That most pukka of establishments, the Ladies' Recreation Club, has been in the news recently for pondering the big question of whether to give male members the vote. For some members, though, there is another equally weighty issue on the agenda: an irresistible trend towards putting up signs for just about anything. There have been signs posted regarding minimum dress codes, about where to avoid walking while wearing a swimming costume, and most recently where not to do things with your hair. That's right, it seems members of the club's blue-rinse set have been getting back to their roots with some hair colouring. It all prompted a sign that there was to be 'no dyeing of hair'. Our spy suggested this was a tad unnecessary: 'Most of these women have enough money to buy a hairdressing salon, so why would they need to dye their hair at the club?' she asked. Lai See got on to club general manager Brian Toft yesterday, who said phantom hair dyers had created their own rather unique problems. 'There was a spate at one time of people dyeing their hair,' he said. This played havoc with the club's normally pristine white towels - because hair dye 'sticks on the towels and stays'. Okay, Brian - but in general terms, has there been a hint of overzealousness on the signs front? 'Because you've got a plethora of nationalities here, there are some signs to bring everyone into line with club rules,' he said. 'We don't like putting them up, but we have to.' Out of curiosity, we asked how Mr Toft felt as a man presiding over a woman's club - admittedly one that was examining the possibility of allowing men additional rights. If he was feeling like a fish out of water, he wasn't showing it. 'Put it this way - there has been a fair sprinkling of women [running the club] over the years.' He added that it was now the turn of the less fair sex to run the famously female establishment. Hong Kong was supposed to return to a 'business as usual' footing yesterday following the holiday shenanigans of the past two weeks. However, things seemed anything but usual where it mattered at the city's coal face. A paltry procession of shoppers and business types shuffled at a funereal pace around the city's heart. Many corporate types seemed to have either called in sick or were extending their holidays to the end of the week. Lai See is also reliably informed that several investment bigwigs are taking an extra week's holiday. Apparently they have plenty of leave days saved up - after failing to take holidays originally scheduled for last year but postponed in the aftermath of the market crash. The changes just keep coming in our turbulent aviation scene. Marketing circles were buzzing yesterday with the news that Hong Kong's best known aviation PR duo - Tony Phillips and John Bailey, formerly of Message Management and now of Fleishman-Hillard - will leave the SAR by the end of the month. The two have been the longstanding local faces of Dragonair, Airbus Industrie, Rolls-Royce's aircraft engine-making arm, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), and a number of international airlines. The dynamic duo will be pursuing separate ventures - but happily both will be sticking with winged objects. Mr Phillips will be setting up an aerospace consultancy in Britain. Mr Bailey will start up an Iata unit in Geneva to deal with training companies in the management of crises, particularly aircraft crashes. Message Management, the independent PR consultancy that Mr Phillips and Mr Bailey headed up, was taken over by Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations heavyweight, last year. Mr Bailey stressed yesterday both were parting on amicable terms with the firm - and each other. 'When I first told Tony that I was going, he couldn't stand the thought of staying here on his own - the magic went out of it all for him,' Mr Bailey joked. Going by the old axiom you are what you eat, Hong Kongers have sure been in a pretty bad way lately. When you think about it, there's been precious little for consumers to wolf down without a routine health scare. Poultry, vegetables and cockles all became taboo eating items at some stage in the past six months. Mad cow disease remains an international concern. And now, the red tides have ensured that local fish also has a big fat question mark over it. What is a humble consumer to do? Don't know about you, but we're sticking with good old-fashioned barbecued pork and rice. Any bets on how long it will be before there's a pig scare?