You could see this one coming. A concentration camp is being built in Macau. Just for fun.
Work is advanced on the design for District 12, the fenced-off prison village in the Hunger Games books and movies, to be launched as part of a new theme park on the Macau/Zhuhai border.
The main part of the park lifts scenes from the story about children being forced to murder each other for the delectation of observers. Good family entertainment for the little ones, right?
From 2018, you will be able to drop off your kids in the concentration camp and bad guys can pick them out for a brutal fight to the death just as little Prim was in the bestselling tale.
Part of the park, designed by entertainment firm Lionsgate, will also be designed as The Capitol, the place in the book/ movie series where the rich, nasty, heartless people live, laughing at the poor.
You can totally see the whole thing as a not-very-well disguised allegory of what actually goes on in this part of the world. It’s interesting that Beijing has okayed the plans without realising any of this. Hmmm.
TO CONTINUE OUR series of memorable organisation names in Hong Kong, we have Excellent Brilliant Ltd. No false modesty there — or any other kind of modesty.
GOING BACK TO the subject of modern classics for young people, thousands of copies of The Fault in Our Stars were distributed free at Hong Kong Polytechnic University to encourage reading. Excellent choice.
The campus library was emblazoned with a huge poster about it too — but unfortunately, the artist perhaps didn’t read the book, turning Augustus Waters, (who has a carefully disguised prosthetic leg) into peg-legged Long John Silver.
THE OLIVER’S SUPER Sandwiches chain unfortunately chose the word “palatable” for their new breakfast offerings. This is a good example of why different cultures need to talk to each other more. In English dictionaries, “palatable” means “acceptable”, but in actual usage it expresses a significant lack of enthusiasm and is best translated as “not totally inedible”.
It’s a sort of British understatement thing. It reminds me of when the British tourist board put out a campaign emphasising the GREAT in Great Britain and received scores of complaints from British people that it would be more genuinely British to describe the country as “not completely horrible”.
MEANWHILE ON THE internet, people are swapping examples of the worst examples of parking in Hong Kong. Here’s a picture this columnist took the other day in Braemar Hill. The motorist has managed to park not exactly in the middle of the road, but pretty close. Maybe he wanted to give his family members some exercise.
WANNABEE HONG KONG leader Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee recently wrote that the protests of 2014 were “forces which paralysed Hong Kong for 79 days.”
Er, Regina, Hong Kong was not paralysed. Just TWO road junctions were blocked. Ninety-nine percent of people got on with their lives just as before. MTR takings were higher than ever. Tourist numbers for Golden Week were up five per cent. Levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok finally dropped to within the recommended safety levels of the World Health Organisation.
If this is what you call “paralysed”, we need more more more.