property tycoons reveal their art-supporting collection As the tender for the West Kowloon cultural district enters its final stages, art lovers are crawling out of Hong Kong's concrete-work. On Thursday, most property firms flunked a Lai See spot-check of their track record for supporting the local arts scene. (It should be noted that Swire Properties, sadly cut from the tender this week, was an honourable exception.) But ever magnanimous, we gave everyone a second chance. Wharf Holdings, Sino Land and Sun Hung Kai Properties all leapt at our offer of a reputational lifeline. Wharf's Peter Woo Kwong-ching, we are told, sits on the Hong Kong Arts Centre's board of governors and is vice-chairman of the Council for the Performing Arts. SHKP's Walter Kwok Ping-sheung is a member of the Guangdong Chinese Cultural Foundation and a trustee of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (so too is PCCW chairman Richard Li Tzar-kai). Sino Land's Robert Ng Chee-siong, a sucker for the dance apparently, is an ardent supporter of both the Hong Kong Ballet and the Hong Kong Dance Foundation. All well and good, but it seems that classical music and opera lovers are a bit thin on the ground. Perhaps Hutchison Whampoa managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning, a recital-grade pianist, can lead the charge on that front. european trip from henderson Earlier this week we told you about a 'round-the-world-in-10-days' museum press tour being organised by noted art buffs Cheung Kong (Holdings) and SHKP. As the culture war to scoop the West Kowloon contract hots up, we wondered if rival Henderson Land could top the offer. 'We'll take you to Europe,' a Henderson Land sales manager said. 'And we'll go a few times.' Let's hear it from the third consortium - Wharf, Sino Land and Chinese Estates. gambling on macau plays Picking winners from the Macau gambling concept stock boom presents some unusual challenges. The latest darling to spin off the roulette table was Macau Success, which rose 71 per cent in a week when the firm issued seven announcements (three of them related to unusual share movements). Shun Tak Holdings jumped 31 per cent this month on the back of four public announcements that included one actual transaction. Melco International rose only 13 per cent with only three announcements. The conclusion would seem to be that the more announcements a company makes, the better the share performance. quitting pccw is the hardest job In recent years few professional jobs in Hong Kong have been as lucrative as top positions in Richard Li Tzar-kai's empire. The PCCW boss has handed out massive option deals and made more than a few underlings rich. Escaping the clutch of Mr Li, however, seems to be a different matter. We hear from a well-informed source that a young executive recently tried to quit to join a US investment bank. His plans were thwarted when Mr Li personally intervened, calling the US firm in question and asking them to rescind the offer. An executive at PCCW denies the story, but Lai See hears on good authority that the executive in question remains with the firm. law firm sponsors dogs for US$2m Three big woofs for law firm Paul, Hastings, Janosky & Walker, which donated US$2 million to the Guide Dog and Service Association of Japan. The association, which also boasts JP Morgan and Aioi Insurance as corporate sponsors, funds the training of guide dogs for the handicapped. up close and personal with analysts How much do you want to know about your favourite analyst? Not so long ago most market scribes were too busy stuffing clients with dodgy recommendations to worry about getting too personal. How times have changed with Deutsche Bank's Analyst Facebook 2004. The annual includes China Industrials analyst James Clarke, who describes himself as a fluent Mandarin speaker who improves his Cantonese by listening to Canto-pop music. He enjoys buzzing Hong Kong harbour in his 42-foot Sealine F42-5 motor cruiser. Less materially-inclined (or simply less wealthy) is telecoms analyst Piyush Mubayi, who enjoys hiking and star-gazing. We think we liked our analysts better when they ate red meat for breakfast, paid assistants to eat shampoo and generally behaved badly.