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David

PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 20

A look at what's been added / updated at Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

 

Dates for your diary

18th May - London - Barbara Anslow. If you couldn't get a seat at Barbara's sold-out talk to the Hong Kong Society, there's another chance to hear her speak on Saturday. Click for details.

1st June - HK - New Gwulo talk. I've been working my way through my collection, scanning in photos that fit the "people" theme of the new talk. Most of them haven't been shown on the Gwulo website before, so expect plenty of new photos & stories. Click for details.

 

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Route Twisk [1953- ]

Named after: The initials of the places at each end of the road, Tsuen Wan and Sek Kong. The new Route Twisk, shown in blue, was a much more direct connection than the old route, shown in red.

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 18

A look at what's been added / updated at Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

 

Dates for your diary

Last week, finishes on 5th May - HK - Steps through time is an exhibition of old Hong Kong photos that I've curated. The exhibition is open to all and free of charge. It is on display in the lobby of The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen's Road Central (the entrance is on Stanley Street, next to the junction with Pottinger Street).

8th May - HK - Gwulo lunchtime meetup, all welcome. Click for details.

18th May - London - Barbara Anslow. If you couldn't get a seat at Barbara's sold-out talk to the Hong Kong Society, there's another chance to hear her speak on the 18th of May. Click for details.

1st June - HK - New Gwulo talk. I'll present the new Talk #5 for the first time at the Visual Arts Centre on Kennedy Road. It's on a Saturday morning for a change. Click for details.

 

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Gwulo in the UK

Here are a few of the finds from my recent trip to the UK.

The National Archives

I spent a couple of days there, looking through old documents, maps, and photos from Hong Kong. I didn't have any specific documents to see on this visit, so I took pot luck with some general searches. I'll show some extracts below, but if you want me to look in them for anything specific, please leave a comment below.

Photos

I only saw a few photos on this visit, including this 1958 aerial view of Kai Tak, ref: AIR 28/1374. The reclamation for the new runway into the harbour is visible in the bottom left corner. It's a detailed photo, and worth clicking through to use the zoom for a closer look.

Aerial view of Kai Tak

 

Maps

I had better luck with maps, especially a collection of

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 14

A look at what's been added / updated at Gwulo.com. Please click on the photos or the blue links for more information - and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

Dates for your diary

Now til 5th May - HK - Steps through time is an exhibition of old Hong Kong photos that I've curated. The exhibition is open to all and free of charge. It is on display in the lobby of The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen's Road Central (the entrance is on Stanley Street, next to the junction with Pottinger Street).

18th May - London - Barbara Anslow. If you couldn't get a seat at Barbara's sold-out talk to the Hong Kong Society, there's another chance to hear her speak on the 18th of May. Click for details.

UPDATE - The "New Gwulo talk." that I'd listed for 19th of June might need to be rescheduled. I'll post an update once the date & location are confirmed.

 


 

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