Hong Kong Island.in the sixties
Over a period of Two years plus I had the opportunity to visit some of the homes of the more well to do residents of Hong Kong IE Fragrant Harbour, Due to the clouds and mist most of these homes had a strange odour of dampness, some of these homes were quite old and unlike the apartment My family occupied on Wongneichong road which circumnavigated 'Happy Valley race course, Being the first occupants in 1962 the Three blocks of twenty Apartments ten story's high were high spec and sumptuous. but nothing like the vastly high blocks of concrete which replaced them in 1997 when they were demolished.
While in Hong Kong I had the dubious luck to come in contact with many celebs of sorts and one being a Arthur Halliwell of Brit Daily Mirror fame who wrote a column under the title of Cassandra, who you may remember if you are aged like myself; was the villain in the lawsuit brought by the famous Liberace against the Brit Daily Mirror columnist Cassandra AH himself. This Vitriolic attack on Liberace cost the Daily mirror lots of Dosh.
In 1956 Daily Mirror columnist Cassandra wrote a vitriolic attack on Liberace that he took as an accusation that he was homosexual. He sued for libel, swore under oath in the witness box that he was straight, and won. His award of £8,000 damages and £14,000 costs equates to £14,000,000 and £24.400,000...today.
My meeting with Arthur Halliwell was when he had been invited to a party within our Base and while waiting to be escorted recalled the party he had attended 'Up the Peak', when this well oiled Brit dowager stated, " Lovely Party Darling 'Hic' I don't think there is a soul here who lives below MAY Road"..
Vest ... Back soon.
To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).
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