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fame Prunella Scales as guest speaker.

For a newsmagazine, that word says everything. [t is the touchstone of our task, the measure of our

o The FCC and L2 American Club joint team prepares to challenge the softball players from the

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heart of all


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achievement. At Asiaweek, it is the asset we prize most. For we know that what readers want is, very simply, reliable information. lnformation they can trust. Checked and double-checked. Elementary? Perhaps. Yet no other magazine in Asia goes to the lengths that Asiaweek does to ensure that its information is correct. The process begins with the correspondents in the field. Asiaweek has some of the best, and like all good correspondents, they pride themselves on getting things right. It continues with the editors and writers who work on the story at Asiaweek's headquarters. There is a constant dialogue between field and desk. And then, backstopping both editors and correspondents, comes the third leg: Asiaweek's Research Department. Before a story is published, a researcher literally, with a little tick mark above it. All possible checks each word original sources, many not available in the field, are consulted in the quest for complete accuracy. And at the same time, the story goes back to the correspondent to ensure that none of those dreaded 'processing errors', beloved of chagrined editorial replies, has crept in. The process may sound cumbersome. We don't find it so. It is the reason Asiaweek is so trusted a name throughout this region. And, we feel, it advances the interests of all of us in this profession. For in building people's confidence in the information they read, we are strengthening their belief in the value of a free press.


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This month marks the

Remembered Yesterdays


dawn of theYear of the Dragon - the last of this century and the last for

Stockbrokers, average adjusters and money manipulators have taken over Fleet Street where inky-fingered hacks of Britain's national newspapers once held

HongKong as a British territory. This year's earth dragon is believed to be sociable and less dictatorial. What does it hold for you?




Club holds the first professional luncheon of 1988 with Fawlty Towers

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sway, says Ted Thomas.



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FCC member Clarence Chang takes over as managing director of the SCMP as faces at the top change abmptly and in

quick succession.



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Last days of the Sreet of Shame




Just a decade ago, it was all so different on Fleet Street. But the changes haven't killed the street off forever. . .




EN years or so ago when I began travelling to London regularly and the room rate for a decent hotel passed the 1100 per night mark, my ac-

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countant suggested that a small pied à terre in London might provide an economical alternative. With our associate office in Fleet


Street, and the best collection of restawants, bars and clubs in the same area, it wasn't long before I was instructing the estate agents on my requirements: an upper-storey bachelor flat with easy access


LETTERS in the country and - to use Pillas's cliche - having kept his lines of communication open with some very

knowledgeablê and senior people in Malaysia. For Pillai to claim that the tough press laws "are rarely

to Fleet Street, not too expensive, spacious, cozy, and with a good outlook.

invoked"Iindicates that he has either been in hibernation

for the past two years or outside the country. Since 1986, Rocþ Pura and John

Berthelsen of Th¿ Asian Wall Street tourrutl have been expelled for writing stories

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whose veracity has never been effectively denied and three national newspapers have been closed down because they had been trying to cover the genuine issues of the day

without resorting to euphemisms.

As for Pillai's "essential sense of fair play" in Malaysia with regard to the press, I wonder where the government's outrageous allegations of a Zionist consipiracy in the foreign press fit into all this? I should also point out that at least three foreign correspondents are now having to renew their work permits every month. This requirement is clearly designed to intimidate, arld for the ðorrespondent with a'wife and young family, it creates an

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Kung Hei Fat Chnì!

Sinclair, now of the Hmgkong Standard,

stayed there, as did Barbara Waters, publisher of the Autùmnt¿d Office. Aneka Rice, now a major star on UK television, Sabrina Farley of RTHK, Nicola Parkinson of the South Chinn Morning Posl Sashi Thapa of the Hongkong Standard, Aussie TV star Ian Finþ, comedian Bob Monkhouse, singer Matt Monroe and many others all found their way there. MURDOCH'S SPELLS: Having a flat close to Fleet Street had its compensations, but the street itseH was changing. With Mur-

doch's masterþ reverse coup on the print


central London. The street runs from the Strand at the top, to Ludgate Circus in the City. GOURMET'S MECCA:

