Lady lawyer pips sewage plant
WHEN it comes to picking the worst festive card, the competition was even hotter than that for the best.
Who would send a card signed by a rubber stamp? Who would send a card with a misspelling on the cover? The answer: lots of people. But to win a prize this wasn't enough.
One anonymous government department even went as far as to send out cards completely blank inside, without even the department's name printed inside, its official origin betrayed only by the envelope.
We'd love to name it, but obviously we can't.
There were also some weird coincidences. Cheung Kong's tasteful card had a dove of peace bearing an uncanny resemblance to the logo of the Democratic Party.
Martin Lee Chu-ming must be very pleased with the Christmas present of having Li Ka-shing as a supporter.
One common theme was boastful cards, such as the one from Tai Ping Advertising (bottom left), which featured the words 'This is nothing compared with the kinds of deadline PRESSURE we handle every day!' above a pic of an elephant's foot.
In other words, they are telling clients: 'We work harder than you.' The card is signed with a rubber stamp.
We're not sure what the message is with the Macau Jockey Club card (below centre) which has MJC cut into the cover. Opened out it's just as baffling, and there's plenty more cards with cutouts, fold-outs and other origami technology but no apparent reason behind them.
Of all the cards nominated by readers for the 'worst card award', the most common was that of Wheelock and Co (below right). Five people sent it to us, one stating: 'This is truly bad.' Clearly, some recipients regard a card with a smiling Peter Woo Kwong-ching and his fellow directors arranged like the subjects in a Rembrandt less than festive.
This is hardly surprising. The photo is nicked from the Wheelock annual report issued in July.
There seems a big resistance in general to cards with the sender's face on them - an even bigger resistance to cards with the sender's boss on them.
Despite this, we're not making Wheelock the winner of this award, because of the strength of the competition.
By popular acclaim the worst card award goes to one that was sent in by two readers and is truly an amazing statement.
It's the one on the left above and comes from solicitors Helen Chung & Co. That's Helen on the right. On the left is Zhang Junsheng, deputy director of Xinhua, and it's the second year that she's sent it out.
Helen stood for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong in the District Board elections using the slogan 'Vote for Helen Chung the Lady Lawyer'.
For those who don't recognise Mr Zhang, there's a caption on the back, just to ram things home. The photo was taken on October 6, 1993, the day of Chris Patten's policy address.
Finally, a special award goes to another card nominated by two readers.
Thank you to Pypun Engineering Consultants whose card (above right) shows the following festive scene: a black-and-white photograph of a sewage works.