stock exchange regulators celebrate with a glass of chinese history To celebrate the first-ever gathering of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchange regulators, National Social Security Fund chairman Xiang Huaicheng rolled out a 155-year-old rice wine called Dao Guang 25. The Qing dynasty yellow wine dates back to 1850 and rates as one of the oldest (apparently drinkable) tipples on record. It even warrants a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. When Mr Xiang was last in Hong Kong, he was treated to a fine bottle of mao tai by Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang and was keen to repay the gesture. His Qing dynasty offering may have spent most of its life in a Jinzhou cave but Mr Ma reckoned it a fine liquor. Alas Lai See's red wine aficionado colleague, sent to cover the event, got nowhere near the top table and so cannot provide accurate verification. That's the way the cookie crumbles It seems we have been too nice to Standard Chartered Bank. Last Saturday, we reported how it had despatched thousands of biscuits to loyal customers (those with at least a 20 year banking relationship) along with the following letter. At Standard Chartered, we treasure our long-term relationship. Thank you for your patronage, and for choosing us as the right partner for your financial well-being through the years. We are delighted to present you with this special gift as a member of our partnership and a symbol of our gratitude. And if your friends or family require a loyal financial services partner, please remember that our staff are delighted to help. Thank you and with warm regards, Peter Sullivan, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd. As it happens, some seniors were less than impressed with the gesture of two Mrs Fields biscuits in return for up to half a century of faithful custom. 'Sir, we were distinctly underwhelmed by the generosity of one of Hong Kong's major banks, Standard Chartered,' one nonplussed StanChart customer tells us. donald gets up front and casual Can you imagine George W. Bush in a bow-tie? We can't either, but The Man Who Will Be CE sure was making an effort to sound like the US president yesterday. Mr Bush is famous for bestowing nicknames that are alternatively affectionate or condescending on friend and foe alike. At a 'campaign' event yesterday, The Donald surprised the audience with his own off-the-cuff monikers. Thus Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat became Tat-gor (or big brother Tat) and Liberal party chairman James Tien Pei-chun Jim-mei (Cantonese for 'Jimmy'). He also called on audience member Choy So-yuk, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong's no-nonsense ideologue, casually by her first name. Ms Choy wanted to know if Mr Tsang might dress down a bit and shed his bow-tie, at least during the hot summer months. 'If I take off my bow-tie, others would wonder what happened to me,' The Donald replied. Some already are. winding roads make it a dog's life Well-placed spies tell Lai See that Macau casino heiress and actress Josie Ho Chiu-yee (prodigal daughter of Stanley) has had some difficulties adjusting to life on the Peak, where she recently moved. Or, rather, her dog has. The problem appears to be not acute mountain sickness so much as canine car syndrome. The twisty roads make the poor pooch car-sick. Neither Ms Ho nor her dog returned Lai See's calls yesterday. It's tough at the top.