Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2007, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1962

Prince Charles has killed his first stag, it was reported. Reports from Balmoral, the Royal Family's Scottish summer home, said Prince Philip looked on while his son, using a normal hunting rifle, felled the stag with his first shot. Raymond Rowley, Vice-Chairman of the League against Cruel Sports, said the shooting was 'hardly in keeping' with the Queen's patronage of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals or Prince Philip's campaign for the preservation of wildlife.

But at Balmoral, a games-keeper remarked the Prince Charles' kill 'was quite an achievement for a young lad. He promises to be a first-class shot'.

Hong Kong was clearly a long way from being the financial hub that it is today; and reporting style on the matter was far more colourful. The following was written by the Post's financial correspondent:

'Very few brokers were sorry to see the end of last week on the Hongkong Stock Exchange. In fact, apart from Friday afternoon when the market tantalisingly burst into life as if to give brokers and investors something to think about over the weekend, it was the dreariest week in my memory.

By Thursday, the smiles engendered by the improved atmosphere in recent weeks had vanished. The day's turnover was less than $800,000. Neither buyers nor sellers bothered to put their names on the board, except in negligible numbers and the activities in the Trading Hall, varied as they were, had little to do with shares.

I was accused by a young friend of producing acres of platitudes in my column. Of course, I was not sure how far his cheek was extended longitudinally by his tongue, but nevertheless this provocation gave me cause to think. Now the share market is a very specialised field, and certain signs reveal certain tendencies and portend certain movements.

When reporting on these, there may be times when the cause and effect to an experienced man is obvious. But we are not all experienced and ... there are times when the results are only obvious when they are pointed out. Remember, even the wheel, obvious to us all, had to be invented. But platitudes - heaven forbid that I should commit such a crime.'

A new resettlement estate to accommodate the many thousands who are still on the waiting list for public housing is to be built on 15 lots of land occupied by about 40 small dairies in the Diamond Hill area of Kowloon. The dairies were given notice more than a year ago about the Government's intention to re-possess the land. They will have to either wind up or move elsewhere by October 24.

Owners of the dairies claimed they stood to loose about $2 million if no alternative sites were provided. They also complained that compensation offered by the Government was inadequate. A government spokesman said the compensation offer provided $300 per cow. Owners of the affected dairies have also been offered housing in resettlement estates.

In Washington, Mr Dean Rusk has told Congress that the possibility of China becoming a nuclear power may encourage the Soviet Union to join a ban on nuclear test.

In testimony before the Senate watchdog defence group studying disarmament, the Secretary of State gave four points of mutual interest:

1- Realisation by Soviet leaders that victory in a widespread nuclear war would mean the destruction of civilisation.

2- The advantage to both countries if the reduction in economic burden of the arms race.

3- A common interest in preventing a war by accident or failure of communications.

4- A mutual interest in preventing other countries acquiring nuclear weapons and provoking war.