Liam takes a walk down revelry lane

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 October, 1993, 12:00am

SINCE Keeping Posted gets an honourable mention in Liam Fitzpatrick's Rats Liked It Well Enough - The Story of 1997 (the triumvirate of Nichole Garnaut's niteries in Lan Kwai Fong, that is, not that other contentious matter) we thought a bit of reciprocitywas in order.

Providing a racy insight as to why 1997, rightly or wrongly, defined LKF when it was referred to as the ''street of shame'', the book appears to also chronicle the sociological development of the author from boy to man and the growing pains endured therein.

Within its pages you'll find names, names and names at the drop of a hat - although some of the pictures would indicate that it was trousers rather than hats that were being dropped around the place.

Fitzpatrick, who occasionally delves into quaint eighties-speak (''lickety-split and tickety-boo'') writes about hanging out at 1997 and checking to see ''who made it into Keeping Posted ''.

So for the sake of posterity let us mention that when the book was launched at a luncheon we spotted Anthony Hackett, Dick Kaufman, Marina Bullivant, Andrew and Sally Bull, Phil Clarke, Diane Butler, Hari Hiranand, Bonnie Gokson, Teresa Norton, Richard Feldman and a couple of gals whose fetching outfits we instantly recognised but we are damned if we could put a name to their faces.

The book notwithstanding, LKF has - thanks mainly to the efforts of the street's property baron Allan Zeman - long since shed its ''sewer'' image and gone decidedly upmarket while still clinging to its bohemian roots.

Upward and onward points the way ahead. Which makes a grave tete a tete we observed at the 1997 luncheon between Zeman and hotelier Rudi Greiner intriguing indeed.