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Special Bloomsday Events from the Irish Consulate
Guess what I’m doing tonight - flying off the DW conference in Cologne (yay). Unfortunately, that means missing out on all the cool events coming up this week (boo). So, read the events section, go in my stead and have a grand old time. Let the Irish CG know we sent you!
Meanwhile, daily reminder to apply for an internship because it would be really great to have someone in HK while I’m gone.
On Today’s Tide
Media | HK needs patriotic media - Luo Huining
Society | Jumbo begins working on move
Events - ft Bloomsday events from the Irish CG
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HK needs more patriotism
At the 120 year celebrations for Beijing aligned paper Ta Kung Po (literally the worker’s paper), both director of Beijing's Liaison Office and Carrie Lam said that Hong Kong needs patriotic media - presumably like the party boy.
Huo argued that Hong Kong’s international demographics makes it even more important to have such media:
“In a pluralistic society like Hong Kong, we especially need media that love the country and love Hong Kong, that can drain away filth and bring in fresh water, and we need patriotic media people who hold tight to their mission and shoulder their responsibilities”
Meanwhile Carrie Lam focused on the national security element of media, arguing that having patriotic media is instrumental for internal security. Media, she said, should actively promote national security and spread the good message in an unbiased way.
So here it is, note down the national security hotline:
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 814
Total cases: 1,219,175
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 9,390
Jumbo begins sailing
Floating restaurant Jumbo has begun preparing for its sailing out of HK. Hoarding was seen covering the entrances and windows of the famous restaurant and a spokesperson for Aberdeen Catering Group confirmed that Jumbo will be sailing out of HK waters before its catering license ends mid-June. However, the location will remain undisclosed at the request of the docks.
Anyway, here’s a thread that shows Jumbo in almost every movie it’s been featured in.
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Ulysses 100 celebrations
To celebrate Bloomsday and the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, the Irish Consulate General are hosting a series of events in the coming weeks.
For the uninitiated, Bloomsday is the yearly celebration of James Joyce’s magnum opus ‘Ulysses’. The date 16 June, is the same as the setting of the book.
Bloomsday Breakfast (16 June)
The yearly Bloomsbury Breakfast will be held on Thursday at Delaney’s Wanchai starting 8am just as the book does. The event featuring readings of the book and full Irish breakfast is free to the public, but advance registration is required.
Bloomsday Gala Dinner
Teaming up with the FCC, this year’s Gala Dinner has a whiskey tasting booth, a four course Irish inspired menu and a showing of a new one hour documentary “100 Years of Ulysses”, all for the price of $570.
The documentary will also be shown again the following day (17 June) at the Asia Society.
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