Richard Li

Lai See

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 September, 2003, 12:00am


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battle station

Hong Kong's new commissioner for innovation and technology Anthony Wong Sik-kei is paid to think big thoughts but it seems he still hankers for his street-fighting days, busting open Hong Kong's once heavily protected telecoms sector.

Yesterday, he reminisced about the 'fun' of trying to balance the competing interests of battling firms and restive consumers. Alas, such halcyon days had passed with the market hitting maturity and the fun had gone out of the job, he lamented.

Lai See is not convinced and thinks Mr Wong doth protest too much. With PCCW boss Richard Li Tzar-kai this week threatening - rather like his Dad - to pull investment unless he gets his way on regulation, we reckon the fun has only just started.

new song dynasty?

Fashion outfit Esprit began life in America but has not maintained a retail presence there for more than a decade. Now, under Hong Kong ownership, it is heading back and, if the firm's chairman is to be believed, is literally being serenaded by chain stores.

Apparently, some of Esprit's main store hosts have taken to running a special Esprit tune in radio ads. Oddly, we are told the jingle has no words which strikes us as a bit odd in a radio milieu.

Perhaps something like 'We were gone, not for long, now we're back, off the rack' might work.

wee the people

In a courageous step for an egalitarian workplace, Nomura has apparently introduced an executive toilet in its new IFC 2 office. For male bosses, that is. Female execs still get to share with the hoi polloi. So much for famed Japanese all-mucking-intogetherness.