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Letters

From the President

Club Election

Media

The Board of Covernors 2003-2004

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Ethics in Journalism

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Cover Story

Larry Burrows: Vietnam

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FUJIFILM woman who has watched a football game and said "Oh, how I wish the men

From Jennifer Janin #7873

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argument in defence of some members who practise the indefensible action or c) the writer has been living in a cave

THE FORIIGN

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President Kale Pound Dawson trìret Vice Preident Thomæ Crmpton Second Vice President Kevin Egan

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Correspondent Member Governors Paul Bayfield, Muk Clifford, C.P. Ho, Barry Kalb,Jim taurie, Anthony LawenceJ Tyler Marshall, Ilaria Maria Sala

Associate Member Governors David Garcia, Marilyn Hood, Anthony Nedderman, Steve Ushiyama Cona

Professional & Entertaiment Comittee Conamus: Mark Clifford and C.P Ho

Menbership Comittee

at worst. numerous false premises: 1. Ancient journalistic

... As a practising

art. Hmmm

journalist for

a

bottom-squeezing

journalistic art."

I

as an "ancient have canvassed a

number of male and female colleagues and we are all stumped. I doubt I would be able to find it if I searched the archives of the Columbia School of Journalism. So I must assume the assertion comes from anecdotal

MtilynHood

Corotitution Comittee Conumor: Kæin Egan House,/F&B Comittee Contmor David Czrcia Freedom of the Press Comittee Conv enor: F rancis Morimty

evidence

Wall Comittee

of the occasional

gross

Conumor: llæia Maria Sala

behaviour and the writer came to the

General Mmager Gilbert Cheng

erroneous concÌusion that this is a long-

held professional practice. It

The Correspondent

also

at the FCC would tackle, kiss and slap me like the professional players." 4. Men want their bottoms squeezed - a classic retreat to the male chauvinist

defence that men would love inappropriate attention from women. Sure, everyone likes positive attention. But again I asked a number of male members. The general response was, "If the woman was a friend, I wouldn't mind. But if it was someone I didn't know I would be quite perturbed." No one - male or female - enjoys having their personal space invaded. This is a red herring, fantasy-type defence. Moving on. Humans have spent centuries crafting an agreed-on set of behaviours - politeness, decorum, respect - to help society evolve into a civilized place where people can safely make certain fair assumptions

about their environment and relax. If bottom-squeezing Neanderthal sentiment were universally adopted, it would set the human race back thousands of years. Now, if any of you boy bar flies want to spear some lions,

the

discover fire and invent the wheel before you come to the Club for a drink, perhaps we could negotiate a bottom-squeeze.

Has the writer ever heard of It is generally what

impulse control?

should be noted that journalism is a fairly young profession - coming inLo its own in the l9th century. So nothin' ancient about it. Although I would have to assume that boItom-squeezing is. And frankly there is nothing artful

parenls teach children starting aI a very young age. Please tell me it is not true that some men (i.e, those not already in

is a mistaken impression lhat women secretly enjoy this kind of physical

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about such boorish actions. 2. "Lady members were stridently demanding to be treated like the guys." 'Women Again quite a jump. should not treatment, have had to demand equal as

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we are inherently equal. By the wa¡

Let me dispel this notion: Under no circumstances! Let's turn the tables here. Suppose women as a group

this is not a boys' club - it is

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decided they should relieve themselves

3. Field of play - inapt analogy. There is very little physical sport that

of advisable restraint and act or say whatever comes into their minds with their male neighbours at the bar? For

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The Correspondent is published six times a year Opinions expressed by witers in the magazine are not necessilily those

of the Club. Publicatiore Comittee C o na e n

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that is ridiculous at best and offensive

number of years, I must admit I have never come across the reference to

Finmce Comittee enor: Anthony Nedderman

Conumor:

for about a century. It is difficult to believe that this is actually a point of debate in the 21st century among supposedly civilized residents of a world-class city. Weak and dated humour does not save an argument

Let me begin by addressing the

Jounalist Member Governors

Francis Moriaty, Stuart Wolfendale

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presume the bottom-squeezing

issue raised in the April/May issue of The Correspondent was a) meant to stir controversy, b) meant to make a lame

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prison for being unable

to

restrain

themselves) think that it is okay to act on any passing whim. Or perhaps there

attention from layabouts on bar stools.

any of you labouring under

takes place here. This is a club, not an athletic arena. And the idea put forth lhat conduct that takes place during a

impression that we are the fairer,

football match is a metaphor for how FCC members should act in the Club is intellectually bankrupt. I know of no

interest of fair

the

- let me just say - don't tempt us into disproving this. But in the gentler sex

pÌa¡ boys should

be

boys - on your own time. Not ours.

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Now for those who

still think a

bottom squeeze is a good idea, let me suggest that yor+ visit some of the establishments in'Wan Chai. There are actually pÌaces that invite this kind of behaviour. I stress the word "invite." But please remember there are rules

On to the serious bottom line: If an FCC member wants to grab the bottom

or any other part of a staff member It is called sexual harassment. Even the Hong l(ong government has

Directory. A great improvement. In celebration, I might just have a new pic taken for the next edition.

DON'T.

begun to take this seriously as evidenced by new public service

Editor's note: Saul was the editor of The Correspondent for fi.ue years before he moued to Syd.ney last year. He also had the misfortune to be in charge of

here too. You must pay first. I would suggest you don't try this arrangement just anywhere.

commercials warning the cave dwellers that they will be dealt with and informing Ìvomen that they can seek

Now and again I have heard it bandied about the bar, that, well,

redress.

Bar say Saul is thrco,tening

In most civilized places uninvited or unwelcome sexual touching constitutes assault. It is very simple.

bachfor the FCC Ball

And if drinking impairs your ability to remember any of this, I will reduce it to a brief maxim that should penetrate

From Kent Hayden-Sadler #1592

most alcohol hazes: When in public, dealing with women or men - keep your

April/May issue; as usual very

perhaps getting a bit drunk and maybe acting inappropriately is okay because,

you knoq the man was not

in full

possession of his faculties. I know of no

transgression under

the law

that accepts drunkenness as a legitimate excuse. Try that if you get arrested for drunk driving or aggravated assault or something far more grave. I doubt it will get you any farther than a jail cell. Now, for the few of you who might still be unconvinced that bottom squeezing is not acceptable, and some of us women are making a big deal out of nothing, let me suggest you try empathy. This, of course, is a last ditch

to which I am loath to resort, but which sadly may work. argument,

Think of the bottom being squeezed

as

that of your wife or daughter. Perhaps if you put a familiar face to the bottom you'll feel differently. How many of you want to take your wife to the FCC for a

cocktail, with the warning: "Honey, I think we'd enjoy a relaxing evening out, as long as you know you might get

your bottom squeezed. I'm okay with that - so please don't get offended." Sound ridiculous?

nutnerous editions

of the

FCC

Directory. Barefoot spies o,t the Ma.in

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Lo com.e

II in September.

have just received my copy of the

welcome.

But where are the photo-captions onpp 16117? Ironic that an arlicle on

hands to yourself.

POYA should have such an elementary omission. Actually, photo-captions

From Saul Lockhart # ó07

a strength of The Correspondenrt, which makes life difficult for an absent life member like me to identify old FCC faces. But then, as you point out on p 18, while "The pen is mightier than the sword, a picture is worth a thousand words...."

designed Correspond,enf is a pleasure to behold. As one of the few in the FCC

who knows intimately about the pain and suffering that goes with a redesign project, I doff my hat to Publications Committee Convenor Paul Bayfield, Editor Diane Stormont and the Asiapix design team, Terry and Aira Duckham and Baby Fernando. Your hard work shows --- and nol only does the mag look good, it reads well too. While I am in a writing mode, I would also like to congratulate General Manager Gilbert Cheng and the hard-

working office team for their role in producing the newly-designed FCC

Editor's Note: You're ríght. We'll

pulL up our

sochs

on tho,t

one.

Meanwhile, we are tr,lways interested in whal absent members are getting up to

so don't hesitate to drop us a line accompanied, by photos wheneuer possible (with captions of course).

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All right, let me start with

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a rumour

the one circling the bar that says the

ot.Ato B.

Relocatingr F orn

in April were 247o below ow budget projections and we had an operating deficit that was more than sales

budget.

woo new members. And there has been

restaurateurs say we did far better than

the

All in all, not

a bad

for that per{ormance.

That doesn't mean we can go and

2003

But watching pennies won't help us

most other establishments. And in Ma¡ we were near'ly right back on

double what was expected, but sevelal

and the Club's management to thank

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get on the waiting list

if we don't have members coming in lo enjoy the FCC. Membership numbers have slipped from a peak of about 1,700 two years ago to about 1,550 now. The Board is working to address that, with marketing programmes to

economy. We have the previous Board

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for children being cared for by the Po Leung Kuk. If you don't have a ticket,

the

Committee.

are well contained.

