ANOTHER story of courage and derring-do from the Hong Kong media rat-pack. The place? The lift in a government building. The time? The anti-climax after a routine press conference. A few reporters are chatting, the doors open - and who should step in, but the SAR's most famous kidnap victim Victor Li Tzar-kuoi. It is the day after the Guangzhou court delivered the death penalty to 'Big Spender' Cheung Tze-keung. Surely, this is a chance for an exclusive sound-bite, even if it is 'No comment'. You never know - the tycoon might plead for his kidnapper's life. Instead, the hardened hacks speed down several floors with Mr Li and a couple of Lands Department officials in deferential silence. The consensus, after Mr Li and company have alighted, was that it has never been confirmed Mr Li was Big Spender's hostage - and the media is not supposed to know about it anyway. We love it when public figures complain about the media's stalkerazzi style. That is because we know what really happens when the rat-pack gets handed an opportunity on a plate. Is it permissible to broadcast free pornography? The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority has decided it is, after adjudicating on a bizarre complaint. A viewer in Tseung Kwan O rang TELA's hotline to complain that Wharf's porno channels were available free on TV. The scrambler at Wharf's Kowloon Peak relay station had broken down, and was sending out unscrambled flesh. Ham saap loh will be disappointed to learn Wharf fixed it immediately. TELA has decided that, taking into consideration the 'incidental nature' of the event, it will be classified as a 'minor error'. No fine will be levied. Democrat Chan Kwok-leung moved a motion in the Urban Council expressing deep regret over the Government's move to scrap the municipal councils and bring about 'administrative dictatorship'. Joseph Chan Yuek-sut moved an amendment. It was exactly the same as the Democrats' motion, but omitted the line on 'administrative dictatorship'. Feeling the independent councillor was being too 'nice', Chan Kwok-leung commented: 'If Mr Chan was given a meal with a cockroach in it, he would still thank his host.' He might not have been too far from the mark. Joseph Chan said later: 'When I was a child living in the countryside, I indeed ate cockroaches as a form of treatment, as my family was too poor to afford medicine.' We had not heard of this traditional Chinese remedy. Privacy used to be a luxury for mainlanders. But, now, Xinhua reports mothers-to-be can take private rooms in Beijing's Municipal Maternity Hospital, and have only their husbands and a female doctor on hand for delivery. About 500 women have used the service. The agency cited a poll saying 99 per cent of women felt embarrassed to undergo treatment in public wards with men nearby. One woman said she was exposed to the male relatives of other patients when her breasts were examined. To meet the competition, other hospitals in Beijing have introduced curtains between beds in public wards.