Coffee shop's name keeps it off the web

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 10 Jan 2019

A new coffee shop has opened at Star Ferry using the percentage sign, "%," as its name.

How clever Not.

A quirk of computer language is that search engines cannot search for the percentage sign.

It automatically disappears from any search. Just try it.

Epic fail.

The shop's staff are probably all sitting around wondering why their internet advertising is not pulling in the crowds.

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Is this the politest car in Hong Kong? I saw this vehicle, with the number plate saying "U GO 1ST," in Braemar Hill this week.

I would have gone first, except he was going so fast I had no hope of catching up.

Maybe that's the joke.

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The Hong Kong branch of wax museum Madame Tussaud's revealed yesterday that it will launch a new section featuring giants of music before the end of this month. Beethoven? The Beatles?

No, the big launch attraction will be a pop singer known as Lay, who will unveil his own statue.

Mr Lay, a beautiful young man in that suspiciously perfect Korean style, somehow manages to combine being a rock star with being ambassador for the Communist Youth League of China in Changsha.

Does that make any sense to you?

Maybe he sings that number by Police which goes: "Every move you make, every vow you break, every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I'll be watching you."

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Amazing but true factoid: there was a pop single released in China once with the song title: "When I grow up I want to be a peasant."

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Foreign correspondents' misrepresentation of Hong Kong as a hellhole crushed by mainland China is so bad now that my young gweilo friends are having to fend off worried calls from parents.

"No, I'm fine, mom. No, we're not being snatched off the streets. No, I've not been herded into a concentration camp. No, I don't want you to call the British embassy to airlift me out of my serviced flat in Mid-Levels."

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The most recent bout of parental panic was triggered by international reports that Hong Kong people were desperately trying to emigrate from the city.

It's a gripping, dramatic news story.

Except it doesn't seem to be true.

Inconvenient truth: emigration out of Hong Kong has fallen over the past 10 years, government figures show.

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One of the sources for this "news" story was a survey in which young people were asked whether they would like to live outside Hong Kong in the future.

Ask young people in any city if they would like to live outside their home city in the future and they will say yes.

As former governor Chris Patten famously said: "You never make money by betting against Hong Kong."

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The official Twitter account of Huawei, the Chinese firm wanting to topple Apple as smartphone king of the world, sent a "Happy New Year" tweet to the world at 11.31pm on December 31.

The phone their staff member used automatically added a little line to the end of the post: "Sent via Twitter for iPhone."

I wonder what the punishment is for something like that?

Do you think it's death? Or something worse?

Like having to listen to a communist youth ambassador rock star sing?

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