Squire for Hire

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  It’s Year of the Dog – and the Chinese New Year holiday brings an expectation to return home with a date. Single? No problem. There are now date rental apps for hiring boyfriends. But can a ‘hired squire’ really convince Tiger Mom it’s love? And much does a ‘gent for rent’ cost? That much?

Barking mad? Is your dog like Trump?

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  It’s the Year of the Dog. And pictures of a TrumpDog statue have gone viral in China. The statue shows the US President in canine form, and was erected as Trump was born in a previous Year of the Dog. I went to the ‘festival of fur’ that is Hong Kong’s Pet Fair to […]

Hipster beards go global

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  London. Hipster heaven. It’s a city more into big beards than Big Ben because mutton chops rock, right? But whilst hipster hair makes sense in London – a beard keeps you warm, after all – what are beardymen now doing in Asia? Weirdly, the hipster beard is catching on with hipster boys in Hong […]

Is most tech for men?

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  I shall admit – I don’t often go to an Electronics Fair. It’s not my Thursday evening Windows shopping. An Electronics Fair is like a mall mated with a department store, which then ordered ONLY gizmos and gadgets as stock. But at the Electronics Fair in Hong Kong, I checked out every floor. And […]

How women in art are bringing change

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  A global report recently revealed bias against female artists. Art Basel Hong Kong is the biggest gathering of top galleries to take place since the report was published. As art aficionados gather in Asia, is it time to redress the balance, and showcase more work by women? Linda Kennedy asks, what can the art […]

Was Dating Different in the Past?

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  Was dating different in the past? In New York, documentary maker Linda Kennedy hangs out – just a casual thing, of course – with prominent men from history. They speak to you via your phone, just like men of today. This short documentary is a way to gauge the chat skills of men in […]