As the debate on self-censorship gathers pace, editorial choices at business television station CNBC have raised a few eyebrows. Weekly chat show The Talk Of Asia, hosted by Lorraine Hahn, had an interview with dissident Harry Wu in the bag. The half-hour show has been taped and cut, but has yet to be aired. The station was contacted to give a reason for this but failed to respond. Age barrier Hong Kong has long been renowned for its ageism. Employers seem to think if you're over 40 you're over the hill in the job market. So, although she is undoubtedly an irritating bag who never ceases to get on the nerves in those grating television advertisements, Mrs Wong of Park'N Shop has been given her marching orders. Her replacement resembles a character from a juvenile comic. The spotty teenager and his even spottier dog represent a new concept in advertising, we are told. In our view, ageism is quite an old concept, and attempts to rejuvenate it are pointless. Typing rebels The letter of the law carries great weight at Refugee Board court hearings - even a single letter. Last week a judge was informed a Vietnamese migrant had been locked up in Hong Kong for 'light-years' after fleeing persecution for 'illegal fathering'. 'He was only here for 'eight' years, m'lud,' a government barrister told the court. 'And he claims to have been accused of 'illegal gathering'. 'There is no suggestion he has fathered any children beyond the three born to his wife.' Fiction king America's 'master of horror' has proved the most frightening thing in the United States is the quality of education. A character in Stephen King's new masterpiece, Desperation, is so angry at her sister-in-law that she fantasises about caning her 'the way they cane thieves in Hong Kong'. Guess all those Asian countries are easily confused, eh, Stephen? C for clarity Sometimes in the English language the letter c can be silent in a word, such as in 'sceptre' or 'scintillating'. Unfortunately for TVB's Fiona Carver, this is not always the case. When she talked on last week's Pearl Movie Watch about actors playing the part of septics, we presume she meant sceptics though, given the quality of a lot of the films on Pearl, we wouldn't put it past the channel to run a feature on putrefaction. True lies You know those flattering reviews you see on the backs of books saying how wonderful the author's previous masterpiece was? Ever thought they were a lie? Well, they can be. Here's a new work, Merdeka Square, by Kerry Collison, which purports to blow the whistle on dirty goings-on in Indonesia's Sukarno Government. On the back it explains how reviewers 'praised' Collison's earlier work, with a quote from the South China Morning Post review: '. . . a compelling story . . .', we said. Well, yes, we did use those words, but not quite in that context. In a critical review that also described its characters as irritating and nauseating, we actually said: 'It could have been a compelling story . . .' Oh well, perhaps they couldn't fit in the whole phrase. Two and two Martin Lee Chu-ming was pleading with Mr Justice Raymond Sears, of the High Court, in the democrats' doomed challenge to the provisional legislature this past week. He ridiculed the notion of two legislatures passing laws on the same subject at the same time. Mr Lee offered an example. If the Legislative Council passed holidays on July 1 and 2, and the provisional legislature set July 3 and 4 aside, where did that leave us? The judge said he could give an answer. That left us with four days' holiday, he announced to an amused courtroom. Perhaps not the best example to prove the democrats' point.