Tai-tais with thick hides

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 January, 1998, 12:00am


Some tai-tais guilty of buying luxury shahtoosh shawls, made from the prized hairs of the endangered Tibetan antelope, are blissfully unaware of their crime.

Apparently they believe the yarns spun by eager traders - that the shawls are woven from hairs plucked from the chin of an unsuspecting goat, with tweezers no less.

Or perhaps this tale - field workers laboriously collect the hairs snagged on trees and bushes by the grazing antelope.

Just to put the record straight, ladies: the antelopes are killed and skinned. And it takes at least three antelopes to make one shahtoosh.

Cost of crime It appears the financial crisis has also hit those crusaders against corruption in the ICAC.

A property agent - yes, one of the few still in work - believed he was doing the right thing when he refused to pay a police officer $30,000 to influence an investigation.

He approached the ICAC, who cunningly suggested a sting operation, the District Court heard.

ICAC officers would accompany the property agent to the rendezvous to catch the copper red-handed as he took the tainted cash.

But the property agent was a bit miffed when he was asked to go to his bank to come up with the $30,000 himself. The ICAC promised he would get it back.

So now we know crime does not pay, and it will cost you to be honest.

Thin expose ATV's 'investigative' reporting programme Inside Every-Other-Newspaper-Months-Ago Story spent 15 minutes last Monday night espousing the dangers of excessive slimming and exercise among young women.

It was revealed that anorexia had risen sharply in Hong Kong.

The blame, the programme said, lay squarely with media images of fashion models which sent out blatant signals about how young women in the 1990s should look. Hardly a novel concept, but nevertheless we were reminded with a shot of a leggy model strutting down a catwalk.

It was, therefore, rather inappropriate and badly timed to follow the feature with a promo on skimpily clad supermodel Karen Mulder for the ATV show Model on Tuesday evening.

Very fishy The menu at a dinner in their honour surprised delegates at a recent conference on destructive fishing.

In a bid to cash in on Asian demand for live reef fish, fishermen are throwing dynamite and cyanide into the sea for an easy catch, damaging coral and killing other species.

Target species are large garoupa and napoleon wrasse.

What was on the menu during Ocean Park's special 15-course dinner for the delegates? Garoupa. We are not sure how they were caught.

Dirty weekend The image of a football boot with a protruding tongue hardly conjures images of innocent family fun.

So we were a bit perplexed by a recent advertisement for the Stadium Bar at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Slogans are along the lines of: 'Anyone for a dirty weekend?' and 'Football or wrestling under a duvet, there is no better place to make a pass than the Stadium'.

Unfortunately, under the ad is a reminder to bring the family to Sunday brunch, with a children's entertainer for those not up to scratch with their flirting techniques.

Uniform food Fetish fashion buffs with an eye for a free snack might be interested in Oliver's Super Sandwiches' latest offer.

Its promotion boldly declares 'Visit Oliver's Super Sandwiches in your school uniform and get a free cup of soup with any purchase of a baked potato or sandwich'.

No age limit is mentioned, but cross-dressers should remember not to go on a weekday or at lunchtime.

Pained men Nurses and midwives hoping to inspire a little empathy among partners of pregnant women might as well give up.

In an antenatal class for prospective parents, the men were asked about their most painful experiences.

There was a deafening silence until one bright spark piped up with: 'When the stock market crashed.'