As the

newspaper colony took root there, the food and booze

business flowished, for it is the nature of newspapernen to eat and drink well. By the time I had set up house in nearby Covent Garden, the street was a mecca for the gourmet, the gourmand, the boozer and those simply in search of a good meal. The legendary Wig & Pen on the Strand provided a cosy hostelry for journalists and lawyers, both attracted bygood food, an ex-


convenience of my Covent Garden snuggery. Richard Hughes, the doyen of foreign correspondents, was a regular guest. Kevin

unions and the shift to Wapping, the street

integral and important part



Street of Adventure" or "The Street of Shame". Over almost 100 years it had bracing national newspaper industry. But for several centuries before that, it was an

February 16 to mark the Lunar New Year. The

As time went by, many Hong

nedia personalities came to enjoy the quiet

were reading, they called Fleet Street "The

evolved into the home of Britain's lively, infuriating, engaging, pompous, and all-em-

Far Eastern Econovnic Reui¿w Kuala Lumpur Bureau.

Normal operations will resume on Saturday, February 2O. 6 r'BeRuARv

Ten years ago, depending on what you

Nick Seaward Correspondent

following schedule will operate over the holidays: Pool Bar Restaurant MainBar Tues, Feb

Call SILVIA KOGAN on 58612166 or write 17|ue-1707 Asian House, No.1 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong for an information sheet.

To the agent's credit he didn't throw me out of his office but he tried to fill v/hat was at that time a tall order, and what is now, I would imagine, impossibie.

obnoxious choice between doing his job to the best of his ability or toeing the line for the sake of domestic stability. Finally, I know of no foreign correspondent who complains of lack of access to government ministers. And if Pillai rarely sees foreign correspondents hanging around in the Parliament lobby it is because the majority of them cover mainly economic stories and get more relevant information elsewhere, and the remainder are avoiding him for his annoying and unprofessional habit of barging in on other journalists' interviews.

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By Ted Thomas

cellent cellar, the proximity of the law courts and the friendly administrations of Pat the concierge and Richard, the best barman in London. I supped there with Robert Maxrvell, the press baron, who was a client of mine in those days, and with Steve Donleavy, the right- hand man of Rupert Murdoch when the avaricious Aussie was making his earþ forays onto the street that would finally see him owning the oldest stable of newspapers you could imagþe: Thz Times, The Sunday Times, the Sun and the shock, horror, scandal sheet, the News of the Worli.,lmown then, as now, as the News of the Screws.

lost fow major newspapers and the rest started to follow. By early 1987 such famous watering holes as the cobwebby rvine bar El Vinos had modified their draconian rules about ladies being denied the privilege of studying at the bar. Connie, the most generously endowed barmaid in the City, could still be found presiding over early morning drinkers at the Presscala Club bu! the incomparable Brigitte was beginning to find it difficult to fill the large dining room, despite having the best food at the best prices in London. Back in Carmelite Street, just behind the Street of Adventure, the prancing Geoffrey Van Hay was actually seen to be making an effort to be nice to his dwindling clientele and in Dr Johnson's old hangout, The Cheshire Cheese, you could get a good sandwich and a pint of olde English ale without being trampled to death by towists. The street was dying. But Fleet Street was a vital part of the heart of London, long before the newspaper tycoons set up shop there, and as the newspapers moved out, the businessmen

At Covent Garden the vegetable market had been re-

THE OLD vs THE NEW: Behind the imposing marble facade of the buildings that had housed the major dailies the Daily Tele-


graþh, Ihe News of th¿ World, the Sun new buildings began to take shape. Under the protected buildings ordinance, listed buildings had to preserve at least the outer shell of historical structures and build new structures within the old fabric. Office blocks occupied the space where once the printers unions held the newspaper magnates to rarsom. The stockbrokers, average ajusters, money manipulators and their tribe of support ser.rices begaa to take over

where the inþ-fingered hacks had once held sway. Old pubs such as The George, Ye Olde Cock, The Cartoonist Club, and The Devereaux no longer resounded to the crash of bar stools or the satisfying tinkle of flying glass as journalists discussed matters in the traditional manner, and the foaming pints and inþwines were no'"r'being replaced by martinis, champers, kir royales and bucks


There arose a tiny reactionary band of desperado refugees from the two newspap-

ers which chose to stick it out in Fleet Street. This group roamed the bars and

clubs and talked disdainfully



processors and telephone modems and wept nostalgically for the old Imperial or the traveller's Olivetti.

A RDMNANT OF THE PAST: The presses that once thundered and vibrated on Fleet Street are almost silent now. The stagger-

ing expense-account lunches, the raucous shouts of greeting, theboasting, thelies, the sheer fun of it all has gone out of the street.

