Peek-a-boo! A figure very similar to that of Chim Pui-chung was spotted in Central last week. The doppelganger seemed to be in a hurry. Perhaps on his way to Win Channel Investments? This is the company that Chim owns. It also happens to own the main-board listed Credit Card DNA Security System (Holdings). But ex-con Chim is forbidden from being a director of a listed company until July next year, so of course he will have nothing to do with the actual running of the public firm. It is just praise-worthy to see such self-control. Chim - who used to head Mandarin Resources until he got into a big spat with the SFC - was once described as a deceitful 'puppet master'. A judge made the comments on banning the 'golden banker' from having anything whatsoever to do with Mandarin after flouting a rule or ten. He had apparently been in control of the company secretly, before publicly acquiring 51 per cent. The board just rubber stamped everything Chim asked them to. The eccentric financier incidentally also spent a year in jail for plotting to forge share transfer documents. But everyone deserves a second chance, and no doubt Chim will hold a press conference - as he has done at every turning-point in his career, even just seconds after he had just been convicted - to announce his return in July. You just can't keep a good man down. DIAL '3' FOR PRETENSION Darlings. We must harmonise the space within which we live. Communicate with the environment. Gain energy and benefit from the space around us. Colours are vital. Yellow is for drive. Red is for passion. Orange signifies simplicity. Green means surprise. Viola is for fantasies. Blue is for emotion. And a shop is a shop is a shop. A mobile phone shop no less. It must be the Italian element that has put '3' marketeers in such dandy spirits. All that is happening is a store opening in Milan. It will sell '3' products. Reading the accompanying literature, you could be forgiven for thinking a cultural renaissance is underway. Designers have chosen natural materials to furnish the 200-square-metre shop, 'playing with the contrast between the most advanced technology and a pre-technological and human atmosphere.' It is just so third generation. And a rare creative insight into what really motivates '3' majority shareholder Hutchison Whampoa. LUCKY FOR SOME The offences were 12 years old. The alleged fraud involved HK$680 million. The financial inspection took place 10 years ago. Lee Ming-tee was arrested four years ago. The first trial was halted because it was unfair. The retrial was halted because of an expert witness. And on Friday the 13th of December - unlucky for some - the former Allied boss walked out of the High Court for a third time. Into a sea of sangria and tapas. Mr Lee and his legal team celebrated Spanish-style. Which is exactly what Ewan Launder and exactly the same legal team did exactly a year ago in exactly the same restaurant. The former Wardley banker toasted his freedom on December 13 last year after his HK$4.5 million bribery conviction was quashed by an appeals court. Spooky. XMAS GIVEAWAY It is the week before Christmas, so how are you celebrating? Lai See would like to hear your office party tales, be it a huddle in the kitchen or a lavish ocean full of champagne and caviar. Tales of Christmas parties past are also welcome. To show our appreciation, you stand to win a HK$1,200 meal for two at Cafe Deco on the Peak, or a HK$1,200 dinner for two at One bar+grill in Exchange Square. E-mail us at email@example.com or fax 2565-1624.