Patten's stake on race driver
Damon Hill, the race driver who could rival Steve Davis in the boredom Olympics, was in town recently with his wife. As she spent 10 years enjoying the expat lifestyle in the New Territories, the pair decided a pilgrimage was in order.
Driving up to her former home, they were astonished to see a good omen for the potential winner of today's Grand Prix - inscribed boldly on a rock above the house was the name 'Damon'.
The couple were also thrilled to run into Governor Chris Patten in a Lan Kwai Fong restaurant later that day. But the British racing driver was probably more gratified to hear Patten say that he would be putting his money on Hill to win today's race.