Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 July, 2009, 12:00am

The Union Jack that flew over the Residency at Lucknow during the siege of 1857 was on display on July 28 when Residency Day was celebrated at Sek Kong by 55 (The Residency) Field Battery, 49 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. 'The celebrations were strictly 'men only' and began with an all denomination service in St Barbara's Church at Sek Kong Camp,' a report on July 29 said. The men were taken to Castle Peak beach where they had a buffet lunch followed by a carnival, including water-skiing competitions, sailing and swimming. The battery was raised in 1786 as No2 Company, No3 Battalion, Bengal Artillery, and formed part of the East Indian Company's army. Residency Day commemorates its exploits in and around Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny. The Battery came to Hong Kong in 1957.

On the Sports News and Views page of July 29: some teams apparently go to great lengths to scupper their rivals. 'A Yugoslav soccer scandal ended [on July 28] with the arrest of five people accused of attempting to poison players to secure victory for their team. The scandal began in the country's most popular sport at Maribor in Slovenia, near the Austrian border, where a decisive match for promotion to second division was to be played between Karlovac and Branik. But all the Karlovac players and managers became ill with diarrhoea,' the report said. Doctors intervened and police were called. The match was cancelled since the players were too sick to move. 'Ivan Vobic, one of the Branik officials, gave a waiter in the local hotel some pills to put in the food served to the Karlovac players to handicap them for the match. The waiter apparently put too many pills in the food,' it said. The Branik club expelled Vobic and abandoned the match. Karlovac entered the second division league.

Apartheid was a hot issue, with the Post running front-page stories all week on the township riots in Africa. In the second of a series, the Sunday Morning Post Herald told of the 'maelstrom of colour and creed where the White seeks domination by segregation ... where the coloured man has every reason to be bewildered'. 'When the Anglicans of South Africa chose Joost de Blank to be their new archbishop in 1957 most of them did so largely because he had a Dutch father. They wanted a church leader who could nestle down cosily with the Dutch Reformed Church leaders because he spoke something near their own language. They wanted a man who would steer them peacefully and diplomatically through their apartheid problems. Ninety per cent of them hoped he would pay only lip-service to the uncomfortable Anglican theory that apartheid is un-Christian. This being so, they chose the wrong man. Joost de Blank is a man who cannot stay quiet when his conscience is stirred. There is now open war between him and the Dutch Reformed Church,' the article said.

A letter to the editor on July 30 retold the kindness of a magistrate who gave a poor woman '$10 out of his own pocket' so she could buy toys for her sick child. The case appeared in the paper about a week earlier. The woman was charged with stealing one or two toys for her child, who had nothing to play with. The magistrate discharged her with a caution. 'This prompted me to suggest that some of the many social welfare concerns might perhaps care to take over the responsibility of acting as receiving agents for discarded (or new) toys, or accepting donations for the purchase of toys,' said the writer.

The They Say column on July 31 quoted former Soviet president Nikita Krushchev: 'The Russian Sputniks go 'beep beep' over all the world's capitals except Washington where they go 'Ha Ha'.'