From the South China Morning Post this week in 1953 The assault on Mount Everest received little coverage as the climbers neared the 8,787-metre peak. Intriguingly, there was no reference at all to the man now most widely associated with the conquest - Sir Edmund Hillary. The British team headed by Colonel John Hunt had established its base camp at 7,087 metres, AP reported, the plan being that just two members of the group would make the final push for the summit. These were the team's youngest member, George Ban, 24, and the Sherpa guide, Tensing. The latter had got to 7,406 metres the previous year with a Swiss expedition. Meanwhile, world events grew ever gloomier with the Suez crisis deepening, and Anglo-Egyptian relations worsening daily, though there was talk of a 28-day truce on the advice of the Americans. Indochina was never far from the news and Britain expressed deep concern on hearing that Vietminh rebels had attacked Yenvi but were driven back by the French with heavy losses on the Vietminh side under heavy French bombardment. British prime minister Winston Churchill, then 79, was still doing his best to sort out the Korean war POW wrangle and get the superpowers talking and was, according to his friends, overdoing it. At home, the Americans were testing atom bombs in Nevada, which shook buildings 320km away. There was no escaping the impending coronation of Queen Elizabeth in London. The colony's coronation decoration and illumination sub-committee announced that Hong Kong's official decorations would be lit up from June 1 to June 7. A coronation poetry competition was being run by the Sino-British Literary Group, with the top three prizes of $100, $50 and $25 in cash. The South China Morning Post was offering readers an impressive tome, Coronation Glory: A Pageant of Queens 1559-1953, which promised 130 pages of coloured plates and photos of the June 2 event in Westminster Abbey. Then, as now, weather made the headlines with downpours swamping the colony, taking the total rainfall since January 1953 to 467mm, up from the usual 417mm. . As a consequence, it was reported that all the colony's league tennis matches were cancelled and that 'earth coolie' Kwok Sing, 29, had been injured when several tonnes of debris, dislodged by the rain, fell on him in King's Road, North Point. One short and scant news story said more 'misplaced persons' had arrived by Kowloon Canton Railway from Shanghai, taking May's total to 200 such arrivals so far. They had been detained at Lowu, either because of excess baggage or because they were carrying Chinese currency. They would shortly depart for Brazil, it added. What little fun there was in those days, the colonial administration seemed intent to stamp out. Tong Tak-po, 34, lost his appeal against his conviction and $100 fine for 'keeping a dance hall' at 188 Nathan Road. His counsel claimed running a dance school required no licence, but Mr Justice Schols found that the magistrate had ample reason to convict. 'There was evidence that 30 or so couples were dancing in the hall and that they were doing so in subdued lighting,' he said.