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A Thrilling
New Year’s Eve Party
with DJ Supremo, Mr Anders Nelsson
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                              Friday, 31 December 2010
                                   7.30pm cocktail
                                      8pm dinner
                                  $1,250 per person
                             Function and Dining Room
                                   inclusive of aperitif,
                               5-course gourmet set dinner,
                            free owing wine with dinner and
                           Champagne for toasting the New Year         Christmas at the LRC
                                                                       A Festive Celebration page 9-11
                                                                       Join us for a Fun Christmas page 41
                                                                       A Thrilling New Year’s Eve Party back cover
                                                                       Featuring Fantastic Deals for Christmas page 18-19

                           Booking is available now at the Reception
Number 10
The magazine of the LRC
                                                      LRC                                                                                                                                                                                                                           President’s Column <president@lrc.com.hk>


GENERAL COMMITTEE 2010/2011
President
Sydney Dinsmore         <president@lrc.com.hk>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           December marks the end of another             In house, the Wine Dinners continue to be very popular with
Vice President                                                                                                                                                                                                             busy year but it is also a wonderful
Stuart Mowbray          <vpresident@lrc.com.hk >
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Champagne dinner in November a definite highpoint of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           month for festivities and food at the         season. The many events that members enjoy throughout the year
Honorary Treasurer
Norman Janelle          <hontreasurer@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                                                          LRC. While for many members there             including special F&B dinners and parties, charitable functions and
Honorary Secretary                                                                                                                                                                                                         is the anticipation of holidays and           activities, Club Days, Swim Galas, Club tournaments including
Mike Button             <honsec@lrc.com.hk>            VISION To be one of the most sought after family-oriented sports and recreation clubs in Hong Kong.                                                                 travel, it is also a time to reflect on the   Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Bowling and a myriad of other smaller
Tennis Convenor                                        MISSION To provide top quality sporting, recreation and dining facilities, services and amenities to                                                                highlights of the year gone by.               events as well as all the external events take time and energy to
Victoria Fox-Smith      <tennis@lrc.com.hk>            meet the needs of a diverse multi-national membership and their families whilst fostering all-round                                                                                                               organize and manage. On behalf of LRC members, I would like
Junior Activities Convenor                             sporting excellence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The LRC is fortunate to have such             to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at the LRC for their
Angela Moss           <junioractivities@lrc.com.hk>
Indoor Sports Convenor
                                                      OPENING HOURS OF OUTLETS                                                                                                                                             strong participation in sports and            dedication to providing excellent service to Club members.
Mark Clifford       <indoorsports@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                                                              Club activities. This past year tennis
                                                      Family Clubhouse /                    Monday - Sunday                    8am - 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)
Facilities Convenor                                   Sundeck / Baby Pool
                                                                                                                                                                                                proved once again that it was a major player at league level.            Capital Works
David Leung             <projects@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                                   Some highlights of the League results include HKLTL Summer               Members should note that on the 7 December, the General
                                                      Bistro / Verandah                     Monday - Thursday                  10am - 11.30pm
                                                                                            Friday                             10am - 12midnight                                                Ladies Morning League, LRC Premier finishing in 1st place and            Committee will host a Town Hall meeting to further outline the
                                                                                            Saturday                           8am - 12 midnight                                                the Spring Ladies A+ Division in 2nd place. Tournament play              Main Clubhouse renovation project. A rescheduled EGM will take
                                                                                            Sunday                             8am - 11.30pm
 USEFUL NUMBERS & E-MAILS                                                                                                                                                                       included Malcolm Barnett & Giovanni Valenti’s winning the                place on Thursday 20 January.
                                                      Le Chais                              Tuesday - Sunday                   12noon - 9pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                Veteran’s handicap doubles, Yumie Takenaka & Delphine Troch
 Reception                                            Sports Bar                            Monday - Sunday                    4pm - 12midnight
 Tel. 3199 3500          <reception@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                                 defeating the Number 1 seeds Anne Aallonen and Joy Tacon and             In late November a Data Room was set up in the Reading Room
                                                      Dining Room &                         Tuesday - Sunday
 General Manager                                                                                                                                                                                the Junior LRC Dragons were the winners of HKTA D Division. In           next to Reception. Here members may review plans and read
 Lisa Keatley                                         Cocktail Lounge                       Lunch: 12noon - 3pm          (Closed on Mondays, Saturdays & Public Holidays)
 Tel. 3199 3990          <gm@lrc.com.hk>              (8 & above)                           Dinner: 6 - 12midnight       (Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays)                                  other Junior Tennis news, the under 18s and the under 12s were           through the supporting material available on the proposed
 Financial Controller                                 8-18: accompanied by adult:           (last food order at 10.30pm)                                                                        Runners-up in the Prince Challenge.                                      renovation. This information will be available up until the EGM
 Raymond Cheung                                       8-13: up to 8pm
 Tel. 3199 3880          <fc@lrc.com.hk>              Indoor & Outdoor Pools                Monday - Sunday             7am - 10pm Summer (May to September)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in January.
 Corporate Secretary                                                                        *please note that on Wednesdays and Saturdays the indoor pool closes at 9:30pm.                     Swimming has also enjoyed an excellent year with Masters
 & Membership Manager                                                                                                          7am - 9pm Winter (October to April)                              swimmers participating in the World Masters Championships in             Other building works in the Club include Tennis Court 4, which
 Winnie Lau
 Tel. 3199 3777          <corporate@lrc.com.hk>       Sports Shop                           Monday - Sunday                    10am - 7pm                                                       Göteborg, Sweden where Sports member Eric Johnson won bronze             will be closed until the end of January for resurfacing. The Squash
 Food & Beverage Manager                              Movie Gallery                         Monday - Sunday                    9.30am - 10pm                                                    in the 100m Butterfly. In April, 18 Junior swimmers competed in          Courts will be closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas holiday period
 Michael Soong                                        Squash Courts                         Monday - Sunday                    7am - 10.15pm                                                    the Indian Ocean All Star Challenge in Perth, Australia and in the       for repainting. The Baby Pool area will close later in February for
 Tel. 3199 3555          <fbm@lrc.com.hk>
                                                      Fitness Room                          Monday - Sunday                    6am - 10.30pm                                                    recent Hong Kong Long Course Championships 3 LRC swimmers                essential drainage repair works and the refurbishment of some of
 Spa Manager
 Suzanne Harwood                                      Tennis Courts (No. 1-10)              Monday - Sunday                    7am - 10.30pm                                                    achieved medal standing including Sherman Chau, Gold, 200m               the play equipment. This work is expected to last about 12 weeks.
 Tel. 3199 3688          <sanctuary@lrc.com.hk>       The Sanctuary Spa                     Monday - Friday                             10am - 9pm                                              Butterfly; Silver, Estephe Corlin, 200m Freestyle and Sarah Hsu,
 Sports & Recreation Manager                                                                Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays           10am - 8pm                                              Bronze, 200m Butterfly.
 Ruth Morrison                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           On behalf of the General Committee, Happy Holidays to all our
 Tel. 3199 3597          <sportsm@lrc.com.hk>         Library                               Normal hours                       Monday - Sunday        10am - 8pm (13 & above)                                                                                            members and their families!
 Banquet Office                                                                                                                Monday - Friday        3pm - 6pm (12 & under)                    In Squash, the Junior winner of the Sir Ivo Rigby Squash Tournament
 Tel. 3199 3666 / 3667 <banquet@lrc.com.hk>                                                 Card access                        Monday - Sunday        8am - 10am (18 or above)
                                                                                                                               Monday - Sunday        8pm - 11pm (18 or above)                  in June was Thomas Cooper while the Senior winner was Mike
 Membership Office
 Tel. 3199 3770 / 3773 <membership@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                                  Fowlds. Squash was the winner in the annual Raquets Team
                                                      Junior Library                        Monday                                          3pm - 6pm
 Recreation Office                                                                                                                                                                              challenge. In Badminton, the Junior Cup champion in the Lim
                                                                                            Tuesday - Sunday & Public Holidays              10am - 6.30pm
 Tel. 3199 3598          <recreationadm@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                                             Cup was Andrew Liu, while Praveen Sabnani won the Senior Cup.
                                                      Bowling Alley                         Monday - Friday                    2pm - 10.30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sydney Dinsmore
 Sports Desk
 Tel. 3199 3800          <sportsbooking@lrc.com.hk>                                         Saturday, Sunday                   11am - 10.30pm
 Adult & Junior Libraries                                                                   Public Holidays                    *can be booked for parties before / after opening hours
 Tel. 3199 3900          <library@lrc.com.hk>         Junior Activities                     Normal hours                       Monday - Friday   3pm - 8pm
 Movie Gallery                                        Table Games Area &                                                       Saturday, Sunday, 9am - 8pm
 Tel. 3199 3600          <moviegallery@lrc.com.hk>    Teens’ Room (13 & above)                                                 Public Holidays
                                                                                                                               & School Break
 LRC
                                                                                            Card access                        Monday - Sunday 8pm - 11pm (13 or above)
 10 Old Peak Road, Hong Kong
 Tel. 3199 3500 Fax. 2840 1478                        Soft Play Room (6 & under)            Daily                              9am - 8pm
 E-mail: inquiries@lrc.com.hk                         Kids Klub (6 & under)                 Monday - Friday                    9am - 7.30pm      Member or Guardian Supervision
 Website: www.lrc.com.hk                                                                    Saturday                           9am - 1pm         Member or Guardian Supervision
                                                                                                                               1pm - 7.30pm      Member Supervision only
                                                                                            Sunday, Public Holidays            9am - 7.30pm      Member Supervision only


