CAUGHT among the tumult of the public gallery in the Legislative Council last week, as protesters angry at the Government's provision for pensioners made their feelings known, was this ruddy-faced expatriate. Closer inspection revealed it was none other than Tim Heald, currently writing a biography of Governor Chris Patten, who was answering legislators' questions at the time of the demonstration. Heald, whose last subject was the British romantic novelist Barbara Cartland, did not appear to be at all discomfited by the scenes as Legco staff tried to cope with the protesters. Indeed, with the characteristic British stiff upper lip he appeared to ignore the whole thing. The writer is due to move into a flat in Bonham Road and stay there for the summer as he completes the research for his new biography. No porn for this princess BEFORE a visit by a member of Britain's royal family, teams of minions are despatched to check out the venues and the accommodation to ensure the arrangements are suitable. In the days before Princess Diana touched down at Kai Tak at the start of her private visit to Hong Kong last weekend, advance members of her party had a good look around the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where she took the $25,300 a night Mandarin Suite. They asked for an exercise bike to be brought into the room for her use, although everything else seemed to be in order. That was until they scanned the selection on the in-house movie channel and realised that among the titles was a selection of raunchy category III films. Princess Diana's staff demanded the steamy offerings be purged from the suite's television system, just in case anyone thought she would spend part of her stay watching smut. The move brought wry smiles to several members of the Mandarin's management team, who are privately unhappy the five-star institution is peddling pornography. Going with gold AUSTRALIAN gold lame futures are expected to rocket in value with the arrival of Steve Foxcroft in Sydney yesterday. The ebullient Foxcroft is being transferred by his company, United Distillers, from Hong Kong to Australia, where he will no doubt continue his penchant for decorating every party he organises with his trademark gold lame. Foxcroft is best-known for organising Johnnie Walker golf tournaments and the post-match galas where he usually MCs the proceedings. Observers at the Johnnie Walker Classic in the Philippines earlier this year noted Foxcroft spent as much time onstage as the star turn, The Pointer Sisters. Foxcroft said that since his job was a regional one he could do it just as efficiently in Sydney as he could in Hong Kong and rising costs in the territory made the move to Australia a rational decision economically. His relocation comes at the same time as another die-hard party goer, Karen Penlington, leaves these shores for Sydney. The pair's departure, along with several other bon vivants, prompted one wag to say, 'Hong Kong must be about to collapse - all the ravers are leaving the Tower.' Stage frights on Supply nights AIR Supply, the squeaky-clean balladeers who have been given a new lease of life in the 1990s, are due to take the stage at the Hong Kong Coliseum on June 20. Back Bites, which is not exactly a fan of the warbling duo, has been told their legion of admirers in the territory are being given the chance to sing on stage with the band. STAR TV's music service Channel V is running a competition for Air Supply fans in the cities where they will play - Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei - with the winners bounding up on stage to share the spotlight. It remains unclear as to whether the fans will have to pass muster when it comes to their ability to hold a tune since Air Supply are unlikely to allow their maudlin melodies to be savaged by tone-deaf fans.