But in a small flat a couple of hundred yards to the west of Trafalgar Square there is a remnant of the great days of the street where misty-eyed hacks gather to rememreal and imagined. A ber past triumphs place where Hong Kong journalists and media men can find a.warrn welcome, a


and the traders moved back.

convivial glass of something better than

placed by a trendy tourist facilþ where buskers, jugglers, magicians, breakdancers, pop groups, folk singers and sword

ty to what was once the heart of the British

swallowers vied with the market stallholders to atlract the tourist dollars. The heart of Fleet Street began to beat back

Ted Thomas sþenl 32 years in Hong Kong as neusþaþel reþorter, broadcaster, teleuision interuiewer and þublic rel¿tions consultant. He now heads the þublic relations consullancl comþanj, Corþorate Communications Ltd, which he founded 14 years ago


campari soda, and the comfortable proximinewspaper industry.





By Nury Vittachi

Frequent changes where stability once ruled

Close encounters with the wild kind Some FCC members took a trip to India at Christmas, came back and tossed their tiger pictures nonchalantly across the main bar...

Faces at the top at the SCMP have changed abruptly and in quick succession" And FCC member Clarence Chang has moved in as managing director. N a brief report tucked away in


inside page, the South China Morning

Post announced last month that the

wider range of activities tha¡ is usual even for a quick-thinking a¡rd capable Shanghaiborn graduate.

"My introduction to journalism came when a job to support myseH for my

board of directors had accepted the resignation of the man at the helm, Managing Dire-

I had to find

ctor Tori Lennon. Cwiously enough, the report said nothing about Lennon's reason for moving over. Only a few months ago

last two years at college," says Chang, who studied history, geography and Englishliterature at Hong Kong's Chinese University."

Editor Alan Farrelly had left the scene equally abruptþ. The predecessors of Lennon and Farrelly, former managing director Jerry Pilgrim a¡d former editor Robin

I worked as duty editor for AFP from midnight to eight in the morning; then I would go and spend the daytime in college. It was two years of good solid training."

Hutcheon, had both

F you have been hearing the


Chinese and three in English." During the turbulent 1960s, he covered

news production and programming, evenfually becoming controller of programming. He was at Rediffusion when it switched, in 1973, from being a wire station to a wireless st¿tion - a true broadcast service. In 1975 he moved to TVB, starting with news and then moving on to specialise in sporls

and cover the World Cup and the Olympics. Ten years later, Chang

In an



changes have become, naturally,



international Chang's

It is also said

witness in the Year of the Dragon. But how



turned media executive, has no pretensions about the link between journalism and business. He did not enter the profession, he says, with illusions of saving the world with his pen. He simply wanted to earn enough cash to put himself through two years of college.

This pragmatic beginning has led him

onto a journalistic career that spans a far

Now in his late 40s with an unplaceable accent (in English at least), Chang has a history behind him which includes everything from working as a cameraman at Rediffusion (remember them?) in Hong Kong to life as a business development manager for Mwdoch's News Ltd., in Australia. HUMBLE BEGINNING: Born in 1939 in Shanghai, his family brought him to Kowloon when he was 11. After graduation, he joined Rediffusion as a TV news reporter. In those days, says Chang, "the

the role then


Brian broke the habit of a lifetime by getting up at 5 a.m. fow mornings in a row at the Kipling Camp at Kanha. The predawn rise enabled tracking of tiger pug marks in Kanha - we saw our first tiger on Cñristmas day. F0UR LI\TTIGERSI: Sunrise

was spectacular

but the mornings were freezing. However, the tots of rum in the coffeebythe campfire helped some. We saw a total of four tigers (or was it six?) during our stay at Kanha. The beauty of the beasts has now turned us into ardent naturalists/conservationists/ protectors of tigers and all creatures great and small.

beyond, to Europe and the USA Step aboard and be treated like.


"Colonial Secretary". Although he married a Hong Kong girl, the famous Cantonese film star, Josephine Siao, Chang's family is still in Australia. His wife and two children Kai-chin, 7, and Yachin, 3, will join him at Lunar New Year. At the moment he is rushed off his feet immersing himself in the workings of the

Post, ard


Air-lndia cân fly you to lndia and

scene. He remembers Sir David Ford back in the'60s, and the colourful characters who filled

Clarence Chang: "Very happy to be back in Hong Kong."




days on the TV beat were the opportunities he had to meet major figwes on the political

does Chang feel about his sudden ascent to this position in these unsettling days?

