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21.5.21 | Today's High Tide is a Hair(ry) of the Dog.
Happy Friday, High Tide Readers,
I’m a freelance illustrator and cartoonist and it’s my honour to be “Leader of the Week”, not to be confused with a governmental position which would be “Leader of the Weak”, given the current cabinet. Hey, just kidding!
Anyway, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so we’ve managed to cajole Harbour Times into promoting my new book by way of payback.
Although I have all the prerequisite Twitter and Instagram accounts, I never get ‘round to using them, but I’m a regular user of Facebook, so not completely living in the dark ages, but near enough.
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They say “Better the devil you know”. They're wrong, whoever “they” are...
Taking a taxi in Hong Kong, who hasn’t been loudly honked by an impatient bus driver? Rather than politically motivated intimidation, I think it’s probably just their way of warning you that you can’t argue with an accelerating 26,500kg lump of metal on wheels.
Hong Kong’s PolyU has developed a cutting-edge camerato assist with China’s Mars Rover mission. Having seen the footage, I’m wondering how they got the camera up there ahead of the rover in order to film the landing or did the Martians send a camera crew? Whatever the answer, it’s a relief to know that Mars’ national security will now be protected.
AllRightsReserved, the company who brought us the large rubber duck and the papier-mache pandas, will not be bringing their latest installation, a 42-metre hot air balloon depicting Kaws’ Companion character, to Hong Kong. “It’s possible there are concerns that that much hot air would attract too many nominations for next year’s Chief Executive “election”…
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On another note:
Does anyone remember live music? Sadly, one casualty of the pandemic has been The Wanch, arguably Hong Kong’s best live music venue. There is talk of resurrection but in the meantime, you can relive classic moments from The Wanch and other Hong Kong venues by trawling the archives of Hong Kong Rocks, a site dedicated to our live music scene, past and future.
Anyone not currently under arrest or investigation might be interested in a meander (not march or assembly) around the police museum before it closes for refurbishment at the end of the month, hopefully not to eradicate all reference to their colonial heritage, or to install an interactive exhibit on excessive teargas usage.
Notable for its absence for the second year running is the Cantonese Opera on Lamma. Love it or hate it (I actually love it, although I usually struggle with the plot), it transforms the atmosphere of Yung Shue Wan for a few days and fills the main street with happy families and moaning, embittered gweilohs who prefer “dance music”. I spotted this on YouTube, which hopefully caters for both worlds:
Although it’s no substitute for the general festive air, the magical bamboo structure that rises from the football pitch, or the delicious barbecued dried squid brushed with chilli oil that they sell outside.
Harry shares his secrets to success as a cartoonist, his thoughts on the future of political satire, and why we all just need to keep laughing.
That’s all folks! If you know someone who would make for a great Leader of the Week, send us a message.
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