When Standard Chartered Bank opened new headquarters in Millennium City, Kwun Tong, in April, the decor of each main room was themed on a city. Designers chose a large canvas of the Potola Palace in Lhasa for the conference suite. But since the bank doesn't have an office in Tibet, the picture was rejected, and shipped to a London gallery, where it caught the eye of a collector out shopping for suitable adornments for the walls of his new office. So now it is on the way to the European Commission in Brussels, where its proud owner, Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten, no doubt relishes the presence near his desk of something else with a Hong Kong connection, and connotations of a headache for China. A bit of heel digging-in is said to be going on in a turf war as the Government prepares to abolish the municipal councils. It seems Urban Services Director Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, currently ensconced at Queensway Government Offices, does not like the prospect of having to move to Sha Tin where she is slated to head up the new Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene. Likewise, Regional Services Director Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping is not looking forward to the commute from her home at Tai Po, which she bought to be close to her current office at Sha Tin, into Admiralty to head up the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. A bit of expensive thinking is said to be going on in the civil service which would involve transferring the two departments to suit their leaders' preferences. Some are asking whether it would be cheaper just to swap their posts. Word has it that the popularity rankings of political parties and activist groups could see major changes in coming months. The Hong Kong University Social Sciences Research Centre, which carries out a survey every three months, plans to include the Confederation of Trades Unions, led by Lau Chin-shek and Lee Cheuk-yan. Previous polls have shown the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, led by Cheng Yiu-tong, topping the list. And legislators complained to pollsters that people became confused between the two unions and some might be voting for the wrong group. Complainants also questioned findings which showed the Citizens Party and the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood among the top five. Robert Chung Ting-yiu, who is in charge of the poll, explained that the confederation was not included because it is not considered a political group. But they now concede the point. The popularity of the ATV series about Emperor Yong Zheng and his political skills during the turbulent Qing dynasty continues to grow. Mr Tung, as reported in Corridors, took the VCD of the series on holiday with him and has apparently finished the full 45 hours of viewing. Now his acolyte (and, say some, his eventual successor as Chief Executive) Exco's Anthony Leung Kam-chung tells that he has also bought the VCD and will watch it with his father. Is he, too, anxious to pick up more tricks on political intrigue and how to survive it? How does that song go? 'Words don't come easy', an especially apt sentiment if you happen to be the Hong Kong Government and the word you're looking for happens to be English. This week, in the face of a continued campaign for good official English by the Citizens Party's silver-tongued Christine Loh Kung-wai, officials put out a press release outlining their commitment to something called a 'Biliterate Policy'. Try as we might - and we scoured all the dictionaries at our disposal - the word biliterate eludes us. We think they meant bilingual. Can anyone help?