Police rule on dance option for small Hood

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 January, 2002, 12:00am

There is nothing Lai See likes better at this time of year than a good old-fashioned lion dance.

What could be more entertaining than dressing up as a mythical beast, bouncing around on the living room furniture and beating a drum so loud it knocks the plaster from the wall.

So imagine our disappointment when we discovered that the public have to apply for police permits to perform lion, dragon or unicorn dances.

'With the approach of the Lunar New Year, many organisations may plan these performances for celebrations,' a police spokesman said.

Under the Summary Offences Ordinance, it is an offence to organise or participate in lion, dragon or unicorn dances or any attendant martial arts display in a public place without a permit from the Commissioner of Police.

Ah, public places.

We called the Police Public Relations Branch and they said it was okay to leap around your own apartment dressed as a unicorn.

However, it would be a problem if the drum annoyed the neighbours.

We asked if it was okay to have a troupe of un-permitted lion dancers in our apartment.

The spokesman said yes, providing they did not perform on the way to the apartment such as in the lift or lobby.

We were about to point out that the lift was too small anyway when the costume suppliers called and said they had sold out of mythical beasts and would we like the Little Red Riding Hood again - permit permitting.

Fine phone funk: One of those new gold-plated Nokia Vertu phones would be nice. Hand-crafted, gold or platinum case, Rolls-Royce leather trim and loud speakers so powerful the Environmental Protection Department will be banging on your front door every time it rings.

But while the finish sounds fabulous, the phone boasts features little better than ordinary Nokia models. And for HK$166,000 a pop, we'd want an in-built fully-functioning Global Positioning System for every time we leave it in a taxi.

Customary seizure: There may not be too much work being done by the customs officers of the General Investigation Division this morning.

Yesterday, the division arrested two men and a woman in connection with a household liquor manufacturing and distribution centre.

'The seizure included some famous brands of red wine,' said a spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department.

Head of Customs Intelligence and Liaison Bureau, Lai Chun-kong, held a press briefing on the case at the customs senior officers' Mess.

Reports of a huge delivery from Pizza Hut arriving after the press conference had finished were later found to be false.

Slippery when wet: A couple from the 'I know that file'.

In England in the 16th century, houses had thatched roofs - thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof hence the saying 'It's raining cats and dogs'.

This in turn posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That is how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside.

A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway-hence, a thresh hold.

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