Cathay Pacific has made much of its in-flight entertainment of late, but Lai See has heard how one couple on Tuesday night's CX 250 flight from Heathrow spurned the electronic offerings in favour of some good, old-fashioned fun of their own. A man and a woman in the first class cabin on the main deck enjoyed their pre-dinner drinks, a delicious meal and post-prandial tinctures. Then, in the early hours of the morning, as most of their fellow passengers slumbered, the couple decided to take advantage of the reclining seats. The ensuing gyrations were such that at one point the blanket fell to the floor. Across from the pair was Cathay Pacific managing director David Turnbull in seat 3K. Mr Turnbull, a seasoned traveller, is clearly adept at sleeping on planes, and kipped soundly through the action happening on the other side of the aisle. Although these sorts of encounters are not encouraged among passengers, none of the couple's fellow travellers complained and the crew did nothing to suppress their passionate embrace. If the couple's antics left them with a thirst, they would have been unable to slake it with water since the flight ran out of this precious liquid. This also meant there was nothing to flush the economy class loos with. Fortunately for Mr Turnbull the cabin crew were able to use Evian water to boil a breakfast egg for him to enjoy before landing at Kai Tak. One country. Two systems. Three languages. One lingua franca. When Kennedy Liu Tat-lin came to talk to reporters at Arthur Andersen's IPO Watch 1997 press conference this week he looked at the assembled journalists and spotted just one Westerner. Mr Liu then announced: 'Well, I hope you don't mind, since there is only one foreigner here, I will speak Cantonese this year. After all, this is past the handover.' Sound reasoning you might think. Wrong. Three Chinese reporters put up their hands and said they did not speak Cantonese - they spoke Mandarin. Mr Liu proceeded to speak English throughout the rest of the proceedings. The Westerner commented afterwards: 'It seems Liu was right about the handover making a difference, but he drew the wrong conclusion - Cantonese has not become any more important, Mandarin has - and English still appears to be the best common language.' Ravi Gidumal at the Indian Resources Group reckons that despite the less than rosy state of the local economy, Hong Kong's service companies have not decided to try harder to keep the custom of hard-pressed consumers. Mr Gidumal ordered some Chinese dishes on Friday evening from the Taipan Shanghainese restaurant via the Food by Fone delivery service. While making the order, Mr Gidumal stressed that he wanted a couple of vegetarian dishes for his guests of that persuasion. The operator who took the order confirmed Mr Gidumal's preference. Sadly when the food arrived, two of the vegetarian dishes had meat in them, causing the non-meat-eaters to vomit. Food by Fone offered to replace the offending dishes, which was not much help since the meal had gone cold, and no one really felt like eating any more. The company refused to refund the cost of the order since some of the food had been eaten, which ignores the fact the dishes had to be tasted before the mistake came to light. Despite an assurance from Food by Fone that the manager would call him back the following day, Mr Gidumal said he is still waiting for a reply. Embattled China Entertainment TV (CETV) chief executive Robert Chua Wah Peng has been fighting to keep his channel on air after promises of new funds from a consortium of mainland companies failed to materialise. As he and his wife Peggy contemplate how to avoid closing down at the end of the month, it is good to see his sense of humour remains intact. Yesterday he faxed through a page from the latest issue of the high society glossy B magazine. Mr Chua is featured in a section called 'What's your sign' in which local celebs reveal which animal year they were born in and if they share any of its supposed characteristics. Although he spoke to the magazine before CETV began to go pear-shaped, Mr Chua said he still took comfort from his comments about being a Dog. 'People born in the Year of the Dog are also people with sharp intuition and much perseverance who do not bend under pressure. As people say, 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going!' '