EVERYONE already knows the bad news about the Disney theme park deal that will be unveiled early this week: namely, that it is going to cost Hong Kong a lot of money. About $20 billion if recent reports are correct. Now for the good news. Most of this will not be needed for a long time to come. The reclamation and building of access roads to the site at Penny's Bay on Lantau was paid for in this year's Budget. Officials are downplaying the prospect of an expensive rail link. So the bulk of the $20 billion will not be needed until 2003-04 when work begins on building the rides - the final and most pricey part of the construction process. As a year is a long time in the fast-moving SAR, that is so far in the future the Government should find it easy to brush aside concerns about the cost and instead bask in the glory of bringing Disney to Hong Kong. It seems there are no limits to Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's loyalty to Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang. The timing of his press briefing in the Central Government Offices on Friday, on possible increases in fees and charges, was repeatedly rearranged at the last moment. It finally took place, with only two minutes' notice, at 12.30pm. Probably not by coincidence, that was also the moment a grim-faced Mrs Chan left the building, so avoiding the attention of those reporters distracted by Mr Tsang. The cause of her grimness was a report criticising the use of her work number on invitations to her son's wedding. But it was far from clear why she and Mr Tsang felt so defensive about this. Especially as the only reason for using this number is that this is where the workaholic Mrs Chan spends up to 12 hours a day. So why was director of broadcasting Cheung Man-yee transferred to head the Hong Kong office in Tokyo with such undue haste that her permanent successor will not even be announced until later this week? A report in Next magazine claims the answer may be very different from the exile theories which have received so much attention. Miss Cheung's new post also includes responsibility for South Korea, where Tung Chee-hwa will be visiting in December. The trip will include a session with President Kim Dae-jung and by transferring her now, Miss Cheung will be able to benefit from the high profile of accompanying the Chief Executive to that meeting. While some may be taking cheap shots at the demise of the two municipal councils by pointing out their Millennium Countdown clock is running a little slow, Quarry Bay is proud to point out how the Urban Council is really helping the public. Hot on the Internet this week is an Urban Services Department homepage that allows people to check which crematoria are available on certain dates. Located at http://www . usd.gov.hk/ENH/cc/cc. html, it shows which niches are available and even offers a choice between small, medium and large cremators. But the department will not be making itself popular with the funeral industry. In line with Mr Tung's green vision, the Web site encourages cheaper coffins that use less gas to burn and produce less smoke. Across the border on the mainland, it seems Halloween is facing resistance from those unaccustomed to what is sometimes known as the Western ghost festival. A commercial complex in Wuhan which staged a promotion centred around Halloween as the basis for a promotion was accused by a semi-official news agency of being 'disgusting' and 'backward'. The Hong Kong-based China News Agency complained that Wuhan Plaza had decorated its entrance with pumpkins and dozens of 'green-faced devils, ghosts, skeletons and skulls with mouths bleeding'. While that might be commonplace in some shopping malls in the United States and even Hong Kong, it seems mainlanders are not yet ready for such sights. 'They were so terrible they made the passers-by's hair stand up,' the news agency said, claiming the campaign had aroused anger among elderly citizens.