|This year not many people wore British poppies in Hong Kong|
Can I also add how hard it is to wear a British poppy? It's a paper red flower with one green leaf, supposedly pointed at 11 o'clock, and then they are put together with a plastic green stem.
Men can easily wear this poppy by sticking it in the lapel buttonhole. But what if you're not wearing a jacket or it doesn't have a lapel buttonhole?
These last two days I've pinned it to my jacket, and amazingly it hasn't been destroyed. I miss the Canadian poppies, which comes with a pin instead of a green plastic stem so it's much easier to wear.
|Jack Ma with Daniel Craig during a gala TV show|
No one knows exactly when it started, but sometime back in the mid-1990s, when four single male university students decided to have a kind of anti-Valentine's Day, since November 11 is 11/11.
It eventually grew into a day for single people to get together, and then retailers quickly caught on, marketing it as a day to treat oneself to buying something special.
Then Alibaba hijacked the idea as November 11 being Singles Day and an opportunity to buy things online.
Last year Alibaba made $9.3 billion, and this year by 5pm beat the record with $10 billion.
This year Alibaba boss Jack Ma enlisted the help of Daniel Craig to push up sales on a gala TV show, and Kevin Spacey does a funny take on Singles Day with this video:
As the President of the United States, his Frank Underwood character makes it seem like anything in the US is for sale...