By Denys Roberts

ISBN-10: 1845111125

ISBN-13: 9781845111120

This is often an enjoyable account of lifestyles in a single of the final chapters of imperial background. during this enticing and fun memoir, Denys Roberts chronicles his time in Hong Kong as Solicitor normal in 1962 to his upward thrust to the place of work of leader Justice, which he remained until eventually his retirement in1988. He paints an image of the original social lifestyles in Hong Kong and a close photograph of the character and constitution of vintage Crown Colony govt and management

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I supposed that there was still a job for me in the Solomon Islands. There had been a vacancy there in 1959. Perhaps there still was. Four years later, when the Heenans left for New York, he asked me if I remembered my first evening in Hong Kong. ‘Vividly, Maurice. I managed to do everything wrong. ’ ‘We thought you managed splendidly. ’ ‘I had to rush out three times. I was sure you would never forget. ’ ‘You should have seen the Crown Counsel who came off a ship the year before you. ’ THE FIRST EVENING 27 When the driver stopped the car outside the hotel in Pedder Street, I felt ill again.

She preceded me. I followed with my handkerchief to my nose. This was not the right moment for tact. If I displayed too much of it, I should find myself in her room, as I had hoped to be a few minutes before. ’ I took her key and opened the door of her room. ’ she said. ‘Did you fall over or something? ’ ‘My driver will be waiting downstairs. Thank you for a splendid evening. ’ I bolted for the lift. The attendant was clearly impressed, as I left, that I had taken such a short time. I have not seen Jean since then.

I noticed that Rupert, who was sitting near his hostess, emptied his bowl of soup as she watched him, explaining to him the many benefits which would follow. As he left, an hour later, I saw his arm go around his wife’s waist and a thin line of saliva coming from his mouth. One of the advantages of a Chinese dinner is that it is friendly. It is difficult to remain aloof, even if your wife is sitting next to you, if others at the table are shouting cheerfully at you, your bowl and glass are constantly filled without you asking for it, the cloth, once white and untarnished, is covered with spilt food and one of the other guests is making an even worse mess than you with his chopsticks.

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