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memories of his earþ



There clre st¡ll q few unspo¡lr ploces on eqrth.


that the appointment of Clarence Chang as the new managing director is the beginning, rather than the end, of highlevel changes that Tong

Chong Street


general manager for


widely believed that the two changes are not


Kanha Wildlife Park. Peggy Craig (who organised the trip for us and 12 others) hadwarnedthatas Gandhi was "Number One on the Sikh hit list", he could be at any number of places. Gandhi may have mined other people's plans by going elsewhere but we went on to have a reaþ good time and some interesting

of the Posf, he was


and speculation. But

Gandhi was also going tiger tracking at the

joined Murdoch's News Ltd., working for Network 10 - the TV arm of the group. Until his recent call to the managing directorship

organisation such long service and stability at the top, the recent


Tourist Association, formed a gang of four and hitched on to a "tigers and temples" tour in central India. There was a mmour going round in Madhya Pradesh that

the Hong Kong riots of '66 and '67 nd byphoon disasters before heading from

held their top jobs at the


"Oh, no! Please! Not another pile of tiger picfures!" round the main bar recentþ, here's how it all began,,. India's prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, th¡eatened to spoil Christmas for Brian Jeffries, Penny Byrne and me, who, together with Betty Fu of the Hong Kong

news team was one reporter and one editor. three in We had to do six bulletins a day

Po$ for almost 15 and 20 years respectively.


By Mary Lee

understandably reticent to

comment on what changes he plans to make at such an earþ stage. But there's one tlring of which he is quite sure. "I'm very happy to be back in Hong Kong," he says.

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Enter the Dragon In the lunar calendar, this year belongs to the earth dragon, the less dictatorial of the five t5pes of dragons. So, what does it hold for you?

The gang of four in Jeffries'room on Christmas night, 1987. Kipling Camp, Kanha, Madhya Pradesh' 'We

also saw countless chital

(spotted deer or, as our gang soon nicknamed them, "another

boring Bambi"), samba

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barasingha, a lone buck (species of deer), gaw (Indian bison), lots of langur (monkey), just as many peacocks, wild boar, wild dog, and a hyena. Each time a tiger was spotted, we raced in our jeeps to the spot to await our turn on one of only

three elephants which would take us to within yards of the

magnificent animal. At one point, Brian almost knocked Penny out of the seat on the elephant right into the lap of a

ride through

the jungle, hopingwe'd spot a tiger. At what sounded like a ro¿ìr, we


the mahoot


nasty-looking spiders

worse, into their awfirl

and and

gigantic webs.


good English.




Hindi" in perfectly




the sprawling Tollygunge Golf Club (runby the magnificent example of gentlemanliness, Bob Wright)

TJNEXPECTED ENCOI]NTERS: Brian claims that I made him cringe when I cheerfully said "Hello, Duchess, how are you Matilda,

the Dragon, it has had little significance as a milestone in China's and Hong Kong's history. In fact, the Year of the Ox has more claim to make as a historical period. For instance, Hong Kong's cession in perpetuity to Britain took place in the Year of the Ox (1841), the People's Republic was founded in the Year of the Ox (1949) and China will regain sovereignty over Hong Kong again in the Year of the Ox (1997). But if the past is any guide to the future, the previous Year of the Dragon (1976) witnessed the death of Mao Tse-tung, a devastating earthquake in Tangshan, in

which 665,000 people perished; and mudslips in

Saumaping, Kowloon, in which 18 people died. The Oriental belief, however, is that the dragon is the symbol of all energy and that he holds power and glory in his sway. All,dark clouds will disperse in the dragon's presence.

