Kate Whitehead

Hong Kong-based journalist

Bairro Alto Hotel

Portugal’s capital is one of Europe’s hottest hotspots and now it has a high-end hotel to match What is it? The grande dame of Lisbon’s boutique hotel scene – it was until 1980 The Grand Hotel L’Europe – the Bairro Alto has been treated to a major makeover and expansion by Pritzker prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de…

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  • Woman in the Wilderness

    Miriam Lancewood honed her survival skills on the road in Asia and bush-bashing on New Zealand’s South Island Miriam in the middle I was born in 1983 in a small village in the east of Holland. My parents had three children in three years, I’m in the middle. My mother is a drama therapist and my…

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  • Plastic pollution

    The Race For Water Odyssey vessel uses solar energy and hydrogen technologies and is midway through a five-year world trip A futuristic looking vessel has been moored at Pier Nine in Hong Kong’s Central district over the last few weeks.With 512 square metres (5,511 square feet) of solar panels installed on the deck, Race For…

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  • Gambler turned Wall Street money manager

    Why Hong Kong’s high rollers count on blacklisted blackjack player Michael Board On track I was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, in the United States. My mom was a third-grade teacher and my dad worked 15-hour days and didn’t sleep much. I’m not one of those people who can do things the way they’re supposed…

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  • Keeping it simple

    ‘I grew up in Britain, but I’m entirely Asian’ he says, explaining his affinity with Hong Kong and Singapore Novelist and non-fiction writer Pico Iyer has always had a soft spot for Hong Kong. His first visit, in 1983, was as a 26-year-old reporter for Time magazine and he’s been a regular ever since. He has twice…

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  • Did China see its gene-edited babies scandal coming?

    In November last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, unleashing a storm of criticism When Chinese scientist He Jiankui walked onto the stage at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in November last year to defend his creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies, he…

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  • From Kosovo and Kashmir to Kenya

    The American filmmaker and explorer is featured in the new film Women of Impact The day the music died I was born in 1971. My three older siblings and I grew up in Florida. I was painfully shy, gawky and afraid of the world. When I was seven, my dad died. It was very sudden. There…

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  • Room with an ooh

    Whether you are with your long-term partner or a new lover, the mundanity of daily life can put a dampener on even the most vibrant sex life Ever checked into swanky hotel and felt sexy? You’re not alone. Whether with a long-term partner, a new lover or travelling solo, people often report feeling saucy in…

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  • Hong Kong police add blue water to armoury

    Democracy campaigners threw petrol bombs after defying a ban on a march to mark the anniversary of Beijing’s clampdown The protests in Hong Kong turned violent last night as demonstrators threw fire bombs, police used water cannons and tear gas and a tactical squad known as “the Raptors” beat passengers on a train. There was…

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  • Childhood trauma is a complex beast

    Developmental trauma is a term used to describe childhood trauma such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and exposure to violence Kim Barthel is the kind of person I’d want to be sitting next to in a bunker when the bombs are raining down outside. She exudes warmth and kindness, the kind of energy…

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