THEY may be all smiles now, but this portrait of cheerful contentment at the Bela Vista Ball nearly never took place. As stockbroker Louisa Guinness (we think you can work out which one she is) bounced on to the stage to receive her prize of a ticket for two to the White Knights Ball in St Petersburg, Russia, such was her rampant excitement that she managed to knock overa microphone and send it careering towards the nose of Lufthansa manager Berndt Loewe (pictured left), who had made the trip to Macau just to fulfil that task - to present the winning ticket, that is, not to get whacked in the face. Fortunately, lawyer Ted Marr (dig that jacket, guys) was on hand to grab the wayward microphone and save the day. Otherwise you may well have been reading this item in the section of this newspaper that reports on matters concerning grievous bodily harm and the like - with Ted appearing for both parties, no doubt. Needless to say, the ball-goers revelled away until the early hours, striving in determined fashion - restaurateur Nicole Garnaut showing the way with a gown made completely of rubber bands - to redefine the word ''bacchanalian''. But they are not without a heart. Following a bit of prodding from Keeping Posted, Ted - who is organiser of the China Coast Ball - tells us that around $3,000 collected from participants will be forwarded to the China Coast Community - a charity for oldpeople which frequently gets mixed up with the ball-goers.