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MAD DOGS AND AUSTRALIAI{S FCC STALWART Bryan Lloyd, who is the managing director of the con-

TIIE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS' CLUB North Block, 2 LowerAlbert Road, Hong Kong. Tblephone: 521 1511 Fax 86B 4092

President-

Paul Bayfield

First Vice-President

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Peter Seidlitz

Second Vice-President - Saul Lockhart

Correspondent Member Governors John Andrews, Bob Davis, Peter Gwgnne, Robin Moyel Chris Peterson, Claudia Rosett, MichaelTaylor, Steve Vines

Journalist Member Governors David Thurston, Stuart Wolfendale.

Associate Member Governors Ken Ball, Wendy Hughes, Peter Humble, Dorothy Ryan.

COVER IAUGHTER came with all four courses when comedy star Derek Nimmo was our guest speaker earlier this month. Nimmo, who delivered some excruciatingly accurate observations about journalists - and made FCC Board member Stuart Wolfendale a particular target romped through a history of comedy in an address that 12-t3 mixed wit and erudition.

struction materials company, W. R. Grace (Hong Kong) Ltd., celebrated the 25th anniversary of his firm's activities in the colony by firing the Noon Day Gun immortalised by

Noel Coward. Bryan, an Australian, arrived in Hong Kong from Sydney in 1964 with his belongings packed chests.

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Professional Committee: C onl en o r : P ari Bayßeld, Member: PeTer Seidltiz, Peter Humble, Saul l¡ckhart, Dorothy Ryan, Wendy Hughes, Peter Gwgnne, Stuart Wolfendale, Michael Taylor, Bob Davis

Membership Committee: Steve Vines, John Andrews

Social Connittee: C o nu eno r : D or othy Ry an. Memben: MichaelTaylor

Video Committee: n o r : D avid, Thw stot,

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Publications Committee: C o nr n o r : Saul lnclùrar l, e

Member: PaulBayfreld, Bob Davis, \{endy Hughes, David Thurston, Stuart \4'olfendale, Ken Ball

Cathay Pacific are the official

Club Manager: Heinz Grabner

carriers of the Bolshoi Ballet on

Club Steward: Julia Suen

this major tour of South East Asia. ln association with Michael Edgley and the 1990 Cartier Master Series

in Hong Kong, we're honoured to be

bringing you these world renowned artists, including Natalya Bessmertnova and Yuri Vasyuchenko. Performances are scheduled September 15

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for Hong

Kong,

30; Manila, October 4

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6; Singapore, October 11

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14. With

Cathay Pacific, the Bolshoi Ballet can be

certain they will arrive in better shape.

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Ron Knowles

EDITORIAL OFIFICE:

REMEMBERED YESTERDAYS FORMER New York Times correspondent Tillman Durdin recalls the thrills and perils of ping-pong diplomacy as one of the few newsmen who covered the remarkable thaw in Sino-US relations by accompany-

ing a visiting US table tennis team

to Beijing in April 1970. In addition to sharing an interview with a major political figure in China, Durdin had an intimidating brush with the Cultural Revolutionaires. 9-11

FLYING EYE FORMER

soldier

Robin Adshead, who developed a passion for flying and is now a

highly accomplished professional photo grapher, presents a selection of aerial

shots and down-toearth views of old Hong Kong in this month's Photo Essay.

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Suggestions welcome HE FCC now has

spondent governor Chris Peterson will act as coordina-

the board in the May elec-

tor. Volunteers for the group

tions, starts his duties at the next meeting of the board. Users of the main bar will have noticed a plastic device attached to the notice board with names placed in slots in a seemingly random fashion. It is, I'm told, a construction carried out at the behest of one

include Margaret Bryan, Jo

Mayfield, Mike Smith, Jim Shaw and Saul t¡ckhart.

The purpose of this group assist the manager, Heinz Grabner, with food and beverage matters and to field suggestions and complaints. What form this assistance takes will be determined by Heinz and the group. It should be emphasised, however, that this group will

is to

Brian Jeffries.

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newly active Brian. It already has about 40 names, but I'm sure there is room for more.

Further to last month's

er, but act as a conduit for ideas and suggestions to

discussion on the difficulties some journalists face in getting working visas to China,

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culprit is the Foreign Affairs Department in Beijing which

hadwhathrned outto

is sending mixed signals. Recently a US correspondentwas gznted a working visa but found that he was required to hand over US95,000 and would be accompaniedbya driver, guide and translator. The price was negotiated down to about US$2,000. He was then given a highþ sanitised tour that included two banquets a day Other correspondents were given working visas with none ofthe above conditions; others have been allowed to work on tourist visas; still others have been denied visas completely.

be aculi-

nary tour of Europe (including East Germany). Besides paying outageous prices for low-stan-

dard hotels, he found the food often indifferent and a poor second to thegastronomic delights of

HongKongandAsia.

Derek Nimmo of TV-sitcom, radio and theatre fame was a popular speaker at a club lunch recently. He spoke onthe

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Peter Gwynne, the editor

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of Asia Technologt magazine, has replaced Teresa Gibbs on

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H^^ffiæ ñÉ #Hffi The Japanese edition of International Financing Review is looking for experienced, bi-lingual financial journalists to report on banking and capital markets. The reporters

would work from one of IFR's overseas offices Loncion, New York, Paris ol Ztuich ancl report to tl-re Japanese Edition's editor in Tokyo. IFR's Japanese Edition was launched

in

June this year, while International Financing Revieu'

itself has been operating in Tokyo since the early 1980s.

