The looks on their faces say it all - Hong Kong's then governor Sir Murray MacLehose (second from left) chats with shipping magnate Sir Y. K. Pao (right) at a Bangladesh National Day reception in the Hilton Hotel in March 1977.
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

The secret to surviving Hong Kong’s cocktail-party circuit

Perfunctory questions, expedient stereotyping, and enough alcohol to anaesthetise you against Hong Kong's small-pond conversational tedium were the usual way of surviving a soiree, though a former HSBC vice-chairman had a handy ruse of his own, writes Jason Wordie

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The looks on their faces say it all - Hong Kong's then governor Sir Murray MacLehose (second from left) chats with shipping magnate Sir Y. K. Pao (right) at a Bangladesh National Day reception in the Hilton Hotel in March 1977.
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