Simon Fluendy

Crowning glories of the 'Big Noodle' laid bare in symbolist's dream diary

PATRIOTIC Hong Kongers will accept no other desk diary in the coming years.

Our picture today is of the fabulous Bank of China Securities 'Return to Motherland' two-year diary.

Saturday, 30 December, 1995, 12:00am

Taking revenge on voice-mail tyrants can help you get the message across

CYBERSPACE was the big hit of 1995. The variant for 1996 is going to be even more exciting, especially for those of us who are fed up of never getting to talk to humans on the telephone.

Voice-mail started life as something large US companies had in order to show off.

27 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Sparky numbers give taste buds cheap thrill

LAST week, Lai See got so enthusiastic over the Plonk of the Century Search that we took a dive into the shallow end of a swimming pool and damaged said facility to its severe detriment, as it will no doubt say on the missive we expect to get any day from M'Learned Friends representing the Yacht Club.

28 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Cathay's Oz talks dwarfed by airports sale

TALKS between the Government's Cathay Services Branch and Australia's Transport Department over the right to land at each others airports have not been going smoothly and, in our usual public spirited way, Lai See would like to help.

The news that Australia is putting its finest airports up for sale has given us exactly the opportunity we need (see tear-out).

29 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Pilot's pager goes down a bomb at Cathay

PERHAPS it is Cathay's currently less than friendly relations with Australian competitors during the negotiations over routes or maybe the management still gets the impression that staff-relations are at a very, very low ebb, but there is more than a little paranoia in the air around the Cathay building at Kai Tak.

27 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Higher import prices put dent in trade

HONG KONG'S terms of trade worsened by 2.3 per cent in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier.

The change came as import prices rose more steeply than export prices and as volumes followed the same pattern.

Taking re-exports and domestic exports together, the volume of total exports increased by 15 per cent.

8 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Paramount $57m in red

PARAMOUNT Printing has plunged into the red with a $57.69 million loss for the year to March 31, after paying out $8 million as a golden handshake to a former director.

Another $2.45 million was paid to staff of magazines, shut down at an additional cost of $8.46 million.

11 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Leaked memo drives Telecom down

SHARES of Hongkong Telecom declined yesterday, after the Business Post reported details of a leaked memo from the chief executive, urging managers to control costs because the firm was in danger of missing its financial targets.

Shares opened at $13.80, down 1.78 per cent on Thursday's close of $14.05.

28 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

SFC stops Lai from interfering in firm

LAWYERS for the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have succeeded in a bid to keep Arthur Lai Cheuk-kwan and his associates from interfering in the affairs of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield is a 15 per cent associate company of MKI, which the SFC is seeking to wind up.

17 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

More jobs in service, fewer in factories

JOBS continue to be created in Hong Kong's vibrant service sector, but the number of people employed in manufacturing has continued to decline steeply, according to latest Government figures.

In June this year, there were 443,500 people in manufacturing jobs, down 15 per cent from the same time a year ago.

11 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Watchdogs bare their teeth at would-be listing

UTTER, total disaster.

The Lai See Holdings share offer is to be cancelled, pulled and stopped.

29 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Industrial output in low gear

INDUSTRIAL production in Hong Kong continued its slow downward trend in the first quarter, falling 0.9 per cent year on year.

Production dropped by an average of 0.8 per cent for the whole of 1993.

16 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Property in mixed state

MOST Hong Kong companies have highly conservative gearing.

Quite rightly, too. Highly geared property stocks in a place like Hong Kong ought to carry a huge warning sticker and probably end up buried in concrete at the bottom of the San Marino trench until the market has cooled off.

19 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

We don't really wish to gloat, but . . .

A CALL comes through from our friends at AsiaSat, the nice people who own the satellite which STAR TV broadcasts through.

''Hello, we want to tell you a story,'' said our source, who we could name.

''That's what we're here for,'' we replied.

17 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

For bull, read bear, for buy, bye-bye

WE know that for many of our friends in Exchange Square, a bear market is a strange and new thing.

The youngsters who thought that the correction the other day was a crash may be about to get a real shock. So will their punters.

In preparation, Lai See presents its Bear Market Language Primer.

13 Jan 1994 - 12:00am