Apalt from fully fluent writtenJapane.se and flnent spoken English, the successfnl cancliclate will need excellent reporting skills and a good r-rnderstanding of financial markets, However, further training in international finance will be offered by the colnpany if lequired. A very competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the rigl-rt candidate. IFR Pubiishing Ltd is a fast-growing

subsidiary

of

The Thomson Corporation. Its

headquarters are in London and it has offices in

direct appeal to Beijing resulted in avisa aftertwo days. Just what is China's policy rtowards correspondents?

New York, Paris, Zurich,Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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Candidates should send their applications to Peter Krijgsman, Editor in Chief, IFR Publishing Ltd, South Quay PIaza 2, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9FU, UK.

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E"IER \4rONG, a stalwart of the basementbar and one of the club's pool and billiards aficionados, has taken the Big Apple by storm. Peter Wong Design &Associates Ltd. (PÌ[DA), a company he founded in 1987, walked off with

HE Edito/s Circle, a ragtag group of commacatchers, invites new members to join its monthly luncheons.

Membership is made up of present and reformed magazine editors who get together to swap ideas, contacts, and trade gossip, and discuss matters of mutual interest rapacious freelances, errant

- photographers and, of typesetters,

Achievement Section. The show, held annually for the past 21 years, is the major international showcase for visual design professionals in a variety

course, freebies.

Although there are no dues, no offices, and no byJaws, the group has managed to survive more than a d,ozen years with many of its founding members. The Editors' Circle meets at 72:45 on

of disciplines.

In the Print

Section, PWDA won

awards for:

the first't{ednesday of each month in a function room at the FCC. Anyone interested in attending future luncheons

. Brochure: Barclays Bank . Magazine cover: Eþicure . Self-promotional: Peter Wong

STOP PRESS Prime Minister of Singapore [_ee Kuan yew is to be the guest speaker at a Club luncheon on October 26.

should contact Pat' Malone at 5210356 for more information.

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published the first edition of This is Vietnarn at the be$nning of this month. The new magazilne, supported by the Vietram Chamber of Commerce, is a pocket-sized digest aimed at the business travelle¿

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Photography:Eþicure

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Professional Ilncheon

Correspondent, Ron Knowles, was on hand to deliver one ofthe readings.

October5,1990:

Speaker: Derek Davies former FCC president and former

editor-inchief of the Far Eastern Economi,c Reoiew November 15, 1990:

Chief Executive

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Chinø Traueller In the Creative Achievement Section:

member and Reuters business deskman

Martin HoweII and Perry Joyce were married at St Joseph,s Church, Garden Road, on August 18. Old friend of the couple and new editor ofThe

Speaker:DavidKPLi,

PeterWitton, former DeputyBusiness Editor of the Far Reaiew and Editor Asian Business,

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of the Bank of EastAsia October 19, 1990:

Neworleans Night Main Dining Room

Offshore Accounts

Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Seminars

Property Search

Ocùober 11, 1990:

Pensions School Fee Planning Overseas Club

Changes in Europe and its

implications forAsia. Sponsored by CommerzbankAG

Lloyds Bank services and expertise available to individuals through our office in Hong Kong.

December 4, 1990:

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PE O PLE

REMEMBERED YESTERDAYS

Sinclair licensed to yell

How I played ball with ping r pong diplomacy

N A DERISIVE blast for freedom of speech, FCC stalwart and Honghong Standard columnist Kevin Sinclair armed himself with a loud hailer to debunk the government outside the main entrance to the FCC on August 4.

Sinclair's stunt was his typically forthright and colourful method of ridiculing the government's arrest, trial and fining of a group of pro-democracy demonstrators for using loud hailers in public without holding

a

legal permit to do so.

The prosecutions were widely interpreted as craven truckling to the communist Chinese authorities, who have repeatedly warned their Hong Kong counterparts that the colony must not be allowed to be used as a base for subversion.

Sinclair took the legal precaution of applying for and securing a police permit to use the loud hailer in accordance with Section 4(29) of the Summary Offences Ordinance 1933. He was in possession of permit No.4 in CP LIC LM (80) in 136/3Xwhen he took to the street to make his protest.

InhisAt lnrge column

on August

t

he

explained:

"I then stood on the footpath, tried not to create a severe breach of the peace, and read my proclamations. "There were three of them:

"The political adviser, Mr l\¡illiam

Ehrman, is an honourable man who would never bow to political pressure f¡om Beijing to encourage prosecution ofpeople on political grounds. 'Wouldhe? "The people of Hong Kong have total faith in the ability of the noble t¡rd Caithness to negotiate on their behalf with the People's Republic of China.

"Don'tthey?

"The Financial Secretary, Sir Piers Jacobs, knows what he is doing."

Sinclair went on: "411 these statements, ofcourse, are as asinine as the legislation

itself."