The year 1988 belongs to the earth dragon which is sociable and less dictatorial. So, what does it hold for you? Read on:

where we stayed, Brian had

You and the Year of the Dragon

was snappy was on New Year's Day

iï 3'#1"ff ffi: dJf,i.f"iu*'åï together. Be careful with new friends a¡d

the afternoon before

the group left for Hong Kong. Brian, it tumed out, had made a New Year resolution to give up smoking and was characteristi-

cally bad tempered, He

casual encounters. A major health problem is likelyto develop after the fifth moon ofthe year. Financial gains and promotions will come your way if you remain in good health until autumn.


easily persuaded to break his resolution - at least until he

returned to Hong Kong. It wasn't all just fun and games constructive came -outsomething of our holiday together: Brian and Penny learned to play mahjong (I had mahjong c¿rds),

tha¡ks to Betly Fu's coaching and her carefully written out sheet explaining the winds and seasons and bamboos and balls and numerals.


does not matter



tiger pics aren't of Nqtimal

this morning?" to THE coRRESpoNDENT

replied: "W'o-yes, but

The only time any one



known language" and the guide

that was holding her in a¡d the bar swung out of its hold. Penny gave what can only be describecl as a frozen scream (we all had to be very quiet). Penny and I also went on an



tell him that? He speaks no


elephant passing gas! \il'e saw no tigers on that ride, but rode into very colourful buthuge and


her in the rattling old jeep in Kanha): "How'm I supposed to

move pushedher againstthe bar

- who was closer to the elephant's tail had almost passed out. The roar, it turned out, was the

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happened to be sitting next to

several golf lessons (osing fewer balls in the trees, roof and tent tops as time passed) while the women shopped Calcutta out of

however, Penny

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more when Perury remarked about an Indian guide (who

tiger when he moved suddenly against her to get a better shot of the animal with his Pent¿x. The

handler) if that was a tiger. He said no, laughingly. By this time,

During the past year, 45 leading airlines and Aero Industry Advertisers invested in 460 pages of advertising with The Review.

Duchess of Argyll (also a guest at Kipling). But he cringed even

THIS MONTH, Hong Kong enters the last Year of the Dragon of this century and for the last time as a British territory. When the world welcomes the next Year of the Dragon, Hong Kong will have been under China's proletarian leadership for almost three years and we will have crossed into the 2lst Century. The next century begins in the Year of the Dragon; more preciselythe strong-willed metal dragon, known to be the unwilling, critical and magnificent warrior. BeIievers say the metal dragon will rush in where angels fear to tread. . . and he will succeed. What that foretells for Hong Kong under Chinese rule, we have to wait 12 years to discover. Some members of the Club have been on this turf for a long time. Some have witnessed the violent birth of the People's Republic. Some of them may still be around to chronicle the events as Hong Kong becomes a part of China and enters the next century and the next Year of the Dragon. Despite all the importance some attach to the Year of

Geograþhit standard.

what?'We had




great time

taking them. Mary lze is the editorinl mannger of the

A year of benefits - great pro- You will gain by visiting places of worship. gress in work and recognition

comes at-

that will make others jealous as success too easy. You will become increasingly

tracted to the opposite sex. But don't be

overconfident. Dragon will also make many enemies and face formidable difficulties in the If married, yow spouse's unhappiness, caused by your superior attitude and other relationships, ï¡ill become a serious issue.

year to come.

No notable achievements likely on the professional front. In fact, a

difficult period until the end of summer. Be careful with money and guard against jealous colleagues. If alone, you will become attracted

work hard for money as plans will not

to a personborninthe Yea¡of the Oxwhom you

be realised easiþ. Romance is on the horizon, but resist temptations with your natural calm and don't give in easiþ. Choose with care.

met only recentþ. This will lead to great deveþ it

happiness if youtake the initiative to into a lasting partnership.

I c

In this

moderately happy year, Rabbit will establish influential and useful contacts. Not a great year for making money, though no losses foreseen. Rabbit will remain contented and romance could deveþ with a person you have known for some years through your work.

Avoid all physical activities which require

many worries. Take care of your health.

A time to slow down, pacify



A very

good year

for Roo with

family. They will move into leading positions and shape their destiny. For single Roosters over the age oÍ 24, and have had short-lived liaisons, this will be another year of fmstration and unhappiness. They could, however, find lasting happiness and success in life by forging a partnership with an older person who came into contact in the Year of the Tþr or the Rabbit.

An unsettled year that will cause

stless year filled with unhaPPi-

. Break-up of romance, marriage, partnership, etc., likely. Tþr will feel intimidated and become stubborn. Many will want to tweak your tail, but be tolerant. Your time to bite is not now.

and the intellect is in order. Financially, not a good year, certainly not a year to make speculative inveshnents or to gamble.

sters who are well settled

moderate year with unexpected trouwill establish influential and useful contacts but will have to es and many changes. Ox

Great development of the mind


and make friends. Unexpected trouble will come from a person of the opposite sex.

rrrrrBusv yea¡ with only small gains. Do tl{IEII noi-anempr ro ."i.. -u.h -oney. Avoid gambling, spicy food, alchohol


anything that will cause excitement. Also avoid climbing heights and association with shorter people of the same sex. Goat shorfd make every effort to pass this year peacefully, as major confrontation with a power{ul person is likely.

