Quarry Bay's Legco-in-Exile correspondent did a survey to see which ex-legislators were still calling themselves 'Councillor' in their pager messages. Sadly, the exercise could only be conducted for those with a secretarial service, where the human answering-machine picks up the call and says, 'Who is calling Councillor Mr Lee?' Still, there was plenty of evidence. By last Friday, only Emily Lau Wai-hing and James To Kun-sun had changed their messages. Martin Lee Chu-ming, John Tse Wing-ling, Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, Tsang Kin-shing, Christine Loh Kung-wai and Yum Sin-ling were still 'Councillor'. (Some, like Szeto Wah, can keep the tag, because they sit on the Urban Council.) This might seem a trifle naughty. But there may be good reasons why ex-legislators should be loath to change their status. Not only are they pretty bruised at being chucked off a moving through-train, but some pager companies also charge $100 to change the message. That's tough on the newly unemployed. Some have also found other ways of being thrifty. The business cards that say 'Martin Lee, Legislative Council member' have been put away in a drawer in the expectation that, unless the elections are even more rigged than we thought, Martin will be back in the Chamber, despite the best efforts of the Government. Another ex-legislator, Leung Yiu-chung, received the minutes of the last Legco sitting, enclosed in an envelope marked 'Provisional Legislative Council Secretariat'. The words 'The Honourable' in front of his name had been crossed out and replaced with 'Mr'. One of Mr Leung's former comrades-in-arms was heard to comment: 'You now have no honour.' So unfair! There's always someone to shine your shoes, especially if you're the new boss. We hear one senior Legal Department officer was so keen to get his name in Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie's 'For Immediate Promotion' file, he sent her flowers to congratulate her on her appointment and fought for prominent positions when departmental group photos were taken. And just to make sure no one missed the message, he called the Chief Executive's Office before the handover, bypassing his bosses in the Legal Department, to offer his assistance in drafting the Reunification Bill. The offer was ignored. So glad to learn last week that Israel has finally decided to allow visa-free entry for SAR passport holders. So, what kept them so long? Nothing political in this. But guess where the security printer which won the contract for much of the work producing the passports hails from? That's right . . . Israel. The company, Supercom, supplied the technology to print the holder's photograph directly on to the document's plasticised personal data page, instead of gluing on a photo and sticking the plastic film over the top. Interestingly, reports the now Internet-only Asia Times, Israeli passports are still produced with glue and lamination.