SUCCESS at last in Lai See's long hunt for a good but cheap vino - a grail quest which by now even has The Post's regular wine critic joining in. We reckon Kevin Sinclair showing bottles for under $500 a throw is a miracle, let alone under $50, which he did last week. Lai See has, in fact, been scoring free bottles right, left and centre. The Plonk Hunter's senior consultant came up with a truly drinkable bottle of Andrew Garnett red for $690 and a Stanley Wines Australian Rhine Reisling in a box, no less, for $69.90 for two litres. Not tart but tasty - a Sunday afternoon wine and comfortably comparable with most restaurant house whites served up in this town. We also got a couple of under $50 freebies from Marks and Spencer. We haven't tried them yet. Last night we were struggling to digest the news that by using off-shore companies it is apparently possible to evade the Securities Disclosure of Interest Ordinance. Even the nectar of Mt Olympus or the fabulous wine stolen by Monkey at the Queen of Heaven's birthday banquet would taste like vinegar mixed with that lot. Hitch hikers GOLF club debentures change hands for millions on the secondary market in Hong Kong and so do country club memberships. There is even a company dedicated to acting as a secondary exchange for memberships. But what is the market rate for the right to inflict severe pain on yourself and your pals? This is the question SBC Warburg dealer Martin Gullot is about to settle for Lai See readers. Martin and two of his friends, Fidelity chief dealer Brian Martin and Asia Equity dealer 'Budgie' want to do the Trailwalker - 100km of bad road along the Maclehose Trail. Being dealers, they were drunk or on holiday when they should have been getting organised to apply to Oxfam to take part. Martin and the boys have been left out in the cold, but they are really keen. Martin, who spent five years in the Ghurkas - the British Army regiment which regularly provides the record breaking teams in the event - is hugely bullish about how his squad could perform if given the chance. Martin is hoping that somewhere around there is a team which has had to drop out, or failing that a team which will sell out. Anyone with a slot on the Trailwalker which they can't use, give Martin a call on 2971 8513. Plum crazy TWO magical pieces of synchronicity in a row from this week's Economist magazine. Between pages 46 and 47 of the magazine lie a double page spread from China Airlines announcing its new no-Taiwanese-flag tail livery. One of the airlines jumbo's is soaring upwards into the blue with a trail of pink plum blossoms spiralling down in it's wake. Just slightly unfortunate that - on the maiden flight with the new pink blossom logo - the stick-on petals all fell off between Taipei and Los Angeles, according to Taiwan's United Daily News. Turn the page, and there's more. SIMEX, the Singaporean futures exchange most famous for being where Nick Leeson of Barings punted a billion and lost, has taken out an advert. 'Strength, confidence, experience. Meeting challenges, responding decisively' runs the copy. The picture is of a dragon boat with a desperate looking crew out of rhythm, surrounded by spray in a choppy sea - and the boat looks about to sink. Man mountain IT'S a bit hard to tell under all those layers of down and behind the flag, but one of the chaps in today's picture is Robert Lloyd-George, fund manager and great grandson of David Lloyd-George - British statesman and prime minister in the first quarter of the century. The odd thing about the picture is that Robert and his Exchange Square friends are standing on Canada's Mount Lloyd-George, a 2,800 metre ice peak named after the famous great grandfather in 1917 by an American explorer who admired the British politician. The team, which also included Lloyd-George Asset Management men William Kerr and Scobie Ward and corporate lawyer Peter Carey, of Carey and Liu, made the climb in four days even though three of four men fell into crevasses on the 50 square mile ice field. The trip also managed to raise US$50,000 for various charities including Project Orbis. Robert had never had crampons on his feet before (that's the spiky overshoes) there not being many opportunities to get snow and ice climbing practice in Hong Kong, but we expect to see him shimmying up Exchange Square like a ballerina with ice picks any day now. Just don't break any windows, Robert.