A show of confidence in gloomy times Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, a man of many hats including the Hospital Authority and the Bauhinia Foundation think-tank, came to the rescue, albeit in a token operation, of the panic-stricken stock market on Monday by snapping up blue-chip shares including HSBC. 'Companies like HSBC are good firms with high yields ... it's a show of confidence. And I don't want to look back with regret, say, three years later, for not buying if I failed to do so. I'm not worried even if prices drop a little bit in the short run.' Mr Wu, an accountant by profession, did not reveal his portfolio. Comic king bargain-hunting on The Peak The rich and famous are apparently undaunted by the volatile market. A market rumour said Ma Wing-shing, a prominent comic book artist, bought a luxury home at the No 8 Severn Road development on The Peak for HK$80 million last week. The 3,330 sq ft house cost him about HK$24,000 per sq ft - 14 per cent less than the owner who bought the house for HK$93 million at the end of 2006. Ma, 47, joined the comic industry in 1976 and established the Comicworld company in 1989. But the other owners of No8 Severn Road will not welcome his deal as it shows the prices of their properties are falling. Indonesian investment fund De Monsa bought a house in the same project for HK$240 million, or HK$55,736 per sq ft, at the end of last year. Students fascinated by 'Long Hair' and Co They might be loathed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his allies after the banana-throwing incident during a Legislative Council session, but League of Social Democrats lawmakers Wong Yuk-man and 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung have emerged as a must-see for visitors. Legco staffers have revealed the most often-asked question by students taking part in Legco tours is: Where does 'Long Hair' sit? Many people seeking help from the Legco complaints division also said Mr Wong and Mr Leung were the legislators who should take up their cases. Banana-throwing off the menu Banana-throwing is off the programme for the Legco open day on November 29. However, the public has been assured the event will be 'more interesting and meaningful' for visitors, with initiatives aimed at promoting the corporate image of Legco and enhancing civic education. An apology the consolation prize Ridiculed by pundits as a 'double-loss' legislator for failing to become either chairman or vice-chairman of a Legco sub-committee on the minibond controversy, Democrat Kam Nai-wai has received a consolation prize with an apology from Ip Kwok-him of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Mr Ip said sorry for not having told allies about a deal, under which the government-friendly camp would be given the chairman's post while the pan-democrats took the vice-chairman's position. Following the election of independent Raymond Ho Chung-tai as chairman, Philip Wong Yu-hong was nominated by Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung for the post of deputy. Mr Lam and Mr Wong are both from the government-friendly camp. Asked why they had brokered the deal, Mr Ip said yesterday it had been a mistake, and Mr Wong and Mr Lam had not been informed of the agreement.