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Al Kaff's recollections of China's sudden and startling invitation in April 1970 for an

lon." After telephoning my wife and grabbing a sandwich I wiped the sweat from my brow and by 3am. had churned out the piece. I slept a few hours in the office and was up by 6am. pulling things together for boarding an 8 o'clock train to Canton. Right away I realised with panic that I was

American table tennis team to visit, accompanied by American newsmen, prompted Tillman Durdin to reminisce. Durdin, who wàs based in Hong Kong as New York Tirnes correspondent in 1949-50, again from 1956 to'61 and from 1967 to'74,was in Sri Lankawhen the ping-pong diplomacy began to hitworld headlines. HILE THE US and other national table tennis teams were

smacking ping pong balls at a

Toþo tournament I was trapped, through an urgent transfer from East Pakistan's independence struggle, in an even bloodier

insurgency in Ceylon (now Sri l¿nka). Enmeshed by curfews, an environment of fear and only minimal access to world news, I was ignorant of Beijing's invitation to the American ping-pong stalwarts until, on my third day in Colombo, an urgent message arrived from the Times rhat sæd: "Getvisa Chinese embassy. Proceed imme diately Hong Kong for Beijing assignment." P:uzzled and excited I rushed to the embassy where, on several previous Ceylon visits, I hadn't even been admitted. I was greeted with an effusive "Come in, Mr. Durdin," given an explanation of the ping pong invilation and promised a visa by the next morning. Only then did I realise I was to be part of a major Beijing gesture of detente toward Washington that climaxed in 1971with Nixon'svisitto China. When I got going strange things hap pened. Ianding at Bangkok I was greeted

heartily by the Bangkok agents of Pan American and Swiss Ai¡ the latter because I was to continue to Hong Kong by Swiss Air after an hour's layover. They treated me to a steak lunch and a glass of wine in the \rIP lounge and when I asked 'lMhy all this special attention?" they said: "Al1 we know is we were given head office instructions to take good care of you." I thought: "Gosh, getting a visa to China certainly is a step up in the world." Arriving in Hong Kong at six o'clock I was met by another Panam agent who had arranged a helicopter ride for me from the aþort to within two blocks of my office in Sutherland House. There from my assis-

tant, Ian Stewart, I learned through his

broke, having spent my last travellers cheques and currency in Ceylon and en

route to Hong Kong. Six o'clock in the morning is not the best of times to go for-

telephone talks with New York, of astonishing things th e Times hadbeen doing. After 20 years of failed efforts to send a staff correspondent into China,The Times was having fits over the prospect of at last getting someone in. My delay in Colombo risking failure in China to make contact

with the tennis team redoubled foreign deskfrenzy.

As told by lan: At first the Times had instructed our Toþo man, a JapaneseAmerican, Takashi Oka, to get a visa and accompany the team from Japan. He was refused a visa. The players arrived in Hong Kong and the Tirnes asked Stewart to go

aging for travel valuta. In desperation I got the manager of the

National City Bank, an old friend, out of bed and explained my dilemma. He said because of a computerised mechanism he

couldn't open the bank's safe, but he would telephone the manager of the Hilton Hotel and ask him to empty his cash box for me. This netted me some US$800 in currency. News of my venture had by 7 o'clock begun to course through

the journalistic community, and friends dropped by to talk and stuff my pockets with Hong Kong dollars as I rushed for a ferry to the Kowloon train station, then right on the waterfront.

'l \ryas me man

At I¡wu, where I was to leave the Hong Kong train and board a Chinese train, my heart sank as I presented my passport to the Chinese entry agent. He had noted the numerous visas for Taiwan. 'You support

Beijing wanted'

two-China policy," he growled, staring sternly as if he was about to refuse my

into China with the team. He was refused a visa. Then tllre Tirnes turned to me, and it became evident that, because of my past acquaintance with Zhou Enlai and other Chinese communist leaders. I was the man Beijing wanted. The colombo embassy was informed before I reached its gate. My delay in Ceylon caused extraordinary Times manoeuwes. At first the Times asked Pan-American if it could land its round-theworld plane in Colombo after its usual set-down in Delhi to pick me up. 'Just impossible," said Panam, adding that

its agents however would meet me in Bangkok and Hong Kong and expedite my

journey in any way possible. The Times then tried without success to charter a plane in India to fly me to Bangkok. I had hardly settled at my deskwhen a message from fheTimes arrived that said: "Give us 3,00Gword sumup situation Cey-

entry. But after a moment's wait he hrrumpped and waved "Go on. go on." Groggyfrom sleeplessness and fatigue I arrived at my Canton hotel thinking I could at last get some sleep during the overnight wait for the plane to Beijing. No such luck. Waiting was a cable from th e Ti,mes saying: "Give us some copy" I sat down and batted out 600 words about the landscape from the train, peasants cultivating rice, crowds in Canton a¡rd the heat. Then sleep atlast. In Beijing by the next afternoon, I had long since missed the US team and its accompanying correspondents, John Roderick of AP and John Rich of NBC. They had come and gone, so the Chinese authorities, maintaining the fiction thatthis was a ping-pong venture with no connection to broaderjournalistic objectives, put me with an Australian team to make the usual visits to communes, school, factories and the Forbidden City. (ConL page 10)

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REMEMBERED YESTERDAYS

Mad dogs and Australians

(from Page 9)

As someone who had known Beijing in

the pre-communist "old days,"

I

Australian businessman and FCC stal-

was shocked at what the communists had done to the grand old city's splendours. Gone

wart Bryan Lloyd, managing director of VlR. Grace (Hong Kong) Limited, gave a new twist to the Noel Coward ditty when he fired the Noon Day Gun on 31 August to mark the 25th anniversary of his com-

were the massive walls with their manytiered gates, the grand pailoøs arches on Changn Jei, some of the magnificent temples, the little shops that sold everlthing from priceless antiques to peanut candy. Substituted were ugly, Soviet-style rectangular buildings and dreary avenues. Beijing, like all China, was still tense with a Cultural Revolution anti-American hangover, and wherever I went Chinese were startled to find an American in their midst. I was arrested briefly for taking a

pany in Hong Kong.