üäTJ!,åi:'*'il:,1'åi @il:'Js,'f this year and may lose his position and power. Stay cool. A member of the opposite sex could cause a great deal of trouble. fürld contractvery bad disease, if not ca¡efr¡l. Must lie low until

winter. peaceful year. Your superiors will you any help you need, as they will be happy with you. But beware, some ill health



and loss of personal belongings are foreseen. A person of the same sex will bring you success, peace and happiness.

FarEastemhonomic Rnîm


CLUB NE\A/S ç@ts1

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Team convenes for first (and last) softball practice- and survives The practice ended when the beer ran out, and some players are still trying to figure out how to hit

Part of the Washbag softball team. That's owner and pitcher Ed Moose with glove.

a high-arching ball. of Pat Malone in a pink tigerstriped tracksuit hunched over the plate desperateh tryrng to remember what she did when she was captain of her school rounders team, back in sunny


Prunella Scales in front of the Club and . .



Prunella Scales and the secret of her success tTl

onal lunch-



her matchless interpretation of Mrs Fawþ in the television series "Fawþ Towers, " as the guest speaker. Visiting Hong Kong for

the Arts Festival to present "An Evening with Queen Victoria" Scales attracted, unsurprisingly, a full-house audience. In her short and witty speech, Scales let out one of the secrets of her success - she and her husband pay their children 50p an act to teach them the witty words and say them in the correct order. "Actors, in most cases, are not terrifically witly and entertaining people," said Scales. About Fawlty Towers she said that no one realised for some time that it was going to be a roaring success. Then one day she went to a tobacconist. There she heard one of the guys buying some fags asking the other: "Did you see that programme onBBC2?" "No, where's that?" inquired the other who didn't actually know how to find BBC2. The tobacconist instructed him to switch over. "And I thought then," explained Scales, "that maybe we were on to some-

thing." Among other questions she answered was: "What's it like working with John Cleese?" Describing John Cleese as one of the most intelligent, sensitive, professional,

altogether adorable actors she has ever worked with, she said that he has an en-

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. . , before the luncheon audience. orrnous amount

of energy - physical, - and... "it's rather

mental and emotional

like working with a live maóhine gun and you try to keep it pointing away from you."

Question: What's it like playing a love

with somebody you really can't bear? Scales: Actors are usually rather pompous when they're answering this question. scene

a question of technique, one has a professional attitude in these cases.' In reality, it is absolutely horrible playing a love scene with somebody you find repr.rlsive. There's only one thing worse, a¡d that is, playing a love scene with somebody you fancied vrrong. Of the two horrors, I infinitely prefei the former, and I am not prepared to go into the problems of

They say, 'Oh, well, it's simply

the latter.

Or a first-time softballer, cricketer David Creffield, in a bright-red Hong Kong sweatshirt batting cricket-style, trying to figure out how in the hell you hit a high-arching ball - thrown by Dick Wagner who had never pitched before - with a round bat. (He missed. Did a complete pirouette and drilled himself into the g¡ound.) Then there's Derek Maitland, the only FCC member who "owns" a softball team (or any other athletic team for that matter), who took a lesson from his champion China Travellers and drilled three base hits, and managed to catch the ball a couple of times in short field, (Mind you, he still calls the field a pitch.) Jim Shaw, battling to remember life on the diamond back in old Alabama, drew down a long fly to centre field - andheld on to it - while Borurie Engel in right fielded two hard grourders off the bat of slugger Frank Miller which whipped right by first baseman Larry Doyle. Convener Saul Lockhart, alternately convulsed with laughter or crying in despair, actuaþ connected bat to ball and had to leg

it all the way to first,

where waiting

ambulance men resuscitated him. The red

beard swears that, when he was a young whippersnapper back in the parks of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he co-uld make the

home-to-first sprint


less than four

minutes. He told all who would listen that

he and Roger Bannister broke the four minute barrier on the same day in 1954. But only earþ arrivals Lockhart, Wagner and Doyle were witness to the greatest sight of all that Monday evening, January 25th - former FCC President Hugh Van Es, on hand to photograph the practice for Thc Conesþondpnt and posterity, at bat. Dressed in his best Viet Cong black, the

