Love rift to test 'Superman's' powers Flamboyant lawyer and legislator Paul 'Superman' Tse Wai-chun may need all the powers of the superhero he once often dressed as to extricate himself from the latest tangle involving his long-time lover Pamela Pak Wan-kam - now apparently his ex-lover. Amid widespread reports that Mr Tse had left her for a younger woman, the 65-year-old former agony aunt called a press conference last night to announce they were about to leave for a holiday in Australia in an effort to resolve their differences. 'Have we broken up? He has moved out. Call it whatever you want to,' Ms Pak - who is 15 years older than Mr Tse - said in response to reports that he had taken up with a 25-year-old mainland dancing coach he met on the internet. Whether the relationship, which has survived many ups and downs, can survive remains to be seen. The rift comes months after Mr Tse received a victory hug from Ms Pak after being elected lawmaker for the tourism sector. He praised her then as 'an example for all women'. Intriguingly, we're told that that episode prompted warnings from colleagues that such public displays of affection could harm Mr Tse's political aspirations. Hmmm. Another foreign firm to strain the nerves Here's today's riddle: what does the deal between Wharf (Holdings) and French company Veolia Transport, over Hong Kong's tram service, have to do with The Link Reit and Ngong Ping 360? Wow, that's a tough one isn't it? But read on. Remember how the sale to Link - controlled by an international hedge fund - of government-owned shopping malls and car parks in public housing estates became mired in controversy over issues including steep rent rises? And remember how contracting-out of the operations of the Ngong Ping cable car to Australian company Skyrail-ITM came to an abrupt end after a series of mishaps culminating in a gondola falling off its wire? These woes, we understand, haunted the minds of transport officials when they tried to assess the risks of hiving off another key piece of infrastructure to another foreign company. Of course, no one is suggesting Veolia, a seasoned operator of trams, will run into similar problems. But time, as the old saying goes, will tell. Rowse sticks to his Basic Instincts It is an open secret that Mike Rowse, who retired as chief of InvestHK last year, was ghostwriter of several speeches for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen when he was financial secretary, with sensational titles such as 'Silence of the Lamb' and 'Basic Instinct'. For a post-retirement bunfight at the Foreign Correspondents' Club this month, Mr Rowse is sticking to his style. His speech titled 'Confessions of Hong Kong's Most Uncivil Civil Servant' looks set to cause a stir. No such thing as bad publicity Despite - or more likely because of - the strong opposition by the Foreign Ministry commissioner's office in Hong Kong to the visit by pro-Tibet campaigner Kate Saunders, her talk in the FCC on Monday drew a large crowd. She jokingly thanked the ministry for helping to promote her event. Political Animal wonders whether a photo exhibition on '50 years of democratic reform in Tibet' to be held by the ministry in its Kennedy Road office today will attract a similar crowd.