Bryan is watched in our picture (right) -- Pacific Division, Grace Specialty Chemicals Company, and his wife, l¿urice. Bryan's company has supplied many of Hong Kong's major construction projects with fireproofing, waterproofing and concrete admixtures. Bryan has headed the Hong Kong and Asian operations since he arrived from Sydney in 1964 with his I belongings in two tea-chests.

by N. A. (8i11) Lee, president

photo of the gate into Chungnanhai where top officials live in a cluster of ancient buildings. Dispatches through the cable office were slow, and I some-

L'çTII-IIIl'l'ç A book at Bedi-time

times telephoned Times bureaux in Tokyo or Moscow to which connections were easiest. I was surprised to find my main competition was a Beijing resident, Julian Schuman, who had resumed a former connection with UP Mark Gayn of the Toronto Star, aHong Kong resident, was around on a trip unconnected with ping-pong.

A visit to the Foreign Ministry produced a stern lecture from a youngjunior official, Ma Yuchen (now Chinese consul-

party Mao gave for a select few at his villa outside Beijing. Once my dispatches started appearing in the Times I began to be deluged with cables. Old journalist friends pleaded that I "see Zhou Enlai" and get them visas for China. Businessmen wanted me to contact this and that ministry and pave the way for investments. Sol Hurok, the

general with the rank of ambassador in Los Angeles), on the evils of American imperialism and howgrateful I should be,

despite my unfortunate nationality, for being admitted into the communist kingdom of heaven. But he did get me detached from ping-pong with permission to sûay a total of 15 days, on one ofwhich my wife and myself (she had been allowed to join me) sat through the last grandiose May Day display ever held in the vastTienanmen Square. Têns of thousands, it seemed, of school children, soldiers and workers marched, danced, sang under magnificent fireworks displays and listened to a dull speech-of-the day delivered in incomprehensible Hupeh dialect by Lin Piao, Minister of Defence and at the time still Mao Zedong's anointed successor and deputy. I couldn't fail to note that at no time did Mao join Lin on the parapet of Tienanmen.

He sat drinking tea with other officials back inside the gate. But it took a canny British Embassy official to make me realise later that this was highly significant and heralded a split between the two. It was, in fact, Lin's last public appearance. Some months later he was reportedly shot down and killed while trying to escape by plane to the Soviet Union. Some sources have it that instead he was machinegunned to death while leaving a dinner

New York impresario, asked me to start negotiations for a US visit by a Chinese ballet or opera troupe. Se¡.nnourTopping, then the Tirues assstant managing editor, advised me that the Timæwas prepared to give office space to Xinhua Agency if and when it decided to

setup shop in NewYork. And so on. After prodding at the Foreign Ministry from Mark Gayn and myseJf, Huang Hua, then on home leave from his post as UN Ambassador, (I had known him reasonably well in Chungking days) agreed to have Mark, his wife and Peggy and myself to a Beijing duck dinner with Huang and his wife.

As we began the meal Huang Hua emphasised it was to be purely a social no official talk whatever. But occasion

as the evening wore on Mark and I became insistent, arguing that throughout our stays we had not so far been given a single presentation of Beijing's attitude on major international matters, in particular the prospect for the re-establishment

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of diplomatic relations between Beijing andWashington.

We were to leave Beijing the next morning, and Huang Hua was our last chance. I had met Zhou Enlai at a recep tion in the Great Hall of the People given

for Prince Sihanouk and had

shaken

Popular long-time FCC member Hari Bedi has left Asiaweek to fuTfú a long-nurtured project -- his first book.

Hari, racing against a deadline, hopes to see the result, The Asian Manager, on the bookstands next March. It is being published by Allen

hands with all members of the Politburo,

and Unwin.

but no one agreed to my requests for a person-to-person talk. Curiously enough, among the top communist leaders I had contact with in the Chungking days, Yeh

For the past three-and-a-ha1f years Hari has written his regular Asiaweek

Tsianying was most cordial. Zhou, whom I had known best, was most aloof. Was there perhaps some residual resentment over the minor role I played as a political consultant to General Marshall during the Kuomintang-Communist peace negotiations in Nanking? Finally Huang Hua relented and talked at some length about the US problem with the strict injunction that everything was deep background, not to be attributed to any source whatever. I was later to find that his presentation would get me into a briefly frightening situation. Since Mark and I had our story exclusively, and since it was late, we decided to wait and write our pieces at leisure the next day. Mark took a plane for Hong Kong and

Peggy and

I

headed

for Shanghai,

a

stopover we had been granted as former long-time residents of that great city.

