The Art of High-Rise Laundering

Hong Kong

Never trust a person who hangs their laundry over the balcony of a multi-storey apartment block.

Unless of course they happened to be living in Hong Kong back in 1974.

In which case as this photo proves, it was perfectly acceptable.


Back during this time, the island of Hong Kong, located off the southern coast of China, was still a colony of Britain. It wasn’t until 1997 that Hong Kong was handed over to the People’s Republic of China by the United Kingdom.

In the year of 1974, Murray McLehose founded the Independent Commission Against Corruption, in order to combat corruption within the police force. The extent of corruption was so widespread that a mass police petition took place resisting prosecutions. Despite early opposition to the Commission by members of the police force, Hong Kong was successful in its anti-corruption efforts, eventually becoming what today is regarded as one of the least corrupt societies of the world.



Wanna see how to hang out washing the cool way? Then  CLICK HERE

Ps. A previous generation of word ‘enthusiasts’ (I could have said ‘nerds’ but I prefer not to) had the seminal Strunk ‘N White’s THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE as their go-to reference for all things language-convention related. Now comes a new word style bible for the internet age called A WORLD WITHOUT WHOM. Written by author Emmy J. Favilla who is credited as head writer for the New York based internet media company Buzzfeed (which has inexcess of 700 employees) who specialize in social and entertainment news with a focus on digital media, this book has been described as a witty take on communicating in the era of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, email, texts and blogs.


Pss. Your bonus read this week is a guest post I’ve written on the subject of writer’s notebooks for U.S based blogger Matt Pavlak’s site ACCIDENTALLY INSPIRED.


4 thoughts on “The Art of High-Rise Laundering

  1. Thanks for your latest blog entry. Do you follow the Elements of Style? I have not read this book but does it worry you that it is American English? Now I think that ‘Strunk’ is certainly an interesting name.

    I found your insights to using a writer’s notebook interesting.

    Any books you recommend on current Australian grammar would be appreciated. I find the use of capitals in Yours Sincerely annoying however has the rule changed? Do we use a capital for both words now?

    I obviously have something to learn about hanging out clothes. I certainly do not use so much energy as the clip showed when doing this mundane task. Maybe that’s my problem? I need to spice it up a bit. However at the back of my mind a little voice is saying physio bills, don’t do it!

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  2. Golly gosh gee whiz!

    You mean someone actually clicks on the links I insert into these posts?
    That’s a revelation of the highest order that pleases me greatly!
    You’re right – Batman would never stoop so low to have to visit a physio.

    As to our American mates William Strunk and E.B. White, the first edition of their grammar usage book that they jointly collaborated on came out in 1959 (it actually sold 2 million copies in that year – unheard of publishing figures by todays standards). Time Magazine named it in 2011 as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923.

    This thin little book is so famous it inspired a biography of sorts back in 2009 when author Mark Garvey wrote his book “Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style”.

    Yours sincerely,

    ‘The-Glen-in-holiday-mode’ version of Glen

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  3. I was going to say my version of a writer’s notebook is a stack of envelopes I use for note taking when ideas enter my brain cell. I then recalled how I do still update occasionally a special Jim Rohn Journal with notable life events, and it has indeed been referred to for various elements of undercover writing I have indulged in. It reminds me I need to update it again now Lauren has graduated with all manner of accolades. Thanks Glen for once more stirring up so many thoughts in the shallow thinking world we live in. 🙂

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