Lai See

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2011, 12:00am


Traffic grouse? It's all the fault of the wardens

Many of you have e-mailed Lai See expressing your annoyance over the penchant of a certain sector of the seven-seater community to leave their vehicles in no-parking zones outside entertainment areas, office buildings and luxury shopping areas, to the discomfort of the rest of the community. It is obvious that the police are reluctant to give these characters parking tickets or even to move them on. So it was with some curiosity that we inquired of the police about its role in this problem. Here is the response:

'The primary objectives for enforcing against illegal parking are to ensure a smooth traffic flow on the roads and to enhance road safety. Enforcement priorities are determined according to many factors, including the nature of the road, the volume of traffic flow and the expectations of the local community, etc. Enforcement against illegal parking is one of the core duties of Traffic Wardens who are reinforced by uniformed police officers as and when necessary.'

So the message here seems to be that it's the core duty of traffic wardens rather than the police. We shall be taking this up with the traffic wardens. Meanwhile, those of you who come across the kind of gross violations that are seen, for example, outside Prince's Building and see no traffic wardens but feel some police reinforcement is required should e-mail your complaints to

Family business for Zeman

So Allan Zeman is backing Henry Tang Ying-yen in the so-called race for chief executive because he's known him well through their participation in the West Kowloon reclamation project. But Zeman's memory must be failing him, for surely he must remember doing business with Tang's father when he first came to Hong Kong in the late 1960s, particularly all those textile quota deals. Zeman has moved on from textiles and done wonders with Lan Kwai Fong and even Ocean Park. But can he do wonders for Tang - now there's a challenge.

Style overload

We are sorely tempted by the purple prose promoting Bonnie Gokson's latest divertissement to pay a visit. C'est la B - geddit? - 'is the first of a new cafe-bar brand hinting at the celebrity style icon's name', we read from a press release. We are further told that c'est la B 'is deliberately conceived to reflect the same stylish yet whimsical concept as the creator - the style icon founder of the fashionable restaurant Sevva and more recently Mrs B's Cakery'. The decor is also a delight, if we believe what we read. 'Brightly coloured butterfly designs flutter like precious gems against a backdrop of dark charcoal interiors and black and white striped floors to provoke a feeling of humour and fun. Another amusing signature is mismatched crockery.' This little bijou is tucked away in Tai Hang. 'It has a quaint neighbourhood charm about it,' the celebrity style icon says, adding that this 'quaint neighbourhood' is renowned as a 'Millionaire's Mile' of luxury high-rise apartments, and apparently her many friends in the area are 'so happy a neighbourhood cafe-bar is opening in the area'. We're sure it'll be a success but it's a shame the style icon permits such parody to promote her projects.

The buzz has gone for BlackBerry

It does not have quite the buzz of an iPhone 4S, but at least they lined up. The Associated Press reported that thousands queued for the first BlackBerry Bold 9790s to be sold globally. The first 1,000 buyers paid half price for the US$540 phone and queues formed overnight. It's nice to see smartphone pioneer Research in Motion can still generate a buzz, but we can't see the BlackBerry drawing the same interest if it tried the promotion in Hong Kong. Indeed, we see that BlackBerry in Hong Kong has a buy-one-get-one-free offer. Anyone buying a BlackBerry Curve 9360 gets a Curve 9360 Pocket Pouch free, while stocks last. How the once-mighty BlackBerry has fallen and is now struggling in the face of other touch-screen phones. If only they had heeded the Buddhist precept: 'Suffering arises because everything changes, everything is impermanent.'

Can't beat British pounds

It is with some regret that we have to report British women are the fattest in Europe. At least a quarter are so overweight that their health is at risk, the Daily Mail says. British men are not doing much better, with more than one in five classified as obese. The British women are followed by their Maltese counterparts at 21per cent, Latvians (20.9 per cent) and Estonians (20.5 per cent). At the other end of the scale, 12.7 per cent of French women are obese, but in pasta-eating Italy, 9.3 per cent are obese. The experts blame abundant energy-dense food, too little exercise and a lack of will by policymakers to curb over-consumption.