Reportage September 11

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Alastair Campbell in town; Long live the Queen!; A night for Hong Kong – and John Tsang – to shine.


A political winner’s secrets.


Alastair Campbell stopped in Hong Kong to sign copies of his new book at Bookazine and talk about its subject: Winners.

The legend of British politics who masterminded Tony Blair’s multiple election wins in the UK has written a book based on his interviews of winners and the practices and habits that propel them forward. While many are politicians ranging from Nelson Mandela to (of course) Tony Blair, he also spoke to giants of industry (Steve Jobs, presumably pre-mortem), sports figures (Lionel Messi) and artists (Bono).

The crowd included Russian diplomats, hard-nosed lobbyists, holy men and political junkies. Quite a crowd. The Q&A was fascinating and Campbell did not disappoint. Signed books still available (maybe) at Bookazine in the Prince’s Building in Central.


God bless our gracious Queen!



The Royal Commonwealth Society in Hong Kong hosted the loyal subjects of Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her becoming the longest serving monarch in British history. Here, the British and Canadian Consul Generals, Caroline Wilson and Ian Burchett, respectively, are all smiles as they cut the Union Jack cake!


Stars on the pitch and in stands.


Financial Secretary John Tsang impresses Hong Kong citizens yet again as he was present at the Mong Kok Stadium, cheering for Hong Kong’s two late goals against Qatar on September 8. Sitting next to him was former Chief Secretary Sir David Akers-Jones, Qatari Consul-General Sultan Bin Ali Yousif Al-Khater, Polish Consul-General Miroslaw Adamczyk and CEO of Hong Kong Jockey Club Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. Not a victorious night for Hong Kong, but certainly one that Tsang could be proud of.