🌊 Glory to Hong Kong Harmonica Player arrested at Queen's Funeral
Goodbye Hoover Cake Shop
I swear today is the last time I mentioned Queen Liz on Tide (unless today’s news blows up….which it really might).
Did I watch the funeral? Kind of. I had it in the background on silent while at work.
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Culture | Goodbye Hoover Cake Shop
COVID | Scrap quarantine: Dr. Yuen
Ronson Chan charged with police obstruction
Police arrest harmonica player at Queen’s funeral
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Goodbye Hoover Cake Shop
While the staff declined to give exact reasons for their closure (both owners being very old does not help), the closure comes amidst a swath of historic eateries closing including most recently Happy Cake Shop in Wanchai, Lin Heung Tea House in Central, and Mido Cafe in Yau Ma Tei.
Over the past few years, the bakery has been holding classes to teach aspiring bakers how to make their famed flakey crust egg tarts. While the bakery is well known for its sweet treats, it also has a special connection with the Hong Kong film scene, being the regular hang out for a young Chow Yun-Fat who would occasionally step behind the register to help out as a kid.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 6260 (174 imported)
Total cases: 1,713,755
New deaths: 10
Total deaths: 9,901
Compulsory Testing locations: 68
Scrap quarantine: Dr. Yuen
Government advisor Dr. Yuen Kwok-Yung said in an article on Monday that hotel quarantine and compulsory testing should be lifted as the virus has “already taken hold” in Hong Kong, describing the measures as “no longer meaningful”.
He argued that the death rate of COVID from June onwards is only 0.097% and that the virus has been greatly weakened by anti-viral medication and vaccination.
Instead he proposed resources be spent on improving vaccination rates among the elderly, and in setting up a monitoring system for new variants which could be unexpectedly strong.
Ronson Chan charged with obstruction of police
Chan was arrested on 7 Sept while he was covering a home owners’ committee meeting in Mong Kok for online publication Channel C.
Plainclothed police intercepted Chan as he was about to enter MacPherson Stadium and asked for his ID. Chan requested the police show their warrants and identify themselves clearly as officers before he gave his ID over. The police asked for his ID several more times before finally arresting Chan.
Chan is set to go travel to England on 29 Sept for a Reuter’s Institute Fellowship in Oxford and admits that this turn of events will cause “disturbances and difficulties”.
God save the harmonica guy
A harmonica player was arrested outside the British Consulate during an unofficial gathering for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
Part way through the evening, the harmonica player started playing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, the unofficial anthem of the Hong Kong protests and was joined in song by the audience. Police quickly arrived at the site and moved the harmonica player behind orange tape.
Consulate staff soon after emerged to liaise with the police. The man was arrested, but the crowd continued to sing along with occasional shouts of ‘God save the Queen’.
The memorial area outside the British Consulate has been filled with not only flowers and pictures of the Her late Majesty, but also memorabilia of colonial-era Hong Kong with the colonial flag being hung earlier in the week but removed by yesterday.
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