Kãs ill

5"1.-Lockhart saul in action. Some members of the Hong Kong team. mad Dutchman, batting crosshanded ("You guys don't know'*'hat you're talking about,

it is easier this way. No wonder ya can't hit.") sort of connected with a Wagner spitball, drilling a little itty-bitty grounder in the hole between Doyle and Lockhart (playing third and short for the occasion) who in any event, were on the ground crying with laughter at the Van Es' first swing. Not all the FCC team could make the practice Charlie Smith, Jane Bates, Fred Fredricks, Penny B1.rne, Peter Humble, Jack Keenan and Peter Bennett all promised to show up on the big day. The practice ended when the beer ran out, as you would imagine. The reason for all this exercise - the upcoming challenge by San Francisco's Washington Square Bar & Grill against a combined FCC and American Club team, to be played on the evening of February 10, during "San Francisco Week in Hong

Kong". Les Lapins Sauvages, as the Washbag's famous slow-pitch softball team is known, have played all over the world - well, the US and Europe - including every softball - player's dream, curtain-raisers before real major-league baseball games, in this case Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field

in Chicago.

The last issue



Corresþondcnt detailed some of the fierce geriatrics and in-

valids who are making the trek across the Pacific. This time we list our part of the joint team. (Remember, this challenge is being played under special n:les: "players the average age of the team must over 40


be 50 - with diseased livers or other infirmities. Two women must be on the field at all times.)

OUR MOB Dick Wagner: Not

played in 10 years but

can't remember what position he played when he did.

Frank Miller: Can't remember the last time he pþed but feels certain he did. Derek Maitland: Finally learned enough

Peter Humble: Never

played but claims expertise because he watched the World Series on TV when living in America. Saul Lockhart: Rumour has it he can squat down far enough to catch - getting up after each pitch is a problem, of course - but will need assistance if he ever has to run past first base. Pat Malone: Never played softball, never saw a softball, but was captain of her rounders team back in Oz.

Penny Byrne: Played something


school in Oz but can't remember whether it was rounders or softball.'When contacted, first question'¡¡as "What should I wear?"

"baseball" terminology to talk to lhis China Trauell¿r's softball team. Never played

Larry Doyle: Has actually played in the New York slow pitch league. Batted .144 and struck out every 2.5 times at bat. (He


made the all-star team.)

Jim Shaw: Last swung


bat when he was

72,back in dusty Alabama.

Jack Keenan: Has not

seen a softball in

40 years and remembers he was not very good when he did see it. Fred Fredricks: "Last time I threw a ball

was the Amcham Ball."

David Creffield: Never played but saw the girls play rorurders at school in England. Jane Bates: Never heard of the game, played rounders.

Charlie Smith: Not much information available, but rumour around FCC bar is that he secretly pitches for thé Phiþpine Heart Centre baseball team in Manila. Peter Bennetû Learned the game from TV in Japan and the US and wife Tomoko. Only husband-and-wife combination if they show.

For those who want to cheer the team on,

Bonnie Engel: Played short stop in high

the game is on February 10 at the Hong Kong Softball Association field in Tin Kwong Road, Kowloon. There are stands

school before switching to college drinking team.

for spectators, admission is free and there is a canteen chock-a-block with cold beer.



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29, the elite of the


quest to find and spend the perfect day. The jaunt was organised by

the bunch heading towards


C. Nahr and


Iænaghan with some backíng from FrankMiller. And guess,

who won the prizes. First, Frank Miller with 39 Stableford points! Second, Walter C.

Nahr with 37 points! Third, John Lenaghan with 35 points!