Contact C¡own Relocattons at2636-8388 or visit our website: www.crowntelo.com.

aided by Tony Nedderman,

Treasurer, and the rest of the Finance

picture, given war, plague and a dismal

Helping you tegin li{e's ne*t chapter.

benefit to raise money for scholarships

Club is facing hard times. Not true.

bank, we have no debt, and our costs

AtoZ.

team will continue to count every cent,

The FCC is in fine fiscal shape. Yes,

Plus, we have $15 million

Movingit F

en

res¿

generally are not

Congratulations! The newly-

some success - we've had several people join in the past few months. The Board, however, can't do it alone. If you love the Club, why not share it? Introduce your friends and co-workers to our great food, friendly atmosphere, ter-rific jazz bar and

excellent value. Remember,

if

you

spend like we've just won the Mark Six.

introduce a new member, you get a food

This year the Club is not likely to make

and beverage credit of $1,000.

an operating surplus, which means we

Enough of that. We've got a slew of

won't be adding to our savings, and

great events coming up in the next few

trust me we need that cushion. Gilbed

months and on September 27 , we have

Cheng, our General Manager, and his

the 2nd Annual FCC Charity Ball,

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you might get

lucky. And you can add to

the

scholarship fund by buying lucky draw

tickets. They're a great chance to win prizes that run from air tickets to meals at top restaurants to fine watches.

One finaÌ note: the Club and l/¿e Correspond,en welcome

all

opinions

and comments. But there are

sorne

opinions that should not be acted upon. The Board of Governors will be looking

carefully at the issue of invading personal space, and foisting unwanted

physical contact onto other people. And remember, it is never apploprial"e

to pinch, grab, fondle or

otherwise

harass the staff.

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club election

From George Mackenzie #1350

renovated until the work started and,

(gosh,..almost half as nerv as Hacker !)

as

I understand it, no plans were

made

available for members' input due to the

With regard to l(eith Shakespeare's letter (The Correspondenl April/May 2003) concerning photographs of

FCC

From John Neill #7484

fact that renovations were required

It was interesting to read about the "FCC that Isn't" in Hanoi (The

COMMITTEE

Correspondenl April-May 2003)

CONVENORS

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more

urgently because of SARS. And now it is apparently too late. Instead of our cosy ladies' washroom we now have something resembling a public convenience with cold white

properly styled a Press Club unlike the recently-opened FCC Angkor which, like its 1993 sister in Phnom Penh,

when we had monthly FCC magazines. Mind you, this was due to Ted Thomas

marble and dark brown doors. The layout is completely impracticable and, worse still, extremely dangerous.

international bone fid'e

who bribed the editorial staff with a bottle of vodka for every issue printed without a photo of the dashing Dutch

There is insullicient space between the door and the first washbasin, causing a bottleneck.

'Carlsberg' lens man.

There is nowhere to put down youl bag while washing your hands, combing your hair, applying makeup etc. With

Hugh van Es.

During the early-mid 90s we had three editions on the trot wilhout a photo of Hugh. Those were the days

I

think

it is great that we have

photos of Hugh van Es in every edition.

They act as a barometer and give us a yardstick against which to judge our health and looks. I'm relieved when I see photos of Shakespeare. Then I realise that, out there, there are older,

uglier looking buggers than

me.

(No

hard feelings, Keith!)

I

thought Arthur Hacker's letter was wonderful. It gave me lots of laffs on the 1oo. He and his braces should be

bottled when he falls off the perch. I can never understand why he was not

an "Irreplaceable". Probably refused being the sort of gentleman he is and left it to the "Very Replaceables". What happened to Elaine Coodwin a.k.a "Dancing Tits" in her GoDown youth?

Glad to see that Ted Thomas - the Bar Fly - is getting stuck into the old

"bum pinching" game again. Quite right too. Most of them who drink around that bar should be jolly glad to get a slap on the buttocks...and be over

the moon with a Roman pinch job.

From Elaine Goodwin #1416

I

have been a member of the Club

constantly drips on to the marble floor - this is lethal and it is only going to be a matter of time before someone skids in through the door and hits their head on the sharp marble corner at the end of the unit. Round the other side of this unit, apparently designed as a beautifying

The Hong Kong Journalists Association

area, there is a basin resembling a laundry room but no soap or towels. There is no longer any hot water and the toilet flushing pedals are hard to operate, particularly when wearing delicate sandals.

The finish is cheap and already showing signs of wear after three weeks. Nothing about the place is feminine or comforlable and the whole layout is unfriendly and disorientating. What is more, every single female member I have spoken to bar two feels thesame.

I

realise that the Club is watching

contact

me

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Membership Convenor - Marilyn Hood Professional - Mark Clifford and

Convenors

The 0verseas Press Club of America

- Paul Bayfield

House/Food and Beverage To the Honourable Members of the Executive Council: This is an eleventh houl appeal by numerous media organisations lo

request amendments to the proposed Article 23 national security legislation. While we remain concerned about a wider range of issues contained in this

legislation and have individually expressed these concerns in previous submissions, we now make an urgent appeal for a review of those items we

regard as most damaging to press freedom and most likely to undermine

the provisions of Article 27 of the

attention and should be deleted from

1. The new proposed offence of unauthorised and damaging disclosure

This new offence raises the possibility that someone could be prosecuted solely for possessing socalled unauthorised information, regardless of whether the information itselfposes

Convenor

- David Garcia

Press Freedom - Francis Moriarty

Convenor

Constitutional Convenor- Kevin Egan Wall Convenor

PRESIDENT

- llaria Maria Sal

FCC Societies

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Kate Pound Dawson

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT Thomas Crampton

SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT

Kevin Egan

Bfidge Club

Basic Law.

of information.

<elainegoodwin@netvigator. com>

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probably have got away with just fixing the old pipes. I suggest we ask for a revamp on the grounds that the current job is both

should

Convenor

Publications

Hong Kong PEN

the Iegislation:

lady members please have a say in what is, after all, our sahctuary? Those who agree and want to join in a protest sit-in

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Glub Secretaty Steve Ushiyama

C.P. Ho

The Society of Publishers in Asia

in these difficult times and frankly feel annoyed we have spent so much when we could

along with all the different changes including relocation and redecoration. That is until now!

idea that the washrooms were being

Hong Kong

Three matters demand urgent

members then!) and have happily gone

Like many other members, I had no

FCC

establishmenls intend to lay back and see the respected traditions of the FCCs worldwide prostituted for commercial catering gains? Ain't Fairl Ain't right! Don't we have a copyright on the name? And if not, isn't it time to stop the rot? From: The Foreign Correspondents' Club,

unsafe, of poor quality and bad workmanship. If this is possible can

for over 30 years (they had child

How come? Why? And do the

the basins located in the centre and paper towels on the side wall, water

every penny Cheers and "up yer kilts".

does take an FCC moniker.

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The Board of Governors

a

threat to national security.

Furthermore, by

prohibiting

CORRESPONDENT MEMBER

Chess Club Convenor - Christopher Champion <ch am ps@netvigator.com>

Golf Society - Julian Walsh <jpwalsh@jpwalshco.com> Convenor

Poolplayers Society

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Convenor Royce Lane dccpool playerssociety@hotmai l.com> Quiz Night Convenor - Wendy Richardson <jj rwi r@netvigator.com>

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JOURNALIST MEMBER

GOVERNORS

GOVERNORS

Paul Bayfield Mark Clifford C. P. Ho Barry Kalb Jim Laurie Anthony Lawrence Tyler Marshall llaria Maria Sala

Francis Moriarty Stuart Wolfendale ASSOCIATE MEMBER GOVERNORS

David Garcia

Marilyn Hood Anthony Nedderman Steve Ushiyama


over free travel for journalists was raised that chairs started to

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scrape forward. I(ubiske told of a repoder who returned United Airlines first class tickets because of such a conflict. Meredith picked up on this loo, describing a motoring journalist who felt compelled to pass up free travel to a car trial offered by the manufacturer. " Pass up on junkets," she advocated. There was less than unanimity from the floor. The point was made that if local journalists who wrote about travel, or on any topic that flourished beyond the local public transport system, passed up on freebies and waited for publications to pay they would never leave home. There are few local outfits that pay reporters Foròes-style expenses or? indeed, pay expenses at all. She conceded that there was a

It was a polite, earnest and faintly tepid afternoon, which need not be repeated in that form. Doubtless the Literary Festival saw the IVH involvement with its inclusion of artists and educationalists - "and so on" -- as a legitimate expansion of the Festival's role. From the Club's point of view, if we are going

to

convene an ethics discussion

for and

about

journalists, we should take a grip on it ourselves and keep

il

to the media and possibly others who would volunteer to come

along and Otherwise,

tell us how they have been injured by us. I don't think we have that much to share of

professional ethics with advertisers, publicists, these gallery directors and, conceivab̡ synchronised swimmers. tr

problem and that there was a need for publishers to reform by getting together and agreeing a code of practice. The prospect

of any Hong Kong publisher hammering out an additional scale of expenses for reporters seemed a reform beyond all imagining.