Ensconced in the Peace (Cathay) Hotel, I wrote and filed my story, carefulþ I thought, couching it in the vaguest terms as far as sourcing was concerned. Peggy and I then went about seeing a city that was practically "old home town" to us. We were married there. She had first attended and then taught at the Shanghai Ameri(Cont, on facing page)

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column on business management.

"I'm not a journalist", he confessed, it is not easy for a management person to become one. But I was lucþ to be given the facility, total freedom and

and encouragement of Editor-in-Chief Michael O'Neill. "I have always intended to write this book, but I missed one deadline for it in July .... so now I'm determined not to miss this one." I

Starting this month is a new feature for wine drinkers: quality wines by the glass at the main bar. The recent purchase of special vacuum seals makes all this possible.

For the month of September the wines are: RED: Chateau Monte Christo (St EmiL lion) 1986 ($27 per glass); Beaujolais Villages (Mommessin) 1989 ($23); Cabernet Sauvignon (MatuaValley) 1987 ($29).

WHITE: Macon Villages $4ommessin) 1987 ($25); Rosemount Estate Chardonnay 1989 ($29); Dry Chenin Blanc (Dry Creek Vineyard) 1988 ($22).

REMEMBERED YESTERDAYS (from page 10).,, can School, and I had been a reporter and

then managing editor of the English-tanguage China Press for eight years. Though smoggy and somewhat dilapidated, the old city brought back deep memories. We found it gripped in Cultural Revolution fervour. Youlg Pioneers paraded the streets; Mao stahres were everywhere; so was his little red book; other Mao literature in all languages clogged window-sills and t¿bles in our hotel. At 3 o'clock in the morning I answered a sharp rap on our bedroom door to find three grim-looking proletarians who said they must see me immediately as representatives of the Shanghai Revolutionary Committee. I protested about the hour, suggesting morning should be a proper time, but they insisted I went with them then and there. I conjured up visions ofjail for taking the wrong photo down the wrong alleyway or being charged with espionage for a casual conversation in English with a man who had approached us in a restaura¡rt. After all, a British journalisthad only a month before been jailed for a month for taking a photo of

the Bund from the deck of a ship on which he was traveling. I was led into a small anteroom. My interlocutors looked ominous as we sat

down. They said they had received a telephone call from Comrade Huang Hua (who obviously had a copy of my dispatch relayed to him), and he wanted to have my further assurance that I would in no way attribute what he had said to him, even by inference. I sighed with relief. I had already once given such an assurance and so I repeated it in spades. They appeared satisfied and left apologetically. I went back to bed, but after an hour of brooding I decided I might not have been vague enough about sources in the

dispatch

I had sent. I rushed down to

cernible statement of the conditions China would demand for the reopening of diplomatic relations with Washington. As things turned out, Washington finally agreed to these very conditions. These were: severance of diplomatic relations with the Taiwan Government; termination of the defence treaty with Taiwan; withdrawal of all US military forces from Taiwan; and acceptance that Taiwan is a part of China. We ran out of money in Shanghai, but a plea by telephone to neighbour June Shaplen (husband Bob of the New Yorker was out oftown) brought a cabled US$500

delivered the following morning to our hotel room by a Bank of China courier. As we went through Canton airport the next day I noted boldly displayed a quotation of

the cable office and sent the Times al<tll,

Lin Piao's and wondered how much

stating a new dispatch was coming. I

longer itwould remain. As we crossed the border into Hong

wrote another story, even vaguer about sources, employing quotes from official Beijing statements and publications. The new dispatch reached New York in time for front-page publication. Despite

its

obfuscations

it

contained

a

dis-

Kong, leaving behind the grimness of Cultural Revolution China, we turned to each other with the same happy reaction: "Hey, look! People are laughing I and smiling."

THE CORRESPONDENT SEPTEMBER 1990 11

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We have our own laugþing culture

Y CAN onlv manase to remember I jot". thafl am thõ personal butt of, I äo when Derek Nimmo stood up as a Club lunch guest speaker on 6 September

and said "Stuart Wolfendale is a decent sort of fellow really. It's just that he does the like to be the centre of attention - and sort of fellow who goes to a funeral wants to be the corpse," it stuck with me. For the rest, I remembered a speech

that was witty, erudite, occasionally raucous, exquisitely timed and drowned regularþ by gales of laughter from a full dining room. The use of myself as humour fodder came about because President Paul Bayfield's logic had it that, since I had

arranged for Nimmo to speak,

I

could

introduce him. For me this was dalgerous work. At one time I had been on-air theatre

reviewer for RTHK's Today programme and had been rash enough to pan one of Nimmo's Hilton Playhouse comedies. I had been even rasher in failing to realise that Nimmo was not only in town but about to appear on Tbday the following morning.

