TRAFFIC news from the organisers of the HK International Film Festival. Warlords in western China are creating a traffic build-up in that area of the country and foreign-made vehicles are having difficulty getting through. At least that is what happened in 1932, when Frenchmen in Citroens travelled from Xinjiang to Beijing, shooting extraordinary film footage of a China that has long disappeared, and making what sounds like an early version of a Michael Palin travelogue. Although 70 per cent of film festival tickets were sold in the postal booking stage, by yesterday afternoon there were still tickets available for Journey to the Yellow Land, as well as many other old Hong Kong and China documentaries, and the tribute to film-makers Lester James and Sumitra Peries with some classic films from Sri Lanka. Tickets from Urbtix: 2734-9009. THE final word - I hope - on pronouncing Purcell comes from British broadcaster Tony Scotland: the father of English music is definitely pronounced like the washing powder . . . PER-s'l. Also, Francois Poulenc is - despite looking remarkably like a . . . POO-lonk - pronounced POO-lank, and the composer Edward Elgar liked his name with the swallowed ending . . . ELg'r - like sugar. Dr Scotland's Pronunciation Surgery is one of several regular columns in the brand-new Classic FM launched this month by the British radio station that was almost laughed out of existence when it started a few years ago, and which now has millions of regular listeners and firm plans to expand to the United States. The magazine is billed as covering 'lifestyle' and not just classical music, and the launch publication includes interviews with Greek punk diva Jenny Drivala, actor Simon Callow about his new book on Orson Welles, and US dance bad-boy choreographer Mark Morris. The overseas subscription to Classic FM - The Magazine costs GBP45 (HK$558) for 12 issues. For details call the UK: 01-373-451777. THE music conservatory of Sion, Switzerland, is offering master classes for voice and some instruments; applications for this year's Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (offering residencies for artists under 35) close on April 15; a two-day course for Training Needs in the Arts will be held next week. If you didn't know these things already, and you think you should, then it's all on a new art-news-by-fax service from the Arts Resource and Information Centre. This month they also give a brief summary of the complicated business of establishing the Statutory Arts Development Council (ADC). The service is funded by the ADC, so it is never likely to be too controversial. But it is free. For details fax 2824-0585 or call 2824-2289. WHEN next in London, look out for the city's first mobile 'canvas', now available for hire after its launch by the Royal College of Art. The vehicle, which was called a 'black cab' until it was transformed by 24-year-old Daphne Prevoo, winner of the RCA-Radio Taxis Mobile Art Award, has the title Connections. It should be quite hard to miss, even in a city of six million people, because it is covered with a design of 10 connecting nude figures. Those travelling inside the objet d'art can read a description of the work on the underside of the folding seats. I DON'T make a habit of reproducing press releases word for word, but this one from the Ho Gallery in Lan Kwai Fong is certainly a gem: 'Here we do not contemplate the beauty or grandeur of nature, nor the fantasy of fairy people in enchanting colours. Yin's art is neither of fashionable conceptual puzzles, nor of abstract expressionist combinations. There is no evidence that links his work to Chinese painting traditions nor to any Western manifestation. Instead, the eternal child in Yin Xin emerges as unobstructed, universal primal energy and confronts us with a fierce honesty that is as rare. He has the courage to be entirely himself, no matter how absurd or nakedly self-revealing this may appear.' If the blurb has made you want to see more, the exhibition starts tomorrow and runs to the end of May.