Meredith made the interesting point that it was important not to "pick up on the ethics of those you are reporling". Supporting l(ubiske's take on the internal compass she claimed that ethics should be "second nature to us. Others

Cococabana Al fi'esco dining in Mo Tat Wan

who see it are amazed."

Hodgkinson's main point was very much an

IVH

one,

lovely yet the most unworldly and even professionally doubtful. He urged that journalists endeavour to take a Most journalists doubtless have

serious regard

for

themselves

a

as

excellent writers, but to include an item as professionally complex and earthy as hacks' ethics in a literary event seemed odd. Odder still, this year's panel meeting was held as part of a "global initiative" on the part of an outfit called Images and Voices of Hope (IVH).

It runs what it calls "international

conversations"

convened by the Visions of a Better W'orld Foundation, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University and something

called the Institute for Advanced Appreciative Enquiry. The project says it seeks to engage a plethora of groups including journalists, artists, publishers, authors, storytellers, advertisers, publicists, musicians, gallery owners' dancers, film-makers "and so on to develop a new and more power{ul story of possibility for the world". There was a terrible threat of dreamy goodness and lotus position seating in all of this. I rvas very nervous of being approached at the forum to develop

a story possibility with a gallery owner.

The ubiquitous Nury Vittachi chaired the forum' There was a sprinkling of occupied chairs down the Verandah's long table. IVH suppofiers filled some of them and lit the room with evangelical smiles. The FCC was in the media vir-lue business.

The three panellists showed a potential for realism. Dan I(ubiske, a freelancer and an FCC Board member until he moved on to the Dominican Republic in June, is a very active member for the Society of Professional Journalists and was

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Washington DC chapter. Robyn Meredith is Senior Editor, Asia, for Forbes magazine. She had a distinguished career in the States where her reporting on insider dealing led to four Congressional hearings. Neville Hodgkinson is a writer and journalist based in England specialising in health medicine and science and worked as a correspondent in those fields for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express and Sunday Times. He is interested in building bridges between science and spirituality and teaches at the

once president

of the

aforesaid Brahma l(umaris Spiritual University.

Kubiskeb SPJ code of ethics is longer than a Methodist sermon and is as difficult to stick to, but his approach that afternoon was entirely practical. He believed that, in effect,

you have to develop an "internal compass" on ethical direction and that compass is made stronger by a healthy dose of self-confidence about what you are doing' He affirmed

ùat the journalist's responsibility was to the public and not, as they would have it in China, to the part¡ then to the government and finally the people. He brought up the now much discussed practice of war

positive approach to stories and make every effort to make good come out of them. He gave as an example a reporter who

broke a story of a charity that was spending recklessly. So the charity was chastened and improved itseH. The reporter

followed up and was able to write about how he had helped the charity regain its feet. This is a form of evangelicalism. The reporter was under no obligation whatever to improve the charity but simply to expose it for what it was at the time. Perhaps the outfit was so bent that it deserved to be brought down and he should not have been trying by moral commission to do that either. This from Hodgkinson, a clearly very kind soul, drove me to an IVH pamphlet, which gave an even more peculiar example of the reporler as missionary. It told, glowingl¡ of a Florida man

who committed suicide by self-immolation. A reporter, attending one of these IVH "conversations", told how he

Hong Kong's rnost bcautifìrl vcnuc for nl 1ìcsco clining and grcat parlies,

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wrote the story the man's wife told him; about a good husband

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father and citizen. Splendid, and which of those exemplary roles led daddy to cover himself with kerosene and flick the Zippo? What is more informative to the public?

back Mcdrtcn'ancar stylc Cuisurc ancl atniosphcrc. Enjoy

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correspondents embedding with fighting units. "The important thing is keeping faith with the audience," he said.

FoL rcservations plcasc

Yes, there were certain details a reporter knew he could not

tell in those circumstances. That was a sort of trade-off but the important point was to try and keep faith primariÌy with

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house. Larry was home from the war for a bit of R and R.

It was a thrill to finally meet the man whose work I

had

adn.rired since filst setting eyes on it. Larry and his wife Vicky

were per{ect hosts. He took the time to show this then young photographer his work and explained every shot in detail. He was a great teacher'.

When I finally managed to get to Vietnam in 1968, Larry conlinued to be a terrific teacher and mentor until that fateful day when the helicopter carrying him and three colleagues was shot down over Laos on February 10,1971.

When way back

in

1955

I

went to an exhibition of

photographs by the late Robert Capa, little did I know rhar I2 years later I would meet the man who, as a darkroom assistant

in Life magazine's London office, had developed and printed many of the D-Day Landing images on display.

By the time

I arrived in Hong Kong in 1967,

Larry Burrows was already well known to me.

the name

I had studied

his pictures of the Vietnam War in Life, particularly the 14page story published in 1963, which brought the war home to readers like never before. It was titled "We Wade Deeper into Jungle War." One Sunday afternoon my old friend David Perkins took me to Stanley for an afternoon get-together at the Burrows' TO

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After his death, his widow Vicky brought out a book of

Larry's work titled "Larry Burrolvs, Compassionate Photographer". It sold out in recorcl time but never rvent to reprint. Now rnore than 30 yeals, his son Russell has blought out a new book cover-ing the Vietnam years. It is titled "Lar-r'ยก, Burrows: Vietnam".

The photographs show the war in all its gore, from the

early days when U.S. advisers rvorked closely with the South Vietnamese Army to ihe escalation of the "conflict" with the landing of American Marines in Danang in 1965. One particular photo story Yankee Papa รŒ3, which Larry shot while accompanying a young American Marine

helicopter door gunner, Lc Cpl James Farleยก on several missions, r'eally stands out.

A sister helicopter was shot down and YP 13 set down to help rescue the crew. The young door gunner managed to drag one badly wounded crewmember back to the chopper'. On the

way to the hospital, the injuled cre\4ยกman died. Larry's pictures caught the young gunner turning from an allAmerican boy into a man. Larry covered all aspects ofthe war, including the air war. He flew on numerous air-craft, photographing fighter planes

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I strafing and bombing enemy positions. On one flight, Larry strapped himself in the open doorway of a C-47 gunship (DC 3) so he could capture the three Gatling guns firing as well as the crew manning them inside the plane. Awesome photo.

Lany also covered every major military ground operation from the DMZ to the Delta, showing the anguish on the faces of the grunts, the pain in the eyes of the wounded and the fear

on the laces of the VC prisoners.

I have not been able to locate the book in local bookstores but it is available on Amazon.com for US$35.00, a saving of US$15.00 off the list price. David Halberstam, who knew Larry from his Vietnam days, says in his foreword: "Because of his work, generations born long after he died will be able to witness and understand and feel the terrible events he recorded. This book is his last testament." I recommend it highly!!

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HB. ISBN: 0-375-41102-X

Anyone who thinks that the horrors of the Japanese invasion and

occupation of Hong Kong in W.orld War Two

have been adequately

chronicled

should

read

two

impressively researched and highly readable new books on this traumatic episode. Their authors, Tony Banham and Philip Snow, came separately to the FCC to talk about their work. J onathan Sharp reports.

way, that quantities of ammunition still litter the territory

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but pored through records and interviewed hundreds of veterans or their relatives. The resulting enormous amount

of data has been packaged in his book Not The Slightest Chance, the title taken from Winston Churchill's estimation of Hong Kong's chances in the event of a Japanese attack. Banham said his initial quest was to fill in gaps in existing accounts of the battle, in particular to track down the fate of every casualtยก at least on the allied side. One achievement has been to correct over 200 records for the

Commonwealth

War Graves Commission.

Banham's

researches also led him into some odd corners: a Hong Kong Tony Banham's day job is as a marketing executive with

veteran's grandson that he contacted disclosed that he was

in his spare time over the past 14odd years he has zealously researched the battle for Hong

the manager of the biggest lap-dancing club in Glasgow. The book has an hour-by-hour diary of the battle and voluminous appendices that include such minutiae as the names of residents at the Repulse Bay hotel during the fighting. Banham said many people he had contacted felt cheated that the battle for Hong I(ong had been forgotten or

a software company. But

Kong, which ended with British humiliation when Governor

Sir Mark Young signed the surrender in a candle-lit Peninsula Hotel room on Christmas night, 1941. Banham has not only walked the battlefields - discovering, by the

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ignored. People were still very enotionally concelned, he said. "I can now tell when somebocly is crying while writing an e-mail."

