Don't cry too hard for Henderson Land boss Lee Shau-kee. His company's share price may have been having a tough time of it of late, but Forbes magazine has just adjudged him the world's biggest recipient of company dividends. Even with the sharp downturn in property prices and the subsequent lowering of dividends, he's still raking in the payouts from his Henderson holding of more than a billion shares. Henderson is expected to award full-year dividends of about $1.40 a share - which would leave Mr Lee with a total payout of $1.5 billion on his holding. That's less than half what he reaped in dividends during 1996-97, but, let's face it, more than a fair earnings level during hard times. He also earns an ongoing salary for performing his duties as Henderson chairman, but this is a token sum next to the imposing dividend payments. Mr Lee reportedly told Forbes: 'My friends all ask me, am I number one in the world in [receiving] dividend payments?' Seems you've got your answer, Mr Lee. Just don't spend that $1.5 billion all at once. It isn't easy sometimes trying to predict when the tide of public opinion will turn, as hacks at the Foreign Correspondent's Club's newsletter The Correspondent will no doubt testify. The latest edition of the newsletter features an extended piece about Indonesia, by FCC president Keith Richburg. Its title? 'The Month of Living Comfortably'. The story began by noting: 'They went looking for the Year of Living Dangerously. But for the scores of reporters, photographers and camera crews that descended on Jakarta in March, it turned out to be more like the Month of Living Comfortably.' The piece went on to note that an expected 'people power' revolution never materialised, there was 'no middle-class revolt' and 'few open signs of the regime unravelling'. With the benefit of Lai See's crystal clear hindsight, Mr Richburg's remarks seem more than a bit premature. As we all know, things have taken a dramatic turn for the worse in recent days with rioting and calls for the departure of President Suharto. A few weeks can be a very long time in embattled Asian economies. A colleague was browsing through the web page of e-mail service provider Hotmail over the weekend. When you log on to use the system, there is a 'breaking news' service under a variety of boldly headed categories: news, commerce, sports, technology, opinions and living. Under the living category, the headline read: 'Frank Sinatra dies at 82'. Sun Hung Kai Properties has been in touch to inform Lai See the Ma Wan archaeological site on which it is now building a $12 billion development will not be totally lost to the public. You may recall the story run in this space last week on the ancient burial ground containing very well preserved artifacts and skeletons that had been uncovered during a 'rescue dig'. We lamented that the site of the burial ground had disappeared under the new development. But Sun Hung Kai's project planning manager, Roger Nissim, says there will be some remnant of the 'cemetery' in the locale: the company will fully fund a museum as a memorial on the construction's site. The museum will display some of the bounty retrieved by archaeologists during the 'rescue dig' just before the company's bulldozers moved in. Don't pack your picnic basket for a day out at Ma Wan just yet, though. The new museum won't be ready to open its doors until after the millennium. A reader was surprised to see the host of a TVB Pearl show on Sunday night on how to climb mountains. The show was hosted by one Scott Fischer, who gave viewers a series of tips on how to climb mountains safely. The use of a programme involving Mr Fischer was an unfortunate touch. He was, after all, the leader of an American team that launched an ill-fated assault on Everest two years ago in which he and other members of his team died. Granted, Mr Fischer was regarded as one of the most experienced high-mountain guides in the world when he died but given his ultimate fate, the programming didn't seem terribly appropriate. Hongkong Telecom recently commemorated the second anniversary of its Internet service provider, Netvigator, by informing the public of a new rewards scheme. The mode of communication they used to get their message across was rather novel. Not for Hongkong Telecom the joys of keeping its users informed via the Internet. The information was dispatched via slightly less technologically advanced means: a postcard.