The Righteous path to ruining Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1999, 12:00am

Interesting revelations in the annual report of Righteous (Holdings). One of the firm's non-executive directors is apparently involved in some sort of shadowy political fringe group.

Judging by the name, its members are bent on ruining the SAR.

On Page 5 of the annual report, Ip Kwok-him admits he is deputy chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Batterment of Hong Kong.

Reader David Webb alerted Lai See to Mr Ip's sinister leanings.

We now wonder if it is mere coincidence that Righteous has a subsidiary called Gofuku Leather Goods.

Perhaps Mr Ip has taken to hiding political slogans in company names.

Here's a bit of folklore for the Lunar New Year.

The people behind a celebration at Tamar have erected an MTR billboard.

A festival is to be held there, and its attractions are listed to lure commuters.

Under the heading 'Temple Gathering' it says: 'Non-stop folk performances: such as car stunts . . . demonstrations of Chinese handicrafts, lion dances, (etc)'.

There's really nothing quite like a traditional Chinese car stunt.

Oh, the timeless roar of the engines as a turbo-charged Volkswagen Beetle hurls itself through a fiery hoop and over a row of dumptrucks.

Ah, the wisened old spectator, her eyes lost in nostalgia and exhaust fumes.

'Your great grandfather could jump five tractors when he was just a young ox herder back in the old country,' she informs her awe-struck descendants.

Lai See is pleased to see the new generation still respects tradition.

We feared today's youth would spurn folk car stunts in their haste to master such subjects as calligraphy and Confucian thought.

Another one from the Get A Girlfriend files.

A British researcher has spent the past 10 years setting up a dating service for sheep.

Behaviourist Keith Kendrick has been studying the animals through Cambridge's Babraham Institute.

A decade and a funding fortune later, Mr Kendrick has at last released his conclusions.

Sheep, he has discovered, fancy good-looking sheep.

Ewes, for example, make sheep's eyes at rams with 'masculine' jaw muscles.

'We now know that they can distinguish between up to 50 faces,' Mr Kendrick told The Guardian.

The behaviourist built his woolly subjects a 'partner agency' comprised of a series of gates.

A large photo of a particular sheep was hung in front of each door.

The test animal could then choose which one to enter.

Mr Kendrick found that sheep did not open the gates at random, but always selected those bearing the photo they liked most. A second discovery has proven controversial.

Mr Kendrick claims his subjects were unanimous in their opinion of human faces.

Sheep faces were 'considerably more attractive'.

But researchers in New Zealand are challenging that finding.

They claim extensive local fieldwork has proven the opposite.

Lai See has been flooded with calls and mail demanding to know the identity of the people behind the 'Don't Let Drugs Kill Your Dreams' postcard that ran with Saturday's column.

Well, maybe not.

Maybe we just received a call from the nice people at Life Education Activity Programme (Leap) expressing disappointment that their outfit didn't get a mention in the caption.

Could we please let readers know that they were the force behind the card? Normally we'd ignore them. As a rule, nice people make bad copy.

But Jenny McGlynn and her child-saving cohorts at Leap appealed to our softer nature (extremely well-hidden, but in there somewhere).

So we've decided to give them a mention.

Lai See's a charitable sort, really.

Besides, if we find out donations rise as a result, we can always drop by later with some of The Boys and demand our cut.