silly season discord The Legislative Council ended its four-year term on Saturday - and arguably not a moment too soon. To judge by some items on its agenda of late, the silly season was well advanced in the august chamber. The honourable Chan Yuen-han, for example, last week noted reports that 'the Labour Department regards members of children's choirs participating in extra-curricular cultural performances as artist employees subject to the Employment of Children Regulations and has requested their parents to sign 'written consent for the employment of a child entertainer'.' Tongue-in-cheek, it seems, Ms Chan decided to put the Labour Department's ridiculous earnestness to the test. Among other things, she wanted to know from the department how many children perform in such groups in Hong Kong and 'the reasons for regarding children's participation in extra-curricular cultural performances of a non-commercial and non-profit making nature as being employed in the activities concerned'. Choir practice as a form of child labour? Lai See wishes he had thought of that argument when he was growing up. It could have gotten him out of many a mandatory practice session for all sorts of unpopular activities. Or then again, maybe not. Lai See's parents had a lot more common sense than Hong Kong's Labour Department apparently has. 911 - but no emergency One of Lai See's colleagues recently found himself on flight 911 from London to Bangkok. Luckily, the journey passed without incident.