                                                      Editor               Mrs. Brenda Scofield
                                                      Opinions expressed in articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the LRC. We welcome articles and
                                                      other contributions from members; however, the General Committee reserves the right to edit all materials or decline publication.
 MAIN CLUBHOUSE UPDATE
                                                                                                                                             Facilities Sub-committee Review                                        The recommendation from the structural engineer (JMK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    indicates that the existing foundation and columns would
                                                                                                                                               Option 1: Minimum requirement: Essential replacement of              have to be increased by close to 100% in order to support the
                                                                                                                                               kitchen equipment, MVAC system, electrical, plumbing &               additional load imposed by the added floor.
MAIN CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION                                              Finance Sub-committee Review
                                                                                                                                               drainage, new fittings and minimal redecoration. (Statutory
                                                                                                                                               requirements were not considered at the time of estimate)            The approval and construction time would be long and difficult.
TOWN HALL MEETING - Tuesday 7 December at 7 pm in the                  Option 1, the minimum requirement and Option 2A, a total                                                                                     The proposed addition is not recommended.
Function Room                                                          refurbishment with 1 storey added, are not considered as viable
                                                                                                                                               This option would not deliver the necessary enhancements to
                                                                       alternatives due to significant financial uncertainties associated                                                                           Option 3: Demolish existing Main Clubhouse and re-build a
                                                                                                                                               achieve our overall quality objectives and the government will
EGM - Thursday 20 January at 7 pm in the Function Room                 with each option.                                                                                                                            3 storey new building. The proposed floor area is similar to
                                                                                                                                               likely implement disabled access requirements within a few
                                                                                                                                               years meaning that the Main Clubhouse would have to undergo          Option 2A for direct comparison purposes. Building with more
Following the Town Hall Meeting held on 21 September 2010,             While a comprehensive analysis was completed for each option,                                                                                than 3 stories could be achieved with additional funding and
                                                                                                                                               further expensive construction at a later date.
the General Committee requested that the Finance Sub-committee         the key takeaways are:                                                                                                                       an extended construction period.
and the Facilities Sub-committee revisit and review their respective
                                                                                                                                               Option 2: Demolish the existing building to expose the concrete
positions in relation to the various renovation options that had       • The Club, on a normal operating basis (BAU), will annually                                                                                 Tennis court 5 would possibly be closed for the duration of the
                                                                                                                                               structure, replacement and/or renovation of building services,
previously been considered for the Main Clubhouse.                       generate sufficient cash flow to pay for usual capital                                                                                     project for a crane installation.
                                                                                                                                               kitchen facility, verandah extension, complete redecoration
                                                                         expenditures; as such, there will be insufficient cash flow to
                                                                                                                                               and full compliance with all government department statutory
Both sub-committees have unanimously reconfirmed Option 2,               repay any major borrowing.                                                                                                                 The extended 2 year design/approval period will put tremendous
                                                                                                                                               requirements.
a complete refurbishment of the Main Clubhouse. The respective           – It is to be noted that, in order to maintain this sufficient                                                                             pressure on the existing Main Clubhouse to maintain an
recommendations by the sub-committees have in turn been                     cash flow and to cover inflation in operating costs, the BAU                                                                            acceptable level of service for the three years of construction.
                                                                                                                                               This design would achieve overall quality objectives as per the
unanimously re-endorsed by the General Committee, and will                  scenario includes, in 2014, a 10% price increase on monthly                                                                             Option 3 is not recommended.
                                                                                                                                               approved General Building Plan.
again be presented to members in a Town Hall meeting on                     subscriptions and entrance fees.
7 December, and are the subject of an EGM to be held on                  – Also a 5% price increase on F&B is assumed for 2011, 2013                                                                             Further information on the Main Clubhouse renovation is available
                                                                                                                                               Option 2A: This is the same as Option 2, with one storey added
20 January, 2011. At the EGM, the General Committee will seek,              and 2015 in order to cover expected product cost increases.                                                                          in the Data Room located in the Reading Room. Contact Reception
                                                                                                                                               on top and includes foundation modification and additional
by Special Resolution, up to $75m to achieve the proposed Option                                                                                                                                                 for details.
                                                                                                                                               support columns on the ground and 1st floors. The proposed
2 renovation.                                                          • The Club will have approximately $40 million in cash reserves
                                                                                                                                               added floor would be designed for F&B facilities.
                                                                         after the implementation of Option 2. This amount is considered
The other options, including Option 1: a minimal renovation of           to be a sufficient cash reserve. (It will cover 8.5 months of the
equipment and essential services, Option 2A: an option allowing          Club’s operating expenses)
for one storey to be put on top of the Main Clubhouse and a
                                                                                                                                                                                       TOWN HALL MEETING
complete refurbishment as per Option 2, and Option 3: a totally        • Option 3 would necessitate the borrowing of $35 million or                               Tuesday, 7 December at 7 pm in the Function Room
new 3 storey building, were rejected by both sub-committees for          more and would require an additional $96 million in capital
their respective reasons as set out more fully below.                    over Option 2 if it were to be implemented.
                                                                         – The repayment of the loan can be funded from the proceeds                                                                       EGM
                                                                            of a five year building levy and an increase in membership.
In addition to agreeing with the sub-committees respective
                                                                            It is anticipated that the levy would be between $300 to
                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, 20 January at 7 pm in the Function Room
decisions, the General Committee reaffirmed its earlier decision
that Options 2A and 3 were not feasible as they would necessitate           $700 per month per member account. The variation in the
closure of the MCH for a minimum of 3 years, the required capital           building levy amount corresponds directly with the number
expenditure would exceed the Club’s available financial resources           of new members allowed to join the Club. The more new
and as a result constrain the Club’s finances for years to come.            members the lower the building levy.
This in turn would dramatically inhibit the ability of members
to consider any other development projects for the Club in the         • While each option will generate incremental income and cost
medium-term.                                                             savings, none of the projects will produce a return on investment
                                                                         as, over the life of the project, the net incremental income
Option 2 has therefore been re-confirmed by the General                  earned will be less than the original capital cost.
Committee, the Finance Sub-committee and the Facilities Sub-
committee as the only feasible Main Clubhouse renovation option.
General Manager <gm@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                              COMMITTEE COLUMN




                                                                                                                                                                               FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS
                           Christmas will soon be upon us and all      Further congratulations go to our member Andrea Gutwirth for
                           departments have been busy planning         her win in the ‘Entrepreneur’ Category of the Women of Influence
                           the usual festivities and activities that   Awards, Andrea is the founder of Women’s Charity Soultalk which         Main Responsibility
                           come at this time of year.                  helps more than 2,000 women in Hong Kong each year.                     The Finance subcommittee’s (FinCom) overriding responsibility is to safeguard the assets of the Club for all stakeholders. This
                                                                                                                                               corporate governance task includes ensuring that there are adequate internal controls, segregation of duties and proper checks
                           Certainly not to be missed for family       Please remember that club employees including our security              and balances within the various business processes and that all control policies are being followed. In addition, FinCom, on
                           members is ‘A Christmas Carol’              guard Buddhi, have been directed to enforce rules that are              behalf of GenCom, reviews the details of the actual financial operating results and capital expenditures on a regular basis to
                           pantomime scheduled for 12 December.        made on behalf of the members by members. Our front line                make sure that they are within expectations, and that there is transparency in the accounts.
                           This promises to be a fun event and I       employees attempt to perform this difficult task in a friendly,
                           recommend that members book early           courteous and respectful way, however reports of members                Mission
                           to avoid disappointment.                    abusing or simply ignoring staff and our security guard, have           The primary mission of FinCom is working with the Finance Department to make sure that there is sufficient annual cash flow to:
                                                                       recently been brought to my attention. This is a difficult              • provide the Club with adequate working capital so that it can function on a financially sound basis, plus
This year we have scheduled two Christmas Carols events. One           job for our employees, particularly considering that for                • pay for ongoing and recurring capital expenditures, and
is on 5 December with the Salvation Army at 5.30pm, where              many English is not their first language. Your co-operation in          • fund the long-term facilities plan.
we will be lighting the tree on the Sundeck after an afternoon of      adhering to the rules and listening to our staff is requested
Christmas Craft activities and the other on 19 December at 6pm         and appreciated.                                                        In addition to developing a long-term cash flow plan, the responsibility includes reviewing all pricing plans related to the activities
with caroling and music from Anders Nelsson. Both will include                                                                                 in F&B, Recreation, Membership, etc., all requests for capital expenditures and, as well, reviewing past due accounts receivable.
mulled wine and mince pies.
                                                                       Finally on behalf of all the staff at the LRC, I would like to wish
                                                                       you seasons greetings and a happy and healthy new year!
Congratulations go to Amit Thapa from the Sports Desk and Cindy
Kingkaew from the Spa who won our 3rd quarter staff awards. I
am sure that members who know them both will agree that they                                                                                 Norman Janelle                                                          Rupert McCowan
are very worthy winners.                                                                                                                     Norman and his wife, Hughie, joined the LRC                             Rupert has been a member of the Club since
                                                                                                                                             over 25 years ago and has been working with                             2002. He joined the Finance Subcommittee
                                                                                                                                             the Finance Subcommittee since 2006. He                                 in 2009. Following jobs as a political adviser
                                                                   More photos and write up of the 2010 Annual Tennis Dinner                 has more than 40 years business experience                              in the British Houses of Parliament and active
                                                                                                   coming in our next issue…                 predominantly with multi-national companies,                            army service with the Queen’s Royal Hussars,
                                                                                                                                             and the last 20 years in senior general                                 he embarked on a career in investment
                                                                                                                                             management positions. He most recently                                  banking, serving on the boards of two major
                                                                                                                                             worked for Disney Consumer Products as the                              banks. For the previous five years he has been
                                                                                                                                             Asia Pacific Senior Vice President and General                          the Director of the Royal Geographical Society
                                                                                                                                             Manager and is now involved in several consulting projects. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in Asia, while running a financial consultancy.
                                                                                                                                             addition to Hong Kong, he has been at various times based in
                                                                                                                                             Canada, Switzerland, Turkey and India. He holds a Bachelor of
                                                                                                                                             Commerce Degree and was a qualified Chartered Accountant.               Matt Denness
                                                                                                                                             Norman is married with five children and ten grandchildren, enjoys      Matt has been in Hong Kong since 1999 and a
                                                                                                                                             playing golf and is a fanatical jogger.                                 member of the LRC since 2007. Until August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2010, he was the Regional Manager/Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for Hansard Development Services, the sales
                                                                                                                                             Stuart Mowbray                                                          and marketing arm of Hansard Global — a
                                                                                                                                             Stuart and his wife Fiona joined the LRC in 1998.                       leading offshore financial services company. He
                                                                                                                                             Stuart has been on the Finance Subcommittee                             now runs his own company, Hilden Associates,
                                                                                                                                             since 2002, the General Committee since May                             providing innovative financial solutions to
                                                                                                                                             2008, and Membership Subcommittee and Vice                              financial intermediaries around Asia. He uses
                                                                                                                                             President-House since May 2009. Stuart has                              the club for socialising, swimming and the odd visit to the gym.
                                                                                                                                             29 years experience in investment banking in
                                                                                                                                             London, Australasia and Hong Kong. He now
                                                                                                                                             manages his own advisory business. Stuart has
                                                                                                                                             a Law degree, and an MBA from Kellogg/HKUST.
                                                                                                  A Festive
                                                                                                        Celebration
Charlotte Le Gargasson                           Justin Baldauf
Charlotte has been a member of the Club since    Justin Baldauf is a private investor based in
1979. She started her banking career in Sydney   Hong Kong. Formerly he was an equity research
and moved back to Hong Kong in 2005. She is      analyst and portfolio manager on Wall Street.
currently the Head of Global Network Banking,
Hong Kong for The Royal Bank of Scotland
advising multinationals on their corporate
banking needs in the region.




