a touch of the michelangelo as ubs boxes clever at the sevens Regular readers will know that Lai See far prefers the grace and strategy of America's greatest pastime, baseball, to the 'kill-the-man-with-the-ball' thuggery that typifies rugby. But we also recognise the Sevens' immense popularity. And knowing that the market gets what it wants, Lai See scouted out the executive boxes at Hong Kong Stadium. Frankly, we were a little surprised by how scruffy the whole scene was. Imagine a long series of self-contained fraternity keg parties, many of them spilling into a long, airless, neon-lit corridor. The disproportionate number of 20-something American investment bankers - and goons at every third party to keep out the uninvited - reinforced the frat-house feel. Frankly, if you were a member of the great unwashed relegated to the open stands in beautiful weather, consider yourself lucky. We were, however, impressed with the efforts of a few banks to dress up their boxes, which are otherwise stuffed with bad 1980s motel furnishings. Top prize goes to UBS, which went for a Sistine Chapel theme, somewhat sacrilegiously updated with rugby flourishes. Lai See also has it on good authority that the Swiss bank is the proud owner of the only Sevens bar specifically reinforced to bear the weight of a dancer or two - because you never know when that important client is going to clamber up to dance in a state of semi-dress. Special mention to Deutsche Bank for tolerantly embracing a French theme, featuring Moulin Rouge costumes and prints of work by 19th century Parisian painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Points deducted, however, for the fact that their SCMP Sevens supplement cover-girls and boys were outside ringers hired for the occasion. Not enough talent in house, apparently. Donald takes a bow-less bow Congratulations to acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who yesterday presided over his first Rugby Sevens awards ceremony. He even did so sans bow-tie, opting instead for a rugby shirt and blazer. The diminutive Donald, who stands out only in elementary school crowds and the odd press conference with Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, was yesterday dwarfed by the likes of former British prime minister John Major and the Big Men of Fiji. Seven, of course, is a magic number in post-1997 Hong Kong. The annual Sevens fiesta aside, the Donald is hoping to successfully convert two years in office into an additional five-year term. Think of it as Hong Kong's political equivalent of the seven-point try and conversion, only with two points for the try and five for the conversion kick. Well why not? It's not like it's the first time Mr Tsang has confused his fives and his twos. CE race going down to final furlong Some people look like their pets. Is it possible some run like them, too? Financial secretary and man of the millionaire set Henry Tang Ying-yen was born with, as they say, a silver spoon in his mouth and a few ponies already in the stable. Three weeks ago his horse, Fuji Sunrise, won its first race at a time when rumours surrounding chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's possible resignation were swirling thick and fast. If Mr Tang runs like his horse does, then the Donald has much to worry about. Mr Tang, of course, remains modestly coy about his political ambitions - and about Fuji Sunrise's chances going forward. 'I don't know when [Fuji Sunrise's] next race is scheduled,' Mr Tang said at a forum organised by Ming Pao yesterday. 'I'll make sure that it won't run on July 10,' quipped Hong Kong Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli, referring to the second Sunday in July, when former chief executive's Tung Chee-hwa's successor will be chosen. God forbid a rich man and his horse should both have to run on the same day! identity crisis Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp's incoming executive director for Hong Kong and mainland China, Peter Wong Tung-shun, also put in an appearance at the Ming Pao conference yesterday. Mr Wong, who stepped down from Standard Chartered Bank in a blaze of self-fanned glory last November, has been lying low of late. But with Mr Wong not officially starting at HSBC until April 1, he is stuck in a No Man's Land much like that narrow sliver in Central separating his past and future employers. Conference organisers were therefore hard-pressed to come up with an appropriate title. Their solution? Mr Wong spoke in his capacity as chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.