Sometimes it reflects training

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 12:00am

We've been reading the first instalment in a bizarre fairy tale starring a Cathay flight attendant.

There's even a photo of the 28-year-old woman posted on the Net.

The text informed us that this woman wanted a husband, but found that she was too old for the taste of most men from her native India.

So she decided to give Europeans a go.

Two candidates were found . . . but she had trouble deciding between them.

'So she thought two is better than one,' said the Web page.

'And so she started two funny relationships.' Then the text teases us by telling readers that 'then flight attendant made a big big mistake'.

They don't say what it was though. That sentence was the story's cliffhanger. Site visitors are told that if they want to find out more they 'can read it here . . . very, very soon'.

The whole thing has the main character's Cathay colleagues intrigued and baffled.

A chat stream on their online bulletin board finds them mulling over the tale.

Was the flight attendant the author, and if so, what were her motives? Alternatively, could the page have been set up by her two jilted European lovers? And can we even be sure that she actually does work for Cathay? Lai See favours the angry-jilted authors theory.

Which would mean that this woman's actions can drive men to band together in protest, united by outrage over broken promises, lost money and a general sense of having been cheated.

So yes, it does sound like she's been trained by Cathay.

Real mouthful: Remember Guangdong Investment (GDI)? That was the disaster-plagued SAR-listed flagship of none other than the Guangdong municipal government? The firm held its annual meeting yesterday.

Company officials met reporters after the AGM, updating them on the progress of their debt restructuring plan.

Suddenly a skinny, grandfatherly man shouted: 'I'm a GDI shareholder, I'm already losing money.

'Can you tell me when the company can make a profit and start paying dividends!' Silence followed. And not just silence, but long silence.

Eventually, the firm's financial wizard clambered on to the stage and tried to mollify shareholders with the news that they might receive a dividend . . . if GDI had any earnings left over after paying off its creditors.

By then, the elderly man who had asked the question was no longer listening.

After ingesting a portion of the silence that greeted his query, he simply got up and headed to the back of the room. A buffet had been set up there, and by the time Financial Guy began to speak grandpa was already tucking into it.

Guess the sound gap told him that free dim sum was probably the most he'd be getting out of GDI for some while.

Going bananas: We see Taiwan's MPs have jumped on the banana bandwagon.

Last week, the island's military was recruited to combat the glut of the fruit, which has hurt farmers by driving down prices.

Yesterday's newspaper featured a photo of Taiwanese politicians doing their bit by stuffing their faces with bananas.

But did you know the MPs also wrote a song about it? The whimsical leaders put their heads together, did some creative brainstorming, and finally came up with these lyrics: 'Eat bananas, help save banana farmers'.

And people say today's politicians lack imagination.

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