Richard Li confirms the drinks but not yet the wedding When Richard Li Tzar-kai talks, people listen. Especially when the reluctant chairman of PCCW is having a social chat. One of Lai See's spies was at the Mandarin Grill and Bar near where Mr Li (right) was seated with his girlfriend Rachel Lloyd and another friend of longstanding. According to our source, the third party asked the golden bachelor if he planned to get married. Sipping on pink champagne, he replied: 'We're going to have a simple wedding.' We checked with Mr Li, who confirmed the drink but denied the marriage. (His 'no' was quite loud, actually.) We also called Ms Lloyd, an HSBC debt analyst, who declined to comment. Well, maybe our spy misunderstood and Mr Li was really talking about 'wedding' plans for his companies: PCCW or Pacific Century Insurance Holdings, or even Pacific Century Regional Developments. Rebel with a cause The transformation of Mr Li's image, for good or ill, continues. He's back on the Apple Daily front page again, this time as a democracy campaigner. The paper reports that in a pamphlet he sent to members of the information technology constituency asking for their support in his bid to be one of the 800 members of the Chief Executive election committee he said: 'Your vote is crucial to achieve real democracy.' He's been adding to his anti-establishment credentials all year, facing down Beijing - sort of - in the battle over control of PCCW and buying half of the pro-democracy Hong Kong Economic Journal. A rebel tycoon in the making? Well, being called a maverick certainly never hurt the Apple Daily's owner Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. Different tones Consistency is the bugbear that frightens little minds. - Ralph Waldo Emerson One can accuse Richard Li of many things, but not consistency. Within the space of six months he's gone from being hell-bent to sever his connection with PCCW to pledging his renewed commitment to the company. Proof of the latter? He raised his stake to 26.99 per cent by purchasing 41 million shares for HK$198.4 million, an average price of HK$4.84 per share. Deducting his short position of 3.43 per cent, his actual stake is 23.56 per cent, up 0.47 per cent. Could he possibly be buttressing himself against a hostile bid from his father, or one of his charitable foundations? Banks of screens If you've been having trouble finding one of those big plasma televisions to buy, HSBC could be the culprit. The bank has snapped up 60 42-inch plasma screens for the new ground-level lobby of its Central headquarters building. The screens form an 'Asian Story Wall' displaying still and motion pictures of the bank's history and its chairmen and sketches of Macau from its vast collection of works by the 19th century English painter George Chinnery. HSBC says it's the largest outdoor plasma display in Hong Kong, as we have no reason to doubt it. It's well worth checking out. Pink hit by thai censors Lai See got a surprise while using Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport last week. We were in the airport lounge browsing some news websites. We managed to log on to the Apple Daily and Oriental Daily sites as usual. But when we tried the Financial Times site, we were denied access. A pop-up message informed us that the FT website contained inappropriate links and was categorised as 'adult/sexually explicit'. Back at the office we leafed through a month's worth of FTs and try as we might we could find nothing even remotely titillating. We were also assured by FT staffers that they have no trouble getting on their employer's site anywhere else in Thailand, including Bangkok. Could the airport in Asia's most easygoing city be censoring the reading material of its customers?