To this day I have never had the courage to listen to a recording of

Derek Nimmo made the ladies laugþ . . . he rnade the lads lauÉh . , . and he made his old friend StuartWolfendale, who introduced him, cringe at times

Story: Stuart Wolfendale Photographs: Marc Fallander Nimmo's pitilessly funny and mercilessly accurate impersonation of me in fulI gat¡ ble. He did it again the next time he was in town, even though I had long stopped working for the show. RTHKwere naturally delighted at this impromptu on-air malice. It was goori for ratings. For Nimmo it was good publicity and I was flattered beyond measure to have earned the persistent attention of a household name in British entertainment. So, we made up. North Americans may draw a blank at the name of Derek Nimmo but it would be hard to find anyone in Britain, Australia or New Zealand who has not heard of him and seen him on television. He shotto television fame with his part of Noot, the fumbling nervous, naive upper middleclass chaplain to the Bishop in the ecclesiastical sit-com, All Gas and Gaiters.

It

was set in a Cathedral close

round a quartet of classical English comedy actors to which Nimmo was the new-

crafted into nincompoop, sometimes

characterisations. for the more private At the FCC - and it was the dry wit of the times I suspect intellectual which arrived for lunch in the customarily immaculate suit, button-hole and what looked like a Garrick Club tie. His last visit to the FCC was deep in the

of clerics and the Church of

is of a slenderness and fastidiousness

England and,

that touches on delicacy. Yet he is a vigorous, eclectic traveller with varied friends and interests. He was at The Wall concert in Berlin, not because he happened to be in Berlin any'way but deliberately and because he is a friend of the rock band, The Grateful

where less than ten per cent of the population goes to church at all, itwas a smash hit. Through television, radio and

the theatre, Nimmo developed over 20 years this urbane, high-

but resilient improvements to agricultural practices in underdeveloped areas. He had just come back from a 14,000ft haul up into Peru to help teach people how

well-meaning aristo fumbler, sometimes even the the humorous \4/ildean prig - Although devastatingly witty intellectual. the components of Nimmo's character are largely the same, they have been made to serve some markedly different

comer. It was a delicious parody

country

Dead. He is also associated with the charity CARE, which introduces basic

a

days of Sutherland House. Memories of his role as Noot, tripping over his own cassock, left a memory of a big clumsy man. The reality, now at least,

in a

Immaculate in dress and delivery , . , and unerring in wit, Nimmo is clearþ on targetyet again

pitched, excessively English Englishman, who wolled his 'r', lay languidly on his vowels and practised what might just be, but is not really, the beginnings of a stutter. Sometimes the characterisation was

to grow and store

vegetables most

effectively..

Charity was not exactly his opening theme at the FCC dinner.

t

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"Stuart phoned me at my house in Spain. (I didn't even know he had one) and asked me if I would like to speak to the FCC 'Not really', I said but he is a persistent fellow.

"What sort of people are they?" I asked. To be honest, snobs,'he replied,

'The sort of people who go to Harry

Ramsden's fish and chip shop wearing yachting caps'. "'I need more than thal, I said. 'Can they be broken down by age and sex?' "'They already are,'he said."

Deliciously worse than this followed

for a while until Nimmo reminded us that he was supposed to be speaking on the place of comedy in television. Unable to resist a plausibly erudite gal-

lop through the place of comedy in the history of literature as well, we got to television with about five minutes to spare. On the way, we learned from him that the expression "Be that as it may...."

is an

emergency stalling device employed by a speaker who has entirely lost his place and his drift.

Nimmo made the critical point that American sitcom is largely a formulaic one in which every effort is put into the pilot and the following 35 shows are written by an army of writers in relay.

The British sitcom, in which he was most involved of all TV humour formats, is according to him the "organic" format

the product of one or two writers

-drawing

on their personal perceptions of life. Out of them you might in a year get between six and 12 episodes. Like everything natural and organic, it also happens to be the form most under threat.

As one more than usually articulate member of the Board put it, "Nimmo's a really nice fella. He just has the habit of taking the piss out of ya." This might have explained a certain reserve among diners at question time.

This did not apply to an Australian gentleman speaking through awindowfrom the verandah. He put to Derek the proposal that since all jokes are basicalþ the same ones, recrafted over the years, human

humour is effectively the creation of

a

superior alien intelligence which uses it to monitor our reactions. For this the gentleman got a round of applause and the speaker agreed with him that yes, certainly in the case of the Antipodes, this must certainly be so. He reminded him and diners that the difference between a yoghurt and Australia is that a yoghurt has its own living culture.

It

was a happy ending to a lunch of

learned, mirthful matce. Afterwards, and on a mere Thursday afternoon too, the Main Bar remained

packed with the sort of members who normally have a proper job to go to, but seemed to have succumbed to some

unaccountable sense of party. Quite una'¡/are of the effect that he had had,

Derek Nimmo allowed the President to kiss his ring at the doorand, with a stghtly abstracted grace, strolled down the hill I to the Hilton.

THE CORRESPONDENT SEPTEMBER 1990 13


NE]M MEMBERS

ASSOCIATE Continued

Worldwide Television News

cameraman-editor John

Mcleod (publishing executive); David

Elphinstone has a long broad-

Wong (Visnews, Asia-Pacific Manager). Charles l-ankester (public relations account executive); Christopher Tresidder (financial services executive); Frank-

casting career behind him. He has previously worked in radio

or television in Britain, New

Harald Huller (West German Consul);

Zealand and Australia.

