The Patten phenomenon – Kevin Rafferty and Mark Clifford

Patten5 From The Standard:

Back after five years to promote his new book, Hong Kong’s last governor is still a star, write Kevin Rafferty and Mark Clifford. Pictures by Simon Song

I t was a reception, well to be more accurate, a mobbing, that any rock star would long for – crowds of young girls, with a few boys and elderly men thrown in, pushing and shoving to get close to their hero, hoping for a smile, a handshake, an autograph.

But surely this guy is too old to be a rock star. Could he be one of the Rolling Stones? No. Right generation but wrong physique. Those chubby jowls and panda eyes that are beginning to show signs of age are surely caused by soft living and fine French wine, not the kind of lifetime abuse heaped on Keith Richards’ scrawny frame.

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