1 Gay activists strap themselves to Central Police Station gates in protest against a summer raid on Fetish Fashion sex shop. Owners Laurence and Brenda Scofield and manager Loretta Mui Shuk-han deny having hosted a live sex party; they will be tried in March. 2 Fireman Chiu Shun-on is hailed a hero after he dies while trying to save a drowning boy off Tai Long Wan. He is posthumously awarded Hong Kong's Gold Medal for Bravery. 3 A thousand Falun Gong members hold an international 'experience sharing' conference in City Hall in January. Thirteen members are detained at Chek Lap Kok; four go on hunger strike. Immigration officials later deny using unnecessary force to deport the detainees. 4 Tung Chee-hwa lets it be known he will stand for re-election, but fails to impress a noodle-stall holder named Chow, who refuses to shake his hand. Next day, Chow apologises. 5 Housewife Leung Yee-kwan is sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for abusing her Indonesian domestic helper; Rusmini Gunung was left with a ruptured liver and broken ribs. In October, Sek Siu-fun was jailed for seven months for assaulting her maid with rusty tacks and a broom. 6 Fragile wetland in Long Valley - home to 200 species of birds - seems to be safe when the Director of Environmental Protection decides not to allow the KCRC to build a spur line there, and the corporation loses its subsequent court appeal. But it later emerges there is nothing to stop the farmers who own the land from draining it. 7 Chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang leaves the Central Government Office for the last time in April. She resigned in January for 'personal reasons' but commentators speculate she was squeezed out by Beijing following clashes with Tung Chee-hwa, notably over the handling of the Falun Gong. Donald Tsang is named her replacement; Antony Leung becomes financial secretary. 8 Cathay Pacific pilots embark on an acrimonious 'limited industrial action' in July. The strike disrupts flights and leads to the dismissal of 49 pilots. They suspend the dispute in October, amid the international slump in airline business stemming from the September 11 attacks. 9 Eccentric billionaire Chinachem boss Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum and her father-in-law, Wang Din-shin, square off in court in a probate battle over the estate of her late husband Teddy Wang, who was kidnapped in 1990 and legally declared dead in 1999. The case revolves around two wills allegedly signed by Teddy. Wang also finds herself embroiled in a row with the Government over a $550 million penalty for late completion of the Tsuen Wan site where she once hoped to construct the world's tallest building. 10 'Superman Jnr' Richard Li Tzar-kai must have been sleeping too close to the kryptonite this year, with a 90 per cent fall in PCCW's share price, the loss of 506 jobs and the embarrassing revelation that he did not receive the Stanford degree touted in company literature (he dropped out). His dad, Li Ka-shing, is accused of bailing out his son after selling PCCW a satellite business for shares. Better news comes in September, with higher than expected first-half profits of $935m. 11 Socialite Pamela Pak Wan-kam apparently faints in the arms of boyfriend Paul Tse Wai-chun on release from the Tai Lam Correctional Institution after serving two months for tax evasion. First stop: a beauty salon.