Unpredictable Dresdner Kleinwort Benson strategist Albert Edwards has continued to show he has no peer when it comes to offbeat broker's reports. Mr Edwards - who in 1996 famously coined the term 'Noddynomics' to describe Malaysian economic policies - was up to mischief again last week. His column in the investment bank's Global Strategy Weekly that crossed our desk on Friday was largely devoted to, well, anything but global strategy. It began: 'After a week's holiday minding the kids, the vagaries of the financial markets seem a welcome relief. The behaviour rectification programme I had mapped out for my five and my eight year old, designed to generate instantaneous and unquestioning obedience, floundered early in the week.' This was just the start of a tirade about seemingly non-market events. London-based Mr Edwards went on to tell of how his trusty Honda engine had melted, leaving him with no choice but to commute to work. He sympathised with '. . . all those unsuspecting commuters on that Clapham Omnibus that are now having to put up with a twitching ex-motorcyclist.' He goes on to relate the seizure of his engine to market events: 'Honda may be one of the Seven Samurai but it has underperformed the Nikkei [index] by some 10 per cent since my engine seized.' We'll take your word for it, Albert. Thanks for that insight into the spooky parallels between domestic and market events. A smug air pervaded much of Saturday night's charity dinner/concert to mark the technical completion of the new airport at Chek Lap Kok - but one of Hong Kong's Cantopop kings managed to prick it for a moment. The 1,400-odd guests at the function in the arrivals hall of the new airport - paying anything from $2,000 to $10,000 a head - witnessed an impromptu quiz involving Aaron Kwok Fu-shing and Leon Lai Ming. The two were asked questions about what various symbols on signs at the new airport meant. We're not sure who won the impromptu quiz - but Mr Kwok certainly had the most novel answer to a question, reports former Civil Aviation Department boss Peter Lok Kung-nam, our spy at the event. He was asked what a sign showing a man kneeling down in a prayer gesture was meant to depict. 'I think that's a sign for the cramped toilets,' he said in Cantonese, prompting plenty of giggling at the Airport Authority's expense. It was actually a sign directing people to a place of worship at the new airport. An airport official we contacted yesterday took it in good humour - but insisted that size was not a problem with the airport amenities. The lavish dinner/concert at the airport appeared to have just the tiniest hint of politics to it. After all, the do was held at precisely the time it was originally due to open. The Airport Authority always claimed the project would be ready by April, rather than July, as is now the case. The unspoken message of Saturday night's proceedings was that the authority had stuck to its end of the bargain - and that the project would be commencing operations now but for the fact the airport railway is not finished. Yesterday, the authority's corporate development boss Clinton Leeks said the body was not 'grumbling' about the delayed opening through the event - but conceded it had 'shown we'd done what we'd set out to do'. Reader Tony Giles was standing on an MTR platform at Prince Edward station the other day - and couldn't help but be struck by a billboard put up by the Trade Development Council. The racy quasi-Government body was pushing its tome Enterprise, and trying to drum up advertisers. Particularly interesting was the slogan the council's marketing people had dreamed up: 'You need a push to reach your clients?' Well, maybe so - but not on an MTR platform. As Tony noted: 'It's not the most comforting thing you could see while waiting for a train to come.' Hope this doesn't sound preachy, but perhaps you have to be a touch selective on where you put up the posters for this campaign. Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker gave a thorough analysis of the Asian financial crisis at the Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday - but he certainly wasn't going long on speculation. When asked whether the Asian woes would drag down the rest of the world, he was being particularly cagey for an economic guru. 'It is hard to make predictions, particularly about the future,' he joked. Seems eight years at the helm of the Fed taught him the perils of making a call.