EVEN Barbie is getting in on the handover souvenir act, says Next magazine. A '1997 Hong Kong Transition Special Chinese Empress Barbie' is up bor grabs. In true Hong Kong style, there's a limited number for collectors to buy; just 5,000 Barbies are on sale wearing the 'Manchu robes of an imperial consort'. Each doll comes with a commemorative gold coin and a collectors' edition certificate. It sells for $539 at Toys R Us; Mattel will be donating $10 to Community Chest for every Barbie sold. Mobile Meltdown One company is getting wise to all the recent fuss about radiation and mobile phones, reports Eastweek. According to the magazine, the firm has produceda Radiation Scanner to slip over the phone's antenna. Apparently, the little device cuts alleged radiation emissions by up to 90 per cent. It's available for $250, which seems a small price to pay to avert your own personal meltdown. line of duty It's official; the wife of Tung Chee-hwa is a woman of the people after all. According to Eastweek magazine, the chief executive's wife Betty was seen at both Hong Kong and Beijing airports with two friends queuing up with everyone else. Although the first lady-in-waiting is afforded special VIP privileges such as queue-jumping, Mrs Tung opted for the people's line-up. star geezers HONG KONG stars are just ordinary, superstitious people, it seems. According to Eastweek magazine, Canto-pop crooner Andy Lau is sporting a red piece of string around his left wrist to offset the bad luck forecast for him this year. Apparently, Lau has been advised to wear it until it falls off. And actor Simon Yam is sporting double protection with a Buddha image given him by his mother and a 'safety charm' from his model girlfriend Kiki. given the boot GETTING stuffed inside the boot of your car by a gang of robbers or kidnappers can be a real problem these days. Or so says Eastweek, which devoted a whole page on 'how to get out of a locked car boot'. The escape secret, apparently, involves stashing a flat-ended screwdriver and a torch inside your car boot and remembering not to panic. Once inside the boot, victims should calm down, reach for the torch, find the screwdriver and use it to open the safety catch of the lock, which, says the magazine, are all very similar in design. driving test The government has adopted some bizarre interview techniques in its search for extra drivers to cope with the imminent flood of VIPs, writes Eastweek. Although they will be expected to drive limousines and luxury cars, the drivers will take their tests in a mini-bus. They are also being quized on their language skills with such questions as 'What's the Chinese name for The Peak?' and can you say 'the weather is nice today' in Putonghua. Civil service drivers applying for extra part-time work are worried that failing the test may jeopardise their post-handover career prospects.