The executives are squabbling over who has the best toys in the nursery school that is Hong Kong's telecommunications industry. Accusations have been flying around for weeks as each accuses the other of anti-competitive practices, resisting investment and misleading the public. On Thursday, Pacific Century CyberWorks deputy chairman Linus Cheung Wing-lam accused the other fixed-line operators of wearing nappies. 'After six years, they should have grown up, instead they are still wearing nappies,' he said. Not to be outdone, Tony Cheung Tung-lan, director of consumer marketing at Wharf New T&T was doing his own bit of trumpet-blowing for the company. It seems Wharf New T&T is out to break some records. On a boat trip to a site near Lamma Island, Mr Cheung let it be known that the company lays some big cables. 'We're the first operator to lay down submarine cables nine metres below the seabed,' he boasted as the assembled group looked on a ship laying cables. 'Even our experts said they've never heard of any submarine cables laid so deep under the seabed.' Then they're not very good experts are they? According to Mr Cheung; 'This is probably a Guinness world record.' 'Our cables have the highest fibre count in the world. We use 96 fibre cores in our cables,' he droned. 'Most of the cables by international operators are 48 cores, 24 cores or even 12 cores.' However, Mr Cheung was being a little more pragmatic about this core envy. 'This is unlikely to be another Guinness world record,' he said. Down draught: The Chief Secretary, Donald 'Biggles' Tsang Yam-kuen, was in gay Paris last week picking up helicopters for the Government Flying Service. Chocks Away Tsang was taking delivery of three Super Puma L2 and five EC155 helicopters from France-based Eurocopter. During a business reception co-organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Brussels, the Confederation of French Business and Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the chief secretary shouted: 'Bandits at five o'clock,' and threw bread rolls at the audience. Not really. But imagine if he had! What Mr Tsang really said was: 'The Eurocopter deal is a good example of the opportunities that are possible in Hong Kong. 'We have a level playing field for business. Companies from all over the world can compete on an equal footing for major contracts such as this one.' Unless they make sink plugs, in which case they would be a little out of their depth. The new helicopters include modern equipment such as a forward-looking infra-red system to help search and rescue and police operations at night or in low visibility. Mr Tsang received a close-up look at the helicopters' capabilities and performance on Wednesday morning when he arrived at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. A reporter wasn't sure but he thought he heard the chief secretary ask as he sat in a helicopter and pointed to the rotors: 'Isn't it cold enough in here already without having to have the fan on?' Crossing point: Hutchison Global Crossing is putting the squeeze on the public. The company - a joint venture between Hong Kong's Hutchison Telecom and a United States-based firm - has dug up the pavement outside Wah Shun Gardens on King's Road, in Quarry Bay. In their wisdom, workmen have left a gap just wide enough for one (medium-sized) person to squeeze past. Not a problem if the roadworks were in the Sai Kung Country Park. However, it is a problem when they're next to the entrance to Quarry Bay MTR - a major interchange station that caters for 180,000 passengers a day.