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Chapter 8 : Ida, Su Yin, the light of Tin Hau, and the wrath of Yen Lo
Repulse Bay gets its first mention. As does the Repulse Bay Hotel.
HK Observatory is observed from the Mount Austin apartments with a signal 1 typhoon warning hoisted. He then describes the events of Typhoon Ida on 27 August 1954.
His mother met with Governer Grantham at Government House.
They visit friends on Stonecutters Island:"near their house, there was a large anti-aircraft gun left over from the war".
He describes a longer route to HMS Tamar via Happy Valley and Wanchai (I wonder if this is the same route that the number 15 bus takes i.e via Stubbs Road?).
Shek O is visited and is described as "To one side, a tiny fishing village stood on a promontory".
Sai Ying Pun is mentioned within the context of the view from the peak. He also says that "the bellow of a cow in the Kennedy Town abattoir might lift up to me - to be abruptly cut short" Note that before 1961, the abattoir was actually the Smithfield Cattle Depot, located between Pokfield Path and Rockhill St.
Somewhere around the peak is a boulder that contains the inscription: "25th Battn. Middlesex Regt. "Tyndareus" Feb. 6th 1917". It is commemorating the soldiers killed on a HK-bound troopship sunk off the coast of South Africa by a German mine.