                                                                          Book early for your

                                                                                  Christmas and

                                                                     New Year celebrations.




                                                                            Please contact our

                                                              Banqueting Department at

                                                                                 3199 3666 or

                                                                                    3199 3667.
                            1 - 12 December                                                       20 - 22 December
                             12 days of Christmas Craft                                               Christmas Camps
            Join in the 12 days of Christmas, 10am-5pm, Junior Library                            10am-1pm, Multiple venues
                 by making your 12 days of Christmas decorations!


                                                                                                   21 - 23 December
                             4 - 5 December                                                        Early Christmas Dinner
                   Christmas Wine Fair, 12noon-7pm, Le Chais                                    6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room
                                                                                            $350 per person for 4-course set menu

                               5 December
                     • Christmas Crafts, 4pm-6pm, Sundeck                                             24 December
   • Stuart Glass Squash Tournament and Squash Christmas Social Buffet Dinner                       Christmas Eve Dinner
        4pm-6pm, Squash Courts, Buffet from 6.30pm onwards, Sports Bar                          6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room
          • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5.30pm, Sundeck                         $450 per person for 5-course set menu and
           Join us for Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army Band,                        a complimentary Christmas Cocktail
                   complimentary Mulled Wine & Minced Pies

                                                                                                      25 December
                               8 December                                                            Christmas Day Lunch
                     Christmas Chicago Bridge Party, 9.30am                          Featuring appetizer and dessert buffet, set main course
                           followed by Christmas lunch                                    12noon–2.30pm, Function & Dining Room
                                                                                                    Adults: $425 per person
                                                                                                  Children: $265 per person

                              12 December
The LRC Presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ Pantomime, 4pm Function Room / Sports Hall
        A pantomime production by Chunky Onion. Fun for all the family!
                                                                                                      26 December
            Tickets available at reception $120 Adults, $100 Children                        Boxing Day Movie, 3pm, Bowling Café
                                                                                            Join our regular Sunday Dim Sum Lunch
                                                                                                 12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room

                           14 - 24 December
                      (except Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
                 Executive Set Lunch with Christmas Trimmings                                         31 December
                          12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room                                            A Thrilling New Year’s Eve Party
                         From the Buffet - $135 per person                                             7.30pm – Cocktail
                Buffet + Choice of Main Course - $178 per person                                          8pm – Dinner
                                                                                                   Function & Dining Room
                                                                                                       $1,250 per person
                              15 December
               Christmas Beauty Bar - Mulled wine and Manicures,
                        6:30pm-8:30pm, Spa Reception                                                    1 January
                                                                                                    New Year’s Day Lunch
                                                                                  3-course set menu and a complimentary glass of Champagne
                                                                                           12noon-2.30pm, Function & Dining Room
                              19 December                                                          Adults: $288 per person
                                Carol Singing,                                                    Children: $178 per person
                   complimentary Mulled Wine & Minced Pies
                                6pm, Sundeck
CLUB DINING by Michael Soong<fbm@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                                                            CLUB DINING by Michael Soong<fbm@lrc.com.hk>




                                                   Raclette
                                                                                                      Curry Buffet
                    available for dinner in the Bistro this December...
                                                                                                                                   &
                                                                                                                                        Live Music
photo source: Swiss Tourism




                                                                                                                           Date:      Friday, 3 December
                                                                                                                           Time:      7-10pm
                                                                                                                           Venue:     Sports Bar
                                                                                                                           Fee:       $98 per person

                                                                                                                                                                                Introducing our December Wine-of-the-Month,
                                                                                                                                                                             supplied by Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant...


                                                                                                                                                                            O      ver 300 years ago, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine
                                                                                                                                                                            and spirit merchant opened its shop at 3 St James’s Street, opposite
                                                                                                                                                                            St James’s Palace, where it still stands today. The shop front, built
                                                                                                                                                                            in the 1730s, is one of the few surviving 18th century shop fronts
                              Join the Swiss for this traditional wintertime staple, served
                                                                                                                                                                            in London. The London shop has changed little since the company
                              over boiled potatoes with lots of ground black pepper,
                              accompanied by small pickled onions and gherkins.                                                                                             was established in 1698 and is like a working museum steeped in
                                                                                                                                                                            vinous history.

                                                                                                                                                                            In 1760, during George III’s reign, Berry Bros. & Rudd first supplied
                              BRIDGE REPORT by Kath Malone                                             Diwali lunch and bridge party at LRC                                 wine to the British Royal family and the company has continued to do
                              The Chicago Christmas Bridge party will take place on                           on 2 November, 2010                                           so until the present day. The company currently holds royal warrants
                              Wednesday, 8 December at 9.30am followed by Christmas                                                                                         for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
                              lunch. Please sign up on the bridge board, near Reception.
                              As usual we appeal for any donations for prizes and
                              welcome guests.                                                                                                                               The philosophy behind Berrys’ Own Selection wines is simple...
                                                                                                                                                                            best value and quality possible in each region. Wines selected for
                              Duplicate Games
                              -Every Monday at 7pm                                                                                                                          this range are standard-bearers of style and quality from classical
                              -Every Friday at 10am                                                                                                                         wine regions, be they long-term European favourites or modern
                                                                                                                                                                            icons of the New World. Leading producers hand-craft wines that
                              Social Chicago Bridge
                              -Every Wednesday from 9:30am-12:30pm                                                                                                          are truly representative of both the wine’s region of origin and the
                              No partner needed. Just turn up! Guests welcome.                                                                                              wine-maker’s individual wine-making style.
                              For enquiries or information of new classes,
                              please contact Kath Malone on 9813 3358 or                      Back row from left: Chandra(M), Roma(M), Mala, Menka(M), Radhika,
                              2849 8988 or email ktwomeymalone@hotmail.com, or                Front row from left: Niloufer, Varsha, Meera, Hansa(M), Laj, Sunaina(M)
                              leave your name and contact details at Main Reception.          M=member of LRC
CLUB DINING by Michael Soong<fbm@lrc.com.hk>                                                                                            MOVIE GALLERY by Herby Samaniego <moviegallery@lrc.com.hk>



                                         December Wine of the Month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Synopses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The A-Team
  White and Dessert Wine                                                                                             Price per bottle                                                                                   Four American soldiers who are in
 Berrys’ Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Necotium, Italy 2008                                                                 $150                                                                                          Iraq are sent on a mission
 Top quality grapes from Italy's Colli Orientali del Friuli region and lees aging combine in this delicious wine.                                                                                                       to recover plates for
 Blessed with ripe honeysuckle aromas and spicy white peach flavours, its apricot and honeydew flavours are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        printing 100 dollar
 beautifully balanced by stony minerality.
 Food pairings: creamy fish, poultry dishes.                                                                                                                                                                            bills that were used
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to print a billion
 Berrys’ Chardonnay, Elderton, Barossa Valley, Australia 2008                                                             $140                                                                                          dollars. After
 Ripe pear and melon flavours clearly point to the New World, yet clear lemon freshness is the result of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        doing the job
 accomplished Aussie winemaking. A crisp and dry wine with a long vivid finish.
 Food pairings: grilled chicken, prawns, scallops.                                                                                                                                                                      and returning
                                                                                                                                        New DVDs                                                                        to the base their
 Berrys’ Sancerre, Domaine J. Sautereau, Crézancy-en-Sancerre, Loire, France 2008                                         $170                                                                                          commanding officer is killed
 A classic Sancerre that conveys the region’s terroir characteristics. Refined, fruity with flint aromatics and                          1.    Scooby-Doo! - Camp Scare          15.   Jonah Hex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in an explosion and the plates are
 generous mouth filling.                                                                                                                 2.    Dinotopia- Quest For Ruby         16.   Astonishing X-Men -Gifted
 Food pairings: goat cheese, smoked fish.                                                                                                                                                                               stolen by another operative. They are
                                                                                                                                               Sunstone:the Movie                17.   Calls Of The Wild
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        court martialed and sent to different
 Berrys’ Meursault, Domaine Guyot-Javillier, Côte de Beaune , Burgundy ,France 2007                                       $295           3.    Cars Toon - Mater’s Tall Tales    18.   Secret Of Moonacre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        prisons. Six months later, the leader,
 A rich powerful white burgundy, refined mineral and citrus fruit character are balanced by the toasty edge of                           4.    Franklin And The Turtle Lake      19.   Splice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA
 the oak. Beautifully rounded in character, drinking superbly now and over the next couple of years.                                           Treasure                          20.   Sex And The City 2
 Food pairings: fish in cream sauce, white meat dishes, Epoisses cheese.                                                                                                                                                spook who say he knows where the
                                                                                                                                         5.    Moonlight Misletoe                21.   Wild Stallion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        man who took the plates is. He asks
 Berrys’ Sauternes, Château Doisy-Védrines, Barsac, Bordeaux, France 2005                                                 $150           6.    Gnomes And Trolls - The Secret    22.   Babies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        him and his men to recover it. He
 Specially created for Berry Bros. & Rudd by Oliver Casteja at the renowned Barsac Deuxiéme Cru Classé,                                        Chamber                           23.   Predators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helps him and the others to escape
 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, this Sauternes wine is beautiful and harmonious, a glorious expression of one of the                                7.    Toy Story 3                       24.   Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
 finest vintages of all time. It displays hints of honeysuckle, peaches and cracked caramel atop a crème brûlée.                                                                                                        and they go after the plates. But they
                                                                                                                                         8.    Naruto - Shippuden The Movie      25.   Solitary Man
 Food pairing: blue cheese, foie gras, crème brûlée.                                                                                                                                                                    discover that the spook might not be
                                                                                                                                         9.    Once Fallen                       26.   Human Centipede
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        who he says he is!
 Red Wine                                                                                                                                10.   The A - Team                      27.   Just Wright
                                                                                                                                         11.   The Girl Who Played With Fire     28.   Space Chimps 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Girl Who Played with Fire
 Berrys’ Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Domaine Chapoton, Côtes du Rhône, France 2008                                              $120           12.   Mademoiselle Chambon              29.   Fish Tank
 The wine is made from 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, each vinified separately,                                                                                                                Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of
                                                                                                                                         13.   National Geographic-              30.   Secret In Their Eyes
 each adding to the magical ensemble. Mediterranean warmth, hedgerow, pepper and spice are all evidenced                                                                                                                Millennium magazine, has made
 on the nose. The palate is rich, velvet-textured, with sweet fruit, liquorice and beautifully integrated tannins.                             Stress Portrait Of A Killer       31.   How To Train Your Dragons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        his living exposing the crooked and
 Food pairing: beef steak, game, hard cheeses.                                                                                           14.   National Geographic -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        corrupt practices of establishment
                                                                                                                                               Birth Of Civilization
 Berrys’ Australian Shiraz, Elderton, Barossa Valley, Australia 2007                                                      $140                                                                                          Swedish figures. So when a young
 This big wine with juicy blackberry and plum is laced with leathery spice and vanilla. Nine months aging in                                                                                                            journalist approaches
 American oak result in a smooth, ripe, concentrated wine. A classic Australian Shiraz.                                                                                                                                 him with a meticulously
 Food pairing: barbecue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        researched thesis about
 Berrys’ Nuits St Georges, Nicholas Potel, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France 2002                                           $345          Junior Movie Time                                                               s e x t r a f f i ck i n g i n
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fr
 Nicolas Potel has managed to capture the rugged, more savoury notes typical of Nuits-St Georges, but                                                                                  Adm ee                           Sweden and those
 combined them with the haunting deftness that defines fine Pinot Noir. Full flavoured and robustly structured,                                                                            issio                        in high office who
 spicy, rich with red cherry fruit, finely balanced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        abuse underage
 Food pairing: pan-fried duck breast, partridge and feathered game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        girls, Blomkvist
 Berrys’ Margaux, Château Giscours, Margaux, Bordeaux, France 2006                                                        $240                                         Toy Story 3                                      immediately throws
 Sourced from the second wine, La Sirene de Giscours of Chateau Giscours, a 3rd Classified Growth from                                                                                                                  himself into the investigation.
 Margaux. The wine is bright with a deep garnet core and pale rim. The nose is fragrantly perfumed with
                                                                                                                                                                       Date:    11 December 2010
 blackcurrant and cedar notes. The palate is dry with balanced acidity and supple, integrated tannins. Judicious
 use of oak shows itself with subtly spicy leather notes, complementing the black cherry and cassis characters                                                         Time:    12noon
 that come across on the palate as well as the nose.                                                                                                                   Venue:   Bowling Alley
 Food pairing: roast game, meat in red wine sauce.
Hawaiian Party
THE SANCTUARY by Suzanne Harwood <spamanager@lrc.com.hk>




