Success they say, is the best revenge. The twinkly eyed David Chu is making plans to take his revenge on certain critics. The old smoothie, managing director of Wah Tak Fung Holdings, is now better known as a politician and celebrity. He plans to hold a little get-together in June, 1998. Invited to Hong Kong, to a meeting at the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, will be all the sceptical foreign journalists who interviewed him over the past 10 years, plus reporters from Hong Kong. The theme of the get-together: 'I Told You So'. He will show some 200 invitees how Hong Kong has thrived after one year of Chinese rule. I think he is on to a winner with this idea. Hong Kong does its usual stuff, and all David has to do is bow and say: 'Voila'. Mind you, reporters being the uncontrollable types they are, they will probably spend most of their time with their notebooks down at Martin Lee Chu-ming's new office (top floor, Stanley Prison). Some eyebrows were raised by the Asia Business News lunchtime news report yesterday. The announcement of the PLA coming into HK was accompanied by footage of military exercises: PLA troops with batons fixed, leaping over trenches; tanks rolling over fields; and ground-to-air weapons screaming into the sky. People who were actually on the spot say it was just a matter of a few trucks and a couple of Audi limousines rolling over the border. The TV crew apparently forgot to overlay the words 'library footage' or 'from the files' on to their pictures. Either that or they were closer to the Taiwan border than the Hong Kong one. Oops. Thieves in the Philippines broke into the family home of the chief of the armed forces of the country on Friday, I heard yesterday from reader Thads Bentulan. They broke a window to enter the household of Col Arnulfo Acedera Sr in the Pililia district of Rizal. Imagine having the entire army out to get you. 'If I were them, I would return all the possessions pronto, and also give them everything in my own house, as a gift,' a Filipino friend suggested. The New Japan Capital Management (HK) Co is advertising its services under the following slogan: 'Have your money invested in the most dynamic and profitable market in the world: Japanese Equity Market'. Now is this the same Japanese equity market that was at 38,000 points in 1989? The same one that has been languishing around a miserable 18,000-ish level ever since? Jill Taylor got on to her No 171 bus, part of the excellent Citybus service at South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau, settled into her seat, and got a surprise. 'The next bus stop will be lamppost number . . .' boomed a recorded voice on a public address system. Similar announcements were made throughout the journey. Clearly the bus company is copying the MTR. But these pointers seem unnecessary, since the MTR makes most of its journeys in utter darkness, while the bus has windows that show people where they are. And who counts lampposts anyway? Larry Allen, a singer-pianist, performed for the last time at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on Saturday evening. As the time approached for the show to start, a record-breaking number of members crushed into the bar. Larry was deeply moved. 'It's the biggest turnout I've ever had, and they wait until I'm leaving,' he said. 'I hate to spoil this moment for you,' said Ted Thomas. 'But the big match is on at 6 pm.' Sure enough, at 6 pm (which is when Larry started), the crowd fled from the dining area and squeezed into a glass-walled room known as the Goldfish Bowl to watch Liverpool versus Manchester United on satellite television. 'Noman' Cheung, mentioned in yesterday's column, contacted me to say that he is neither a she nor an island. His letter to members of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce contained a 'misprunt' for Norman. It's an easy mistake to make, after all. Perhaps the poet and the writers of the New Testament made a similar mistake: 'Norman is an island' - 'Greater love hath Norman'. Just a thought: when having surgery in Hong Kong, ask for two anaesthetics. One for the operation, and one for the bill.