Philip Snow's book The Fall of Hong Kozg, despite the overlap with Banham's work, is to a considerable extent complementary as it covers a much broader canvas. While many books on wartime Hong l(ong focus on the plight of the British and their allies during the fighting and incarceration, Snow looks at the occupation from the standpoint of all major players: Hong l(ong Chinese, the British, the Japanese and the mainland Chinese. He chronicles the savagery inflicted on the Hong Kong population following the Japanese viclorยก

but also describes subsequent attempts made by the to win people over. These included local

Japanese

community leaders, a few of whom welcomed the Japanese arriva[, initially at leasl. Amid the sufferings and privations of the occupation, as

the

Japanese displayed

their unmatched genius for

alienating potential allies, there were moments of farce. As

the book recounts: "In April 1945, when the bulk of

the

slarving Japanese ponies at Huppy Valley had died and been eaten, the authorities substituted miniature wooden horses which were trundled round the racecourse on wires in a frantic attempt to keep up the general jollity. But the punters weren't interested." A central theme of Snow's book is that the Japanese occupation represented a turning-point in Hong l(ong's history that has not been recognised. While the British resumed control of Hong l(ong after the Japanese defeat, they never recovered the same sort of dominance they enjoyed before. "...the Japanese occupation was not in ny

view an insignificant episode in Hong Kong's historยก" Snow, the son of English author C.P. Snow, told the FCC lunch. "It was a chapter in the decline and fall of European power in East Asia. It did mark the end of true British supremacy in Hong l(ong." tr

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Never guilty of sitting idly by, we are told the Government has already leapt into action on the rubber glove issue, having formed a Committee to act as a form of Electoral College, appointing a panel of "experts" to make recommendations in due course. Rumours also suggest that some senior ministers have been using gloves for weeks, not so much to protect against SARS as to minimise the risk of fingerprints on orders for new cars and the likes. The practical problem, however, is that none ofthe experts can agree on the proper procedure for using the bathroom; should one put rubber gloves ON to answer the call of nature, or take them OFF? If Government Policy is that we should wear rubber gloves pee, to what does this say about the state of Public Health in Hong l(ong? As I understand it, the Basic Law upholds the right of the individual to don rubber gloves befole touching himself, but is silent on whether the Government should have the right to insist. If, on the other hand (?) we are lo wear the gloves as we go about our routine daily business, but take them off when using the loo, colleagues might take offence when we decline to shake hands. This matter has been raised with the FCC Board of Governors; they assure me that if there is anything of more concern to them than the membership, it is their members. There was a proposal that the members be canvassed, but the membership might find this harsh. Faced with such a difficult decision, the Governors tried fall back on the soapy water recommendation, probably to

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If anything good could be said for the SARS epidemic, it must be that it created a boom in the surgical mask industry as well as a number of consultancy opportunities for SARS "experts ," u, Peter Gallo recounts.

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We need to know at what stage is one supposed to wash it before or after relieving one's self, or before or after taking the gloves off, or putting them on? Leaving aside the question of what they touched; are we to wash the gloves or should they be disposed of after every toilet visit? This could get expensive for those members who drink pints. one's hands! Is

The Basic Law

is

also silent on the applicability of

common sense, of course, which is becoming increasingly evident in Hong I(ong. Shaking hands, it seems, has been put

in the

same category as having unprotected sex rvith an

intravenous drug-user in Chiang Mai, though one has to doubt the effectiveness of rubber-wear in the former case, even if Fetish Fashion is delighted with the increased demand for its one-piece all-over latex body suits.

As a great fan of the Health I always follow their

Department's AIDS

awareness films,

recommendations on safe sex, regularly cracking all the eggs in my fridge before venturing forth of an evening. I am delighted to say that the only ill-effects I have suffered have been hunger the following morning as there has been nothing for breakfast. tr

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I outside Tikrit, I'd stopped cars and talked to people who had been shot at by the frightened villagers, including a Japanese news crew whose windscreen had an impressive bullet hole and whose very lucky photographer had a bullet graze tracing the side of his bald head. I decided not to take the risk but to wait until the next day. I filed for the Sunday Times on the allied push from Baghdad towards what it was still considered would probably be the final stand for Saddam loyalists and headed back to the comfort of the Dim Dim. Of course, my mind was made up the following morning as soon as I tuned in to see Sadler's extraordinary compelling live report (see box). The city thal had been the bastion of support for Saddam Hussein's government, the one that he had showered with money and privileges, and whence he derived the name of what would become the most power{ul clan in lraq, the alTikriti, was a ghost town. Military bases had been deserted, seemingly minutes earlieq as doors swung and creaked in the breeze and tanks stood row upon row with their hatches open. The city that had been expected to present the American military machine with a real battle was shown by Sadler's cameraman to be yet another walkover, just waiting for the allied forces to march in and declare it a Saddam-free zone.

Back at TV Central, one of the battalion of retired military types embedded with CNN told Sadler he was

What should have been one of the few real and stunning scoops of the recent war in lraq, Brent Sadler's entry into Tikrit ahead of allied forces, has instead presented a crucial turning point for the way war correspondents do their job. Because CNN shot back. In doing so, CNN has removed the barriers of nonaligned objectivity that had offered some protection for repofiers who go into war zones believing that they are doing an unbiased, non-partisan, albeit high-risk, job. By shooting back, CNN transformed its staff from reporters to combatants. The implication that correspondents in the field can now be identified with the enemy, indeed as the enem¡ has put every one ofus in danger ofbeing shot at precisely because ofwho we are and what we do. At least 13 reporters were killed covering the Gulf War, some of them in tragic accidents like the minefield explosion that claimed the life of a BBC cameraman, or because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, as when a car bomb expÌoded and killed an Australian cametaman,

CNN's actions,

in

employing former soldiers

as

bodyguards who shoot to kill, take self-protection beyond the Max Hastings theory of carrying a gun because an enemy soldier is unlikely to look at your press card before pulling his trigger. It removes the assumption of objectivity that has for many war correspondents been their only protection in hostile situations.

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I woke up early on the morning of Sunday April 13 and, according to what had become habit, immediately turned on

the television in my room at the Dim Dim Hotel in lrbil. CNN was broadcasting live video-phone footage from inside Tikrit, where Brent Sadler and his team had entered in a convoy after spending the night huddled under a bridge outside the city. They had sent their GPS coordinates to central command headquarters in Doha the day before, Sadler said, to ensure they weren't hit by bombs being dropped by the fighter jets that were shocking and awing the city into submission. Many reporters in the north had plastered the roofs and windows of their cars with the letters "TV" in the hope that by marking themselves as journalists, they'd make known their benign role in the war. I'd decided against such a move because I didn't want to be targeted by any scoundrels who saw unarmed journalists as easy pickings for wads of cash, laptop computers and satellite phones. I'd spent the better part of the day before on the highway

linking Tikrit to Kirkuk, the northern city that had fallen a few days earlier. The looting and vigilantism that had been unleashed across the north had tumed the area into a no-go zone where residents of the villages along the road shot at any approaching vehicles for fear they were about to be robbed, raped and murdered.

At the final checkpoint

south of

Kirkuk, about 60 km

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collecting some "great on-the-ground intelligence." "Where are you now?" he asked. Sadler answered by reading out his GPS coordinates. Then the inevitable happened. The CNN convoy came under fire. As bullets met their mark -- hitting at least two -- Sadler didn't react as I might have, with a string of expletives. No, he seemed to hold on to his cool and said: "Under fire. Under fire." As the convoy sped out of the area, the bodyguards who are now an inextricable part of the CNN war-reporting crew, fired back at their assailants. It was not reported whether or not CNN had killed anyone, but as these guys are usually former British Special Air Service personnel, they are trained to kill and it should come as no surprise to anyone if they left the place littered with bodies as the convoy raced to safety. What had begun as a sensational scoop has, in my view, become a shameful episode of grandstanding that threatens to change the way we cover war, perhaps forcing us to arm,

travel in armoured vehicles, forego the colourful spontaneous quotes from locals, and certainly negating the scant protection afforded by such small measures as pasting the letters "TV" on the side of the car.

Granted, things have been changing

in

recent years.

Insurance companies have demanded that news organisations send their reporters on so-called hostile environment training courses. One Dutch colleague in Irbil said that an Amsterdam radio station she had filed for from innumerable hostile environments for more than a decade refused to take her reports on the assumption that she did not have insurance. Of course, she does have insurance but telling them that didn't change the minds of the station managers. They still wouldn't take her reports, but they did have the temerity to call her satellite phone to take reports from another reporter for whom the issue of insurance was never raised. THE CORRESPONDENT JUNE/JULY 2003

Video footage rolls, showing Sadler and his crew passing through Tikrit earlier. Brent Sadler: Stay

with us as we rnoue our way

[througlt] Tikrit. So let's just recap as we go through here: Tikrit no coalition forces, Tikrit no fi,ghting, checkpoint ... Shots ring out.

OK, that's gunrtre.

We'ue

just come under

attaclt. Under attack.

