Buck­ets of Good­will

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note - — Sean Fitzpatrick Group Ed­i­tor-in-chief

It seems the down­pour is over. No, not those late-sum­mer rain­storms, but the ice bucket chal­lenge, which drenched our Face­book feeds right through Au­gust and Septem­ber. Friends and work­mates were be­ing called out left, right and cen­tre. And don’t for­get the celebs: Leonardo Dicaprio and a na­tive Amer­i­can clan, Jimmy Fal­lon and his band. Then came a spate of chal­lenges gone wrong, such as the potty-mouthed tod­dler. That one was ac­tu­ally funny (the first time).

What­ever you thought about the chal­lenge, you can’t deny its phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess; at last count, more than US$100 mil­lion had been raised for the bat­tle against the dread­ful ail­ment ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease. And by com­bin­ing crowd fund­ing and video self­ies, the cam­paign has trans­formed the way char­i­ties will op­er­ate for­ever. In this is­sue, Madeleine Ross dives into the ice-bucket craze and gets nin­jitsu master Al­bert Wong to do a hair-rais­ing re-en­act­ment of his chilly mo­ment at the hands of friend Caro­line Roberts (p.348).

In Fea­tures, this month’s cover star, chic hote­lier Sonia Cheng, tells Melissa Twigg of her grand ex­pan­sion plans for Rosewood Ho­tels & Re­sorts (p.256). Cheng re­cently launched Rosewood London, which is be­com­ing one of the hottest spots in the cap­i­tal; next up is Rosewood Beijing, which opens this month, and a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment of the Hô­tel de Crillon in Paris will be un­veiled in the new year.

The one-on-ones with heavy hit­ters con­tinue off­shore. We speak ex­clu­sively with Os­car­win­ner Mor­gan Free­man, who will tee off at the Mis­sion Hills World Celebrity Pro-am at Mis­sion Hills Haikou later this month. The star opens up about golf, Nel­son Man­dela, his blues bar and even his gold ear­rings (p.122). We also sit down with a star from the other side of the cam­era, Ti­tanic di­rec­tor James Cameron, to dis­cuss his his­tory-mak­ing solo jour­ney to the bot­tom of the deep­est ocean (p.242).

Em­i­lie Yabut-ra­zon catches up with bas­ket­ball legend Lebron James, who talks hoop-shoot­ing and time­keep­ing in his new role as am­bas­sador for Aude­mars Piguet (p.238). Then we kick the ball into or­bit in an in­ter­view with Richard Branson, who is due to launch the in­au­gu­ral Vir­gin Galac­tic space flight in the next few months (p.284).

Else­where, the How To fea­ture that pleased so many of you last year makes a re­turn. Our elite panel of good-hu­moured ex­perts, which in­cludes Ron­ald Abram, Michele Li, Michelle Cheng, Jamie Lee, Christina Man and Ivan Ting, will coach you through all man­ner of ac­tiv­i­ties, from fight­ing the flab to bak­ing a mind-blow­ing birth­day cake, and to pick­ing the per­fect di­a­mond (p.264). But we haven’t in­cluded a how-to for the ice bucket chal­lenge—we think you’ve prob­a­bly mas­tered that by now.

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