There has been a bit of turbulence in the normally smooth-flying world of aviation public relations in Hong Kong. US aircraft manufacturing monolith Boeing and its long-time public face in Hong Kong, PR firm Ketchum Newscan, have parted company after a marriage spanning almost a decade. The split appears to have occurred during the recent visit of President Jiang Zemin to the US. During the trip, Boeing used public relations giant Hill & Knowlton to put about the good news it had taken off with a swag of mainland aircraft sales. This was a surprise to many local aviation sources accustomed to hearing most things Boeing says about the SAR and China through Ketchum's spin doctors. Boeing does not have a fully-fledged office in Hong Kong. A Boeing spokesman last night said Hill & Knowlton had assumed the permanent role as its main voice both in Hong Kong and in the mainland. Boeing has been regarded as Ketchum's flagship account in Hong Kong. The local account is rumoured among some aviation industry observers to be worth as much as $2 million a year. Ketchum's Greater China boss Kenneth Chu said he was disappointed but wished the new arrangement well. With players deserting the property market in droves, it must have been of some comfort to agents and developers to see at least one buyer amid the desolation last week. Standard Chartered Bank emerged as one of those rare companies that is actually enamoured with the attractions of picking up office space at a vulnerable moment. Breaking a property owning drought of almost five years, it bought a whopping 302,000 square feet of office space in Kwun Tong from Sun Hung Kai Properties. What must also be of comfort for property types to observe is the method used for payment. No, Standard Chartered didn't need to go down to the local bank to take out a loan for the $1.3 billion purchase. Executive director David Brougham needed only one word when asked by reporters to describe how the bank would fund the purchase. 'Cash,' he said, with total authority. Over the weekend, ATV World took the unusual step of running Oliver Stone's film biography of Richard Nixon over two nights. To whip up and sustain viewer interest in the movie, Nixon, the station ran a competition, amid great fanfare. All you had to do was identify exactly what was Watergate, which brought the late president down: a hotel, a zoo or a park? Sounds simple? You may think you have the answer right away - but those tricky types at ATV were not making matters easy for viewers. You see, the actual competition question asked viewers where the Watergate 'breakout' took place. Clearly, this must be something other than an affair involving Nixonian plumbers. Weren't they breaking in, rather than out? Must be another story. We'll plump for the zoo option: maybe it was a herd of water buffaloes. It seems the happy campers at Hopewell Holdings are adopting a policy of localisation of names of certain scribes covering the group. Business Post's correspondent on matters Hopewell, Andrew Chetham, was intrigued by an interpretation of his own moniker on an invitation for the group's upcoming 25th anniversary cocktails. Clearly they must think of him as an honorary Chinese. His invitation to the event is addressed to a Mr Andrew Chee Tham. As people continue to take their money out of the stock market in droves, you could be excused for wondering where it is all going. Apparently, one unlikely target for these investment funds is - wait for it - train sets. A trial run of several thousand models of the new airport express - which is unlikely to even be operating before next June - sold out within a couple of weeks of going on sale last month at the juicy price of $388 each. Hence an advertisement in yesterday's papers by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) looking for someone capable of building 40,000 model train kits quickly. A spokesman for the MTRC said many of the new sets would be of the airport railway, with collectors chugging along in numbers to pick up their own tracks. Some were collecting sets with a view to them going up in value. But it seems the successful contractor might be the one who will catch the express train to wealth: the deal to make the model trains is valued in the millions.