FINANCIAL Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen must be lamenting the loneliness of life at the top this weekend. When the administration announced its stock market intervention a fortnight ago, he was flanked by other officials eager to claim their share of the credit for such a bold initiative, including Hong Kong Monetary Authority Chief Executive Joseph Yam Chi-kwong and Secretary for Financial Services Rafael Hui Si-yan. But, by last Friday, after the Government's move had cost far more than intended and attracted a barrage of criticism, they were busy keeping their heads down. A visibly nervous Mr Tsang was left to face a barrage of hostile media questions unaided, with those colleagues who had previously been so quick to line up alongside him, conveniently on leave or otherwise absent. Mr Tsang was so distracted that, for perhaps the first time in his life, he forgot to ensure the colour of his trademark bow-tie matched the handkerchief ostentatiously sticking out of his shirt pocket. Mrs Selina Tsang, please take note. Dress problems too for Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, whose taste in ties has been criticised by fashion-watchers for being as bad as his plummeting popularity ratings. Observers note Mr Tung only ever wears grey, dark blue or other uninspiring ties that convey a dull, boring image. There are even suggestions he should learn from United States President Bill Clinton, who recently made headlines by appearing on television wearing a dazzling gold-and-navy tie given to him by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Mr Tung is unlikely to receive similar gifts from his subordinates. But it should not be beyond First Lady Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping to equip him with a more colourful selection of ties, even if there are other aspects of Mr Clinton's behaviour she will scarcely wish to encourage. Former Governor Chris Patten's already healthy bank balance is set to swell still further, with his controversial book, East And West, now expected to be a best-seller, following revelations about its China-bashing rhetoric. Local distributors estimate Hong Kong bookshops have already ordered 7,000 to 10,000 copies of the book, to be published on September 7. For those ardent Patten addicts, for whom simply reading the great man's prose is not enough, British publisher Macmillan is even selling a special leather-bound limited edition. Complete with Mr Patten's signature, the 150 copies are selling for $3,000 each. But only one has been ordered by a Hong Kong customer so far, whose identity remains a mystery. And no, it is not Kerry McGlynn, Mr Patten's former spin-doctor. Nor, for that matter, is it local Anglophile David Tang. Over at Legco, lawmakers are scratching their heads because of the lack of a logo for the new body. The issue has been in limbo since councillors last month rejected a proposed design as too similar to the SAR's logo, leaving those who want to print new namecards in time for the forthcoming session in a fix. Some have reluctantly printed their cards without a logo. But at least one, the Liberal Party's James Tien Pei-chun, has used the logo of the now-defunct provisional legislature.