Wealth Blog
PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 4:13am

When readers write: (sic) thinking inside the inbox


Anna is a business writer. During her 20-year Hong Kong career, she’s written everything from stock market reports and luxury goods sector analysis to speeches for the HKSAR Chief Executive and served as president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club for two years.

This column receives various e-mail responses, mostly from fans, but some which are just bizarre.

One recently started: "Listen Fenton. I read that piece of crap you wrote in the Post on 24 Dec."(An inoffensive piece about David Tang's new venture,Tang Tang Tang.) He continued: "Rarely have I read a bigger load of s*** in my life. Are you seriously telling us educated, civilised human beings that we need to read the drivel, the unadultered dross, that you spout? I hope that you have the most awful Christmas ever." This was signed Martin Heyes, tour guide, walkhongkong.com.

Depriving Mr Heyes of the oxygen of attention seemed advisable, so I ignored him. He wasn't happy. He wrote again. "What's the matter? Why haven't you answered my e-mail?"

More fun was the recent missive from Knut Wüstenhöferr, headed: (sic) "My fax to Mr Cecil Chao Sze tsung: Concerning my will to merry his attractive daughter Gigi."

He wished to claim the much-publicised HK$500 million offered by property magnate Cecil Chao for a husband for his lesbian daughter Gigi.

"Honoured Mrs Fenton!" he began. "On Thuesday I sent Mr Chao a fax, expressing my will to merry his daughter, and also to introduce myself, so that Mr Chao knows a little bit from me: I am German, to this time still in Switzerland. I am a Scriptor."

He explained he was a writer of political poems, non-fiction and criminal stories.

He had already faxed "Mr Chao-s firm: the Cheuk Nang Holding", but didn't know if it had been received. (sic) He would "fastest like to step in e-mail contact with Mr Chao". (sic)

Could I help?

Since October 2012, he had lost 20kg and wanted to shed a further 25kg, "so that at the end of loosing my weight I arrive at 70kg". (sic) "Please tell Mr Chao this, because for sure he will want a best figured son-in-law!"

I will endeavour to oblige.


For more details on discretionary spending, see Anna's wealth blog at scmp.com/wealthblog



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