The lads from Regent Pacific said they had some bombshells to explode in their dealings with Pioneer Industries (Lai See, Monday) and they certainly proved it with the pitched battle fought at the shareholders' meeting on Tuesday. But while all attention is on this fight, the cheeky chaps are on the attack in quite different directions as well. The Hong Kong investment group has built up a 3 per cent stake in Hambros, an ancient merchant bank in Britain run by Sir Chips Keswick, a member of the family which owns the Jardines empire. Regent staff member James Mellon was quoted in the British press as describing Hambros' performance as 'diabolical'. Sir Chips (who should really be a character in a children's book with a name like that) replied that he thought Mr Mellon 'gratuitously rude'. The two sides are scheduled to meet face to face this week. Neither party has accused the other of having rabies yet. That comes later. The Regent raiders have said they want to listen to Hambros' strategy before making further comments. Hambros says it wants to listen to Regent. 'The meeting could prove to be a silent one,' the Financial Times said. Virgin Atlantic Airways took five 'first prize' awards in Business Traveller magazine's annual poll, it was revealed yesterday. The funniest thing is that it came second for 'Quality of First Class'. Virgin has two economy classes and one business class, but no first class. Winnie the cheeky chef is at it again. This time the long-haired gent with the unlikely name of Winfried Brugger is heading for Hollywood. He caused a stir as executive chef of the Hong Kong Hilton, before that building was torn down on a whim. He hit the headlines when he appeared in a Hong Kong advertisement in the same way that his salads appear - no dressing. Last year, the chef (with his clothes back on) revealed that he was going into showbiz with a US$1 million Hong Kong-produced cookery video show called Asian Fusion. I heard yesterday that he had been booked to play a foreign terrorist in Lethal Weapon 4 alongside Mel Gibson. His present ambition is to be a film industry hunk, like Jean-Claude Van Damme. It is difficult to imagine a movie hunk called Winfried, but then I would have said the same 20 years ago about the name Arnold. FedEx is expanding activities at its Subic Bay hub in the Philippines. The firm announced its latest moves at the Furama in Hong Kong on Monday, and handed out squishy rubber globes. Attendees scanned the globes to locate Subic Bay. Oops. The globe-maker had left out the entire Philippine archipelago. Chris Holmes notes that in Sunday's New York Times, Vancouver mayor Greg Halsey-Brandt says people are 'uneasy about Beijing's takeover of Hong Kong next July 27'. It was revealed yesterday that 64 per cent of emigrating Hong Kongers in one survey favour Canada as their escape destination. Mayor, if there's an exodus, you may have almost four weeks' less leeway than you think. Kim Mitchell of Costain says that if new Circle K boss Butt Lau ever gets the elbow, the headline would have to be Butt Out. Young urban residents in China now say they would rather have a daughter than a son, according to survey released on Tuesday. The study polled 51,000 residents of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Nanjing. Some 22.6 per cent of those under 30 favour a baby girl, while only 10 per cent expressed the desire for a boy. What good news. Mind you, this survey was done by Chinese government departments. Organisations which only print good news about themselves will soon learn that credibility is hard to achieve. Thank you, thank you, Japanese right-wingers. Their claim on the Diaoyu islands has achieved the impossible: got Hong Kong Democrats and pro-Beijing forces in bed together. Could you kindly build a lighthouse on the Isle of Wight as well, and get the British to snuggle in too? Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda has just blamed his Hong Kong minders for getting him in trouble on his visit here last month. Mr Ikeda was criticised for avoiding Hong Kong protesters. But he said in Tokyo this week: 'It was my first visit there. I did not know which is the main entrance and which is the back door. I just entered the building under the guidance of Hong Kong officials.' Thought for the day: This was seen yesterday in an advertisement for ceiling fans in Dollarsaver: 'All fans have reverse cycle for winter.'