Magazine's swell celebration

TIMES are tough in the world of Hong Kong publishing - so much so magazines are offering all sorts of incentives and gifts to attract more readers.

Browsing through Contacts magazine - Hong Kong's only gay and lesbian periodical - we noticed they had enclosed a free ''extra-strength'' condom and a finger-sized sachet of K-Y lubricating jelly as part of a jolly promotion called ''condoms by post''.

In his comments at the beginning of the edition, editor Barrie Brandon said the giveaways were to celebrate the organ becoming 25 per cent bigger.

The mind boggles as to what they will hand out if ever the magazine's pagination doubles.