Monday BACK from a Christmas diving holiday in Cebu, I head for the office in the afternoon to review what happened in the press while I was away. As an adviser to China on Hongkong, I analyse local press comment and contribute regular articles to Chinese papers on a spread of topics. A meeting with my two writer-researchers puts together ideas for articles. One is on the Hongkong Democrats, another the correlation around the region between low stock market price-earnings multiples and political instability. I spend the evening with the family. My son, Casey, has just arrived from the US where he is in his third year at university. My daughter has just graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tuesday Golf early in Deepwater Bay with a solicitor friend before jumping on the Harley-Davison and riding to the office. I am a stalwart of the local Harley-Davison chapter and you don't ride them in a suit. It is necessary to be at the office early to bag a space for the bike then change out of the leathers and shower, ready for the business world. I read the newspapers then go to inspect properties I am currently developing in Tsim Sha Tsui and on Old Peak Road. In the afternoon I have a long conversation on the phone with Mr Andrew Hill, an American who is building a special Harley-Davison for me. It is a special from scratch, original piece by original piece, down to each nut and bolt. They are being sourced from all over the world to ensure the highest quality. On the way home, I call in at the Aberdeen boatyard to look at progress on another special - a 20-metre diving and fishing boat, I am having built. I love diving - and boats. Wednesday A morning of meetings starts early with a vice-director of the New China News Agency reviewing editorial trends in the Chinese press on relations between, China, Hongkong and Britain. Later, as part of my Council of Social Services work, a group of us get together to organise a conference of social workers from all over China and Hongkong to be held in Shanghai in March this year. Then, as a director of the Community Chest for 11 years and now a vice-patron, I attend a meeting to sign and despatch fund-raising letters. I am also on the committee which considers applications for Community Chest funds. I believe that if you are involved in social work it should be in a hands-on-way and not just ''name-lending''. My wife, a stock broker, feels the same. She has been the active secretary of the Spastics Association for 15 years. It is a continual worry that our obsession with the airport and politics is making us lose sight of bread-and-butter issues such as social welfare and inflation issues, which directly affect the less-fortunate in our society. In the afternoon it's back to business to deal with the acquisition of a property in Kowloon. It is the last piece of property to consolidate a site and a wonderful New Year present. Dinner at The Carriana Chiu Chow restaurant in Wan Chai is with friends I travelled to Beijing with recently. We swap snaps and I also show them trophy pictures of a deer I shot in Montana a month ago. There is no problem with hunting if it is controlled and responsible. Recently, I won in a ballot the right to hunt a grizzly bear in Canada this May. It will be the only one of three allowed in a year. Thursday My public relations advisers breakfast with me to give an account of surveys done on the community reaction to the present political turmoil. Clearly there are points that are not being appreciated in this dispute and that must be made. People look at China in the light of June 4 and the Cultural Revolution, not the 40 years that brought a quarter of mankind out of poverty and desperation. The return of hundreds of thousands of overseas and Hongkong Chinese to China to work or retire is ignored. Can 1997 be that much of a threat to us? The media should focus more on the future; how we are going to manage ourselves in Hongkong after 1997. Picking up democracy as a defence against some imagined Chinese ''invasion'' will be like picking up a gun without practice. We are more likely to shoot ourselves. My public relations people also provide a run down on reactions to China in the local English language press. It is New Year's eve so we have a company lunch for the staff in our office in Sheung Wan. In the afternoon, I work on a lecture to the Hongkong University MBA school students on the marketing of Harley-Davison motorbikes. In the past I have taught part-time there and it will be a very practical lecture. I will arrive on a Harley-Davison and take it in to show it to them. Good basic marketing practice, straight off. Tonight, a New Year's ball, quite private, a gathering of friends at the Furama. Friday A quiet, straightforward New Year's Day messing about in my boat. It is a motor cruiser which takes 15 comfortably to lunch at the Lamma Hilton at So Ko Wan. Saturday In the morning, shooting at the Gun Club. I am a life member there and in the mid-1980s I actually made the Hongkong team. While I served as an Auxiliary Police Officer in 1983, I was number one in the Emergency Unit Hongkong Island Regular and Auxiliary Police Shooting Competition. I take the boat out in the afternoon. We park the boat in Hoi Ha Wan and cook a hot pot on board. Hoi Ha Wan is a gem and Hongkong's first protected marine reserve. I am member of the Hoi Ha Wan Conservation Society. I love it up there. My version of ''fishing'' has nothing to do with killing fish and everything to do with diving down there and looking at them. I have got to know the villagers a bit too. Some trips, I will go ashore and lunch with them to see how things are going.