LI says mags write Goebbel-di-gook At his company results conferences, tycoon Li Ka-shing always insists that reporters identify themselves and their media organisations, setting the stage for a rant whenever a journalist from one of Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's flagship publications, Apple Daily or Next Magazine, takes to the mike. 'Next Magazine is no friend of mine,' Mr Li said when a reporter from the publication asked a question. 'I used to feel pretty upset about [it], but now I take it as a joke.' Mr Li's latest beef with Next concerns an article that said he had an 'adopted son' in Wan Chai who was leading the civic charge against Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung's Mega Tower project - a line also repeated in Apple Daily. 'Sometimes your magazine speculates on many things after spotting me with so-and-so in a restaurant, but it's always nonsense,' he continued. 'Why would I ever meet 'privately' with someone in a [public] restaurant? 'As someone once said, tell a lie 1,000 times and it becomes the truth,' he concluded, paraphrasing Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' famous maxim. Next Magazine declined comment. going for a spin Mr Li was downright garrulous yesterday - except, that is, when it came to two topics. Asia's second-richest man felt burned when every newspaper in town recently interpreted his positive comments about acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as a sign he wanted the Donald to be our next CE - and clearly wasn't looking forward to more questions on the topic yesterday. Mr Li's PR people nevertheless came prepared. Determined that their boss' comments be taken in the fullest possible context, they handed six-page packets of photographed press clippings concerning his CE-related remarks. The articles dated back 11 years. Mr Li's second-least favourite question yesterday was about Vertex Communications and Technology Group's promised cross-border assault on Hong Kong's power market, supposedly with the help of mainland giant China Power International. Mr Li's Hongkong Electric and co-duopolist CLP Power have argued their grip on the market - and princely scheme-of-control guaranteed returns - are justified by their reliable service. Odd, then, that midway through yesterday's press conference - and indeed as the power issue was raised - half the lights in the room flickered off and did not come back on for five minutes The bells, the bells Last but not least, Mr Li revealed that he needed two alarm clocks to wake him in time for his morning golf game. The reason? He's a bookworm who reads deep into the night, resulting in a sound slumber that just one alarm clock cannot break. natal attraction At his company's results announcement yesterday, TPV Technology chairman Jason Hsuan Chian-shen told reporters he had been born in Fujian in 1943. However, he was never sure exactly where as his family moved to Shanghai soon thereafter and later continued on to Taiwan. Forty-seven years later, in 1990, his company opened a factory in Fuqing, Fujian. Learning of this, Mr Hsuan's mother informed him that he had been born in that very place. That's some homing instinct, Mr Hsuan. An engaging fantasy? There's no love lost between PCCW group managing director Jack So Chak-kwong and rival Ricky Wong Wai-kay, head of City Telecom (CTI). On Wednesday, Mr So wondered aloud how long CTI would last. Citing CTI's offer of a free fixed-line to selected estates for one year followed by annual charges of $88, Mr So said: 'If this [offer] is not a lie, I don't know how CTI can survive.' Rational analysis or wishful thinking? Fond farewell The SFC's most durable executive director bid farewell yesterday after 14 years. Mark Dickens last December married former fellow SFC staffer Barbara Shiu. Ms Shiu now oversees risk management at Bank of China International, which must keep her busy, but we know not what Mr Dickens' next adventure will be. We wish him well all the same.