Patten dodges the rain to take tea and tarts with Tsang

Former governor Lord Patten, in Hong Kong for a book-promotion tour, brought some typical English weather with him as he returned to Government House for tea with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday.

Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, 12:00am

Democrats want timetable signed in blood, Patten says

Hong Kong's last governor Lord Patten yesterday said he would be amazed if democrats accepted any deal on full democracy without a timetable 'written in blood'.

25 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Lord Patten will be coming for tea

On Monday, Hong Kong's last governor will have his first opportunity in nearly a decade to enjoy a cup of tea back in Government House.

But Lord Patten, who arrives in Hong Kong today on a five-day visit, might find the colonial mansion much different under the new tenant, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, when they meet for afternoon tea.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

No time wasted getting back in the swing

Mr Patten said arriving yesterday was the most exciting thing he had done since leaving aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia 15 months ago.

29 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Tung patiently doing his best for Hong Kong

I refer to the 'From the Corridors' column headlined, 'Silence is a step up for Tung's responses' (South China Morning Post, September 12).

I am not comfortable with the statement 'Uncle Tung is the most consummate professional in Hong Kong since . . . well . . . Chris Patten'.

24 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Beeb pursues own news

There were so many BBC journalists and technicians in Hong Kong over the handover that at times it seemed they were the Big British Contingent rather than a load of broadcasters.

13 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Tears and poetry as staff bid farewell to the boss

When a staff member left Government House, the Pattens traditionally held a farewell lunch.

So when the roles were reversed, staff returned the favour.

In the dining room of the white-washed colonial residence on Thursday, before the hectic pace of official engagements went into overdrive, they delivered goodbye speeches to their former boss and each other.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Pattens bid their sad farewells

It was a day of emotion for Governor Chris Patten as he spent his last 24 hours as a resident of Government House.

30 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Chief 'must be reproachable'

Post-1997 legislators should be able to censure the Chief Executive as they had criticised the Governor, Mr Patten said.

Censured by Legco in June 1994 over his refusal to freeze rates, Mr Patten said he regarded the episode as part of the development of representative institutions.

20 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Movers in at Upper Albert Road

IT could have been the expat sale of the decade - except that Chris and Lavender Patten have decided to take home their tangible memories of five years in Hong Kong.

The Governor and his wife have spent the last week packing up their clothes, household goods, souvenirs and gifts, pitching in to help staff with the task of moving house.

15 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Wider use of Governor's boat urged

The Governor's launch, Lady Maurine, should be put to wider use, it has been sug gested.

The luxury vessel was used just nine times by the Pattens last year.

Democrat legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip wants the Director of Audit to look into the matter and come up with some ideas.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

An endless social whirl as Pattens say their farewells

If you have ever spotted Governor Chris Patten or his wife, Lavender, at a banquet, charity ball, hospital visit, dinner, business opening or art exhibition, chances are Louise Law made it happen.

4 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Double standards

As someone who used to walk his own dog on Bowen Road, I have tremendous sympathy for those who have lost their dogs to the poisoner and I empathise with those whose walks are spoiled by having to muzzle their dogs and watch their every move.

As your articles on the subject have pointed out, the poisoner has been at large for many years.

15 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Whisky's fighting spirit defies pet poisoner

A mercy dash by the Governor's wife has saved one of Chris Patten's cherished Norfolk terriers from becoming a high-profile victim of the Bowen Road dog poisoner.

Lavender Patten rushed Whisky to the Hong Kong Veterinary Centre after he began shaking and vomiting during a walk on Bowen Road.

4 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

'Why tinker with a Rolls?'

Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa and China were yesterday accused of trying to tinker with Hong Kong's 'Rolls-Royce' society.

Mr Patten told the Legislative Council he did not understand why the new leaders could not simply drive the vehicle away.

28 Feb 1997 - 12:00am