                         December Promotions
                         Christmas Spa Rituals, Promotions and Gift Certificates


      BODY

      15% off the following Christmas Spa Rituals

      Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap
      Perfect for combating dry skin during the winter month
      60 mins original price $640     Now $540

      For immediate softness and suppleness.
      Aromatic Tahitian coconut and Frangipani flowers are soaked together to produce the Monoi which is poured all over
      the body which is then cocooned in a nourishing foil Wrap. Drenching the skin with moisture, this exotic therapy
      provides ultimate radiance, vitality and all over body glow.

      Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow
      45 mins original Price $540 Now $380
      After light body brushing, warm oil is drizzled luxuriously all over your body before the sublime exotic lime and ginger
      salt glow is applied. After a warm shower your skin which has been deeply cleansed and polished, is then softened to
      perfection with an application of exotic island flower body lotion leaving the skin glowing replenished and flawless         FACE
      Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap                                                                                      Full body massage and Elemis Pro Collagen facial
      60 mins original price $640 Now $540                                                                                         Original Price $2,030 Now $1,500

      Pure sensuality will enliven the senses.                                                                                     Anti-Wrinkle Facial - Proven Results. This Anti-wrinkle facial is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles
      Warmed Skin Nourishing Milk Bath is poured over the body before being cocooned in a comforting foil wrap. This               by up to 94% and improve skin firmness by up to 57%, after just one treatment.
      opulent exotic therapy is excellent for skin smoothing and softening, all combined with a pressure point facial massage      Valid until the 15 December, Monday thru Sunday, except Saturdays
      and distress scalp treatment.
                                                                                                                                   Brilliance Facial
                                                         Delight in our therapies for some Pre/post Christmas Pampering or         Original Price $1250 now $ 940 & complementary file and polish
                                     bring the joy of “Spa Ritual Spirit” for your loved ones & friends with a Gift Certificate.   Perfect post & pre party this facial brightens and tightens the complexion! Along with a complementary file
                                                                                                                                   and polish you’ll be both party ready and inject some damage control after the party season.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Delight in our therapies for some pre/post Christmas Pampering or
                                                                                                                                                                 bring the joy of “Spa Ritual Spirit” for your loved ones & friends with a Gift Certificate.




                                                                                                                                                                             December Beauty Bar
                                                                                                                                                                Girly Gathering for mums, daughters, friends and guests.
                                                                                                                                                                              15 December 6:30 -8:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                Featuring fantastic deals for Christmas…
                                                                                                                                           with our Elemis Gift sets, Lemon Grass House Spa hampers & Mulled Wine and Mini Manicures.
                                                                                                                                    $140 for two persons $90 for one person, inclusive of mulled wine (or soft drink) mince pie and mini manicure.
INDOOR
 SPORTS                      by Mark Clifford < indoorsports@lrc.com.hk>




Our many league squash players are now well into their season,            The Fitness Centre is upgrading our popular Concept 2 rowing
with some good results, as well as some decidedly mixed ones.             machine. We’re inviting bids on the old machine, which cost
Sunday 5 December will see a chance for everyone, whether                 over $12,000. This is a wonderful machine, and it can be easily        Suqash Report                                                 UPCOMING EVENTS
they’re in the league or just a social player, to join the ever-popular   disassembled for easy storage in even the smallest Hong Kong           by Mike Fowlds
Stuart Glass tournament from 4-6pm. This is a fast-paced event            apartment. If you’re interested in this piece of equipment, please                                                                   SQUASH
that gives every player 3 minutes on the court against every other        take part in the silent auction; the bid sheet will be at reception.   The 2010/2011 squash league is in its second month.           Stuart Glass Squash Tournament
player—most total points wins. We’ll run separate sections for            Bids start at $1000. Bidding will end 15 December. The winning         Our ADM Capital LRC 1 team is finding Division 2              Date:    Sunday, 5 December
juniors and adults. The tournament will be followed by the annual         bidder must take away the Concept 2 within one month.                  somewhat more difficult than Division 3 was last year.        Time:    4pm
squash dinner—a good way to get in the holiday spirit.                                                                                           Peter Hill is still showing the young ‘uns how the game is    Fee:     $80 per player
                                                                                                                                                 played each week, but even our star player Mike Ferreira      All ages & abilities welcome!
                                                                                                                                                 broke his perfect record in losing a game. ADM Capital        Followed by Squash Christmas Social Buffet Dinner
                                                                                                                                                 LRC 2, in Division 6, is tracking well, having won more       Time:    6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                 games than it has lost, with Isabella Bersani in particular   Fee:     $165 per adult $112 per child under 13
                                                                                                                                                 moving up the ranks. Division 12 had a very good 5 - 0        Venue: Sports Bar
                                                                                                                                                 win to start the season, followed by some more middling
     Bowling Report                                                                                                                              results. The Master 2 side of experienced players is not      BADMINTON
     by Richard Poon, Captain LRC Dragons                                                                                                                                                                      Social Badminton
                                                                                                                                                 having everything its own way, having won 1 of the
                                                                                                                                                 last 4 games. Jo Cooper, the M2 convener, is looking          Every Tuesday from 8:30pm onwards
     The LRC Dragons played their second match of the season against
                                                                                                                                                 to bring another player into the line-up.
     Hong Kong Club on 28 October. As in previous matches, the match                                                                                                                                           NETBALL
     was played competitively but was friendly and fun throughout the                                                                                                                                          Social Netball
                                                                                                                                                 Regular players would have noticed that LRC’s two
     evening. LRC won scratch 9-13 and lost handicap by the same                                                                                                                                               Every Wednesday from 7:30pm – 8:30pm
                                                                                                                                                 squash courts are in need of maintenance. Squash
     score. The next match was away to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club                                                                                                                                              Venue: Tennis Court 3
                                                                                                                                                 balls collect white paint from the walls, while the
     on 11 November. LRC lost 4-5 in games. Final match scores have                                                                                                                                            Fee:    $200 for 4 lessons
                                                                                                                                                 floors are past their prime. The LRC is working with
     yet to be determined.
                                                                                                                                                 maintenance to try to fix the ‘leaking paint’ syndrome,
                                                                                                                                                 and is getting quotes to repair the floors — hopefully        VOLLEYBALL
                                                                                                                                                 over the Christmas period.                                    Social Volleyball
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Every Monday from 8pm onwards
DECEMBER 2010
                                                                                                                            The                                                                                                                                                        Club Dining
         Sunday                                  Monday                                Tuesday                           Wednesday                            Thursday                                  Friday                                    Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Raclette: available for dinner
                                                                                                                                                      1                               2                                          3                                              4      in the Bistro this December…

                                                                                                                   Social Netball - 7.30pm - 8.30pm       Junior Fitness hours: 3-6pm        Duplicate Game: 10am                     Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH               Christmas Wine Fair
                                                                                                                   Social Chicago Bridge                  Social Squash: from 6.30pm         Movie Gallery: $10 Crazy Rental Day      Buffet Lunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH                 Saturday & Sunday, 4-5 December, Le Chais
                                                                                                                   Supervised: 9.30am                     Happy Hour: 5pm- 8pm, Sports Bar   Junior Fitness hours: 3 - 6pm            Organized Tennis: 2pm
                                                                                                                   Junior Fitness hours: 3 - 6pm                                             Happy Hour: 5 - 8pm, Sports Bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Sanctuary Spa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christmas Wine Fair:
                                                                                                                   Happy Hour: 5 - 8pm, Sports Bar


Raclette
                                                                                                                                                                                             Curry Buffet & Live Music:               12noon-7pm, Le Chais
                                                                                                                   1- 12 December:                                                           7pm-10pm, Sports Bar
                                                                                                                   12 days of Christmas Craft:
                                                                                                                                                                                             Masters Swim Team Annual Dinner:
                                                                                                                   Junior Library
                                                                                                                                                                                             7pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Christmas Spa Rituals, Promotions
available for dinner in the Bistro this December…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gift Certificates and more…


