Anyone who has lost someone close to suicide (and I speak with experience here) will know the unbearably hollow sadness felt by those left behind.
Perhaps there is hope after all for literature; perhaps our children’s children will once more turn to Pasternakm Pynchon, Proulx (E. Annie) or Poe rather than Pokémon; Salinger, Shakespeare or Steinbeck rather than Super Mario.
You’re gruffly told to sit at a long bench table where you’re squeezed in between strangers so closely that you can hear each slurp of noodle, each munch of dim sum, each bite of pig’s liver. It’s hot, crowded, noisy. Sounds awful? No, it’s magical.
There are nine people in shot. Eight of them are using mobile devices. Four of them are wearing earphones, grimly. All but one look as though they are attending a funeral.
It’s retail as art. Welcome to the beguiling world of French artist Lilian Daubisse, who has created a spellbinding shop window and stand-alone display to celebrate the Hermès opening at Hong Kong International Airport.
When your luck is in, it’s really in. News reaches us via Dubai Duty Free of an Indian traveller and shopper who hit not one, but two jackpots last week. One involved no cash but a far greater prize – his life.
Duncan gave it his best but ultimately some fights are not winnable, some mountains cannot be climbed.
These are not comfortable images and nor should they be. Taken by some of the world’s bravest photo-journalists (many of whom died in the conflict), they tell this terrible tale of the horror of war better than any words ever will.
I read that drinking coffee in the evening can turn back the body clock and help fight jet lag. With one small catch. You have to have flown west. And last time I looked, Hong Kong was a few points east of London.
I must confess to a little chuckle as I snapped the lovely contrast between the hard-working, low-paid cleaning lady and the swanky, Parisian chic image of the shop window. What would Coco Chanel say?
“I love the idea of TFWA Cannes going Pokémon mad,” says Clive. “How do you hold a glass, a plate of finger-food AND your mobile device all at once during the Opening Cocktail? How many people will simultaneously attack the big ice-sculpture (with an Ice-Pickémon?) when they find it’s hiding one?”
Could we create ‘Pokéstops’ within airport shops around the world, offering ‘hatch one get one free’ Pokémon eggs, linked of course to generous shopping discounts?
As a regular traveller I like not only what Hong Kong International Airport has to offer but the way it communicates that offer.