Spring is not only in the air, it's also in the step of Canning Fok Kin-ning, Hutchison Whampoa's group managing director. Mr Fok has always talked business with multinational corporation heads, but the Internet revolution is bringing him face to face with executives nearly 20 years his junior. And he finds it exciting. Yesterday, the 48-year-old Mr Fok met 29-year-old Kenneth Fox, the managing director of Internet Capital Group (ICG). ICG is leading a consortium to invest in the former toy-manufacturer Harbour Ring. Harbour Ring, which will be renamed ICG AsiaWorks, is 21 per cent owned by Hutchison and the new company will concentrate on developing business-to-business operations in Greater China. 'Oh God, I got to talk with this group of youngsters,' said a laughing Mr Fok, 'and I learnt from them.' Only going to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The Internet is hip, it's cool, it's sexy. Buy jewellery for a loved one, send cards to a partner, say it with flowers, say it with spam. Shanghai Maling Aquarius has manufactured and marketed canned food for donkey's years. Its Maling and Zheng Gaung He brands have grown up with much of Hong Kong's older generation. However, the company has caught the e-commerce bug and wants to spin off its on-line business for a listing on the GEM board. Its on-line shopping portal was launched in December and sells over 300 types of products, including the well-known 'Maling Pork luncheon meat'. Lai See's not sure, but pork doesn't really reflect the Internet he's been hearing about. But who knows, maybe the company's considering a spot of spamming. Lai See has a dream. He wants to be a solicitor. If he can't, he'll do everything he can to bring the reputation of the industry into ill repute because he is green with envy. This might sound a tad extreme but solicitor Mark Bradley, writing in Hong Kong Lawyer magazine, believes the Post is leading a press campaign against the excessive cost of legal services. 'The press is now getting its own back on solicitors by seeking to deploy the politics of envy against our profession,' he pontificates. Rubbish. Lai See loves his 500-square-feet flat, travelling with the prols on public transport and peering through the window of the Foreign Correspondents Club on a wet weekday afternoon as legal types enjoy a jar or two inside. However, Mr Bradley, who is a member of more committees than you could shake a powdered wig at, goes on to explain that the solicitor's lot is not a happy one. He said some solicitors were guilty of defalcations, which Lai See thought was something you did in the toilet until the dictionary explained it was legal speak for dipping your hands in the till. 'These circumstances do not suggest that the solicitor's profession is riding high on the hog or waxing fat on excessive fees charged to members of the public,' said Mr Bradley. Lai See doesn't like to see the members of any profession on their uppers but to suggest a hate campaign because of envy is a load of defalcation. Staying with the legal theme - just to show that not all solicitors are infallible. Remember the days of standing forlornly in front of your teacher, shuffling your scuffed shoes, vainly trying to explain that a younger sibling had eaten your homework? Well apparently old habits die hard. A Britain-based lawyer found himself in the dog-house after a dog ate an important exhibit in his case, according to The Lawyer. Stephen Rich told Newcastle Crown Court that he was looking after a bull mastiff for a friend as he prepared the case of a client accused of making a threat to kill and aggravated burglary. However, when he momentarily left the room, the hungry hound devoured half of his copy of a closed circuit TV video. Judge David Hodson was reported to have remained stoney-faced as Mr Rich made his excuses and shuffled his polished, hand-stitched brogues. Said Mr Rich: 'He didn't seem too impressed.'