Festivities extra early on cards this year
EVEN as we prepared yesterday to dispose of the piles of cards that arrived at the Keeping Posted cubicle over the festive season, one last greeting landed on our desk from barrister Alan Hoo.
And pretty impressive it was, too. Gold embossed with what must be the Hoo coat-of-arms and bound by blue and yellow ribbons probably representing the family colours.
As we opened it to take in the cordial words of greeting, out popped a paper insertion bearing in large letters the word ''Apology''.
Since we are into the second week of January, we felt this was most thoughtful of Hoo and read further.
He explained that ''in protest over the breakdown of the Sino-British talks'' he has suspended his traditional exercise of festive expression.
More to the point he adds: ''And also because I have left it a bit too late''.
But being magnanimous as we always are on this column we will just overlook the Hoo procrastination and assume that far from being late with his greetings last year, he is being extra early this year.