NORWAY'S consul-general in Hongkong, Mr Bjarne Solheim, appears to have been nursing a painful sting inflicted by anti-whaling barbs launched by Mad Dogs owner Ms Laura McAllister. The pub and club chain sold out its first batch of T-shirts bearing the legend ''save a whale, harpoon a Norwegian'', as McAllister registered her feelings on the Nordic country's support for a resumption of commercial whaling. Steven Lewis of Mad Dogs sent Mr Solheim one of the shirts with an accompanying letter saying the company hoped ''worldwide protests against whaling'' would influence Norway and persuade it the ''resumption of whaling was indefensible''. ''Ha, what do you know?'' Mr Solheim wrote back angrily on the letter as he returned it to Mr Lewis. ''Your acts and arguments contradict the unanimous opinion of the IWC's [International Whaling Commission] scientific committee. ''Evidently you regard whales, including minke whales, as holy cows.'' Better not tell him a new batch of T-shirts goes on sale at Mad Dogs and Joe Bananas today.