                                 5                                     6                                     7                                        8                               9                                          10                                            11      December Beauty Bar: 15 December,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6.30-8.30pm
Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH       Junior Fitness Hours: 3pm-6pm        Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm        Social Netball - 7.30pm - 8.30pm       Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm      Duplicate Game: 10am                     Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Recreation
Buffet Brunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH        Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Social Chicago Bridge                  Social Squash: from 6.30pm         Movie Gallery: $10 Crazy Rental Day      Buffet Lunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH
Yum Cha: 12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room      Duplicate Game: 7pm                  Organized Tennis: 7pm                Supervised: 9.30am                     Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar    Junior Fitness hours: 3 - 6pm            Organized Tennis: 2pm
Christmas Wine Fair:                     Social Volleyball: 8pm               Social Badminton: 8.30pm             Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm                                             Happy Hour: 5 - 8pm, Sports Bar          Movie: Toy Story 3,
12noon-7pm, Le Chais                                                          Town Hall Meeting: 7pm,              Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar                                                                                    12noon, Bowling Alley
Christmas Crafts: 4pm-6pm, Sundeck                                            Function Room                        Christmas Chicago Bridge Party:                                                                                    Daum Glass                                       Christmas Camp: 20-22 December,
Christmas Tree Lighting from 5.30pm,                                                                               9.30am                                                                                                             Representation:                                  10am-1pm
Sundeck                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4pm, Function Room                               Boxing Day Movie: 26 December, 3pm
Stuart Glass Squash Social Tournament:
4pm, 6.30pm (Buffet Dinner)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Special Events
Island Cup and BBQ: 9am-6pm

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Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH       Junior Fitness Hours: 3pm-6pm        Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm        Social Netball - 7.30pm-8.30pm         Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm      Duplicate Game: 10am                     Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH               Christmas Dining and Events at the LRC
Buffet Brunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH        Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Social Chicago Bridge                  Social Squash: from 6.30pm         Movie Gallery: $10 Crazy Rental Day      Buffet Lunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH
Yum Cha: 12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room      Duplicate Game: 7pm                  Organized Tennis: 7pm                Supervised: 9.30am                     Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar    Junior Fitness hours: 3-6pm              Organized Tennis: 2pm                            Christmas Dinner, Christmas Camps,
A Christmas Carol Pantomime, 4pm,        Social Volleyball: 8pm               Social Badminton: 8.30pm             Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm                                             Happy Hour: 5 - 8pm, Sports Bar          Ruchika’s Magic Muffins Playgroup -              Christmas Crafts and lots more…
Function Room/Sports Hall                                                     Executive Set Lunch with Christmas   Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar                                                                                    Open Day: 10.30am-11.30am                        please see pages 10 - 11 for more details
                                                                              Trimmings, 12noon-2.30pm,            Christmas Beauty Bar - Mulled wine
                                                                              Dining Room (14-24 December,         and Manicures, 6.30pm-8.30pm,
                                                                              except Sat, Sun and Monday)          Sanctuary Spa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Thrilling New Year’s Eve Party
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       31 December, 7.30pm cocktail, 8pm dinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       inclusive of aperitif, 5-course gourmet

                                19                                    20                                    21                                       22                             23                                           24                                            25      set dinner, free flow of dinner wine and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Champagne for toasting the New Year.
Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH       Junior Fitness Hours: 3pm-6pm        Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm        Social Chicago Bridge                  Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm      Duplicate Game: 10am                     Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH               Booking is available now at the Reception
Buffet Brunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH        Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Supervised: 9.30am                     Social Squash: from 6.30pm         Movie Gallery: $10 Crazy Rental Day      Buffet Lunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH
Yum Cha: 12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room      Duplicate Game: 7pm                  Organized Tennis: 7pm                Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm          Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar    Junior Fitness hours: 3 -6pm             Organized Tennis: 2pm
                                         Social Volleyball: 8pm               Social Badminton: 8.30pm             Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar        Early Christmas Dinner:            Happy Hour: 5 - 8pm, Sports Bar          Christmas Day Lunch:                             New Year’s Day Lunch
Carol Singing, Complimentary Mulled
Wine & Minced Pies: 6pm, Sundeck         Christmas Camps: 10am-1pm,           Christmas Camps: 10am-1pm,           Christmas Camps: 10am-1pm,             6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room           Christmas Eve Dinner:                    12noon-2.30pm, Function &                        1 January 2011, 12noon - 2.30pm,
                                         Multiple Venues                      Multiple Venues                      Multiple Venues                                                                                                    Dining Room
                                                                                                                                                                                             6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room                                                                  Function & Dining Room
                                                                              Early Christmas Dinner:              Early Christmas Dinner:
                                                                              6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room             6pm-10.30pm, Dining Room




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Food & Beverage Special
Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH       Buffet Breakfast: 8am-11.30am, FCH   Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm        Social Chicago Bridge                  Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm      Duplicate Game: 10am                     Swimming Event
Buffet Brunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH        Buffet Brunch: 12noon-2.30pm, FCH    Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar      Supervised: 9.30am                     Social Squash: from 6.30pm         Movie Gallery: $10 Crazy Rental Day      Tennis Event
Yum Cha: 12noon-2.30pm, Dining Room      Junior Fitness Hours: 3pm-6pm        Organized Tennis: 7pm                Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm          Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar    Junior Fitness hours: 3pm-6pm            Indoor Sports Event
Boxing Day Movie: 3pm,                   Duplicate Game: 7pm                  Social Badminton: 8.30pm             Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar                                           Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Sports Bar          Junior Activities Event
Bowling Café                             Social Volleyball: 8pm                                                                                                                              A Thrilling New Year’s Eve Party:        Library Event
                                                                                                                                                                                             7.30pm Cocktail, 8pm Dinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spa Event
                                                                                                                                                                                             Function & Dining Room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recreation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special Event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please see enewsletter for pool hours details.
Congratulations to Jeff Schneider our Tennis Director for organizing                                           of words of Mandarin       Club Championships Mixed Doubles                  Club Championships Ladies Doubles
a great club championship, the participants enjoyed themselves                                                 in preparation for the
and we witnessed some fabulous tennis. The singles is still                                                    match, but then once       Main Draw                                         Round Robin Winner -Yumie Takenaka & Delphine Troch
incomplete due to the weather!                                                                                 under pressure she         Winner - Anne Aallonen & Olof Akesson             Runners Up - Anne Aallonen & Joy Tacon
                                                                                                               could not remember         Runners Up - Delphine Troch & Cedric Van Haver
Wow if you were lucky enough to be at the club on Sunday of                                                    which word was
                                                                                                                                                                                            Club Championships Men’s Singles
October you would have seen some great tennis being played by                                                  “yours” and which          Bowl
the juniors in an event called the Prince Challenge. The Prince                                                word was “mine”!! Joy      Winner - Linda Loi & Jason Sankey                 Main Draw
Challenge is played between 6 clubs competing in a round robin,                                                was in fine form for the   Runners Up - Teresa Pu & Jamee Wong               Winner - Olof Akkeson
the LRC’s team of 10 competitors finished 2nd. Well done to the                                                singles final winning
                                                                                                                                                                                            Runners Up - Jason Sankey
juniors who were selected to represent the LRC, from the tennis                                                                           Plate
that was on show, heads up to your future competitors, as I am
                                                                                                                                          Winner - Ka Kee Pyne & Ygal Levy                  Bowl
guessing you will only improve. Well done Claire Chamberlain
                                                                                                                                                                                            Winner - Eric Leonard
for running a great event for the children.
                                                                                                                                          Club Championships Men’s Doubles                  Runners Up - Duncan Bell

Court 4 is to undergo a much needed upgrade, the surface is very
                                                                                                                                          Main Draw                                         Plate
slow to recover after rain and it is due for resurfacing, thus the
                                                                                                                                          Winner- Oscar Chow & Jason Sankey                 Winner - Frank Ren
Tennis Sub Committee has decided to change the court with the
                                                                                                                                          Runners Up - Mick Foo & Vincent Littke            Runners Up - Mike Button
hard court cushioned surface. This will begin mid November and
we anticipate the works to be completed by the end of January.
                                                                                                                                          Bowl                                              Club Championships Ladies Singles
Building works always seem to go on and on, here’s hoping they
                                                                                                                                          Winner - Andrew Fox-Smith & Duncan Bell
will prove me wrong! Court 4 is primarily a coaching court and it
                                                                                                                                          Runners Up - Timothy Wong & Guy Mandler           Round Robin - Lucy Tang & Annabel Montgomery
is believed the hard court surface is a good fit for this court. We
hope the members will not be too inconvenienced by the work to
                                                                                                                                          Plate
be carried out on Court 4, and will enjoy the new surface, lighting
                                                                                                                                          Winner - KT Ma & Charlie Tang
and fencing once the work is complete.
                                                                                                                                          Runners Up - Malcolm Barnett & Giovanni Valenti
                                                                       6-1, 6-0 and the doubles final, beating the number 1 in China
The lighting on Court 1 has been revamped… the type of lights          6-2, 6-1. Joy is heading to the Asian Seniors Championships in
that have been successfully installed on courts 8, 9 & 10 have now     Thailand the week of 16 November.
been installed on court 1. These lights have 2 heads at each post
enhancing light distribution and reducing globe blowouts which         “Practice like you want to play” from Dave Bunn coach of
have been a major issue on both courts 1 and 2. As these new           Division 4 Orchids.
lights have proven to be successful the Tennis Sub Committee has
decided to upgrade the lighting on Court 2 as well.

