Slice of Life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 August, 2009, 12:00am

Two jeep loads of police escorted the touring Kowloon Motor Bus soccer team back to their Singapore hotel on August 17 after they had been booed off the field by 5,000 angry fans, a report in the South China Sunday Post-Herald said. Fans believed the tourists had thrown the match against Singapore because of an altercation with the referee. Singapore won the game 7-3 after a half-time score of 2-2. Play was even and hard in the first half, but changed in the second half after the score hit 3-3. The visitors appealed against 'hands' on the ball. The referee disallowed the appeal and the KMB play became slow and listless. Singapore ran up four more goals. Referee Mr G. Homer said after the match: 'As far as I am concerned the Kowloon team just could not take defeat.' KMB manager Lee Man-kit said: 'I am very sorry for my team's poor sportsmanship. I shouted at them from the sidelines to play the game properly but they would not listen.'

On the fashion pages of August 17, a report offered the latest from Paris catwalks. One trend, the short skirt, led the writer to 'pass on a word of warning learned from sitting in the audience. Very short skirts with narrow hemlines are disastrously inelegant if you do not keep your knees or ankles neatly crossed.' Another trend was the very low neckline, with then top French designer Patou 'clearly serious about the low d?colletage. He shows it on many dresses and the bosom is all but revealed.' A Frenchman who sat next to the writer remarked: 'That's how men like to see women looking.' He was referring to a pale blue dress with a soft bloused bodice above a finely pleated skirt.

A person calling himself D.E.L.W. in his letter on August 22, expressed his opinion in the debate over banning the playing of the national anthem in cinemas. 'Let me point out that the Anthem symbolises the unity of the British Commonwealth ... of which each and every British subject and citizen has a share thereof. If it is played only on official occasions: will it not prove that the National Anthem is merely an official ceremonial procedure instead of a real anthem. Why then is it appropriate to play it after concerts? Are those not public amusements? I sincerely hope that the theatres that still play the National Anthem make a joint appeal to the public for their respect.'

An editorial on August 18 noted the development of colour television and that it would soon be launched in Britain. 'The BBC has been carrying out research and development on colour television since the resumption of television service after the war, and field trials ... The quality of ordinary black and white television, then received on a colour television set, was found to be satisfactory ... Ordinary television is an expensive luxury and colour will be even more so. A consideration of primary importance will be production of reasonably priced colour televisions.'

A report on China's population on August 19 came via Tokyo. 'Radio Peking beamed an unusual commentary ... declaring that the best assurance of increased production is a huge population. 'Is it a good thing to have a big population?' Radio Peking asked. And having posed the question - long considered an extremely touchy one in the Communist camp - there was only one answer: 'We say it is.' Almost a year ago publications from the mainland indicated that an extensive birth control drive was under way. Everything from modern contraceptive methods to ancient folk customs were being recommended. Now the emphasis has been reversed - possibly out of necessity.' Radio Peking predicted a population of 800 million as early as 10 years from the publication date. 'Western demographers figure that by 1980 the mainland will have a staggering one billion inhabitants. Radio Peking said China would always have room for more people because of the mainland's 'rich resources, good natural conditions and wide territory'. To hammer home the new line, the broadcast wound up with this astonishing declaration: 'Here in China ... there will never be enough people'.'

Two lots of Crown land at Shek O, each containing a house occupied by the owners, were sold at a public auction. The house owners bought the lots at an 'upset price'. The owner paid $78,000 - $6 a square foot - for lot No 64 of 13,000 square feet. The second lot, 5,480 square feet at No 66, sold for $46,720, also $6 a square foot.