From the South China Morning Post this week in 1965 International news dominated the papers this week as the Great Train Robbery returned to the headlines. Troops had been called in to replace guards in Durham Jail in the north of England, where three of the culprits were serving 30-year sentences. Rumours abounded of an attempt to spring the trio - Douglas Goody, Ray 'The Weasel' James and Thomas Wisbey. The men were among 12 convicted of holding up a London-bound mail train in 1963 and escaping with GBP2.6 million, of which only #336,000 had been recovered. It was reported that a London gang had concocted an audacious plan to land a helicopter in the prison courtyard in a rescue attempt. The former Rhodesia was in the news as Britain's empire dwindled further. Letters to the editor columns were full of heated debate over the future of the country. One writer suggested the Duke of Edinburgh could be gainfully employed: 'If only Prince Philip would be made Regent of Rhodesia, all threats of bloodshed would disappear,' the unnamed writer opined. 'We could then be sure of Ian Smith's loyalty to the Crown and Harold Wilson's integrity regarding his political career,' he added. A bizarre but eye-catching advertisement urged readers to tie a piece of hair to a string, swallow it and move the thread up and down several times. This was an 'old American remedy' for sore throats, it claimed, before quickly adding: 'Today the choice is Strepsils.' The magic lozenges could 'restore comfort in swallowing and kill in ONE minute most germs that cause throat and mouth infections'. Today's public service warnings to avoid falling items from high floors seem minor compared with concerns in 1965 that entire blocks would crumble at pedestrians' feet. The buildings at 12, 14, and 16 Eastern Street in Western district were in a dangerous condition, reported the government surveyor. They were in an advanced state of dilapidation. Serious fractures in the main load-bearing walls, in addition to bulging brickwork, meant passers-by should steer clear. 'A sudden collapse is possible,' the surveyor said. Other dire warnings were made by G.H. Law, principal of Grantham Training College, regarding degenerate youth in Hong Kong. He used Speech Day at Tang King Po School to call on teachers to stress strict moral training and the highest standards of virtue. He said the large number of Teddy Boys in Hong Kong was due to the lack of parental authority at home and the lack of moral training at school. The issue of working hours was in the news. Government-controlled office hours were 9am-5pm or 10am-6pm Monday to Friday, with Saturdays 9am-1pm. One writer to the editor deplored the common practice outside government of workers, especially in Indian-owned firms, toiling 9am-7pm on weekdays, and often on Saturdays and public holidays as well. Employees feared losing their jobs if they complained, he said. The government should impose compulsory overtime payment for those forced to work such long hours, the writer said. A 'male doll' resembling a troll - with a shock of hair, jug-handle ears and a stunted rubber body - was pictured from front, back and the side in a large advertisement. Thomas Palsen, a Danish subject, was declaring that he had, from December 13, 1961, obtained the copyright of the pictured design, according to lawyers Johnson, Stokes and Masters. Another expatriate's career had come to its conclusion. It was announced that Donald Stratton, senior chief engineer officer of the China Navigation Company, was leaving the colony to retire to Dunbarton in the UK. The dedicated employee had started work in 1929, and during the war, served on the Indian coast. His other achievements and interests were not deemed worthy of mention.