December 15, 2006

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Why is it that Hong Kong's police were able to keep hundreds of rabble several hundred metres away from the WTO meeting last December without much fuss, but half a dozen people are able to scramble through police lines each day to protect the old Star Ferry terminal from being demolished? And what are these people trying to protect? Did any of them ever go to the old Star Ferry terminal - a dank, dark, dingy building with no architectural or heritage merit other than being built 50 years ago and having a not particularly note-worthy clock tower? Or is having a clock tower the key to protecting things in this town?

The solution is obvious: just like Murray House, the Government could move the old ferry terminal, concrete slab by concrete slab, en masse to a new venue. In fact, I have the perfect venue: the West Kowloon Cultural District. Alternatively, the Government could plonk it at Lowu and use it as a barrier to the hordes of pregant "non-tourist" mainland women giving birth here. It will be more effective than asking these women if they are really really really really tourists just coming for a visit.

posted by Simon on 12.15.06 at 09:33 AM in the Hong Kong category.


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Are you related to the late John Junor?

posted by: Sunday Express on 12.15.06 at 09:58 AM [permalink]

posted by: Simon on 12.15.06 at 02:59 PM [permalink]

Yes, I have been inside the "dark, dingy building with no architectural merit". Quite a lot, actually. OK, so the building wasn't exactly pretty, but the area around the terminal + Statue Square had some charm. If you ever had a beat up, half-chewed, battered old toy when you were a kid that you loved to death anyway, it's like that. Now it's going to be another highway and another gigantic mall. It's going to be as boring and lifeless as Admiralty on a hot summer day.

posted by: carine on 12.21.06 at 05:33 AM [permalink]

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