Hot or cold when you’re rushing to relax?

Monday 26 November 2012, 9.14pm HKT

2.16pm local time, 19°C (66°F), 76% relative humidity, overcast

HONG KONG’s weather is officially turning cooler. It’s overcast and a bit drizzly. Wunderbar.

Last week, it was still in the mid-20s centigrade (mid-70s Fahrenheit) and I for one was still sweating like a waterfall.

(I don’t have the constitution of a pig so I won’t slander/libel/defame those self-sacrificing, bacon-supplying farm animals with the phrase ‘sweating like a pig.’)

British and European room temperature is conventionally taken to be 20°C (68°F) in the living room and 18°C (64°F) in other occupied rooms — most British people will find this quite warm.

North American room temperatures vary widely from region to region but it’s considerably higher than in Europe.The average North American room temperature comes to around 25°C (77°F) — which probably explains why Americans are latecomers to the global-warming awareness game.

In other words, Brits and Euronals suffocate in American digs, and Yanks freeze in Eurotrash pads.

The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) industry sets the maximum comfortable room temperature at 24°C (75°F) worldwide.

The Hong Kong government sets 25.5°C (77.9°C) as the air-conditioned room temperature. Draw your own conclusions.


So what’s your optimal operating temperature?

Is it real or imaginary? How do you know? Do you have to pay for it?

Below is a snapshot of the crowd I run with.

“Relaxation” is the optimal temperature for (you guessed it) rest and recreation.

“Rush Job” is for rush jobs, emergencies and general revenue generation.

Relaxation/°C Rush Job/°C Personal Av./°C
Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
Localfags (ranked by personal average)
‘Angle’ 25 28 25 28 26.5 26.5
‘Ratta’ 23 25 22 22 24 22
Friend A 20 25 18 22 22.5 20
Friend B 20 22 18 18 22 18
Friend C 18 25 21 18 21.5 19.5
Friend D 18 22 18 15 20 16.5
Friend E 19 21 17 15 20 16
Doug 18 18 18 21 18 19.5
Johnny 18 18 18 21 18 19.5
Average of localfags 19.8 22.6 19.4 20 23.3 22
Overseasfags (ranked by personal average)
Guus (EU) 25 25 20 25 25 22.5
‘Stunnah’ (NE USA) 23 23 20 18 23 19
‘L.A.’ (USA, UK) 18 18 18 18 18 18
‘Scud’ (UK) 18 18 18 18 18 18
Ashley (UK) 16 15 15 5 15.5 10
The Naked Listener (EU) 16 12 15 5 14 10
Average of overseasfags 19.3 18.5 17.6 14.8 18.9 16.2

For the overseasfags, countries in brackets denote principal place(s) of upbringing.

Table generated by HTML Table Generator v1.0 beta at


And the upshot of this is what?

There’s no ‘upshot.’ I just want to know your optimal operating temperature(s) because I just happen to be a nosey parker sometimes.

If there IS an upshot, the chart shows I operate at the lowest temperature of the lot.



S.t.p. stands for standard temperature and temperature — not “sexually transmitted pwnage.”

In case you’re wondering, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) defines s.t.p. as:—

  • 273.15 kelvins (0°C or 32°F), and
  • an absolute pressure of 100 kilopascals (kPa) (14.504 psi, 0.986 atmosphere or 1 bar).



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image via Price’s Alarms. (B12421)

Run into, once more again

Saturday 3 November 2012, 8.00am HKT

I’m in serious pain right now.


I could hardly breathe properly right now with the pain in my back.

I’m writhing and wriggling in my seat, panting all the time, as I bang these words out this very moment because I can’t bend my back.

Friday, 2 November, 5.25pm local time

Yesterday afternoon some random woman shot out of my building and ran straight into me. Blind as a bat, she was. The commissionaires (security people) saw it happen and they said it was pretty nasty too. I felt fine then and everything seemed normal.

(Sorry, the pain is onsetting again … God, it’s really painful! I’m breaking out in cold sweat too now.)

So I went home upstairs and had a kip. Then after a few hours I woke up at 9.23pm with an God Almighty excruciating pain in the small of the back (a.k.a. lower lumbar region). I haven’t been right since waking up. It felt like a sprained back at first, you know, but it’s gotten steadily worse.

The one day I have a day off and now this.

Sorry, people, but the pain is really getting to me now, so I’ll lay off the writing for a bit.

Yours truly at midnight, Sat 03 Nov. It was THAT painful.

I’d already spent 37 months in crutches from a busted pelvis and I’ve managed to walk unassisted for two years already.

Heaven help me, I’m not sure I’m going through this. I just don’t know what the hell is wrong with Hong Kong people anymore. They don’t look where they’re going. They push you aside (or into the traffic) if they felt you’re in the way. Our women in many cases are worse than the skinheads in 1970s UK when it comes to road rage. For chris’ sakes, c’mon.

I’m pretty sure I’m gonna end up being crippled by rush-hour pedestrians going about their lives in Hong Kong.



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image by me. (B12390)

Bad influence

Thursday 30 August 2012, 12.30am HKT


People who see practically everybody or everything as a bad influence don’t realise just how much of a bad influence they themselves are to others.



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image via Rate My Funny Pictures. (B12275)

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