When all's said and Dunn for Lydia
By CONNIE LAW and CHRIS YEUNG
A JOYFUL Lady Dunn, casting off the burden of the Executive Council after her final meeting yesterday, has a new worry - how to spend her Sundays.
For the past 13 years, she has spent the day ploughing through Exco discussion papers. At a farewell reception, she said she did not know how she would spend Sundays - but she might devote more time to ballroom dancing or, keeping up with the times, join the Internet.
Although it had been suggested she might write her memoirs, Lady Dunn was deterred by the research required, not to mention the problems of putting confidential information on the record.
Dubbed Hong Kong's most powerful woman, Lady Dunn has seen much sensitive information on the handover, airport financing and policy-making, at the record 1,000 or so Exco meetings she attended.
Describing the turbulent times of 1982-84, Lady Dunn said: 'There were some moments that every minute was tense and unforgettable. And I kept reminding myself . . . but as time goes by, some memories blur.' Lady Dunn is moving to London with husband Michael Thomas.
'I can now enthusiastically look forward to my Sundays, knowing that there are no Exco papers to read. But I know I shall miss Tuesday mornings [when Exco meetings are held].'