The Evening and Day league teams are coming towards the end                UPCOMING EVENTS
of their respective seasons, in next issue we will publish the final
standings. Sign ups for the Mixed Doubles leagues are underway             Island Cup and BBQ
so please contact Alexey Karpukhin at tennisleague@lrc.com.hk              Date: Sunday, 5 December
should you wish to be included in a team.                                  Time: 9am - 6pm

Congratulations                                                            Organized Tennis
Joy Tacon has been busy playing some matches on the ITF Veterans           Every Tuesday from 7pm
Tour. The latest success was in Beijing at the ITF Beijing Seniors         Every Saturday, from 2pm
Open, where Joy won both the singles and the doubles in her age            Due to rescheduled matches, the dates above may be
group. The doubles was an interesting experience for her, as her           subject to change
partner — the number 2 in China in this age group — was from
Mongolia and spoke not one word of English. Joy learned a couple
TENNIS REPORT by Jeff Schneider, Tennis Director




Doubles – both up at the net or one up and one back?                                                                                           a men’s style of doubles by trying to get to the
                                                                                                                                               net at every opportunity to join their partner
                                                                                                                                               in a 2 up at the net formation. This formation
After 6 months as Tennis Director at LRC I thought it was time        should be careful not model their doubles game on the way elite          requires both players to be excellent volleyers
to write an article on doubles since it is the most popular format    men play doubles. Coaches should also be careful not to try to           with great movement skills to either side and
of play here at the club and indeed all over the world. Since I       teach the men’s style of doubles to ladies. Ladies by nature are         also back for the lob. Normally this is not
was 10 years old I grew up cutting my teeth on the clay courts        more conservative, tend to be more competent rallying from the           what most club ladies are capable of and as a
of suburban Melbourne. Doubles was our staple diet with little        baseline and are normally not as dynamic in their movement               consequence they need to position themselves
opportunity to play singles other than junior tournaments and         around the court especially forward movement towards the net.            back near the service line to ensure an easy lob
country tournaments played on long weekends. Our local Saturday       Therefore good consistency and accuracy is favoured over powerful        doesn’t defeat them. By both players holding
Leagues were all doubles, junior doubles in the morning and adult     shot making, dynamic powerful movement and frequent forays to            this type of defensive net position (service line)
doubles in the afternoon. By the time I was 17 I must have played     the net as most of the top men pairs do.                                 it doesn’t enable decisive volleying so the team
more than 1500 sets of doubles including many mixed doubles!                                                                                   will struggle to dominate the net making this
I thought I would pass on some of the things I learnt along the       The most popular and effective setup for ladies doubles, particularly    tactic somewhat ineffective. If they play one up
way with the help of my coaches and the Australian tennis playing     for ladies under A+ level, is the one up at the net (volleyer) and one   and one back the volleyer can move much closer to the net and          It should be mentioned at this point though that it is a worthwhile
public – my opponents!                                                back at the baseline (server/receiver). This positioning encourages      become very decisive and effective while the baseliner can hold        goal for aspiring A+ ladies to work on this 2 up at the net game
                                                                      consistent rallying and poaching by the net player who now can           the rally and cover any overheads that the net play can now no         style however, one should be realistic, for example:
                                                                      close in on the net and become a truly effective and decisive            longer cover. Using this game style as your base tactic and then
                                                                      volleyer - no longer weighed down by the burden of also covering         coming up to the 2 up at the net position only when playing an         • will your serve ever be as powerful or as accurate as our top
                                                                      the lob. In the both up at net position a compromise has to be           aggressive and effective approach shot should see an improvement         A+ ladies?
                                                                      made between being close enough to the net to volley and being           in the end result of many matches.                                     • will your volleys and movement to the net be as fast and as
                                                                      back far enough to cover the lob this doesn’t allow either volleyer                                                                               competent as theirs?
                                                                      to truly close in and hit a decisive volley. Conversely with one         Our A+ Ladies, however do play a doubles style more similar to the     • will you develop the instincts and timing necessary to split step
                                                                      player back at the baseline the net player has the freedom to move       men’s game as their serves, movement forward and volleys are of          and move into the flight path of the retuning ball early?
                                                                      much closer to the net opening up the court to more angles of            a very high standard. Against other ladies of similar standard they
                                                                      attack and making the volley an easier shot to successfully finish       can dominate and control the match with this style. They do this by    If the answer over the long term is most probably “no” then I
                                                                      the point with! In this set up the baseliner needs to play steady        serve-volley or following a weak 2nd serve or short groundstroke to    recommend using the both up to the net tactic sparingly and
                                                                      shots probing the opposition’s weaknesses and keeping ball deep          the net to join their partner frequently. Our A+ ladies also possess   only when you can come up to the net behind a very high
                                                                      so that their partner at the net may receive opportunities to poach      some less obvious elements to being successful with the style of       quality approach shot, this will then guarantee some success and
                                                                      to finish off the point which they now can do more effectively if        play some of these are:                                                encourage you to try again so that you can become proficient
                                                                      not worried about the lob.                                                                                                                      enough to use it regularly.
                                                                                                                                               • their ability to time their split correctly when moving forward
                                                                      An analogy here might help clarify the positioning. Similar to other       to volley to facilitate good court coverage and balance at the       If the answer is yes then you should practice serve-volley and
                                                                      team sports the baseliner is likened to a mid field or defensive           net                                                                  coming in to the net behind a weak 2nd serve or any short ball in
                                                                      player controlling and setting up the play for the star striker at the   • reading their opponents shots and moving proactively into the        the rally! You will need to work on your speed to the net, your split
                                                                      net who then kicks the GOAL. This understanding of your role in            flight path of the ball early.                                       step and net coverage so that you can dominate in this position
                                                                      the team will help you make better decisions in regards to how           • placing their serve out of the sweet spot or driving zone of your    with your partner also don’t forget to work on your smash.
                                                                      aggressively you should be playing and who should be finishing             opponents return ensuring weak replies.                              Whatever tactic you decide to play remember that it should suit
                                                                      off the point! You therefore can become a very effective team and                                                                               your skill and confidence level along with that of your partners.
                                                                      create a synergy that can often defeat two stronger opponents at         Many of these less obvious skills are learned responses to many        Most of us are getting slower not faster and since the 2 up at the net
                                                                      the other end of the court. Many of the world’s top doubles teams        repeated movements to the net over many years particularly during      tactic is one that requires great court speed and good net coverage
                                                                      are often lowly ranked singles players but are able to defeat much       early developmental stages such as their junior tennis years. It is    it’s not something I would recommend you try to play frequently if
I would like to focus on ladies doubles in this article and from      higher ranked singles players in doubles – just look at Davis Cup        therefore important to encourage juniors to try to develop this both   you are on the wrong side of 40. The one up one back doubles style
many years of observation the game of ladies doubles differs quite    and Federation Cup most teams have a least one doubles specialist        up to the net style even though it may not be successful until they    of play is more suitable and more effective for most club players it
markedly from that of the men. The main difference to note is that    in their team.                                                           become physically stronger and develop the skills necessary. If        would be in your interest to understand its advantages and become
men usually play a more powerful and dynamic game of doubles                                                                                   they stick at it they too will develop the movement and instincts      competent at using it. Speak to one of our coaches about how you
involving speed of shot, powerful movement and aggressive net         One of the things that has always struck me as a little odd at the LRC   over time to then be able to play doubles at a very high level in      can improve your doubles game by choosing the tactics that will
play as the overriding factors. I would suggest that female players   and possibly HK wide is the amount of ladies who play essentially        their senior years.                                                    work best for level of play. Good luck and see you on the court!
JUNIOR TENNIS REPORT by Claire Chamberlain


Prince Junior Challenge
On a stunning day on the 31 October, the LRC hosted the exciting
junior tennis event, the 12 & under Prince Challenge. This event
involves 6 clubs and each club must field a team of 10 players.
The teams’ efforts were fantastic with some exceptionally close
matches. In total, 825 games and 90 sets were played throughout
the day.

The Results:

1st   Hong Kong Jockey Club – Won 193 games and 24 sets
2nd   Team LRC – Won 191 games and 22 sets
3rd   Hong Kong Country Club – Won 162 games and 20 sets
4th   Aberdeen Marina Club – Won 131 games and 13 sets
5th   American Club – Won 83 games and 7 sets
6th   Hong Kong Football Club – Won 65 games and 4 sets

Well done LRC !!

  The Team:
  Sadee Abrate
  Reiny Brown
  Bryan Chu
  Vishal Chugani
  Natasha Daryanani
  Nicholas Fuchs
  Ravi Mulchandani
  Nicholas Lim
  Ned Lindsay
  Tarrant Ng – who came in as a replacement for Vishal
  Kyle Wong

ALSO A BIG THANK YOU TO ISABEL JOIA AND LUCY LINDSAY
FOR HELPING OUT THE FOOTBALL CLUB TEAM WHEN THEY
WERE SHORT OF PLAYERS

The next Junior Challenge will be the 14 & under age group held
in March at the American Club followed by the 18 & under in May
at the Aberdeen Marina Club.
                                                                                                                                    PAST EVENT




Box League Results                                               Junior Doubles Tournament
The box league is run during the summer term and 42 eager LRC    Our next junior tournament will be held on Saturday 15 January
junior players took to the courts. Each box had 6-7 players of   and Sunday 16 January 2011. Application forms will be available
various age groups and abilities                                 from the Sports Desk and Claire Chamberlain in the middle of
                                                                 December.
The idea was to win as many games as possible and the winner
and runner-up of each box received a medal.                      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all !

