review - the latest entry enriches the galaxy with thrilling new texture and detail

<i>Dir: Ron Howard; Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Cert tbc, 135 mins.</i><p>After the Götterdämmerung-like pomp and sweep of The Last Jedi, Solo, the latest entry in the Lucasfilm franchise, …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Solo: A Star Wars Story review – Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. Ron Howard was born to direct it. Who’s next for the saga? Zemeckis? Spielberg?<p>There’s a terrific ensemble …

Star Wars Anthology Series