We're OK, wetre OK. Under conrtrnxs our worst fears.

fire.

That

If

you're with us, 'u)etue just gone through a checkpoint, u)e'ue come under &utornatic machine gun rtre, and wetue blown through, the checkpoint. Our arnled guard pulled his automcltic machine gun and opened fi,re to get us through there.

I think that's as far

as u)etre

going to push it

today.

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Some organisations now employ former military men as a matter of course and barricade themselves in hotels they

block-book and allow no one outside the company to enter without permission. Others employ former soldiers as "safety consultants" who, as in the case of one chap in lrbil, are more concerned with telling the reporters what not to do, like enter areas that haven't been pronounced clear of landmines. The presence of military personnel amongst their teams obviously provides CNN and others with the confidence that they need to perform to the maximum on the battlefield. But reporting with all the hallmarks of a military mission can, and inevitably will, run into trouble. The pay-off, as ever, is

plaudits back home. "It's not encouraged, but if it comes off it's viewed with great kudos," a CNN staff reporter told me after Sadler's exploits. "But that they got shot at was inevitable. It went on so long that something had to happen." tr

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most value the heated debates over topical journalism issues -- such as the ethics of anonymous sources or undercover reporting -- with professors and fellow students. The classroom provides an intellectual haven for the professionals to share and reflect, a luxury not available in a maddening newsroom under constant deadline pressures. Often, they learn as much, if not more, from one another than from the

Pulitzer wrote. "An able disinterested public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists offuture generations."

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Then there are students who wanted to get a graduate degree in case they go into teaching and can use the credential.

experience could benefit f1om.a routine of study and training in

Cgnstant deadline pfesSUfeS.

the craft, including such disciplines as reporling and writing, new media, media law

Critics often

dismiss journalism degrees as not worth the paper they are printed on. The only way to learn the craft,

and ethics. For graduate studies in journalism, one size cannot fit all.

The programme must provide maximum flexibility in curriculum and schedule if its purpose were to produce topnotch journalists. Good journalism schools help safeguard press freedom through their effons to raise standards. With no commercial axe to grind, the schools also serve as watchdogs over news media that have come under growing commercial pressure.

they argue, is on the job. Award-winning journalist-turned-academic Ying Chan, argues the case for studying journalism.

A friend, an executive at an international media company, called one Monday and asked for a meeting at my office. He sounded serious.

Did he want to teach? Or had he been laid off in these trying economic times? I had recently returned from 23 years of self-imposed exile in the U.S. to my alma mater, the University of Hong l(ong, to create its first journalism programme. It would become the first and only I007o English-based j-programme in Hong Kong.

My friend delivered a pleasant surprise:

"I

want to give a

million dollars (HIÇ to your programme," he said. This would come from his personal funds. He also wanted to remain anonymous.

After many e-mail exchanges, we agreed that the money would be best spent on unpaid internships, journalism skill courses and scholarships to help young joumalists study at the university. But whyjournalism programmes and schools? The recent Jayson Blair scandal at the prestigi ot:.s New York Times rocked the journalism world.

Blair attended the University of Maryland School of Journalism, one of the best in the U.S., but never graduated. No joumalism school -- or no amount of time spent on any beat -- would have made a difference in Blair's case. But for every Jayson Blair, there are countless young men

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Joseph Pulitzer, whose name is associated with U.S. journalism's highest award, offered his case for journalism education in a 1904 article titled "The College of Journalism." "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together,"

and women for whom journalism schools can make all the difference in the world. Many top journalists do not study for a journalism degree

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I Upon leaving the army in 1968,

Tony

established the investigations company, Zeretic, still a major force in the industry today, and in 1972 he set up Commercial Trademark Services (CTS). In those days, before the bamboo curtain came tumbling down, Hong l(ong counterfeiters operating from small flatted-factories wele

notorious worldwide. Today, piracy is

an

international phenomenon, as Tony explained to

The Economis多, which consulted him for

(re40-2003) Tony Gurka, con'Lplete u)ith trademark cigar and, after hours u)ith Campari

in hand, w&s a familiar figure in the Club. "He treated the FCC like an arLnex of his ffice," said long-time friend and busirLess 端ssociate, Jenkin Hiles.

retirement to a riding school in Beijing, Trade Mark recently won a three-day dressage event. Tony was an active member of the Cricket CIub racing syndicate, whose horses all have "Chater" in their names, and shortly before his death he began planning an FCC syndicate. Married for the third time in 1996, Tony is survived by his wife Victoria, his five-year-old daughter Tania, Sachiko, 2I, from his second

marriage, and son and daughter, Steve Debbie, from his

For Tony, Hong l(ong provided a broad canvas fbl his talents. He is remembered as a successful and

generous

athlete, horseracing enthusiast,

"father figure" of

the

investigations industry here, and as Hiles noted: "One of

young corporal in the military police playing football, cricket -- and just about any sport on offer. It was at football that he excelled and he became the

first non-Chinese player

to

represent Hong I(ong. As an amaleur. and laler a parl-lime

I(ong began when he was in 1965 and, apart from a short-lived attempt to

football greats (and

retire to Australia, Hong l(ong remained his home until his

Police team, Rangers and then Seiko, finally hanging up his boots in 1975 as husiness called.

untimely death on June 7 at the age

24

ofjust 62.

and

first. tr

He made his mark in Hong I(ong's sporting scene as a

Hong l(ong's real gentlemen." Born in southern England, Tony joined the army in 1961. His association with Hong posted here

a

detailed report on the problem only weeks before his death. Under Tony, CTS expanded from his base in the then British colony and norv has an extensive presence throughout the region. As his friends all testify, Tony not only worked hard but played hard, too. His passion for racing was well known, although his own racehorses had mixed fortunes. His first horse, Red Cap, was an undistinguishecl racer. His second, Trade Mark, however, notched up four or five good wins. Tony was chuffed, his friends say, to hear that upon

professional. he played against and alongside Hong I(ong's FCC

members) Walter Cerrard and

Derek "Jesus" Curry for the

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(L920-2003) Doon Campbell, the distinguished Reuters reporter and editor who died in Muy aged 83, knew all about being embedded with military forces nearly 60 years before the term became embedded in our minds during this year's Iraq war J onath.an Sharp reports.

Father of Mobile Computing By Dan l(ubiske

age of 24, Campbell was alongside British marine commandos surging ashore at Sword Beach during the D-Day

At the

planners. But services

Those ofus who work

such as

with laptops should take a moment to reflect on the passing of the man who brought portable

CompuServe and Delphi in the States

provided the first

Adam Osborne died in India on March 1B at

glimmer of what could happen once personal computers learned to talk to each other. And the Osborne I made

the age of 64.

much of that possible.

computing to

the

lnASSCS.

Following Osborne's

The name may not be

familiar to all but

early l980s, Adam Osborne was a genius and visionary. Born in Thailand and educated in Britain and the United States, Adam Osborne sold his book publishing firm and started Osborne Computers in 1980. Within a year he turned out the first transportable computer. At 22 potnds (I0 kg) the unit was nothing like today's slim-line machines; 2 kg is now considered heavy. But remember thaI"23 years ago a computer for serious work filled a room the size ofThe Bunker. The Osborne I keyboard folded out to reveal two 5-I/4 floppy drives and a 5 inch black and white monitor. The

machine came bundled with a spreadsheet (Supercalc), word processing (WordStar), and a database (dBase). Its operating system was the CP/M system that offered a lesscrash prone way of running a computer but was limited in its ability to handle large programs. It had a built-in modem that allowed connection to newsgroups at 300 bits per second (bps). Within a year an optional modem allowed connections at a screaming 1,200 bps. The Internet was still a thing of academics and military

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lead, Compaq

to

those of us who entered computing back in the Stone Age years of the

and

IGywood came out with

portable

computers. Both companres utilised the CP/M system but Compaq also tried the new

by a new and unknown company called Microsoft. I was able to use my Osborne (purchased in early 1982) until about l9B7 with no lose of productivity. By then, however, Osborne was out of business, parts were scarce, and CP/M had been surpassed by the Microsoft Disk Operating System (DOS). The Osborne I still evokes misty-eyed memories for those of us who used this computer, for this was no gaming unit nor was it a build-it-yourself unit. It was a real computer for real people to use on a regular basis. Adam Osborne made many bad business decisions operating system developed

but his vision that computers should be inexpensive, easy to use and portable led the way to such classics as

the Radio Shack TRS-100, the Apple PowerBook, the IBM Thinkpad, and the whole range of laptops available to us today. So next

time you boot up your laptop and take advantage

of the wireless connection in the Club, raise your glass in honour of the man who started the revolution that allowpd you to carry your computer in a small bag: Adam Osborne. tr THE CORRESPONDENT.JUNE/JULY

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Normandy landings, earning the distinction of being not only the first reporler ashore with allied forces on that da¡ but also the youngest. After picking his way between the dead and the dying amid heavy German fire, and encumbered with an enormous pack that included the cutting-edge joumalistic tools of the day a portable typewriter and a notebook Campbell rattled off a despatch under the

immortal dateline

"A ditch 200

There was a significant Asian dimension to Campbell's

career. He reported from Chiang l(ai-shek's war-time headquarters in Chungking in 1945 and obtained an exclusive interview with Mao Zedong. He quoted Mao as saying that what China needed was a policy of peaceful reconstruction. Therefore civil war in China must be determinedly averted. Covering Indochina, Campbell was

credited with coining the phrase "bamboo curtain" - although he was Iater reported not to have remembered doing so. What he did recall with understandable pride were major

yards

inside Normandy". Regrettably, that report, handed to a naval officer along with a five pound note, never made it to

scoops during his time in India, including a seven-minute beat over rivaìs on Candhi's assassinalion. Campbell's "flash" to London read in the cablese of the day: MAN FIRED

Reuters headquarters at 85 Fleet Street.