I^arry Gilliland (managing director);

Christopher Davis, a freelance photographer serving the Daiþ Exþress and Daily

Cheung Chiu Fan (accountant); John McGuinness (solicitor); Michael Harvey (marketing manager); Michael Constant (bank managing director); Simon Murray (Hutchison Whampoa group managing director); Ramesh Lalchand Dowlani (import/export director). Robert Nagel (investment banker); Rosemary Healey (director, corporate advisory services); Richard McKeown (lawyer) ; Gunther Winkelkolter (Mercedes-Benz general manager) ; Nicholas

Antoniacci

Mirror, is an award-winning cameraman from England's W'est Country.

Another award-winner is Visnews' Craig Reynolds, an Australian whose coverage of his country's Australia Day celebrations in 1988 won him a Thorn EMI prize. He previously worked for Network Ten in

Paiwlo

Hans-Peter Samios (computer graphics technical director); Paul Marshall

Marchant Vietnameseborn Auskalian

David Huynh, previously with Reuters in Sydney, has joined

of the paper's Hong Kong

the ltuight-Ridder

bureau.

news service as a senior spondent.

financial

corre

The new Visnews bureau

Paiwlo, a Helsinki-born writer with the political affairs news-

chief in Hong Kong is Christo-

Former US banking writer Ed Paisley, from Washington, DC., is the editor of Asian Marþ,ets Moni.tor and a specialist contributor to the Far Eastern Economic Reuiew. F ormer l-ondon-based writ-

pher Gillette. Canadia freelance Garry Marchant has an awarú-studded career as a travel writer behind him and has written or

contributed

to a number

of

books. AFP's regional director for

er and sub-editor Sally Roper has come to Hong Kong as a feature writer with The Paci/ic

Asia/Pacific is Yvan Chemla, a Tunisian-born Frenchman who previously served for two years as the AFP Moscow

Traueller.

bureau chief.

National Public Radio broadcaster Deborah Wang, born in

Indiana, USA, has previously worked with radio stations in Springfield, Amherst and Bos-

-

all in Massachusetts.

The following have been elected Journalist members of the FCC:

Myles Ludwig (Emþhasis, editorial director); Sûrart Becker (Hong Kong Standard, reporter); John Carson (South China Morning Post, special reports); Mirja Muncy (2YC Holdings, senior editor); Michael Bociurkiw (Saøúft China Sunday Posú, reporter); Robert Rolston (Asia Television news reader/presenter); Owen Hughes (South China

Morning Pasf, reporter); Daphne Chan (Jade Televisioh,

reporter).

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Television Tokyo Channel 12's new Hong Kong bureau chief is Sunji Aoki, who formerþ worked in the news division of Channel 12 in Toþo for

sevenyears.

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Alan Ferrier (consultant engineer); Nathan Hsu

(marketing

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(accountant);

Grenville Moore (rail services engineer); Angus McDougall (computer sales manager); John Rowlands (Reuters technical develop

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D. Trevor MacMurray (management consultant);

Nicki Winter

(Save the Chil-

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Robin Adshead HE BIRD'S-EYE panoramas and other shots of Hong Kong currently on view on the wall of the main bar are the work of specialist aerial photographer Robin Adshead. Born into a military family

in

1934,

Adshead forged an exciting military career for himself after attending the Royal MilitaryAcademy at Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the 6th Gurkha Rifles in 1954 and served in Malaya and Hong Kong. His love offlying soon asserted itself and he became a light aircraft pilot. This

led to further training as a helicopter pilot and flying tours in Cyprus and Borneo during service in the world's hotsports of the 1960s. Adshead raised the Air Platoon for his

own regiment, 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, and, promoted to major in 1967, brought the platoon to

Hong Kong when the colony

wracked by riots and bombings

was

overspill from the Cultural Revolution.

an

They stayed and played a distinguished role in restoring peace in 1968,

THE CORRESPONDENTSEPIEMBER 1990

17


some of Adheads photographs date from more than 3o years ago when Hong Kong boasted elegant, ornate hotels and rickshaws cornpeted with cars for space in the city sheets. The Sha Tin Valley (page 16) or the pattern of fields frorn the air make a contrast with Central higĂžrise buildings that loomed over the former sricket ground.

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when the unit was amalgamated into 656 Aviation Squadron Army Air Corps. The army's loss when Adshead retired in 1971 was photo-journalism's gain. Adshead specialised in defence, aviation, travel and outdoor leisure subjects, continuing to lead a rugged outdoor life and building a rapidly develop-

ing reputation. He camped and backpacked in countries from Iceland to the Himalayas and began producing books while also writing regular columns for British outdoor pursuit magazines.

