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Chris Patten being unrealistic: former senior civil servant Listen
A former senior civil servant, Rachel Cartland, says Hong Kong’s last Governor, Chris Patten, is being a bit unrealistic by saying that the United Kingdom is letting Hong Kong down. Patten accused the British government on the BBC’s Newsnight programme of “selling its honour” to boost trade with China over its commitment to the territory. He said the UK had already let down one generation of democracy activists in the city, and it would be a tragedy to let down their kids as well. But Cartland, who worked for the Hong Kong government for 34 years and is the author of Paper Tigress, tells Annemarie Evans that one has to ask what the UK can actually do in the world's present circumstances.
Children found benefitting from English-speaking domestic helpers Listen
A study has shown that the presence of English-speaking foreign domestic helpers at home may help children build better English vocabulary skills. Professor Catherine McBride from the Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong says that was true across four to five years - the period when the study was conducted. But she tells Ben Tse that they also found there were trade-offs.
Near-complete Roman buildings found in UK Listen
Archaeologists in England say they are stunned to have discovered three near-complete Roman buildings under a park in the southern city of Chichester. They used ground-penetrating radar and a test dig to reveal two large masonry houses set around a courtyard or atrium and an unusually-shaped third building. A local archaeologist, James Kenny, said their survival for over 1,500 years is remarkable. But RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, tells Annemarie Evans that there are no plans to display the buildings permanently.