Fortunately his subsequent despatches, memorably describing the horrors of war as well as chronicling its progress, did

left) attends briefing for uar correspondents General Bernard, Monlgomery.

by

FOUR SHOTS AT

CANDHI

POINTBLANI( RANGE WORST and were deservedly published widely. Picture credit: Reuters Archiue FEARED. One of them read: "It is a miracle that I'm alive to write this despatch - that I've survived 24 hours I met Campbell when I joined Reuters in 1967; he was already a rather remote, if still highly regarded, member of on this beachhead bag of tricks. Bombs, shells, bullets and mines to say nothing ofbooby traps, make each hour an age of senior management. He was something of a father figure, grim experience. Much olmy 24 hours have been spent llat on ever willing to dispense invaluable advice to nervous newcomers like myself, but giving v/ay to a new generation of my face burrowing into sand or earth - the good earth." Along with his D-Day backpack, Campbell was burdened managers that was busily hauling Reuters into the computer with a more basic handicap: he was one-armed from birth. But age and focusing more on financial news. if being a one-handed typist might be considered a I last chatted with him 10 years ago at the Imperial War Museum in London at the launch of a book about, disadvantage in the acutely competitive news agency world where speed of reporting is of the essence, it did not slow down appropriately, the D-Day landings (I was happy to go along because I have a personal interest in June 6, L944: I was this indomitable Scotsman in a long and varied career during which he landed a number of notable scoops on his path to born that day). The D-Day book that was being launched was becoming editor of Reuters in 1963. not written by Campbell, but his autobiography Magic His relentless determination to get the news first - but first Mistress, A S)-Year Affair With Reuters (Tagman Press), to get it right - shone through in a Reuters memo he wrote in published in time for his 80th birthda¡ is a typically vibrant reported the death 1964 after the âgency had mistakenly recounting of his life in the front seat of the late 20th century. April "does not go to wrote, of Nikita I(hrushchev. Credit, Campbell After Campbell's wife Mary died in 1995, he renewed a It goes to the agency friendship with Pat Cameron, who 50 years previously had an agency which first repofis a rumour. which can first report the FACT." kept a scrapbook of his published despatches. tr THE CORRESPONDENT JUNE/JULY

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bus station is right in the middle of town. Not far from the bus

Maxim's, a popular late-night haunt. Most nights Maxim's has

honouring one J. Fonda fol her kindness to Vietnam.

live music, ranging from pop divas to

in Hai

Phong takes a back seat to

acld

Street. At midnight, the lounge bar activity was winding down but a gaggle of footr,vear importers fiom Britain were arnong a group of foreign visitors enjoying last olders. Between Hanoi and Hai Phong are the industrial parks of Hung Yen and Hai

huge menu features delicacies such as kangaroo tail, but availability of many dishes is sporadic. No meal is priced at

Duong provinces, rvhere sweatshops turn out millions of items

more than 95,000 dong (about HI($48), while draught Tiger

Jan van den Berg, a Dutch shipbuilcler helping Vietnan'r construct five search-and-rescue vessels for its coast guard,

by younger residents and couples. Here I Hu¡ second engineer on an oil

!

of

smugglers and pirates.

Hai Phong hit the Hong I(ong headlines in May this year when a sampanthere

immigrants heading for Hong Kong. To be sure, Hai Phong is a tough water{ront city. Yet this

bustling

-

and relatively plosperous

-

seaport boasts

potential," he says.

terminal along National Highway 5, the country's best road.

and promenades, and a busy nightlife.

Buses leave every 15 minutes during the day and the fare is

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However, most lesident expatliates make ihe mistake of keeping to the hotel bars and clubs. Among the charms of the

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superb colonial architecture, a network ofpicturesque canals More than a million people make Hai Phong home, but

"Junk Junk" Parties . Big Banana . [4/akeboarding . I4raterskiing

www. hon g ko

Hai Phong is just two hours from Hanoi's l(im Ma

he says.

he says.

conJures up

Ba Island. Hai Phong Tourism Department director Tran Trung Dung admits the city lags behind its neighbours: "Tourist numbers and income are not matching the city's

in Hai

city are its friendl¡ ahnost rollicking, inhabitants. The only

Phong

tourists see Hai Phong as the gateway to Ha Long Bay and Cat

Phong onl¡, two months but rvasn't encouraged by the nightlife he'd seen. "Dubai was livelier,"

l.rad been

way to get among them is to get out on the streets.

Day

rounded them up. In February, Vietnamese authorities intercepted 35 illegal

of clothing for export.

Hong Kong, Hai Phong may be small but it's very friendl¡"

¡t" fuî is a casino town popular with Chinese visitors while Western

to Maxim's attlactiorrs.

at duty-free prices.

tanker plying waters from Bangladesh to Japan. "Compared to

2l Vietnamese stormed ashore, robbing and threatening residents until police

standards. Vivacious staff, clean toilets and ice-cold Tiger

For a nighicap, it was back to Hai Phong's ritziest hotel,

encountered Nguyen Viet

suffers from competition from nearby tourist havens: Do Son

a

the Thai-managed Royal Garden Harbour Vierv at 4 Tran Phu

preferred

landed at Sandy Bay and

is

Elvis

appliances, rnotorcycle palts, and textiles are easily available

Unsurprisingl¡ the city's pub life has a nautical gait. On Dien Bien Phu Street itself sits Saigon Café, a watering hole

like craft from

of

middlemen ensure that cigarettes, alcohol, electt'ical

beer is an encouraging 18,000 dong (HK$9).

visions

gold-chain-bedecked crooner

there. Rampant corluption, poor enforcement and dogged

evening destination is the Hai Phong Club: a large bar and restaurant down a street off busy Dien Bien Phu Street. Its

people, Hai

A

regular visitor-, belting out throaty renditions

And the residents do like their nightlife. A popular early

many

classical violinist.

a wannabe Vanessa Mae

commerce. Most goods imported into northern Vietnatn pass and a lot of it gets stuck through the Port of Hai Phong

-

o

ferv cloors fur-ther doivn Dien Bien Phu Street is

terminal is the city's culture centre, which still features a sign However-, culture

Hanoi-based absent member George W. Russ eII says there is more to Hai Phong than meets the eye.

A

TH[, CORRESPONDENT JUNE4ULY

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club events

I*RE

STOP

Po LEUNG KUK

Charity Ball set for Supreme Success This year's FCC Charity Ball, which features a

The Conespondent, inrelated promotional

collateral and on prominently placed

gourmet dinner-concert in the glass room ouerlooking

banners at the event itself. For more information on the Po Iรฆung I(uk or the FCC please see our web sites: and wwupoleungkuk.org.hk

the harbour a[ the Conuention Centre, looks set to be

an eaen greater

success

www.fcchk.org. For more information on

than last year, writes co-

sponsorship

please

e-mail

charityball@fcchk.org or call the FCC at

conaenor Tom Crampton.

2521-l5rI. We invite you to join us to offer an education to needy but deserving Hong I(ong children. E

Motown singing sensations The Supremes, fronted by original member

Clifford Chance, Kooll International

Mary Wilson, will top the bill at this year's event on September 27, along with rhythm and blues legend Bobby

Prize donors and service sponsors include Star Alliance, -Asia Pacific Vision, Pierre Cardin/Goldpfeil, Cathay

Hendricks.

Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

The FCC Annual Charity Ball attracts leading members of the Hong Kong community and has proved to be so popular that all 780 seats sold out

within a few days of going on

sale.

There is a waiting list. But you and your company can still participate by buying raf{le tickets or by donating prizes. Raffle tickets will go on sale in early August. The funds raised will once again provide scholarships for needy Hong Kong children and we are still eager to attract more sponsors and raffle prizes.

The event provides a high profile

platform companies

for socially responsible to demonstrate they

care. Some of our most generous cash donors

this year include Flex Box, JP Morgan,

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Group and Mercedes-Benz China Ltd.

