Archive | October, 2000

Make Trade Fair

It has been in the news a lot lately – so here’s a link to the Make Trade Fair campaign regarding the HOPE that more people support the poorer growers of Coffee.

Chinese version: http://www.oxfam.org.hk/chinese/campaigns/trade/faircoffee/
English version: http://www.oxfam.org.hk/english/campaigns/trade/focus/
Make Trade Fair website:
www.maketradefair.com

The point of this campaign is to try to ASK society to support Fair Trade coffee. what is Fair Trade coffee 樂施會倡議運動 – 公平咖啡? Fair Trade coffee is the name given to coffee that is grown by farmers who are paid MORE money for their coffee. the reason for this Make Trade Fair campaign is because BIG companies are not paying the farmers the money that they deserve – instead, the big companies keep most of the profit and give the farmers close to no money. BUT if YOU buy Fair Trade Coffee, then your money is equally shared with the farmers. what can you do to help? next time you want to buy coffee, next time you go to a cafe to drink coffee – DEMAND that the shop or cafe use Fair Trade Coffee. think about the lives and families you will be saving – think about the children your money will help so they can get a better education and live better lives.

NEXT THING: i hope everyone will support the Buddhists who will block Po Lin temple from tourists starting this friday (tomorrow) for one week. the HK government has gone fucking crazy…a temple should be free of any disruption – a temple is a place of spirituality and prayer…and the HK government wants to bring more tourists by constructing a MTR Cable Car connection and build a new tourist shopping plaza there near the temple and ruin this for the many monks and families who live and pray there. SUPPORT THEM! DON’T LET THE GOVERNMENT CREATE A FUCKING McDONALDS or STARBUCKS THERE!!

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OCTOBER 23, 2000

The greatest venue that Hong Kong has ever had is closing. The Warehouse will be closed for a period of 6-9 months with no guaranteed re-opening date. The staff of the Warehouse who have worked so hard for years are all being laid off in January and need to find other jobs. What is going on? The Warehouse is being shutdown by the government of Hong Kong because one of the buildings has a faulty roof. If this is the case then the closing of THAT building is understandable due to safety reasons. But the Warehouse contains two buildings – the building in question is the Frank White Studio which is off to the side, why does the main building need to be closed as well? Why is the staff being laid off? These are all questions I’ve been asking myself since I received the sad e-mail from Sandy – one of the hardest working staff members of the Warehouse and who has contributed to Hong Kong’s youth culture without ever asking for anything in return. There will be one last show/party at the Warehouse this Saturday October 28th – I highly suggest ALL OF you to come and enjoy the Warehouse one last time. I highly suggest that all of you who have never been to the Warehouse to finally make this Saturday your first and, sadly, your last experience at an organization that has given much inspiration and support to all the bands in Hong Kong. A BBQ begins at 5:00pm, the skateboard facilities are open from 5:00pm as well and at 6:00pm begins the last Warehouse show, which is also a free-jam so even if you don’t have a band you can get on stage and play your heart out for the last time here. Stephane will be in Korea from Wednesday on so we won’t be able to play – which actually makes me really sad especially since the Warehouse has always been King Ly Chee’s second home………………….this is truly a sad sad moment in Hong Kong’s underground music community. For future information on the Warehouse you can check out www.warehouse.org.hk Hope to see all of you there on Saturday…

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The Warehouse closing…

The greatest venue that Hong Kong has ever had is closing. The Warehouse will be closed for a period of 6-9 months with no guaranteed re-opening date. The staff of the Warehouse who have worked so hard for years are all being laid off in January and need to find other jobs. What is going on? The Warehouse is being shutdown by the government of Hong Kong because one of the buildings has a faulty roof. If this is the case then the closing of THAT building is understandable due to safety reasons. But the Warehouse contains two buildings – the building in question is the Frank White Studio which is off to the side, why does the main building need to be closed as well? Why is the staff being laid off? These are all questions I’ve been asking myself since I received the sad e-mail from Sandy – one of the hardest working staff members of the Warehouse and who has contributed to Hong Kong’s youth culture without ever asking for anything in return.

