Today is the beginning of a brand new year in Hong Kong but sadly it is also the end of 118 years of tradition. From midnight last night, tropical cyclone and strong monsoon signals will no longer be hoisted or lowered. Instead they will be issued or cancelled. The move coincides with the decommissioning of the SAR's last remaining signal station on the island of Cheung Chau. The Hong Kong Observatory started to provide a tropical cyclone warning service to the public in 1884. At that time, a typhoon gun was used. In 1917, a numbered signal system was implemented for warning of severe wind conditions. Different signals were illustrated by different symbols and these were hoisted to indicate the prevailing wind conditions. In the 1960s, there were more than 40 signal stations around Hong Kong. According to the Government Information Service (GIS), as electronic media became popular, the information that could be conveyed through signal stations became inadequate and these stations have been systematically closed since the 1970s. GIS said people were now able to access information on tropical cyclones and associated weather through their telephones or from the observatory's Web site. Cheap thrills: Tradition is also the victim of change in Europe as January 1 marks the introduction of the euro. However, those worried about businesses rounding up prices with the arrival of the single currency could turn to the world's oldest profession for a fair deal. Rome's ladies of the night say they are ready to give their punters a little extra free when it comes to the euro, reports Reuters. A survey of about a dozen prostitutes by Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper found the majority planned to charge 150 euros (about HK$1,027) for their services from New Year's Day rather than the current 300,000 lire (155 euros). 'I'm going to offer a bit of a discount - it will make me feel good,' said Francesca, described as a tall, gorgeous, blue-eyed blonde. Bubbly Brazilian Linda agreed: 'All my clients know I'm worth 300,000 lire, but I'll offer them a bit of a discount - it's one way of keeping everyone happy.' Early warning: Those actual Government Ordinances in full. Sand Ordinance - any person who brings into Hong Kong or takes or removes more sand than is prescribed by the permit, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of HK$2,500 and to imprisonment for six months. Lai See warns: make sure you brush your feet thoroughly and empty your pockets of sand after spending a day at the beach. Outer Space Ordinance - this applies to the following activities whether carried out in Hong Kong or elsewhere. (a) launching or procuring the launch of a space object; (b) operating a space object; (c) any activity in outer space. Lai See warns: cancel the three tonnes of rocket fuel and the Giorgio Armani moonboots. Trading With The Enemy Ordinance - any person who purchases any notes or coins which circulate in any enemy territory or any other notes or coins which are for the time being declared by an order of the Chief Executive to be enemy currency shall be guilty of an offence of trading with the enemy. Lai See warns: numismatists of Hong Kong beware, your Chief Executive is watching you. Dogs and Cats Ordinance - in this ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires: 'cat' includes the male and female animal of any age; 'dog' includes the male and female animal of any age; 'keeper' means a person who occupies land or premises on which the dog or cat is usually kept or permitted to remain but does not include a person solely because he has seized or taken possession of a dog or cat. Lai See advises: seize the day, a cat, or a dog.