Tatler,

Chiva-Som International Health Resort and more. The prizes so far include a $55,000 trip for two consisting of Star Alliance

"Circle Pacific" air tickets with luxury

in

Auckland or Sydneยก Tokyo and Seoul. The hotels are hotel stays

courtesy of SRS-Worldhotels. There is

also a $29,000 "Sydney Luxury Escape" with two Cathay Pacific Airways return tickets from Hong Kong

to

Sydney,

a two-night

"Indulgent Package" at the five-star Park Hyatt,

Sydneยก and dinner for two at Cafe Sydney. There is a $22,700 luxury

"Thai Experience" consisting of two nights in a suite at the five-star Sukhothai Bangkok and two nights at health resort Chiva-Som in Hua Hin

letters continuedfrom page 6

Mary Wilson

W'e aim to beat last year's sum of

$800,000 raised

to finance

"unauthorised information" that is

higher education for at least three children from the Po Leung Kuk orphanage, one

obtained, even indirectly, means no journalist could use it safely without meeting an unrealistic standard of

of Hong Kong's oldest and

proof, i.e. that there was "no reasonable cause to believe" any material may have come from a

most

respected charities. The selection process has already begun and the first group of FCC

scholarship recipients will be chosen by August 31. The scholarship board includes representatives from the FCC and the Po Leung l(uk. be The successful candidates academically strong and show promise of giving back to the community. The winners will be introduced at the ball

and welcomed into the

FCC

community. Members are encouraged to offer the students summer jobs and

protected or unauthorised source. 2. The creation of a proposed new

class of protected

information

regarding relations between

the

central authorities and the HKSAR. Not only is the wording of this new category too imprecise, which in itself could lead to self-censorship, but it also subjects journalists to possible

prosecution for disclosure of information that is of Iegitimate concern to Hong l(ong people, such as

internships during holiday periods.

that related to public health in

As for our sponsors, they will 4pceive excellent exposure in a special edition of

mainland China. Also, the fact the definition of protected information is

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Such a clause would signal to the

limited to "information concerning the HI(SAR" does not allow for the larger fact that Hong Kong is "within the

world aI large the government's commitment to an open society and

Government."

the Central As such, numerous

allay suspicions that the new law's purpose is to minimise criticism of

issues on the mainland concern Hong Kong people -- and not always directly. 3. The proposed new offence of

flow of information in the public

responsibility of

handling seditious publications

This proposed offence

threatens the largest possible number of people

engaged in the media industry with unwarranted prosecution. Like other objectionable clauses in the bill, the

wording

is

sufficiently vague as

to

encourage self-censorship, especially by printers and retailers who might be afraid that they unknowingly would be handling seditious material. In addition to the deletions suggested above, we urge you to add to the bill a "defence of public interest" clause.

public policy and prevent the free interest. 'We

ask you, as a matter of urgency, to consider this submission. We do so while reminding members of the Council that as citizens and residents of Hong Kong and as members of

organisations entrusted with facilitating communication between the SAR and the world, we still have other far-reaching and serious concerns about this legislation. And

though we have not raised them again today we believe they must be

addressed before becomes

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club activities

HEROIC TUNCHERS

- When the British politician Roy Jenkins hopped the twig

earlier this year, Fleet Street, or what's left of it, mourned the last of the great lunchers. Little old Hong I(ong has its roll of honour where great lunchers are concerned and the FCC has provided a cosy and hospitable location for their

excesses. The bronze bust

of the late Richard Hughes, the Far

East

correspondent for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Economis¿, Iooks down

on us amateur lunchers benignly from the wall just outside the Bunker, and there,

if

ever there was one, was a legendary luncher.

Once he was awarded that dangerous accolade, Doyen of the Press Corps,

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Dick took up lunching with a vengeance. He held court at a table near the Main

Plastic ball

Bar and few could escape his largesse. Another heroic drinker was the late

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Frank Casey. Frank was almost single-handedly responsible for causing a rift between the FCC and the Groucho Club in Soho, my favourite watering hole in

London. The Groucho is as close to heaven (or the FCC) as it's possible to get on my income. Frank once poured a glass of Famous Grouse into my ear as

result of some real or fancied insult

-- but for Frank, life was one

a

long

lunchtime.

The saintly Charlie Smith was also a luncher of stature, but Charlie never upset anyone. He even had the decency to slip out to what our American friends

delicately refer to as the bathroom when he was called to that great tap-room in the sky, so as not to inconvenience other people in the Main Bar. A small brass plaque overlooks the spot where Charlie could be found every day.

Bert Okuley, whose name is enshrined in Bert's downstairs, could put away a few gallons of lunch on a good day and

I once had a lunch with Donald Wise,

the Daily Mirror correspondent, that went on for nine hours. Donald didn't speak to me for his last two years of lunching because of a remark that

I made

in this column concerning his lrousers.

A few years ago I attended Donald's memorial service in Fleet Street and murmured a prayerful apologv.

I'm three quarters of the way through

a book on tales of the FCC bar, so any

stories of legendary lunchers would be welcome. You can e-mail, fax or drop them off at the FCC reception for me.

Ted Thomas

-

corpcom@email.hk.net Fax:2866 678I

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The FCC Hong l(ong Celebrating 60 years in China

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sound of jazz at

he festival will run from July 23 to July 26 and,feature the

venues when there were almost no

Hong

doors

best jazz talent

in

I(ong. The 60th anniversary

bash

will take place

on

Saturda¡ JuJy 26, and all three floors of the Club will be given over to parlying accompanied, of couLse, by jazz. So... be there or be square.

"Otr jazz festival happens

dovetail wiLh other party

to events in

Hong I(ong that have been planned to signal Hong l(ong's recovery from the SARS crisis," said festival committee convenor Paul Bayfield. "The timing is coincidental but we're pleased to be part of the festive spirit." "One of the great homes for jazz in

Hong Kong has been the FCC''' he said. "None more so then during the

SARS-induced shutdown

of

many

outlets Îor jazz.

"The FCC did not close its

and its music lounge, Bert's, provided a forum for Hong Kong's grea| jazz talenr to per{orm," he said. When the FCC was established in Chungking its primary role was to defend the rights of correspondents in a

difficult and fluid time. It was also a place where members worked and shared a jar or two. The FCC today carries on those traditions and has evolved into one of the best watering holes in the worlcl.

"So join us in what will be

a

celebration of those 60 years and a tribute to the FCC and its members for staying the road during SARS and for

helping to keep jazz alive

in

Hong

the end of July when the Club holds the first

FCC

Hong Kong

Jazz The

Festival. festival

is part of

the celebration to

mark the

60th

ann¡versary of the founding of the FCC in Chungking in 1943.

I(ong," Bayfield said.

The man who takes the credit for

almost single-handedly keeping the music playing is the FCC's music coordinator Allen Youngblood. Allen has

assembled

a

great line-up

for

the

festival that includes: Allen Youngblood and Jazbalaya with Guy Le Claire, Toby Mak, Hilary Ash-Roy, Flynn Adams and Larry

Hammond, Maricel Badana, A,zucar Latina (Cuba), The Skip Moy Trio, The

Big Band, Yoyoung, The Eugene Pao Quartet, Jason Cheng and

Japanese

Mike l(urtz Please check your e-mail, the FCC

website and Club notice board for The Japanese Big Band

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The FCC w¡ll vibrate to the

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T'

club activities

FCC golf After several cancellations this

April and May due to a lack of participants because of SARS, June came bustin' out all over with nine

a thankless task, especially when only one or two points divide the teams. The dates for the rest of the year have been set, and hopefully written in stone. They are: August 13, September

in what was a great

17, October 15, November 12 and

evening. I would like to take this opportunity

December 17. A couple of amusing moments from the Quiz on June Il: Paul Bayfield, our resident Ozzie on the Board, could not remember the name of the Australian

year, in February due to a sick MBA, in

teams competing

to thank both Clive and

Ketty

Grossman for standing in for Jerry who could not make iL. Serving as scorer is

mythological beast that lives in or by lagoons/swamps (bunyip). His teammates have arranged a firing squad. When the question was asked in the Food and Beverage section "What is the favourite vegetable served at the FCC?" seven out of nine teams recorded the corect answer of "broccoli".

-- Wendy Richardson

<jjrwir@netvigator.com>

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society v¡sits Macau After a few weeks in quarantine the Coll Society unleashed ils awesome

virtue of being the only

power on the Macau Golf and Country Club on May 30. Unusually and despite the heat most players obtained

fairway.

