Sunday, February 20, 2005

Lost in Translation
Submitted for your approval: two raw, verbatim excerpts from recent stories written by the same reporter. This individual is so infamous that his surname has become a verb in the newsroom. As in "you've been '--'ed' if you're unfortunate enough to call up one of his stories. Due to the perils of blogging about the workplace, I've granted him more anonymity here than is probably his due. But he enjoys "senior reporter" status and reportedly has an MA in English. The first is from an expose about a perceived increase in Hong Kong porno. The second details a ferry-cargo boat "collusion." Enjoy.

A social worker Tammy So said, for example, a popular variety show featured with male and female artistes' passage of thin pieces of foods with their mouths as a part of team-playing.
The show is broadcast between 8.30-9.30 pm, or family time in Sunday.
She said the game might look funny to audience but this could misunderstand the youngsters than they could kiss other people as playing games.
She said this was dangerous because kissing with mouths was usually followed by even closer behaviours and such act was strictly only for male and females having close relationships.
Jess Chan, project officer of a religious group the Society for Truth and Light, said some popular news weekly included unnecessary sexy photographs and words in their stories continuous.
She said, for example, a news article on a magazine carried headlines of an anniversary celebration of a television station but gave a detailed description on the body shapes of female artistes.
Speeding and low visibility may cause a collusion between a catamaran and a cargo ship at Tsing Yi which sent 97 catamaran crews and passengers to five hospitals in Thursday morning.
At 8.10 am, there was a collusion between the catamaran taking nine crews and 156 passengers and a mainland-registered coastal vessel Zhong Hang 908 taking seven crews and bulks of goods to be unloaded in Hong Kong.
The collusion was occurred at the junction of Ma Wan Fairway and Kap Shui Mun Fairway which is the waters away from MOBIL Oil Depot at the southwest corner of Tsing Yi Island.
Within a hour after the collusion, police launches took off about 18 passengers off the catamaran and sent them to Princess Margaret Hospital.
``People sitting at the front rows suffered the worst hit because there is a big space. Most were fallen down from their seats and colluded to elsewhere at the moment when the ship was stopped unexpectedly,'' a unhurt male catamaran passenger told reporter.
``There were big chaos. Those did not fasten their seat belts and facing nothing in front of their seats suffered the most serious injuries,'' another unhurt male passenger Lai told reporters.
Lai used his mobile handset to take a photograph showing a white cavity pillar in the catamaran was damaged which was apparently caused by collusion of a human head to the pillar.
``We felt a sudden reduction of the ship speed which was so abnormal. I then heard horns made by the ship and saw a black shadow colluding to our vessel. Luckily, I was just fell down from my seat,'' another passenger said.
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