Friday 21 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

Swain & IsraelAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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Hong Kong schoolboy sends text message suicide note to parents

HONG KONG  - A 13-year-old schoolboy sent a suicide note to his parents by mobile phone text message before leaping to his death from a Hong Kong high-rise flat, a news report said Wednesday. Chan Wai-lok, who jumped from his family's 14th-floor flat early Tuesday morning, wrote in the message, 'Goodbye, daddy and mummy. Mum, don't play mahjong again,' the South China Morning Post reported.

No explicit reason was given for his suicide in the note, the newspaper said. Mahjong is a hugely popular Chinese dominoes-style game played mostly by Hong Kong women for modest wagers. Youth suicide rates in Hong Kong are relatively high with sociologists blaming pressure to succeed at school and lack of communication between working couples and their children. Fifteen Hong Kong secondary school children committed suicide in the 2009-2010 academic year compared to 11 in the previous academic year.

© Deutsche Press Agentur



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