The results:                                                                                                                       We Play Every Year,
                                                                                                                                         We Fight Every Day
Box Davydenko
Winner:    Jonathan Yang
Runner-Up: Aditya Venkataramani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by Anita Billings
Box Murray
Winner:    Sophie French
Runner-up: George Medd                                                                                                             E a r l y m o r n i n g o n We d n e s d ay   Throughout the day over 120 participants     Mclean, Bridie Meyer, Natalie Wong,
                                                                                                                                   6 October saw two women losing sleep.         from the club, guests from other clubs       Margurite Hess, Uki Gaidoschik and
Box Roddick                                                                                                                        Roz was up at 2am sorting out the final       and from the general public were             CJ Corman; as well as the club staff:
Winner:     Marcus Wong                                                                                                            play schedule and I was listening to the      welcomed to the LRC to play tennis and       Ruth Morrison, Head Pro Jeff Schneider,
Runner-Up: Nicole Chu                                                                                                              pitter-patter of rain drops outside and       enjoy a sumptuous meal. We drew a            Michael Soong, Suzanne Harwood,
                                                                                                                                   keeping my fingers crossed under the          record-breaking list of prize items and in   Paul Tasem and their teams. Special
Box Federer                                                                                                                        sheets hoping that good weather would         the true spirit of Pink Ribbon and giving,   thanks to volunteers Scarlett Mattoli,
Winner:     William Robinson                                                                                                       arrive with daybreak.                         no one cared too much about scores.          Gill Devereux and Christine Kan, it was
Runner-Up: Reeve Maddux                                                                                                                                                                                                       possible to run a successful event. We
                                                                    HKTA Prize Presentation                                        7am on 6 October: Committee members           This is the 4th consecutive year that the    could not have asked for a better day or
Box Nadal                                                                                                                          and volunteers arrived at the club to see     LRC has hosted the Pink Ribbon Tennis        a better outcome.
                                                                    Our LRC Dragons team (D Division) received their               the sky looking a dismal shade of pale        Tournament to raise funds for the Hong
Winner:    Aditya Gopalan
                                                                    well earned winners medals at the annual HKTA Prize            grey. No hesitation and no questions,         Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and            Please look at the following pages
Runner-Up: Edmond Pouilly
                                                                    presentation in September. Well done to the team and to        we started shifting tables, hoisting          more importantly to raise awareness of       of this month’s magazine to see the
                                                                    Vishal, Kevin, Nicholas Hildebrandt and Bryan for attending    posters, moving boxes and boxes of            breast cancer amongst the Hong Kong          action shots of the Pink Ribbon Tennis
Box Djokovic
                                                                    the presentation.                                              supplies and merchandise and hanging          community. According to the Hong             Day and your virtual applause to the
Winner:      Tim Bolton
Runner-Up: Matthew Yao                                                                                                             pink and white balloons. It was all green     Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, there is      generous donors. Special mention:
                                                                                                                                   light for Pink Ribbon Tennis 2010.            still a long way to go before an answer      Mr Robert Flemming of CF Global,
                                                                                                                                                                                 is found for breast cancer prevention.       ST Dupont, and Banyan Tree Private
                                                                                                                                   8:15am – our first guest arrived; the         So in the meantime, awareness is key to      Collection.
                                                                                                                                   Registration Table and Sales Corner           saving the lives of our mothers, sisters,
                                                                                                                                   were manned and ready for business.           daughters and friends.                       We are already looking forward to Pink
                                                                                                                                   The rest of the day went by very quickly                                                   Ribbon Tennis 2011.
                                                                                                                                   with almost no complications or               As the co-chair to this year’s event, I
                                                                                                                                   challenges. It did rain, of course, but       felt tremendously honoured to be asked
                                                                                                                                   only very lightly: in the first hour of       to take on this role and responsibility.
                                                                                                                                   play. The club was a bazaar filled with       With my co-chair, Roz Beczak, and
                                                                                                                                   enthusiastic players and philanthropists.     the support of the committee: Kirsti
A special thanks to our sponsors:
                                    Accor Group        Beebeeworks               Lindsay Walker             Solas              The Body Buddies
                                    Acquafit           Excel Global Consulting   Paradigm Asia Consulting   Sun Hing Optical   The Mira Hotel
                                    Agnes B Delices    Head                      Pacific Coffee Company     TennisAsia         The Globe Restaurant
                                                       Hyatt Group               Porsche                                       Vanessa Whiting/Stephen So
                                    American Apparel   La Cucina Italiana                                   Theresa Wenk       Yvon Choi Photography
                                                                                 Pualani
PAST EVENT                                                                                                                  SWIMMING                      by Amie Moriarty < swimming@lrc.com.hk>




                                                                                                                            The Hong Kong Amateur National Swim meet was held on
                                                                                                                            6 & 7 November at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool. The LRC senior
                                                                                                                            team came out ready to compete! Congratulations to Sherman
                                                                                                                            Chau for his Gold Place finish in the 200m butterfly with a time         Duel in the Pool II – LRC v HKFC
                                                                                                                            of 2.24.08, Estephe Corlin for his Silver in the 200 free with a time                         by Craig Millar
                                                                                                                            of 2.32.73 and Sarah Hsu with her Bronze in 200 butterfly with
                                                                                                                            a time of 2.32.73. The LRC walked away with 19 top ten finishes          LRC Masters Swimming contested the second “Duel in
                                                                                                                            and 21 personal best times. It was a great weekend for swimmers,         the Pool” showdown with the Hong Kong Football Club
                                                                                                                            coaches and parents! Everybody’s weekly hard work and time               Masters, on Friday 5 November.
                                                                                                                            commitment really showed in the results of the meet!
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Twenty-five LRC Masters swam in the programme
                                                                                                                            The squads have been working very hard and they will be having           comprising serious sprints, “The Eliminator” race as well
                                                                                                                            a scheduled break in the training cycle the last two weeks of            as the fun “Fruit” relay.
                                                                                                                            December.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In a see-sawing night the Football Club swam strongly
                                                                                                                            The children in the Learn to Swim program enjoyed getting in the         in the Ladies races while the LRC dominated the Men’s



The Pink Ribbon
                                                                                                                            pool in their street clothes but more importantly they learned a         racing. In a very tight finish, which had the adjudicators
                                                                                                                            valuable lesson in water safety. It is important for children to know    double-checking the points tally, Football Club took home




Frock Shop
                                                                                                                            they will feel different in the water if they were ever to fall in the   the Mega Gold Cup by winning 108-101.
                                                                                                                            water fully dressed. The children in the learn to swim program will
                                                                                                                            continue to practice back floating and treading water over the next      A jubilant HKFC Captain, Guy Horne, remarked with
                                                                                                                            few months to help develop these life safety skills. The Learn to        delight, “We really enjoy the atmosphere of competing
                                                                                                                            Swim program will continue over the December holiday season.             against the LRC. It’s great racing in the pool; we love the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     social aspect and we have this kick ass gold trophy to hold
                                                                                                                            Have a great holiday season and we look forward to seeing                until the next Duel!”
                                                               by Suzanne Harwood, Sanctuary Spa Manager                    everybody back in the pool in January!
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Awards were presented for LRCs outstanding performers
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the night:


Our evening was an absolute buzz and         As soon as the show was over the race   At the end of the night our event
                                                                                                                              UPCOMING EVENTS                                                        • Loretta Van Honk – who stepped up to race and excelled
heralded a huge success from start to        was on to grab that designer bargain!   grossed an amazing $54,000 for the                                                                                in all her individual events.
                                                                                                                              Masters Swim Team Annual Dinner                                        • Lynette Cheng – swimming strongly especially her
finish with fashions flying off the racks.                                           Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.
                                                                                                                              3 December, Friday, 7pm                                                  “come from behind” effort in the 50m Backstroke.
                                             Next up, was the auctioning of the
One of the highlights was the fantastic      Chanel jacket—a timeless piece,         A huge thank you to everyone who                                                                                • Andrew Kehoe – tackling events other than freestyle and
                                                                                                                              Division 1 (Part 1) SC Swimming Competition                              surprising himself with how well he swam.
fashion show, coordinated and hosted         which has been purred over for the      made our event a success including
                                                                                                                              Date: 5 December, Sunday (Shing Mun Valley SW Pool)                    • Brian Goldberg – as our only Mens Under 40 swimmer,
by the ebullient Jess and Pier of the        weeks prior to the event! After an      our spa team wearing many hats
company “The Changing Room”                  exciting auction battle, our “Hero”     on the night, working as models,                                                                                  Brian bore the brunt of the numerous HKFC young guns.
                                                                                                                              Division 3 (Part 1) SC Swimming Competition                              In completing a marathon set of sprint events, a dazed
bringing their expertise on fashion to       garment finally went for $6,000!!       manicurists and sales assistants to
                                                                                                                              Date: 11 December, Saturday (Shing Mun Valley SW Pool)                   and exhausted Brian said the programme was more
the event.                                                                           cashiers to auctioneers, great job
                                             After a hard night of retail therapy    ladies!                                                                                                           brutal than a Herbert Yu workout!
                                                                                                                              Annual Long Course Masters
Our spa therapists strutted down             our esteemed members and guests
                                                                                                                              Swimming Championships – Part 1                                        In the true spirit of the Masters motto: fun, fitness and
the catwalk like a real pro as if they       discussed their fabulous purchases      As our evening drew to a close,
                                                                                                                              Date: 12 December, Sunday (Kowloon Park SW Pool)                       friendship, Anthony Devereux, Tricia Nichol and Laura
were “Hong Kong’s next top model             over some spa therapy enjoying mini     many guests asked the million-dollar
contestants” donning Kate Spade,             manicures, onsite massage and a well-   question: “When is the next one?”                                                                               Victoir led the post-dinner migration to the Sports Bar to
                                                                                                                              Swim Team Awards Dinner                                                kick on and celebrate the rivalry with the HKFC.
Prada, Alexandra McQueen and                 deserved glass of Rosé supplied by      Truly a sign of a great night out!
                                                                                                                              18 January, 6.30-8.30pm
Marc Jacobs.                                 Essential Fine Wines.
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                    A unique presentation for
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                    Followed by afternoon tea buffet.


                    Date:        Saturday, 11 December
                    Time:        4pm in the Function Room
                    Fee:         Adults: $88
                                 Children: $58

                    For registration, please call Reception on 3199 3500.
                                                                                               Above: collaborative work by Daum and
                                                                                               Georges Braque, purple and white crystal,
                                                                                               with polished bronze dove, H. 45cm,
                                                                                               limited edition of 8 sculptures.
                      THIS WILL BE A VERY SPECIAL AND
                      UNIQUE EVENT FOR THE LRC.                                                Below: Les Trois Grâces (The Three


                      Programme
                                                                                               Graces), original gouache, 1962


                      Introduction by Mrs. Caitlin Spain
                      Power point presentation by
                      Mr. Thomas Zimmerman:
                      X the History of Daum,
                      X various collaborations with famous artists,
                      X a few rare items
                      X the unique lost Wax technique.
                          Mould breaking to reveal the sculpture especially
                          flown from France for our presentation at the LRC.


