Credit where credit's due for incarcerated duo
It looks as if the year is getting off to a good start for brothers Eric Tang Yiu-hong and Eugene Tang Yiu-chuen, formerly of GKC Holdings fame.
The pair rose to more salacious notoriety in the summer of 2002 after they were thrown behind bars for 10 years.
Back in early 1998, GKC ran into some serious debt. Raids by commercial crime police didn't help either.
A judge threw the book at the Tangs after it emerged they fleeced business partners just months before GKC listed on the stock exchange in 1997. They also plotted to defraud other shareholders.
But things are looking a lot rosier for the brothers. Just six months into their jail terms, a little snippet of information is about to make their day.
In just three months' time, they are set to be discharged from bankruptcy. On the magic date of April 12, they can draw more than HK$100 out of the bank. Get a loan, even.
From lining their pockets to a silver lining. Shame they have another 9.5 years until they can enjoy it.
SEEKING THE HIDES
Animal activists are furious. We wrote earlier this week of the Trade Development Council's (TDC) fashion extravaganza - leather and fur being the strict dress code for attendants.
Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has responded by pelting the TDC with what can only be described as damning abuse.
The group points out that it does already protest at both the Asia Pacific Leather Fair and the International Fur and Fashion shows in Hong Kong.
Odd that these events are so popular - until Peta informs us that fur sales have been plummeting in the West for decades ('where compassionate people now reject fur and agree that trapping, beating, drowning and ripping animals' skins from their backs simply for vanity is indefensible'), hence the shift to Asia.
Tai-tai's planning to attend the World Boutique fashion gala in their furs on January 14 take note: cute, cuddly animals. Captive in a small cage, before being poisoned, gassed or anally electrocuted.
Might be time to swap the pelts for some original Muppet fur.
It was an unmitigated annus sleazus. Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, Andersen, to name but a few.
As a tribute to the corporate crooks who livened up last year, we have chosen a selection of the best of late-night humour:
'I find this interesting that whenever a big crisis starts, people start showing up in church. So, (Enron's) Ken Lay shows up in church this weekend. Church officials are still looking for the collection plates.' - David Letterman.
'Style guru Martha Stewart was arrested for alleged insider dealing. When reached for comment on the charges, Martha didn't say much, (only) that a subpoena should be served with a nice appetiser.' - Conan O'Brien.
'President Bush is leaving the White House for a vacation. He's taking a month off. Yeah, take a break, you deserve it. But aides say that while on vacation, Bush will continue to make . . . speeches to make sure the market keeps crashing.' - Jay Leno.
'President Bush said that he is ready to send corporate CEOs to prison - and to the tough ones. You know, the ones that only have nine golf holes and not the full eighteen.' - Jay Leno.
THE DULL MONTY
Male strippers are sissies. A group of performers provided by London entertainment agency Stage-struck wimped out of a harmless New Year's Eve party.
It was for the all-girl rugby club the Wood Green Wanderers. Apparently last year the members got a bit frisky.
The male strippers complained of being grabbed, goosed and rugby-tackled by the women, according to reports in Ananova.com.
A spokeswoman for Stage-struck said: 'The ladies go crazy after a few pints.'
Spokeswoman Liz Sharpe retorted: 'We'll just have a disco unless we get some real men.'