What do the words 'Discovery Bay' mean to you? Most likely a strip mall, clusters of cookie-cutter high rises and a smattering of golf carts. Discovery Bay has always reminded Lai See of the opening scene of a thriller set in a future where war and disease has been eradicated. Ideal communities, spotless and identical, have been set up around the planet. The film credits rise over happy husbands golf-carting home to aproned wives. Everything seems sanitised and idyllic. But just beneath the surface lies a dark secret . . . At first Lai See thought this was just the product of her own too-fertile imagination. But it turns out loads of other people share her vision. Because someone has hired a PR company to dispel it. We've just received their press release. BSMG Worldwide/Hong Kong is 'rolling out a full-scale image-building campaign . . . for Discovery Bay'. We are informed that 'Discovery Bay is naturally a very beautiful area with many hidden attributes yet to be unveiled before the public eye'. The BSMG team is 'delighted to be a part of such an exciting endeavour' and 'will drive and enhance the image of Discovery Bay into the new millennium'. It looks like BSMG has already managed to live up to the first half of it's promise. Or at least the first half of its name. The generosity of those Stock Exchange people just brings a tear to our eye. They're offering free used PCs to charities. Two hundred of them. How sweet! Who says trader types aren't concerned about the less fortunate? Well yes - we admit the 486's are sort of dated. And true, the offer does carry a warning that 'the Exchange will not guarantee the donated PCs are Y2K readiness and will not be liable for any loss and claim arising from the donated PCs'. Still, it's better than nothing. There's just one more little thing. The computers are 'without monitors and keyboards'. So if you run a charity and could use some of these monitorless, keyboardless, obsolete computers, submit your application no later than August 6. Let's hope they release them shortly afterwards, because it sounds like they're going to stop working when Y2K kicks in less then five months hence. Hmmm. Lai See knows the Exchange people are obsessive over money these days. But we still think it's a bit much to cut corners by getting charities to haul away the trash. Imagine what you could achieve with US$60 billion. Just imagine how much good you could do. The Japanese Government showed a distinct lack of imagination when it spent that much last March. They decided to spend it bailing out a bunch of bankers who made a lot of bad loans. Ryu Murakami, one of that countries best known writers, just published a book listing 122 other ways that the money could have been used. Here are just a few of them. Inoculate all children in the world against polio, diphtheria and other preventable diseases, $250 million. Pay Walt Disney Co chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner's salary for one year, $600 million. Save the African rhino from extinction, $200 million. Fund all the cancer research in the United States for a year, $18 billion. Teach all the illiterate children in developing countries how to read and write, $7 billion. Hire Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa for a year, $9 million. Hire supermodel Claudia Schiffer for a year, $6 million. Battle population growth by handing out condoms and holding classes on sex education in the Third World for one year, $9 billion. Launch a spy satellite, $1 billion. Build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, $7.5 billion. Buy Apple Computer Inc, $1.2 billion. Buy the rights to every song by the Beatles, $70 million. Hold a summer Olympics, $1.7 billion.