Enthusiasm hits festive HK Hongkong (December 25): Hongkong, with hand in pocket, distributing gifts to friends and largesse to the needy, has been celebrating Christmas with customary enthusiasm. Queen's Road on the Island and Nathan Road in Kowloon have resembled two turbulent rivers of humanity as floods of shoppers trickled in from all directions. Shops, gay with seasonable trappings during daytime and still more resplendent at night with neon lights, have been hard pressed to meet the demands of two and a quarter million people bent on displaying their goodwill to each other and to friends overseas. Old timers, noting the year-by-year increase in the interest taken in Christmas by the Chinese community have been amazed by the sudden spurt in this year's celebrations. Even the smallest shops in outlying districts have been festooned with effigies of Santa Claus, imitation snow, crackers and miniature electric candles. Higher prices of goods have not eased the problem of budgeting for Christmas. One lady visitor to the Colony, shopping in Pedder Street, yesterday, was heard to remark: 'Money seems to go like water in Hongkong!' True enough, but, thanks to the Authorities, we have an unlimited supply of water over Christmas, whereas our bank managers have not been so accomodating. Bad tidings London (December 22): The Prime Minister, Mr Winston Churchill, warned the British people to-night to prepare for greater austerity, abandon the hope for special American aid and start the long up-hill road to solvency if they wish to survive as a nation. It was a grim Christmas message the 77-year-old Prime Minister brought to the same people he promised in 1940 nothing but blood, sweat and tears. On the domestic front, he warned that upon his return from Washington next month he will have ready for Parliament a list of fresh proposals, all of which he admitted would be 'unpleasant'. But he pledged his new Conservative Government to take whatever drastic action necessary to get Britain back on her own financial feet and away from the brink of bankruptcy where she now stood. Air cleared Melbourne (December 21): A strike of radio operators in Sydney and Melbourne, which partially cut off Australia from the outside world for more than 42 hours, was settled late to-day. The Sydney strike had held up most radio messages to America and the Pacific, while that in Melbourne temporarily stopped the beam (radio) service to London.