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Adshead's first book was a photostorywork, Gurkha-The Legendary SoIdier Arnong his others are a travel book on China, the authorised biography of Malaysia's Prime Minister, Datuk Sri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and a reference work on Nato armoured vehicles. Adshead has picked up several photography awards during his career. He currently operates an aviation,

defence and travel photographic stock

library, providing pictures for books, part-works, brochures and publicity material.

sEpTEMBER

1990

T THE CORRESPONDENT SEF'IEMBER 1990 19


Reciprocal clubs

Whyyou should join the HKIA L /l L I

TAROUGH s odd 50 or so,

By CHARLES GODDARD

Corresponden ist members of the FCC as there are local and foreign journalists in the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKIA). Yet of the FCC's approdmately 500 journalist mem-

bers, it is likely that considerably fewer than 100 are also HI(IAmembers. This is surely a lamentable situation. And, if common sense is on both our sides, it does beg swift rectification. After all, the two organisations can in many ways be seen as complementary. Their history of mutual contact would certainly bearthis out, with singular significance for the HKJA: it was the FCC, actively sup porting the HKIA, that provided premises for the union at a crucial time during the early-mid 1980s, before our move into independent offices. Today, as the post:Tiananmen political suffocation of Hong Kong intensifies, we see a growing sense of common purpose on mutualþ appropriate issues. During the past year the FCC and the HKJAwere both part of a joint representation to the Omelco Human Rights SubGroup over the police seizure of television news footage; together we have also held a

joint press conference condemning the

violence of China's security police towards foreign journalists covering the Tiananmen anniversary. Yet, for the union to work more effectively in the protection of the rights and

working conditions of journalists in Hong Kong, such a complementarity is not enough. We need support. We need more journalist members of the FCC to

join the union.

Our present recruitment campaign stresses the need to build a numerically strong and active membership at a crucial juncture in Hong Kong's history. As many FCC members must be aware, a union with fuIl membership carries considerable weight, both on issues of press freedom and professional ethics, as well as on the substantive working rights of journalists fair wage skuctures, lair pensions, fair -treatment and good working conditions. Clearly, for the HI(JA, tull membership

is an impossible ideal! But a stronger union, a union that can claim not full but

widely representative membership, can more effectively tackle the wide range of issues facing journalists here censorship in the run-up to 1997; the-worrying legal regulation of press freedom, and thereby of freedom of expression; and, more importantly, the scandalous wages and working conditions of the majority of local Chinese journalists þresently 65 per cent of the HI(JAs membership are local Chinese journalists),

It is true, historically, that the most visible part of HKJA work has been concerned with issues of press freedom, particularþ in the past year since Tiananmen. The desire for the union to participate on a wider, more visible scale on work and condition-related issues -- we have always been involved in labour disputes at an individual level has been tempered

mood -of anti-unionism both among managers and, to certain extent,

in part by

a

among journalists, particularþ in the Chinese-language media where our present concerns are strongest. In part, also, it is the chicken and the

Former President Wise re-united $rith Sam Browne

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In further part it is perhaps also the lack of effective communication and

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major tasks in this traditionalþ conservative territory.

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Our current membership drive seeks to redress this, and this is only possible if it is successful. We, therefore, would welurge al1 non-HI{A come - FCC - indeed, journalist members of the to join us and participate, whether directþ or indi-

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VER A DRINK at the renowned Special Forces Club in I¡ndon,

arrange a meeting between the two old soldiers, but Doug Walters was anxious that the belt should be returned to

Jones met up with former FCC President Donald Wise to return to him the Sam Browne leather crossbelt he had lastworn

Donald as soon as possible, and rushed

rectþ Now. Before it is too late. For membership details and applica-

Charles Goddard is a member of the Executiue Committee of the HKIA.

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And how is it possible to attract such a membership base without any such bargaining power? All things considered, journalists have preferred to remain on

FCC Members Mike and Jill

as

home to retrieve it. Reeking of Welsh mothballs, it was in excellent condition.

As Mike is in Bangkok when not in

ayoung British army officer in 1942.

During the fierce fighting which followed the Japanese invasion of

Wales, and the peripatetic.Wise could be

Singapore, Lieutenant Wise was wourded and captured. Prior to the threeand-a-half years he later spent as a prisoner ofwar

in Hong Kong, or France, or anlwhere, it took some time to arrange a suitable venue for the handover, but finally the Special Forces Club, of which they are

on the infamous Siam Railway, his

both members, was chosen.

kit

Jones discovered the whereabouts of the

belt while chatting to a

chance

acquintance at the Brecon Jazz Festival in 1989. Her companion turned out to be a brother officer of Donald's who had been taken prisoner on the same day. Having rescued the Sam Browne, he kept it with

him during his own brutal years of captivity on the railway, and finally laid it

at the Health Corner

Canberra National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton,

By a extraordinary coincidence Jill

Shape up

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The Victoria Club, lævel 41, Rialto South Tower,525 Collins St., Melbourne, MC 3000

egg. Without a strong membership base the union has little real bargaining power.

including his Sam Browne disappeared.

THE Health Corner located in the base ment has been reorganised to improve the workout facilities in what is probably the only fitness centre in Hong Kong with unisex sauna room and jautzzi. The centre is open: Monday - Friday, from 7:30 amto 7:30 pm.

The following clubs have reciprocal agreements with the FCC. This means you can enjoy the facilities at these clubs, on cash basis, upon presentation of your FCC membership card.

to rest in drawer of his house in Wales, where it remained for 44 years. He had not seen Donald since the day they were marched away, although he had followed his by-line. Unfortunately it was not possible to

Mike and Donald have been friends for manyyears.

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19. Second English assistant (4)

2. Unhappy opponents at bridge and accountants are in a spot (8) 3. Hot trend with

RR. Piper too confused to be a landlord (10)

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4. First class selishness? Right!(6)

Wrong girl kidnapped? Sounds like it (8)

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Author gets four points for verse (6)

5. Checkebbtide (4)

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