Although Mr Tung is not top of the popularity polls, he knows how to win hearts and minds - he understands human interest always sells. 'Today is my granddaughter's first birthday. I'm already two hours late. Sorry, I have to go,' the chief executive candidate-to-be told reporters as yesterday's chaotic press conference drew to a close. It certainly worked. None of the 80 or more reporters appeared to be disappointed, although many questions were left unanswered. Mr Tung also showed a good understanding of public relations strategy, calling the briefing in the early evening, in time to have maximum impact for the main television newscasts. But the low-profile Mr Tung showed no signs of changing his style: 'I will be happy to answer a few questions. I hope only a few questions,' he said, perhaps a strange request from the man who had called the press conference - presumably to answer questions. And he showed he has much to learn about being in the spotlight, apparently taken by surprise by the frequency of camera flashes. 'That's still not enough after taking so many pictures?' he asked. In the end, the scores of reporters, photographers and television cameramen crammed into the 1,000-square-foot boardroom of the Orient Overseas headquarters in the Harbour Centre, Wan Chai, proved all too much - the expensive oval table provided a moment of drama when it collapsed under the pressure.