A Big Fat “Happy Year of the Pig!” from Harry Harrison!

February 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
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My friend Harry Harrison, who is the FABULOUS illustrator of the Chinese Calendar Tales, has asked me to post this very funny cartoon on my blog to wish all his fans a very Happy Year of the Pig! Harry is the famous cartoonist in the South China Morning Post as well as many other publications in the world, such asĀ The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom and the Far East Economic Review. I’m so lucky that he illustrates my stories – and all the fans of the Chinese Calendar Tales are too! What can we say but Thank you Harry!

A wonderful visit to Beacon Hill School in Kowloon Tong!

February 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Beacon Hill School, Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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Last week I visited two lovely schools with Ping Pong Pig and all her Chinese Zodiac animal cousins! Here I am above with a fabulous hall of students at Beacon Hill School in Kowloon Tong! All the primary school classes met my new Chinese Calendar Tales character Ping Pong in 4 big, fun sessions, and cheered on my little pig as she kept escaping the clutches of the wily Minister of Most Important Things in his attempt to win favour with the third Ming Dynasty Emperor Zhu Di! Many thanks, as ever, to the lovely Emily Jeves, Deputy Principal, for inviting me in and being such a great host! Here we both are with our own animal signs (I’m a Rat and Emily is a Dragon, and we both love that Ping Pong Pig) below!

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Ooops! Harry sends a naughty Chinese New Year greeting…

February 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year | Leave a comment
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Now I know that I do bang on about not using toilet humour in your stories for my Clever Competitions…but I can’t resist sending you this fabulous Chinese New Year greeting from Harry Harrison, beloved illustrator of the Chinese Calendar Tales and the Dirty Stories! It made me giggle out loud – and I especially love the look on the dragon’s face! Thanks Harry for keeping us all laughing this Chinese New Year!

Happy Year of the Dog from Desmond in Hong Kong!

February 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
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Kung Hei Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai, depending on whether you live in Hong Kong or Mainland China! And Happy Year of the Dog to everybody else! Desmond and I wish you a WOOFY New Year full of good fortune, fabulous frolics and fearless fun!

More fab photos from Desmond Dog’s Woofy Launch Party on Saturday!

February 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Bookshop event, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to Bookazine Events Organizer Manon for these lovely photos!

Here’s Harry Harrison and me before the launch!

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Here’s our fun book reading with some avid fans!

My gorgeous daughters Bea (left) and Annabel (right) have been holding up the pictures for the last 14 years now! Thanks Bea and Annabel!!

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A busy book-signing!

Harry and the Quiz, me and Harry – and the man himself with his fabulous book covers!

My wacky daughter Annabel continuing her annual ritual of a finger-signing by Harry and me!

My interview with Noreen Mir, RTHK3!

February 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese New Year, Radio interviews | Leave a comment
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This afternoon I had a wonderful chat with Noreen Mir at RTHK Radio 3 on the 1 2 3 Show all about my new book The Tale of Desmond Dog, the amazing history of Hong Kong and notorious pirate queen Ching Shih behind it, and, of course, the official launch of Harry Harrison’s and my book at Bookazine, 3rd floor, Princes Building, tomorrow at 2pm! You can listen to it here !

And don’t forget to come along! There’ll be a fabulous story reading, a fun quiz with some great prizes, laissee with yummy coins, bookmarks, snacks and drinks for everyone! Be there, or the Red Flags will come and get you – aha me hearties!!!

Rickshaw Rooster’s Funny and Fabulous Hong Kong Launch!!

February 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Book launches | Leave a comment
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A big Cockadoodle Doo from Rickshaw Rooster, and huge thanks from me and Harry Harrison, to all our lovely fans who attended the Hong Kong launch of our latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, on Saturday! There were over 30 kids, plus their lovely mums and dads, and we all had a lot of fun crowing our heads off, as well as supporting the national teams in that Race along the Bund in the story! Many thanks to Arti and Shonee Mirchandani, Clemence and all the team at Bookazine for another funny and fabulous Book Launch, as well as for these terrific photos!

Roosters are crowing all over Hong Kong!

February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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They’re in shop windows, arcades and doorways all over Hong Kong – they’re even on high heels! What a great celebration for the Year of the Rooster! And my Rickshaw Rooster, being very vain of course, thinks he’s the cock-a-doodliest of them all!

Rickshaw Rooster’s Hong Kong Schools Tour has begun!

February 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Japanese International School, Kennedy School | Leave a comment
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Rickshaw Rooster is off and running in Hong Kong Schools! On Tuesday 17th January, he made a funny and fabulous visit to Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam, where he met 900 primary school kids and their teachers!! Many thanks to Jeff Moore, Head of English, for being such a great host!

And today he raced into my nearest neighbours here in Tai Po at the wonderful Japanese International School, where we met all the Grade 3s to Grade 6s, with a fun story, much cockadoodling, and lots of luscious Chinese history thrown in! We had SO much fun! Thank you my dear friends Cath Wan and Cong Capati-Contreras, from the Library, for being my very warm and welcoming hosts!

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Lions are Rampant in Hong Kong!!

January 31, 2017 at 11:04 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Funny and Fabulous Lion Dance.jpgHello again! Here is a fabulous Lion in a Lion Dance at Hong Kong Airport for Chinese New Year! How many Lion Dances have you seen lately? Aren’t they fabulous!!

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