                      Questions and Discussion
                                                                                           Daum were the generous sponsors for the Gala Wine
                                                                                           dinner held at the LRC in September to benefit the
                      Vote of thanks by Mr. Michael Soong followed by                      Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The table
                                                                                           centerpieces were beautiful glass sculptures based
                      afternoon tea in the Cocktail lounge.
                                                                                           on the theme of Love. One of the secrets of Daum’s
                                                                                           remarkable longevity is its ability to adapt to the spirit
                                                                                           of the age while maintaining its own traditions.
LIBRARY Aileen Balucanag <library@lrc.com.hk>                                                                  JUNIOR LIBRARY Aileen Balucanag <library@lrc.com.hk>


                                                                                                                                                                                New Books
Autumn/Winter Book Club 2010                               THIS MONTH’S NEW BOOKS                                                                                               YOUNG ADULT
                                                                                                                Reviews                                                         Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins
                                                                 Romance and Family Saga                        The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton                            Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
                                                                 Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford    Joe and Bob Switzer were very different                         Jimmy Coates: Sabotage by Joe Craig
                                                                                                                brothers. Bob was a studious planner who
                 8 December                                      Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks                                                                                  Sabriel by Garth Nix
                                                                                                                wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Joe
                 The Hundred Foot Journey                                                                                                                                       Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson
                                                                 Detective                                      dreamed of making his fortune in show                           Fire by Kristin Cashore
                 by Richard Morais
                                                                 Bad Blood by John Sanford                      business and loved magic tricks and                             Airman by Eoin Colfer
                                                                 Edge by Jeffrey Deaver                         problem-solving. When an accident left
                                                                 Heartstone by C.J. Sansom                      Bob recovering in a darkened basement,                          YOUNG FICTION
                                                                 Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson    the brothers began experimenting with                           The Dread Pirate Fleur & the Ruby Heart
                                                                                                                ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints.
                 12 January                                      Inspector Singh Investigates:                                                                                  by Sara Starbuck
                                                                                                                Together they invented a whole new kind of colour, one
                 A Fine Balance                                  The Singapore School Of Villiany                                                                               Dork Diaries: Tale from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
                                                                 by Shamini Flint                               that glows with an extra-special intensity Day-Glo.             by Rachel Renee Russell
                 by Rohinton Mistry
                                                                                                                                                                                The Edge Chronicles: Vox
                                                                 Mystery and Suspense                           (This cover reproduction is not printed with Day-Glo colours.   by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
                                                                 The Confession by John Grisham                 The actual book, however, is printed using three Day-Glo
                                                                 The Snowman by Jo Nesbo                        colours: Saturn Yellow, Fire Orange, and Signal Green.)         JUNIOR READER
                                                                 The Reversal by Michael Connelly                                                                               Horrid Henry Rocks by Francesca Simon
The Book Club meets every second Wednesday of                                                                                                                                   Mr. Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton
the month at 6.30pm at the Cocktail Lounge.                      Historical Fiction                                                                                             Thea Stilton and the Secret City
                                                                 Nemesis by Philip Roth                          ATTENTION PARENTS!                                             by Geronimo Stilton
If you think you might enjoy this activity, drop us                                                                                                                             Doctor Bonkers! by Jeremy Strong
                                                                                                                 Please remember that the Junior Library is also following
a line at library@lrc.com.hk                                     Short Stories
                                                                                                                 a colour coded system which is a quick and easy way
                                                                 Stories by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio                                                                      YOUNG READER
                                                                                                                 to simplify age group book searches.
Looking for a quiet spot for a cup of coffee?                                                                                                                                   Glasses for D.W. by Marc Brown
The library offers a variety of coffees in a comfortable         General Fiction                                                                                                Fireman Max by Rosemary Wells
                                                                                                                 PINK – Concept Books/Picture books (ages 0 - 4)
quiet environment. Come and check your emails,                   By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham                                                                             Honey Bunny Funnybunny by Marilyn Sadler
                                                                                                                 YELLOW – Learning to Read - stages 1, 2 (ages 4 - 7)
pick up a magazine or read a book.                               Great House by Nicole Krauss
                                                                                                                 ORANGE – Chapter Books (ages 6 - 9)
                                                                 So Much For That by Lionel Shriver                                                                             PICTURE BOOKS
                                                                                                                 BLUE – Young Fiction (ages 10 plus)
Do check out the Adult Library for more                          Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch                                                                               Curious George by H.A. Rey
                                                                                                                 RED – Young Adult (ages 13 & above)*
book titles!                                                     Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor                                                                                 Barnaby’s First Christmas by A.P. Folmer
                                                                                                                 BLACK – Non Fiction
                                                                 My Hollywood by Mona Simpson                                                                                   Merry Christmas, Curious George
                                                                                                                 GREEN – Classics
Can’t finish your book on time?                                  Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie                                                                    by Margret and H.A. Rey
                                                                                                                 *Take note of the ‘parental guidance’ sign on the cover
You can renew your books by phone or email.                                                                                                                                     Pooh’s Wishing Star by Bruce Talkington
                                                                                                                 of each red-tagged book.
Library: 3199 3901 Email: library@lrc.com.hk                     Non Fiction                                                                                                    Spongebob’s Christmas Wish by Kim Ostrow
                                                                 Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still                                                                        Fairy Tale Treasury by Walt Disney
                                                                                                                 Need more time with the new favourite book?
                                                                 Threaten the World Economy                                                                                     Tillie and the Wall by Leo Lionni
                                                                                                                 You can renew your books by phone or by email.
     The Library wishes you a                                    by Raghuram G. Rajan
                                                                 Atlantic by Simon Winchester
                                                                                                                 It’s that easy!
                                                                                                                                                                                NON FICTION
       Merry Christmas!                                          Soap and Water & Common Sense
                                                                                                                 Library: 31993500 ext 1177
                                                                                                                 Email: library@lrc.com.hk
                                                                                                                                                                                The Usborne Book of Amazing Feats

   We hope everyone enjoys the festivities                       by Dr. Bonnie Henry                                                                                            by Anita Ganeri
                                                                                                                                                                                Life on Earth – and Beyond by Pamela S. Turner
         and happy reading!                                                                                      Late Book Charges
                                                                                                                                                                                Animal Tracks & Signs by Jinny Johnson
                                                                                                                 $5 for the first week
                                                                                                                                                                                Lives of the Writers by Kathleen Krull
                                                                                                                 $7 for the second week
                                                                                                                                                                                Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull
                                                                                                                 $10 for the third week
                                                                                                                                                                                The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
              My Favourite Books of 2010                                                                                                         Join us
                                                                                                                                                  for a Fun Christmas!
                                              by Norman de Brackinghe

              It is that time of the year when people start to compile ‘best of’ lists.
         My list is not exactly a best of, but one that notes my favourite books of 2010.

               Three very different novels stood out for me. Tom       of Science Fiction and ‘Transition’ as one critic has
               McCarthy’s ‘C’ is intelligent, beautifully written,     said ‘will jelly your brains in brilliant weirdness’.
               humorous and with a final chapter that is deeply        Very satisfying and what’s more his new Culture
               moving. Here is a major talent. A lot of critics did    novel ‘Surface Detail’ has just been published so
               not warm to ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen, I            new pleasures are waiting.
               suspect because they do not like him. His acerbic
               view of suburban American life brings us what may       Non fiction largely slipped by me this year but
               come to be considered a modern classic. William         Hilary Spurlings’ wonderful, biography of Pearl S
               Gibson was right on the spot with ‘Zero History’        Buck ‘Burying the Bones’ was fascinating. How she
               once started I could not put it down, but I would       extrapolated herself from the unrelenting zeal of her
               suggest you read ‘Pattern Recognition’ and ‘Spook       Christian missionary family in China is beautifully
               Country’, first if you can as the new novel completes   told. Margaret Drabble’s ‘The Pattern in the Carpet.
               a very loose trilogy.                                   A Personal History with Jigsaws’ is a treasure trove                                                                             12 days of Christmas Craft
                                                                       of a book. Perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon, or
               The year got off to a fine start with Marilyn Chin’s    during a long flight with only rubbish movies to                                                                                 Join in the 12 days of Christmas at the Junior Library by
               delightfully bawdy odyssey of Chinese sisters in        watch. I pass most of my books on to a friend in                                                                                 making your 12 days of Christmas decorations!
               America ‘The Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen’.            Australia but not this one.
               Next in line was the ‘Pregnant Widow’ by Martin                                                                                     Christmas Crafts & Fair
               Amis, this is a gritty and amusing novel that           If you want to understand the nature of design in                           Christmas Crafts 4-6pm
               understands human nature. A difficult book to           its many forms Deyan Sudjic’s ‘The Language of                              Club Christmas Tree Lighting –
               follow but the perfect antidote was, ‘In Office         Things’ explodes a lot of the popular myths and                             Christmas Carols, Mulled Wine,
               Hours’ by Lucy Kellerway. It should be required         mystique that surround design. He also takes the                            Mince pies on 5 December, 5.30pm onwards.
               reading in the smart offices which dominate HK          gloss off what we have come to call luxury. It is a
               business, wives beware. William Trevor’s gentle         fine book and very easy to read. A book of essays
               and touching ‘Love and Summer’ is a story despite       by a Professor of Philosophy might sound dull but
               its simple theme that is difficult to forget. A novel   AC Grayling is no ordinary philosopher. ‘Thinking of
                                                                                                                                                   Ruchika’s Magic Muffins Playgroup - Open Day
                                                                                                                                                   Date: 18 December
               that rather unexpectedly affected me was Elizabeth      Answers’ collects his most recent short pieces from
                                                                                                                                                   Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
               Kostova’s ‘The Swan Thieves’ poignant, parallel         such diverse publications as the Times and New
                                                                                                                                                   Enjoy a free fun filled action packed session with
               stories that explore the nature of art and emotion.     Scientist. Brevity counts, this a great book to dip into.
                                                                                                                                                   Ruchika for tots (18 months +)!
               I had difficulty to begin with when reading Peter
               Carey’s ‘Oliver and Parrot in America’ but I was        Finally ‘The Great Fire of Hong Kong’ by Adam Ness
                                                                                                                                                   First come first served!
               very glad I persevered. In comparison I loved the       is indeed a slim volume recalling the fire which                            Secure a spot with Anna at activities@lrc.com.hk
               start of Orhan Pamuk’s ‘The Museum of Innocence’        engulfed Central District on Boxing Day 1878. It has                        or sign up directly at the Sports Desk!
               but I have to admit tiring rapidly towards the end.     eye witness accounts from the likes of Isabella Bird                        Playgroup classes coming in January!
                                                                       and Andrew Carnegie. It is unashamedly a popular
              On the crime front once again Philip Kerr was top of     history. I wish there were more books on Hong Kong like it as they
              my pile. ‘If the Dead Rise Not’ was streets ahead of     could inspire more in depth research.                                       Christmas Camp
              anything else. It even left Donna Leon’s brilliant ‘A                                                                                Date: 20 -22 December
              Question of Belief’ in its wake. If you can stomach      So to my favourite book I read ‘C’ by Tom McCarthy after being              Time: 10am - 1pm
              the staccato prose and idiomatic language, James         disappointed by David Mitchell’s, ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob            Venue: Multiple Venue
              Ellroy’s ‘Bloods a Rover’ is a massive and complex       De Zoet’ for which I had waited in great anticipation. McCarthy             Join us for some Christmas Fun and Snacks Time!
              book that is really in a category of its own. An         filled the gap, he has all the verve of early Mitchell but also
              outstanding Scandinavian crime novel by Håkan            challenges the intellect. ‘C’ takes the honours, but I will be first in     Boxing Day Movie
              Nesser ‘The Inspector and Silence’ is a police           line for William Gibson’s next adventure into the imagination. I            Date: 26 December
procedural to be reckoned with. Comparisons between Nesser             also hope we don’t have to wait another ten years before Jonathan           Time: 3pm
and Mankell are already being made. Iain M Bank’s is the supremo       Franzen give us something to bite into.                                     Venue: Bowling Café                                                  Sign up at reception…
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