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Club News

Club News originated as a section of The Correspondent magazine. Its goal was, and still is, to keep all members across what’s happening in the social life of the FCC. Here, you will find updates on members’ milestones, Club outings or coverage of the latest FCC party. If you have any contributions: please send your ideas to gro.k1503249037hccf@1503249037rotid1503249037e1503249037.

Happy Birthday Clare – 105 and counting….

Clare celebrates her 105th birthday in the ‘Bunker” at the FCC. Pictured here with nephew Patrick Garrett ( left), the author of her latest biography, Of Fortunes and War: Clare Hollingworth, First of the Female War Correspondents, Cathay Hilborn Feng (centre left), FCC General Manager, Gilbert Cheng (centre right) and FCC staff The Grand Doyenne of war Correspondents, Clare Hollingworth celebrated her 105th birthday on Monday, October 10, in her usual corner at the FCC …

Move over F1, make room for FE

The 28-year-old was one of the most impressive drivers in the first FIA Formula E season picking up three podiums and two fastest laps, in addition to his two race wins. The roads around Central Star Ferry have been getting narrower and narrower as crash barriers and spectator stands are installed. There was no missing what was going as there were banners everywhere announcing a Formula E race. Formula E?? Never heard of it until …

Between hope and fear

Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein, whose images taken from her book “Afghanistan: Between hope and fear” are On the Wall in the Main Bar until the end of October, has been covering Afghanistan from her Bangkok base since 2001. Bronstein said it was sometimes tough working in conservative Islamic country, but as a woman she was able to work with the women and tell their stories. And to take their arresting images. “I love the Afghan …

Hosting of US Media Group

On Monday 26 September, the FCC hosted members of the China-United States Journalist exchange. The exchange provides an opportunity for five Chinese journalists to visit the United States and six US participants to visit China and Hong Kong. Sponsored by the All China Journalists Association, Better Hong Kong Foundation and East-West Centre, the exchange is designed to explore the dynamics that shape the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The evening was a fun and …

Trump and Hillary come to breakfast

The FCC showed the Trump-Hillary debate in the Main Bar over breakfast on Tuesday to a full house. No one lost their breakfast, but it was a close run thing at times. Each debater performed as you might expect: bombast v precision niggling. Long-time member and shoe fetishist Marty Merz thought it was “cringeworthy in a bigly way”. He then trumped the speakers in confusing rhetoric: “Pneumonaultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis sure trumps floccinaucinihilipilification”. FCC second vice-president and treasurer …

Cambodia The Years of Turmoil

Acclaimed international photojournalist, Roland Neveu, was in the Club recently to launch his exhibition of compelling photographs that cover the horror and catastrophic  years inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Pol Pot regime In May 1975, as Cambodia was being cut off from the outside world, the Khmer Rouge expelled the last remaining foreigners over the Thai border at Poipet. Among them was photographer Roland Neveu. At the time, he had no inkling of …

Asia’s infrastructure challenge

Sir Danny Alexander, former UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury and now a vice-president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, was one of the chief architects of the UK government’s Bremain campaign. In his speech at an FCC lunch on September 15, he said that although economic data out of Britain has had a strong run since the vote to leave the EU, “it should be viewed cautiously” with a potential downturn still on the …

MH370 mystery is one of many

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 captured the world’s imagination. Christine Negroni, who was there covering the story for ABC News, said at an FCC lunch on September 14, that the unsolved mystery has generated theories from the possible to the far-fetched but one thing is undeniable – while extremely rare, the disappearance of an airliner was not an unprecedented event. Negroni …

Five citizen journalists detained during G20

Five women citizen journalists reporting for the independent news website 64Tianwang were detained by Chinese police during the G20 summit in Hangzhou, leaving their families without news of their fate. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for their immediate release and that no charges be brought against them. The authorities carried out several waves of arrests and detentions of dissidents and human rights activists before and during the G20 summit, including the five 64Tianwang citizen-journalists. They …

AFP opens North Korea bureau

AFP Chief Executive and Chairman, Emmanuel Hoog, hangs a company sign on the door of the news agency’s new bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. Agence France-Presse officially opened a new bureau in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang last week, holding an opening ceremony attended by Emmanuel Hoog, the group’s chief executive and chairman. The new office will focus on producing video and photographic content, and the news follows an agreement made earlier in the year between …

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