From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1975 Sir Lawrence Kadoorie, chairman of China Light and Power Co Ltd, shot down the possibility of Hong Kong getting a nuclear power plant in the near future. The long-time authority on power said the cost of a nuclear power plant had priced itself out of 'the realm of practical economics in the light of Hong Kong today' and likened the proposal to getting to the moon. 'Nuclear power is so expensive that even if you consider it for the existing power companies, the cost will run into billions of dollars,' Sir Lawrence said. He said Hong Kong needed at least two sets of 600 megawatt nuclear power plants to be effective and they would cost in the neighbourhood of HK$7.5 billion - 11/2 times the cost of the Mass Transit Railway. The alternative for Hong Kong would be to buy nuclear power from China should the latter build a plant nearby, he suggested. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna was helping in a feasibility study to build a nuclear plant in Hong Kong and was expected to submit its report to the government some time in December. A joint effort was being made by the government, the two power companies and the IAEA to identify the possible role of nuclear power in expanding the electricity generating system in Hong Kong. Elsie Elliot (Tu), urban councillor and Hong Kong's most famous Elsie, had a ready answer when she was asked what she thought about her namesake - Typhoon Elsie - which hovered over Hong Kong most of the day and prompted the raising of the No10 signal for the first time in four years. They should be named after men, not women, came the quick reply. 'After all it is International Women's Year,' she pointed out. Indonesia has agreed to a Portuguese proposal for ministerial-level talks on East Timor and proposed they take place before the end of the month at a place outside Indonesia and Portugal most convenient for the Portuguese government. The aim was to determine the next step for a solution of the problem of Portuguese Timor, according to Adam Malik, the Indonesian foreign minister. Indonesia favoured orderly decolonisation, provided it took into account the situation existing in Timor. He acknowledged that the situation in Timor had reached a stage where it could disrupt stability in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Jakarta denied for the second time in 10 days that Indonesian troops had crossed over the border and were fighting inside the Portuguese colony, which had been racked by civil war for two months. Official Indonesian sources said pro-Indonesian forces had taken two towns from the rival pro-independence party, Fretilin, as they continued their advance on Dili, the colony's capital. An Israeli judge ruled that a woman had to wait a further 10 years for her old-age pension, even though she was past the retirement age of 60. The judge heard that Melanie Neubart managed in 1955 to persuade another court to knock 10 years off her age, because she hoped to find a husband. Unfortunately for her, the judge refused to 'restore her 10 lost years'. Instead, he accused the woman - who never managed to persuade anyone to marry her - of 'bare-faced impudence'. Cambodian Prince Sihanouk's eldest son, 30-year-old Prince Norodom Yuvaneuth was living and working secretly in Kowloon. The prince sold his house in Macau before entering Hong Kong secretly without going through immigration procedures, even though he held a diplomatic passport. The Far Eastern Economic Review said the prince was one of the Cambodians-in-exile who refused to return home following the Khmer Rouge takeover of the country earlier in the year. Instead, he was working at a humble factory job in Kowloon and rented a small flat near a resettlement estate. Caldbeck's was pushing Corbans Sherry with its surprising price.