ROLL up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, your all-singing, all dancing Democratic Party (DP) is about to come out on compact disc. Yes, it's your chance to hear your favourite DP karaoke stars crooning the all-time greats. Assuming, that is, they can get permission from the copyright holders. Until performing rights are assured, the party has decided to be cautious about telling the public who's singing what - although Martin Lee Chu-ming's tipped for a cover version of Amazing Grace. Just in case that doesn't come off, however, Mr Lee could give us a preview of his 1997 hit The Ballad of Beijing No 1 Jail. Commuters' champion Zachary Wong Wai-yin could do a rendition of Dionne Warwick's Planes and Boats and Trains Won't Get You Back . . . and Neither Will Buses. James To Kun-sun will swing in with I'm a Rambler, and beauty-pageant judge Man Sai-cheong is your host for Watching all the Girls. Informed sources tell us that while deputy leader Yeung Sum is 'a great singer', no one else in the party can carry a tune. HAS anyone noticed how respectable the Preliminary Working Committee (PWC)'s become recently? Even the Government's started taking it seriously. PWC members have been shown round the Immigration Department, their ideas have been adopted as part of the administration's proposals on the Court of Final Appeal and it can only be a matter of time before the Governor gives them some kind of official recognition. Just in time, really. If they'd left it much longer, they'd have had to acknowledge the results of a public opinion survey which Baptist University's Hong Kong Transition Project took in February but, as is the way with academics, doesn't plan to release until next month. According to details which have come our way, respondents were asked which body they felt best protected people's interests, the Legislative Council or the PWC. It turns out seven per cent plumped for the PWC - down from 12 per cent in February 1994 - while 50 per cent chose Legco. A year earlier, Legco scored 40 per cent. Equally intriguing was that only 20 per cent thought the PWC was the legitimate forum for decisions on measures to implement the Basic Law. Some 47 per cent said it was not. TO judge by the tetchy letters he's been writing to newspapers of late, Richard Hoare, the man with the unenviable task of selling the Court of Final Appeal Bill to China, Legco and the media, has been finding it difficult getting used to the way his efforts have been received. But the media response has been tame compared with the outspoken views of the animal kingdom. As the Director of Administration emerged from Tuesday's Joint Liaison Group talks to give the usual waffling press-briefing, a bird delivered its opinion direct to his forehead. No room for ambiguity there. We are pleased to report that Mr Hoare managed to laugh. A MORE light-hearted approach to the transition to Chinese rule is being taken by our British masters. Computers in Whitehall's Hong Kong Department and at the British Trade Commission here are programmed to flash the number of days to the handover every time their mandarin users log on. At least officials are treating it as a bit of a joke. What they don't realise is that it is a devilish Chinese virus deliberately planted in the Foreign Office's system to ensure Britain doesn't forget when it's supposed to pull out. BUT it's not only in Hong Kong where the Chinese have been leaving subtle hints. During his visit to Macau last week, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Director Lu Ping dropped in on the enclave's Supreme Court. Presenting him with a crystal vase, the president of the court remarked that the clarity of the glass represented the transparency of the Macau legal system. Not to be outdone, Mr Lu replied that it was Macau itself which was like a fragile vase: it needed to be protected and had to rely on a well established legal system. What the court president may not have realised, a vase to the Chinese represents something impractical, for fun and decoration. Macau people say China doesn't respect them because they don't make as much money as Hong Kong. Perhaps they've got a point. OVERHEARD: a conversation between one of our reporters in search of French film-maker Jacques Cousteau and his country's consulate in Hong Kong. Post: Do you know when Jacques Cousteau is coming to town? Consulate: Never heard of him . . . what does he do? Post: He's a famous explorer. Consulate: Oh, a famous accountant . . . perhaps I have heard of him. Post: No explorer, underwater scuba explorer and documentary film-maker. Consulate: Mutter, mutter, mutter . . . he's not French. Call the Arts Council.