Now, I'm not impþing there was any jiggery pokery; but it commented

that the astute Lenaghan split 1988


duo of Charlie Smith and Dave

FCC packed their golf bags and set out on an eternal

was noted and 14 r'BnRu¡ny

up the undefeated Brazilian The police, hearing about

Shek O,senttwo top CIA men

- sorr,¡, I mean CID men Ken Taylor and Steve Vickers to see that things did not get out ofhand. Steve was so busy keeping an eye on things that he became the first golfer in history to score zero points in a Stableford competition. Stalking around

in a very

professional golfing cap was this threatening big black fellow and there was talk that it was Calvin Peat, the well-

from him

known international. But when he started telling jokes we realised it was Lar4' Allen,

After the golf and a curry din-

the pianist and entertainer. Talking about entertaining, if you could have seen Larr5' Allen, Tony Paul, Charlie

dawn, tired but not dispirited. It was nearþ, but not quite, the perfect day. P.S. The well-known South

Smith and Hans Schmid trying

to fit into the old lift which

takes people up to the eighteen tee at Shek O, well, it is a very

old liftl

There were many more

on paper for posterity.

ner we headed off into the

Korean Consulate member


Kim slid off without knowing

he had won six golf balls. He has until one minute before Hogmanay to collect them

famous players strutting the links. Howard Coats some-

from Dave Gilhooly, right above him at 1804 Korea Centre. - Dave Gilhoo|y.

Marquez the dashing hotelier

Missing in action! Does anyone know

times losing his sense of direction, Adriano Pintos from Macao who was quite proud that he had only lost 13

balls. Ray "Cuddles" Cra¡bourne with his magic camera

capturing the historic


sion. Also, Napier Dunn after tearing the course apart captured some of the cha¡acters


whereabouts of David Creffield, last seen disappearing.

into the darkest forest in pursuit of his ball, which he is very attached to, because he has had

it since he was a little





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as illustrated on our Chinese

New Yea¡ cover by Peter Wong. We don't have many Dragons on the Boa¡d of Governors - the sole fireeater being Berton Woodward. We have three Goats (or Sheep!) Irene

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zodiacal zoo.

QUILL for one was

Israeli consul general. It

Graham Lovell; two Snakes - Paul Bayfield and Carolyn Hubbard; two Horses

representative for the Rooster - wúess newly coopted member Bill Cranfield fills the bill and

somewhat disappointed with the briefing given by the

tal<tngfuzzy photos of the beasts in central India) and


Jeffries and Wendy Hughes; one Rat Gavin Greenwood; one Ox Sinan Fisek; one Rabbit

Dinah Lee; one Monkey Paul Smurthwaite; one Dog - Barry Grindrod, and one Pig - Tim Williams. There is no


was billed as an up-to-date view from Tel Aviv, the consul having just returned from Israel and briefings by his president and prime minister. But instead of an up-to-the-minute report on the current violence by

Palestinian youths and the Israeli response, we were treated to a history lesson stretching back over several n¡illennia. It is difficult to stretch one's mind back over a decade ald remember, particularly in the aftermath of the rescue of the hostages from Entebbe, what a good global press Israel was getting as a tough, intelligently-governed nation fighting for its survival against terrorism; it would have been interesting if the consul general had attempted some explanation of the bad press Israel is getting today and about which he

complained. An international anti-Zionist conspiracy?

Same, come to think of it, goes for Singapore..... Anyway, the end of the briefing was enlivened by a he¿ted exchange between the consul general and an Egyptian correspondent





3 To penalise part

1 The last word in warfare? (8,4) 9 Musical instrument in foreign coin to give an (7)

4 Charge men with being Hellenic



10 Trials


with a turn for


12 Cheese made the wrong way(4) 14 Bones mixed

with royalty






6 Vegetable passed from hand to (3,6)

7 Second-hand female inside shorved the



8 You, wise ma¡, sound like a


21 Southern hat puts an end to




19 Demote a riot and behaved (6)


5 Direction without direction is a blow to Americans (7)





16 Visionary loses his head and becomes a bit of a (6)



member. Otherwise the Club's professional and entertainment activities are looking up. Both Herb Caen (here in Hong Kong as part of the San Francisco week, which will also involve the Club in a Softball game for geriatrics) and Ted Heath are due as we go to press; we are planning a fonrm on the HK$ and Negative Interest Rates and the I¿dies are taking advantage of Leap Year ¡t the end of February.

A French




15 The lowest form of backchat? (6,3)


23 Northeastern gypsy


17 Second letter in ecstasy a



couple of hundied makes magic (10) 25 An advance, but one only we

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18 r'BsnuARy


name, address and the Club Membership Number of the

contestant. 4. Th6 f¡rst correct solution to be

drawn f¡om the sntries ¡eceived will be awa¡ded a bottle of

Chivas Regal. 5. The solut¡on and the winner's name will be p'rrblished in The Corr€spondent the following




26 Little devil unfortunately appears with


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21 To emit a covert



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20Late letter, they say, is the

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