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THE
B OT TO M 9 9
Mark Littlewood
separates slogans
from statistics
P 22
R AISING
THEM RIGHT
James Delingpole on
handling politically
wayward teenagers
P 23
GET TING
THE HUMP
P 25
P 26
P28
Zoe Strimpel
mourns the death
of romance
Rachel Cunliffe
expounds the
beneficial insights
of studying classics
Tom Parker Bowles’
schoolboy snacking
TU N E IN ,
TU RN OFF
Stanley Johnson
says we all need to
save the whales
Q.E.D.
F RO M T U C K
S H O P TO
TO P TA B L E
T
Report
he backdrop is a glittering forest of skyscrapers – a
dramatic mix of the ultra-modern, embodied by IM
Pei’s Bank of China Tower and Cesar Pelli’s Cheung
Kong Centre, and the classic colonial, represented
by the Old Supreme Court Building and the Central Police
Station. I feel as if I’m on a Ridley Scott movie set. It is hard
to imagine a more surreal setting for the weekend riots that
have become an integral feature of life in Hong Kong.
The demonstrations start around the middle of the day as
an orderly procession of black-clad Hong Kongers, a veritable
tide of protestors pouring along the Central district’s main
streets, waving banners and chanting freedom slogans.
These are teachers, students, office workers, schoolchildren,
administrators, you name it. Many are marching with raised
umbrellas – a reference to the beginnings of this civilian
uprising in 2014, the so-called Umbrella Movement, which
lasted 80 days. Before October, when the authorities banned
wearing face masks, many would wear them to conceal their
identities and protect themselves against the inevitable tear
R E A DIN G THE
R I OT AC T
On the streets of Hong Kong, our writer
witnesses the anger and fear at the
heart of the Umbrella Movement protests
GR A H A M B OY N T O N
J o u r n a l i s t , a u t h o r, t r ave l
writer and consultant
18
BOISDALELIFE .COM
AUTUMN 2019
ISSUE 17
G E TT Y, G R A H A M B OYN TO N
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