THERE is nothing like a new job to get the juices flowing freely, to renew dampened enthusiasm and invigorate jaded sensibilities.
Certainly it has done wonders for civil servant Peter Harrison, principal assistant secretary (broadcasting) with the Recreation and Culture Branch who is on his way to Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) in October for six months, as we revealed last week.
Mr Harrison is taking a holiday before starting as an assistant director (special duties), but before he departed he rang RTHK secretary Balawat Pannu asking if he could help out the station - even before he starts his new job on October 7.
Specifically Mr Harrison asked Mr Pannu if he could travel to New Zealand for the 10-day annual meeting of the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) in Auckland, starting October 6.
Mr Pannu told Mr Harrison that if he wanted to go, he would have to pursue his interest with RTHK director of broadcasting Cheung Man-yee.
Strangely enough Mr Harrison did not follow up his call, and in the meantime it was decided Ms Cheung and the head of RTHK's radio division, Raymond Ng, should go to Auckland along with an as-yet-unnamed person.
MORE news of the unusual management techniques employed by fitness gym boss Tom Turk.
Readers will recall how Mr Turk fired instructress Jacqueline Stahl after less than a month in the job.
That did not come as a surprise to Briton David Morter, who was hired as a gym manager and chief instructor, only to be sacked within the month-long probation period.
Mr Morter was told his ability to co-operate with and control staff was sub-standard and his physical condition and appearance were not up to scratch.
Mr Turk clearly is not a man to hold a grudge as he put his name to a glowing reference. ''During his period of service, his work was entirely satisfactory. He was punctual, honest, loyal and hardworking. He left our company on [sic] his own accord. I wish him every success in his future career.'' DR DAVID Lam See-chai, British Columbia's Lieutenant-Governor, is under attack in Vancouver newspapers after the Hong Kong-born businessman said his wife was frequently mistaken as a Filipina maid because she was ''poorly-dressed''.
One day last month, three angry letters appeared in the Vancouver Sun, upbraiding Dr Lam for comparing slovenly-attired women to Filipina maids.
Dr Lam, 70, and his wife, Dorothy, emigrated to Canada in 1967. After a stint in business that transformed him into a multi-millionaire, he was called to the lieutenant governorship in 1988.
A TALE has reached us that will bring tears to the eyes of the most hardened businessmen.
Hermes executive Nicole Wang was taken to the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital with a painfully enlarged gall bladder and told to rest.
This did not suit Mrs Wang, as the French fashion house was planning a major show at The Regent hotel. To the amazement of medical staff, it was business as usual, Mrs Wang even holding business meetings in her room, including one for executives from Hermes head office in France.