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How did a posh wedding and grilled fish help make a billionaire?

Inspiration can come in many forms. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has often told that the melody for his smash hit Yesterday came to him in a dream. Sir Isaac Newton might never have concocted his laws on gravity were it not for a falling apple. And without the smell of grilled seafood and the gentle ...

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The Singaporean singer who took Hong Kong to his heart

Singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan stands on a footpath in a rundown industrial estate in Hong Kong, smiling and gazing skyward for the camera. A tradesman holding a beer looks on, clearly bemused by the scene. Tan has had time to perfect his poses. The Singaporean-born musician, who now calls Hong ...

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Top tips for getting a letter from a Chinese leader

Thousands of people write to President Xi Jinping each week but young people and favoured industry groups have a higher chance of being among the handful each year who receive a reply, according to Chinese media reports. According to the Southern Metropolis News, about 2,000 letters from the ...

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Japanese professor blames China for mercury on Unesco island

A Japanese professor has blamed high levels of mercury in frost in forests in southern Japan on pollution from China. The study, by Osamu Nagafuchi, a visiting professor at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, coincides with a United Nations treaty on the use of and trade in mercury going into ...

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