From the South China Morning Post this week in 1992 It was the 11th running of the annual Mud Olympigs at Tai Long Wan's famous Frog and Toad pub on Lantau. Scores of mud-covered wrestlers and tug-of-war contestants had fallen ill with mysterious bugs after romping in the mire the previous year. This time, 1,500 people converged on Hong Kong's most bizarre sporting event, assured by landlord Joe Li Yiu-ming that he had mixed two drums of disinfectant into the mud. Still on Lantau, police were kept busy pursuing dangerous drivers in Discovery Bay. The local inspector reported that traffic regulations were being widely flouted, with golf carts being driven by 12-year olds on the car-free streets. One of the mysteries of the early 1990s was why the Hilton Hotel was demolished shortly after its $100 million remodelling. This week's Keeping Posted column marked the reopening of the hotel after its refit by running a picture of its legendary Scottish general manager, James Smith, clog-wearing executive chef Winfried Brugger and the unusual floating brown marble ball which was a feature of the revamped foyer. The property boom was in full swing and the Post was packed with advertisements for new buildings. Landmark projects completed in 1992 included Dynasty Court on Old Peak Road, which was then Hong Kong's most expensive new residential block. There were only 10 per cent of flats remaining unsold in Dynasty Court, with average rentals of $52,250 per month. Meanwhile a 550-square-foot, one-bedroom flat in Glenealy, Central, rented for $16,500 a month. In Robinson Heights, Robinson Road, the going rate was $23,800 per month for a three-bedroom, 899-square-foot apartment. Skyline-changing buildings completed that year were Citibank Plaza and Central Plaza. The Lan Kwai Fong area had its share of trendy new bars. The opening of The Time is Always Now in Wyndham Street was described as 'a happening' by its creator Peter Tunney. Memorable for its armchairs, it was described as an arts cafe featuring 'the hot and cold forces of New York's art galleries' on its walls. Mr Justice Wong proved that judges were human too when he was asked to step down by the Director of Legal Aid after being spotted falling asleep several times during legal arguments on a major case. The trial of seven defendants charged with the kidnapping and ransom of an unnamed person had been running for a week. The case was restarted before Deputy Judge Evans with costs running to several hundred thousands of dollars. All defendants were on legal aid and six senior defence counsel and four private solicitors' firms were involved. The recently privatised Lion Rock Tunnel's toll collectors loomed large in the life of A. Tang, in his letter to the editor. Noting the cleanliness of the collectors' newly privatised hands, the writer commented their government-employed predecessors wore gloves that were 'dirty, wet and occasionally left stains on his fingers' after handing over his toll. If these gloves were provided by the government they should have been changed at least once a day, whined A. Tang. He wondered why it was that the Cross-Harbour Tunnel collectors, who handled more notes than coins, did not wear gloves. In a lively exchange in Legco, the last governor, Chris Patten, was accused of showing favouritism to Councillor Jimmy McGregor's proposal for a new election committee. 'I wonder why the government allows this to go on. Is it because McGregor is an expatriate, or what we call a gweilo?' asked fellow member Chim Pui-chung. McGregor fired back that Chim's remarks were tantamount to ethnic discrimination. 'I object very strongly to being called a gweilo or someone from outside, outer space as it were,' McGregor said. 'I am a councillor exactly the same as Mr Chim, and I would like an apology.'