A few years ago any American mom would be expected to kill for a Cabbage Patch doll. But go to Hong Kong and you will see a new wheeze for separating parents from their hard-earned cash.
The latest fashion to grace the colony is a cute little Chinese doll, complete with padded cotton jacket, trousers and miniature British passport. Well may little Lucy Wu smile broadly; like Governor Sir David Wilson, she has got her right of abode.
Just as timely a toy was given to British Army officers serving in the Gulf. Parker Pen made its valiant contribution to the war effort by issuing camouflaged pens. Sadly, the mottled green ballpoints were not quite in the desert mode. Still, what's a little detail like that when you are helping to promote the write spirit?