occupational goals Some Shanghai cabbies are earning more from their underground Euro 2004 bets than they are from their trade. Driver Liu Qing, who works 24-hour shifts (one day on, one day off), told Lai See he has reaped 10,000 yuan so far. Mr Liu bets 500 to 1,000 yuan a game. His biggest win was on Greece defeating France in the quarter-finals, a result almost no one predicted. For Mr Liu that punt was mostly intuitive. 'I did not think well of France,' he said. He also bet correctly on Portugal beating England, and offers this post-mortem analysis: 'The teams were evenly matched but the home team always gets an advantage and so it proved, with the England goal disallowed in the last minute.' Mr Liu's tips for the semi-finals? Portugal and the Czech Republic, with the Czechs triumphing in the final. Remember that you read it here first. THE DEAD AND THEIR DEBTS Last month the number of debt defaulters in Korea fell 2.3 per cent from May, Bloomberg reported over the weekend. Part of the reason - 102,000 dead people were struck from the rolls. beyond the pale Beyond Communications is so eager for us to interview one of their clients that they sent us an invitation with 44 pre-written questions for us to ask, including such gems as: 'What is [our client's] vision?' Maybe they could just write the article for us as well.