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On Today’s Tide:
Politics | June 4th Art removed from CUHK and Lingnan
COVID | no cases found in Tuen Mun
Environment | Recycle Your Christmas Trees
Government | Appointment updates for various gov committees
More June 4th commemoration art removed
Following the government’s more-or-less but highly pubiced yet suddeny removal of the Tower of Shame at HKU, two more well known piece of artwork commemorating th June 4th massacre at Tiananmen Square have been removed
The Goddess of Libersty, an identical copy of a similar statue that was brought with the students to Beijing at 1984 itself, has been removed in the dead of the light.
A massive relief showing protestors, bystanders and tanks that allegedly drove into the square in 1984 has now been removed.
The relief, although not as arguably as well known as the Pillar of Shame in HKU or the Goddess of Liberty at CUHK, was actually by the same artist as the latter (you may in fact recognize the statue in the middle of the relief!).
Prior to finding a permenant home in Lingnam, it was on display along with the Goddess in Causeway Bay.
Artists of both the Pillar of Shame and Goddess of Liberty have or will be seeking legal support to challenge local authorities on handling their art without their permission. Pillar of Shame artist Jens Galschiøt has been particularly vocal, having been asking for the right to remove the sculpture by himself and a team of professionals for several weeks but not receiving an answer from HKU. Recently HKU said that they were not sure who the statue legally belonged to.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 5
Active Cases: 154
No cases found in Tuen Mun after lockdown
Extra checks on helpers during holiday season
The government has announced extra patroling of popular hang out spots for domestic helpers over the Christmas and New Year holiday season including Christmas Day (today), and NYE/New Year’s day.
How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
As per previous years, the EPD is collecting all natural Christmas trees under a third party contractor. Expansion of EPD recycling facilities over the previous year, however, has meant much better coverage for when you need to tear down that tree that, let’s be honest, you didn’t want to buy anyway. Hong Kong isn’t a cold place.
Wood from the trees will be used for scraps and new upcycled furniture. The collection period is early Jan from 2 Jan to 5 Jan….I’ll remind you
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Live Music Over the Christmas Weekend:
Here are a few live music events, compiled courtesy of The Underground. If you’ve not signed up to their newsletter, you can do it here. Fortnightly news on all things local and musical - their full list is much bigger than what I’ve put here.
Christmas Day (Tonight!)
Live Music at Tai Kwun
Who’s playing: Wendy Robin and the Quiet Storm
Where: Dragonfly, Shop 10 - G1, Tai Kwun, Hollywood Rd, Central
Free show at Iron Fairies
Who’s playing: Flow Band featuring Marilyn
Where: Iron Fairies Jazz Bar, 1-13 Hollywood Rd, Central
Boxing Day (26th)
It’s called Boxing day because in places that adhere to it (yes, Hong Kong does traditionally adhere to Boxing Day) you’ll get boxed by your parents if you open presents too early.
Peel Fresco Sunday Jam
Not to be confused with their canto jam on Friday, this is free for all.
Who’s playing: Anyone! It’s a jam! Could be you too!
Where: Peel Fresco, 49 Peel St, Central
Amalfitana Live Pop
Who’s playing: Fidela Rosalie
Where: Amalfitana Central, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central.
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