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Another Disaster: Hong Kong Sketches by Denys Roberts

By Denys Roberts

This is an interesting account of lifestyles in a single of the final chapters of imperial background. during this attractive and fun memoir, Denys Roberts chronicles his time in Hong Kong as Solicitor basic in 1962 to his upward push to the workplace of leader Justice, which he remained till his retirement in1988. He paints an image of the original social existence in Hong Kong and a close photo of the character and constitution of vintage Crown Colony executive and administration

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Mr Lam does not like that. ’ ‘If not before,’ I suggested and was ignored. ‘So you must move your dressing table, or cover up its mirror. ’ ‘Mr Lam knows that you can only manage English. ’ ‘That is a relief. ’ ‘Certainly. You need not have the girl present. Place a photo of your beloved on the table, making sure that the table does not reflect your own face. You repeat the poem to the picture on three successive nights. ’ THE GEOMANCER 45 She passed me the translation, which seemed rather extravagant for my taste, though as I was to repeat it to a photo this did not matter.

He asked, which was his usual enquiry when he thought I was behaving oddly. He must have heard me talking loudly to myself, as there was nobody else in the room. I had just declaimed ‘Oh beloved, oh beloved, oh, oh, oh’ in what I thought was a very persuasive manner, when he came in. ‘Certainly,’ I replied haughtily. ’ 46 ANOTHER DISASTER ‘Master make a good speech,’ he agreed. ‘But the words are no good,’ he added, pointing to the love poem which I was trying unsuccessfully to conceal with my elbow.

G. and his wife. I supposed that there was still a job for me in the Solomon Islands. There had been a vacancy there in 1959. Perhaps there still was. Four years later, when the Heenans left for New York, he asked me if I remembered my first evening in Hong Kong. ‘Vividly, Maurice. I managed to do everything wrong. ’ ‘We thought you managed splendidly. ’ ‘I had to rush out three times. I was sure you would never forget. ’ ‘You should have seen the Crown Counsel who came off a ship the year before you.

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