RTHK staff had to plug their ears to deafening opera yesterday as Governor Chris Patten turned disc jockey and cranked up the studio volume to full for an hour. Mr Patten, recording a show for broadcast at 9 am on Radio 3 and 4 pm on Radio 4 on Christmas Day, and again at 4pm on Radio 3 on Boxing Day, conducted his favourite music furiously. Mr Patten's second stab at being a disc jockey after a previous show for BBC radio needed no editing, according to RTHK. Among his lucky 13 choices were pop musicians Eric Clapton, his heart-throb Debbie Harry of Blondie - whom he called 'the thinking man's Madonna' - Elton John and his personal favourite, the Travelling Wilburys. On the classical side were arias from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini's Turandot. When a technician showed him how to turn the volume down he did the opposite. And he had obviously been practising talking to himself with a stopwatch at Government House; his 'sound bites' between tunes were so perfectly timed that RTHK spokesman Susan Kay said he was welcome to have a job. 'He'd obviously chosen the music because he was really loving it,' she said. He began with Haydn's Te Deum, followed by his wife Lavender's favourite pop song - Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight. Elton John - 'a middle-aged tennis nut, like me' - was a family favourite for journeys, he told his listeners. And his 'very, very favourite pop song of all' was Handle with Care by the Travelling Wilburys. And if the Governor's looking for a pantomime role, the RTHK staff would love to have him next year, said Ms Kay.