You have to chuckle at the way the Country and Marines Parks Board has just thrown out a development proposal to make a building in the waters of Hoi Ha Wan. The developers should 'reconsider their plan of establishing a sea-based centre as it may cause adverse visual intrusion on the environs and ecological impacts on the marine environment', the board's official report said. The board suggested a boring land building instead. 'The meeting unanimously agreed that for a project of such magnitude located in an ecologically sensitive area, namely affecting a country park, a marine park and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a proper Environmental Impact Assessment would need to be carried out for the consideration of the board before a decision can be made,' the report said. The developer in question? The World Wide Fund for Nature in Hong Kong. Uh-oh. War between two different lots of greenies. Keep your heads down as they start throwing vegetarian dinners and bird-spotting books at each other. Conversation with the Regent Hotel Handover Party office just before the big day. Caller: When can I get the tickets? Regent: Any time today or tomorrow, only the office is closed tomorrow. That smart, fast-trading businessman Li Ka-shing can no longer be called a wheeler-dealer. His company Cheung Kong has just bought a stake in the soon to be listed Chaozhou Industries, which raises and roasts eels. 'He's now an eeler dealer,' a business journalist said. Lauren Ptito, a Canadian in Washington DC, was scouring the internet to get a flight to Hong Kong for the handover. On the Hong Kong Tourist Association web site, she found this food listing for an establishment in Kowloon City: ISLAM FOOD 'With Szechuan-style chicken, Peking chop suey, prawn curry and an impressive list of shark's fin creations, this restaurant's vast menu still leaves room for such Islamic specialities as veal goulash . . .' Those aren't the Islamic foods I remember when I was a kid. 'Are the Hungarians aware that veal goulash is actually an Islamic speciality?' asked Lauren. On this page on June 28 was a column pointing out that the real issue was not how Hong Kong will start to change on July 1, but how China will change from that date. Your Humble Narrator was surprised to find that the July 1 article by superstar journalist Nicholas Kristof (front page of the New York Times , the International Herald Tribune and many other papers) started off with precisely the same point. I am not (quite) so big an egomaniac to claim copyright on this notion, so brushed it off as two writers thinking alike. The original column on this page continued the argument by contrasting Hong Kong's 6.4 million with China's 1.2 billion. Mr Kristof does the same. The column on this page went on to say that Hong Kong is like a bran tablet. Lo and behold, Mr Kristof, further down his report, goes on to quote yours truly saying that Hong Kong is like a bran tablet. Interesting series of coincidences. I would quote specific lines, but his article is sternly marked: '(c) New York Times Company'. Talking of visiting journalists, Qu Yingpu of the China Daily asked me to point out that his article about the reunification floats (Lai See, July 4) was not wrong. Although the performers may have been sent home, the trucks with the floats were driven to Victoria Park for display. I'm happy to set the record straight. The China Daily hasbecome quite lively these days. There was a piece in Thursday's edition about getting rid of 'white pollution' and similar 'trash'. Although the piece was ostensibly about disposal of used lunchboxes, one couldn't help but wonder if a clever sub-editor was making a point about the banishment of European colonials. I read yesterday that the makers of Monopoly, the property-based board game, now print more money daily than the US Treasury. Considering the way the US dollar has plunged against sterling since March this year, Brits returning home from Hong Kong may feel like they are taking Monopoly money with them. Just a thought: Americans and Hong Kongers spend hundreds of dollars a week getting gas. Americans do it at gas stations. Hong Kongers do it by eating at hawker stalls.