Brians, are you ready? Tonight at 6.30, RTHK Radio 3 launches The Great Hong Kong Challenge . This quiz series was inspired by Battle of the Taipans , a show featuring business leaders broadcast every Christmas. Tonight's show features the chairman of Hong Kong Mensa, a medical professor, a well-known civil servant, and the face of the law on television. The show already has been recorded, so here is a sneak preview: What creatures appear on the Hong Kong coat of arms? What is the seating capacity of Hong Kong Stadium? Which leaders signed the Joint Declaration? Who is Doctor Toilet? In what series did Bruce Lee star as a chauffeur? Lai See readers can swot up the answers before this evening and amaze their families. This column mocked RTHK for sending out a press release saying they were seeking 'the Brian of Hong Kong'. In honour of this, producer Liz Case has instigated the Brian Awards, for the lowest scorers in the competition. The first of these, no doubt, will go to an RTHK staff member. On the web site of BC Magazine at the weekend: 'BC Magazine issue 30 February 1997 published by carpe diem Publications Ltd.' (Spotter: Thads Bentulan.) Carpe diem is Latin for 'seize the day'. They seem to have seized a non-existent one. At 10.30 yesterday morning, an announcement on the Government Information Services wire popped up, and on the 'subject' line were the words: 'Red Flag Hoisted'. What? So soon? When the text arrived, it turned out to be an item about beach safety. There are 119 days left until the other red flag is hoisted. A moment's silence please, especially if you are a fan of cool weather. Today is the 47th anniversary of the day Hong Kong nearly had a snowfall. On March 4, 1950, icy clouds formed overhead. It was not quite cold enough to snow, and amazed citizens hid indoors as a powerful hailstorm peppered the territory with walnut-sized blocks of ice. In those days, lots of people did not have fridges, and foreigners allegedly raced outside to catch cubes in tumblers of Johnnie Walker. Welcome to Hong Kong, you folk from the television business in Shanghai, here for a conference which started yesterday. I can never think of Shanghai television without recalling an incident three years ago, when a reporter asked why the movie The Postman Always Rings Twice was banned there. 'Murdering your husband is not good for the Chinese,' an official replied. Apparently, this is not a problem for other races. This in turn leads me to a quote from a policeman named G.M. Hatherill, which appeared in The Observer of London in 1954. 'There are only about 20 murders a year in London, and not all are serious. Some are just husbands murdering their wives.' On the unpleasant subject of violence against women, here is some information I hope no reader will ever have to use. Mary-Ellen Hepworth said yesterday: 'Concerning your item about alarms, women's groups suggest women being raped should cry 'fire', not 'rape'. It attracts more attention.' Just a thought: 'If the police arrest a mime artist, do they tell her she has the right to remain silent?' (Anon, via Greg Roth).