Stableford points in the 30s - even trul¡ making up somewhat for a truly shocking per{ormance on the last outing (and the one before that, and so on). No one however could beat James "Jesse James" Fu, who even with much reduced handicap of B, still managed an outstanding 37 points. Strangel¡ Colin Cohen came 2nd with 35 points,

given

yours

by Wendy Richardson

To

interfere is one thing; to intimidate is the game

During one of the late hands in

I've always said that it is war!

a

recent Tuesday night FCC bridge game, when some drink may have been taken, my partner interfered true but I put in the killer bid with all of 2 points. Why? It's the game -

Dealer South, E/W Vulnerable The 2C (strong) by E was waiting for

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Before the match much attention was

to

Terry

Duckham's application of "anti-hook & slice" cream to his club heads.

It

worked per{ectly

LtJt

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on

the shoder drives (those of less than 25 yards) but didn't seem to work for the longer shots and Terry will be seeking a full refund of the US$1.49 he paid for this revolutionary material that has yet to obtain USGA approval. After the game

we went to Fernando's for dinner.

Fortunately the infrared sensors at Hong l(ong immigration were not set to detect blood alcohol levels. -- Julian Walsh <pwalsh@jpwalshco.com>

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quandary: "Now what?"

Con,gra,tulations to the following members selected for the FCC Pool

first

team

bidding room to ask for Aces/Kings

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+ Q4

lots of bidding room. Wondering West, having just figured out the point count to respond, found himself in a large

BUT Nasty North entered with an even weaker 5D - now what for East? No

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points. Mitch Davidson got the nearest the pin and I won longest drive by

the

Sneaky South interfered with an EXTREMELY weak 4D, cutting out

"I've got I0pts/6 spades, point count out the window - SO I'Ìl bid my suit." Good bid, in fact the only bid.

Ç7

jointly with Daniel l(wok. Jason Carmichael came in 3rd with 34

one to stay on

E

2C P P

only a guess or a double. East went for 65. The other tables bid and made 7S and could have made 7NT, both contracts cold! (5DX goes down B for 2,000 points, 7S is still 2,200 points ahem). I have not included the play of cards as it is unnecessary but I will tell you that the lead in all cases was 7D. FCC Bridge Nights are held every Tuesday. The cost is HK$I50 including dinner. Please contact Wendy Richardson (telephone 2574-3013 or e-mail jjrwir@netvigator.com) to book. I try to keep the numbers divisible by four so there are no sit-outs. tr THE CORRESPONDENT JUNE/JULY 2003

FENG CHI SHUN NAGA I(ANAGARATNAM ROD Mc DONALD TONY CHAN

FCC Poolplayers' Society

ANT]Y MORTON

JIMMY YUNG

after him. The annual "Rocky Lane 9-

sport and his lobbying efforts to get pool recognised as an Olympic sport.

in

New

Zealand later this year.

Richard Rangiura, President of

ROCKY LANE THE CORRESPONDENT JUNE/JULY

2OO3

said Rocky had

Academy,

Ball Cup" will be launched

STEFFAN LOFGREN

the New Zealand Pool Mania

convenor, Rocky Lane, has had a professional pool tournament named

been

honoured for his contribution to the

Rocky was New Zealand champion

pool

inI976. tr

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arcund the fcc

Left: Jrrycnrese pianist Kayoko Hatuto

FCC fonner Second Vice Presi¡lenL Ken Ball ceLebrated his 60th bù thday and l9th wedding anniuersurt with a small gatlteting in Bathurst, AIew South Walc¡ nhere he is the ExecuLiue Direclot oJ the Marketing and Comtnunicutions Diuision of Charles Stur t Uniuer.sit1,. Making Lhe 200 hm trip from Syd,ney were Sieru and Dauid BeLl and Saul antl Alison htcklurt, nhile Barrl' Whalen !,ew in ftom Melbourne for the Jëstiuities. (L-R): Sien, Saul, Ken antl uife Heother, Bu4,and Dauid niLh Alison in tlrcJoreground

uitlt

the AlLen YoungbLood 7i io.

Belon left: Playin,g a duet nith ALlen. Right: Ctrcst saxophoni.sL Imt Carroll BeLow: (I-R): Gq, Le Claite, l'lynn Adarns und RoLtin Hat tis Pltotos: Hugh uatt Es

'lucked,

awaf

toun. oJ

[tura, ]00 kn

itr the Blre ùIountains west of Sydrey,

I

ffiÊËËËgE

r

ß Hurlstore, a 4-stur B&B run by FCC absent members Cæorge Maclteruie and

uife Viuienne.

ß

The

::..:ø-Éåfrå[!flffilt

fonrer Gurltha fficer

hß bagpipeplu¡irtg otop the uoriou FCC bars in l¡est rememberedfor

full

Scottßh regaLia

-

and he treeded no

pipe irt sorething. Peter antl Tomoko Benrctt arul SauL and Alison Inchhart spent a ueekend at Hurlstore with Copal "lrcognito" Mulrcrjee (u excuse

Lo

Ceorge is occosionaLLy hrctun

in

prirut)

uml Vbíentæ, sampLing del,ights of uhat wat otre of lhe prizes at the inaugural FCC Ball.

(Lll)

Viuien,rc, Alison, Peter;

Tomoho, Saul and "Mulrcrjee" hintelJ

þarc bagpi¡rc urul kilt. but still in o sentblarce

oJ'

S¡ul T.ockha¡t

Scottish kit ).

t

x

5

ln

FCC staJJ preparing Jor tlrc SARS photo shoot. Tlrc plnto lty Craham Uden appearerl on the couer oJ tlrc preuiou issue oJ this ntagazine.

FCC lnllot counter.s: minute utternpt.s to rffir inducements

h1,

FareueLl Party Jot

La.st

former Board Member, Dan Ku|tíske, uln is oJf

telephone were

to a "h,ardship posting" in the Dominican Republic. Top: Dan and Liso

rejected. (L-R): Hoi-In Chan, Diane Stor¡nonl aru) Hugh aan Es-

Kubiske. Right: (L-R) Youn g blo o rl, D an, Chris Doltson and Kate

Allen

Danuson

Tony NetLrletman: 21. again.

The FCC OmeLliarus celel¡raterl the centenary of Ceorge Orwell's birth with a reatling oJ'Animal Farnr. (L-R): Aruly Chworowslry (AIanator and Farnter Jones), Paul Bayfield (SnotultalL anrl Bufamin) Phil Wrclan (SqtLealer antl Moses), Diane Stotmont (CLouer arul Cat), Reuhen C. (Boxer and Pilkington), Sntart WoLfendaLe (NapoLeon arul Major) and JenniJër Janin (illolly and Muiel)

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Rodet ich Kwoh createrl his

3 'O3

Tom Crampton expet iences the upside of couering the

clal'craftfor dad during the Fathers Day

S,4.RS slor1,

buffet.

own FCC rlepartment hearls pose afier receiuing plaques oJ commendation for tlrcir high leuel of seruice to the Club.

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FUJIFILM Jonathøn Sharp talks to.....

Kan n ¡Yl'-'< t 100 200

SUP ER TË F

Photograph b¡,'lèrry Duckham

TM

There have been a lot of

M-words in I(arin

is Minnesota-born, she graduated from Middlebury College, and she coulcl have had a career in music but

spell out MAO, a name with

instead became fluenl in

Chinese surname.

she

of

figure it's now ol never to

and

also for

her

resu

me

is

Management. Oh yes, I(arin also plays violirr. blues harp and sings in a set-for-starclom band

can be seen at times at the Main Bar.

Now I(arin has

meet the var-ied lequirements of different consuItancv

Flexibility is tl.re

FCC Member, Musician and .. Ms Mao is resurrecting

her

communications consultancy, called Malmstrom Associates Orient, which will advise corpolations ancl organisations that are looking in at China - and Chinese companies looking out to the world - on horv best to achieve their

40

pÌoJ

a

comprel-rensi\¡e survey on

public relations films and relatecl services available in China, and the results were

When Hewletl-Packard. lBM, Quantum, Seagate and SONY developed

quite intelesting. Although

cartridge. DLTtaperM lV and DDS3&4

1.ou have the international firms and the domestic films, not

any one firm can help you with all your needs - it just doesn't work. I am filling a niche." Let's wish Karin every success in her ventule. May it

make -- another M-word

Shouldn't you?

ects.

kev.

"Last year I did

cast

herself loose from working within a global corpolation, and

They all chose Fuiifilm as their partner.

I(arin rvill wolk with in order

to

callecl Mind fbur Head (along with Robin Lynam, who I suppose can be called an M-word if you read his name backwards) and she

go

off on my own," she says. But not completel¡. on her own. The itlea is that her consultancy will cl'roose from a pool of professionals that

Mercedes-Benz. And topping the list of skills

in

Digital Data Storage

"Looking at nly 25 years experience with China,

and at my time of life, I

minerals

in the media,

))!-

a certain resonance on the Mainland. Ancl Mao also happens to be I(arin's

Mandarin. Among her many jobs in China she worked for company,

superDLTtape't

first letters of the three words of l(arin's company

M.

Malmstrom's life: for stalters

a metals and

@ìii

business goals. Note that the

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