A charity sale of designer mirrors last weekend reflected well on Hong Kong's generosity. An unexpectedly high total of $2 million was raised for The Lookout, Asia's first hospice for AIDS patients, which plans to admit its first residents later this month. The top price of $350,000 was for a piece designed by John Morford. The other mirrors, created and donated by 19 designers, went under the hammer - undamaged - for $39,000 or more. There is no excuse for not knowing the words and music from The Rocky Horror Show before it opens at the APA next month. Not one, not two . . . not six, but seven different versions are now available on disc in Hong Kong. The list includes the original version (Roxy cast), the other original version (London cast), the Australian version (Aussie cast), the interactive version (who cares who's singing, you can't hear the cast for the audience) and, of course, especially for Hong Kong, the karaoke version. A cast change at the Hong Kong Ballet: chief executive Paul Yeung has bowed out. He is replaced by Helen Ng, who retired in 1995 after many years at the Cultural Services Department to set up her own arts promotion agency. The powers that be at Hong Kong's British Council might think books are a waste of space, but fortunately there are some who still believe libraries are an important part of civilisation. An Associated Press report says the Great Library of Alexandria, the fabled seat of ancient learning in Egypt consumed by fire centuries back, is rising again. More than 2,200 years ago, the Great Library boasted a collection of 500,000 manuscripts. Scholars created geometry, charted the stars, made a map of the world that served for centuries and came up with the idea of a leap year. The Ptolemy dynasty which ruled the city was so ardent in its efforts to secure new texts for the library that it confiscated books from everyone arriving at the port. Work started in January on the superstructure of the replacement library - a huge, circular, glass-and-concrete building to be known by the historical name, Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The US$174 million (HK$1.35 billion) project has backing from UNESCO and other institutions. It is expected to open at the end of next year with a modest 200,000 titles. Eventually, it may hold eight million books focusing on the Mediterranean, North African and Arab worlds. Planners have ensured the library will have the latest fire-detection and extinguishing systems. While on the subject of libraries, scholars in the United Kingdom are preparing to assemble at the British Library's Reading Room to celebrate the life and works of a man who never existed. A report from The Times unveils plans to provide a happy ending to a short story written by Max Beerbohm in 1916 about Enoch Soames, a poet dismissed as third-rate by his contemporaries but convinced he would be recognised by future generations. He made a pact with the Devil, allowing him into the Reading Room on June 3, 1997, to look himself up in encyclopedias where he expected to discover his place in posterity. In the story, Soames discovers that posterity has ignored him, except as an invention by Beerbohm. The organising committee plans discussions on topics as diverse as 'The Influence of Soames's Writing in Maoist China' and 'Soames and the New Woman, a Post-Feminist Analysis'. A display may feature books which Soames never wrote and portraits which a leading artist of his day never painted. In short, a tribute that some real 1890s artists might have made a pact with the Devil for.