There will be one last show/party at the Warehouse this Saturday October 28th – I highly suggest ALL OF you to come and enjoy the Warehouse one last time. I highly suggest that all of you who have never been to the Warehouse to finally make this Saturday your first and, sadly, your last experience at an organization that has given much inspiration and support to all the bands in Hong Kong. A BBQ begins at 5:00pm, the skateboard facilities are open from 5:00pm as well and at 6:00pm begins the last Warehouse show, which is also a free-jam so even if you don’t have a band you can get on stage and play your heart out for the last time here. Stephane will be in Korea from Wednesday on so we won’t be able to play – which actually makes me really sad especially since the Warehouse has always been King Ly Chee’s second home………………….this is truly a sad sad moment in Hong Kong’s underground music community.

For future information on the Warehouse you can check out www.warehouse.org.hk Hope to see all of you there on Saturday…

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Skoolapalooza – Hong Kong

Show w/ The Fascist Giraffe, Lam Kei, Fat Job, Whence He Came

The day started off with the same problem that we had last year at Skoolapalooza. The school has this asshole teacher who always handles sound for its shows. And every year he feels the need to give us a fucking lecture about the levels of our guitars and why we should do things a certain way. Every year he manages to ruin my mood to play. This year he did it again but we just ignored him and let the fat old bastard get lost in his own words.

It was a rainy day but we all had high hopes for the show because last years Skoolapalooza was incredible. After the show however – we believe last years was better in terms of sound and atmosphere. The sound this year was terrible – all the vocals had this natural distortion on it (which actually came to some of our advantage) and the equipment (i.e. the goddamn Roland Jazz Chorus amps) sucked. We got on stage and Alex broke a bass string but I didn’t know and I continued to play 2 songs without knowing. We managed to sell a lot of CD’s and t-shirts so I guess it was all good in the end. But everyone that put CD’s out to sell managed to sell their stuff so that was good cause their was a good healthy selection of CD’s available from local bands last night like The Fascist Giraffe, Unlce Joe, Think up a Clear Sky, us and t-shirts as well from Lam Kei and us.

The Fascist Giraffe and Fat Job stole the show last night I think. They just rocked through their sets without a worry about the audience, something that I wish I could do. I’m the type of person that rearranges our selection of songs judging by the mood of the audience – that is kind of annoying about me especially after Alex already worked out a set-list. Fat Job’s new song called “Zhen Zhuk” will be out on a special 903 compilation CD soon…

Anyway — see you all at the Nov. 3rd show with Himsa, Lam Kei and Fat Job. Tickets are $100 and are available at Gods Child, Evergreen and Phase 2.

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OCTOBER 14, 2000

There is nothing more then I hate then fake “punk rock” bands. In this case I’m talking about this ridiculous Hong Kong band called Charisma where all the members dress up as punk rockers yet have NO idea what punk rock is about. I remember when we had an interview to talk about what exactly is “hardcore” and the singer of this stupid band was present at the end making fun of us. The whole time the idiot didn’t realize that punk rock and hardcore are the same thing – PUNK ROCK = HARDCORE. Get a clue you fucking idiot. Punk rock and hardcore is not a fashion but a state of mind!!! ANYWAY: Our CD release show is tonight…see you at the show.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – do NOT smoke inside the building when you attend the HIMSA show on Nov. 3. This is the only UNDERGROUND venue we have left in Hong Kong. We would like to have many more shows there in the future — BUT if anyone smokes INSIDE the building ONE MORE TIME then we will never be allowed to play there again! SO PLEASE JUST GO OUT ON TO THE STREET IF YOU WANT TO SMOKE!!! PLEASE TRY TO HELP US CONTINUE TO HAVE ONE PLACE FOR SHOWS!!! ITS THE CHURCH’S ONLY REQUEST!!! The church does not care about what style of music we play. They don’t care about what we do. The only thing they care about is SMOKING! If nobody smokes inside the building then we will be allowed to hold shows anytime we want!!! If you truly care about our small underground music community then you will help us tell everybody NOT to smoke. You will also help us keep watch at the show to make sure no one smokes inside—-please forward this message to everyone—-

THANK YOU!!

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