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    Quote Originally Posted by Enderman:
    I remember being a little kid in England and Australia...we had string bags that we took with us to the supermarket and they provided paper bags for the rest...this is in the 70s and 80s...I think plastic bags only became popular in the mid 80s...

    Grocers' shops charged for egg-boxes.

    I went shopping with my mother when I was a small boy. With old-fashioned frugality, she reused egg-boxes, but the one she had was so old the cardboard was limp, almost like paper. As she moved the box from the counter to her shopping basket on wheels, an egg fell out and smashed on the floor. My poor mother! All her frugality for nothing.
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    That's nothing. I remember Bruce Lee


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    I remember The Chili Club restaurant. I loved their fried rice served in the pineapple, and the delicious Thai beef salad. I wonder if it's still there...(I moved out of Hong Kong at the end of British rule).

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    Yes, still there.


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    I remember Deutschmark was worth RMB 6 at some point, Euro is less than RMB 7 now


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    I remember when Hong Kong was the Pearl of the Orient. Now, it's just another Chinese slum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrison:
    I remember Deutschmark was worth RMB 6 at some point, Euro is less than RMB 7 now
    To explain: one Euro is equivalent to two Deutschmark. So at the old rate €1 would be buying RMB12.



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    I remember that market traders used another way of writing numerals, not the standard way. One, two, and three were the corresponding number of vertical strokes, four was an X shape. It is called the mercantile system, and can be seen here: Chinese numeral | Britannica.com.







    I remember an egg hawker in the market who held every single one up to a burning light bulb, to show you that it was fresh.

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    I saw that a fish hawker in a wet market had taken a live fish, put a hook through the very top of its body, and hung it up to die. There it was, dancing and convulsing to death.

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    The Miss A, B, C Case

    Quote Originally Posted by flameproof:
    I remember vaguely from the early 90's one of the great HK sex court cases were Ms. A, B, C, D & E (A 小姐 etc.) had to give evidence. That was THE office topic for weeks!

    I think they talk about it:

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    In 1991, a plausible rogue persuaded some minor actress/models that he was a film producer and would give them major film parts if he could have sex with them. When they realised they had been duped, the girls (to their credit) went to the police, and at the trial were allowed to give evidence anonymously.

    For some reason, the case attracted enormous interest in the local and international media. I think it is true to say that there was not much sympathy for the girls: it was felt that they had freely sold their bodies, in effect; and if he was such a big businessman, why was he taking them to such cheap hotels? On the contrary, there was admiration for the cheeky chappie who had almost got away with it.

    He was sentenced to 3 years 11 months imprisonment. He had some previous convictions.

    More here: Hong Kong's Seductive Trial - NYTimes.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.O.:

    I remember that market traders used another way of writing numerals, not the standard way. One, two, and three were the corresponding number of vertical strokes, four was an X shape.
    Some of them still do that.

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    On the topic of eggs, I remember when even in supermarkets eggs were sold loose, with the price always given for 3 eggs. As in the wet markets, there was always a bright light available to "candle" your own eggs.

    And I remember my horrified fascination to discover the expat wives teaching in the first school I taught at here really DID spend an inordinate amount of their time in the staffroom complaining about the trials and tribualtions of finding, training and retaining good maids. FDH were called maids then, and most of them wore uniforms.


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