「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

Non Chinese literate friends, please simply switch to English Version provided by LOUSY Google Translation

Please participate in the unregistered demography survey of visitors at the right hand side bar. You are: ?

敬請參與在右下方的不記名訪客分佈調查問卷,你是: ?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

新的一天

新的一天



因為傳說瑪雅人曆法,在過去的冬至天 winter solstice day,便是世界末日的日子 End of the Earth Day。


北美洲的中部和東岸,中歐東歐至俄羅斯,都果然下着大風雪!

Source:tublr.com


今天今時,若各位和我都看到這一篇,這本來是我一早寫好,預備登出的祝賀辭,scheduled posting to congratulate that we safely passed the End of the Earth Day,即是慶祝大家都平安渡過,大家還是平安活着,但還是活着的話,也即是還有很多年要捱呢,所以改寫了賀辭成勉勵!











































Wednesday, December 19, 2012

四重奏 Quartet

四重奏 Quartet



臨近聖誕太古城中心的中庭大堂,除了佈置聖誕的擺設,引來很多遊人來照相外,週末還有音樂會和跳舞的表演,在過去兩個週末,都有 String quartets 弦樂四重奏。


【維基百科】In Classical music, string quartets are considered to be an important type of chamber music. String quartets consist of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The particular choice and number of instruments derives from the registers of the human voice: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

In the string quartet, two violins play the soprano and alto vocal registers, the viola plays the tenor register and the cello plays the bass register. Occasionally, string quartets are written for violin, viola, cello and double bass, representing the SATB format.



週六和周日每天表演 3:30pm 5:30pm 兩場,嗜悲 欣逢巧合路過,剛剛表現的是 Canon 卡農 D 大調,故此停下來欣賞。


在商場內表演,當然不會如音樂廳內般,遊人的嘈雜聲少不免,嬰兒小童陪着成人來到,聽得不耐煩在狂呼狂哭都有。不過 嗜悲 就是畀錢買票,入香港的音樂廳欣賞音樂演奏,都時常受到:咳嗽聲,索鼻涕聲,談話聲,電話鈴聲滋擾,又確實存在。(註:嗜悲 孤寒是從不花錢聽 Pop Concert 的)


四位表演者出場時,沒有得到鼓掌歡迎,不過好在完成每一曲之後,都有疏落的掌聲,還好臨到完結終了,都有得到拍掌。


這是在“你喉”有心人上載的表現片段



不過,拍照的閃光燈就不能免了,一般在音樂廳中有溫馨提示:不要拍照 的慣例,當然沒有出現在太古城中心,嗜悲 欣賞當日遊人不斷拍照外,還見到強國自由行遊客,不理音樂會還在進行中,大聲談說又利用四重奏當是背景,再拍攝單人照和團體照,手裡還提着大包細包的戰利品,留下遊港的好回憶!


網上還有一位 suitcase 在“你喉” 上載了 11段的 《太古城聖誕弦樂四重奏音樂會》,可惜都沒有 Canon 的一段。


要在文化沙漠的香港,要看準 targeted audiences,還要在商場攪四重奏就更不容易,故此不能避免受到非音樂會的遊人干擾。中區的 IFC 不時有鋼琴演奏,嗜悲 每次都要為演奏者感到悲哀!


另外,嗜悲 真的 Cheapie,太古城商場的遊人們,極多都是舉起智能手機拍攝收音,更有出動長伙加 DSLR 加腳架作出錄影,我的手機沒有這些高等功能,只 limited 拍一些鬆郁朦的硬照,故此我沒有拿出來拍攝獻醜,哈哈哈哈哈!



後記:
在“你喉”搜尋,有很多 Canon in D 的四重奏 短片 各位可以一聽!




伸延閱覽:
Classical Quartet 維基百科





Sunday, December 16, 2012

康乃狄格州小學開槍事件

康乃狄格州小學開槍事件


【Global and Mail】Most died at the very start of their lives, just 6 or 7 years old. Others found their life’s work in sheltering them, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. After the gunfire ended Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the U.S. state of Connecticut, the trail of loss was more than many could bear: 20 children and six adults at the school.

Children:

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

ADULTS

Rachel Davino, 29

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

The list does not include Nancy Lanza, 52, the suspect’s mother, or the suspect, Adam Lanza, 20.



美國時間週五(December 14),二十歲槍手殺死媽媽後,攜槍再到母親任職的小學展開屠殺,康乃狄格州 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown 26名師生,加上槍手和他的母親,共二十八人死亡,6歲的 Madeleine Hsu,看似是華裔的死者!




【CNN】Dressed in black fatigues and a military vest, a heavily armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school Friday and opened fire, shattering the quiet of this southern New England town and leaving the nation reeling at the number of young lives lost.

Within minutes, 26 people were dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- 20 of them children. Among the six adults killed were Dawn Hochsprung, the school's beloved principal, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach.

The shooter, identified by three law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also was killed, apparently by his own hand. Separately, his mother's body was found at a Newtown residence.

"Stuff like this does not happen in Newtown," a tight-knit community of about 27,000 just outside Danbury, said Renee Burn, a local teacher at another school in town. In the past 10 years, only one homicide had previously been reported.

With the death toll at 26, the Newtown shooting is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead.



今天我的心與各死傷者的家人同在一起哀悼, my heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and injured of this absolute tragedy at Connecticut!


Location of Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Connecticut


後記:
本文登出後,得蒙兩位網友留言,提及美國的槍械管制,今天看報有以下的報導:

【明報專訊】'I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn't have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.'

「但願上天讓她(上周五校園槍擊案校長)在辦公室內放了一把 M-4機槍,聽到槍聲時就可拿出來,在他(槍手)殺掉可愛的小孩前,除去他,取下他的首級,而非手無寸鐵地撲上去。」

共和黨國會議員戈赫米爾特(Louie Gohmert),周日在霍士電視台節目中說出以上一番話。他揚言,過去的槍擊案例讓他相信,要防止同類事件,必須增加可流通的槍械,不應加強槍械管制。



若要在美國加強管制槍械,難度之大可想而知。美國強悍的民族性不言而喻,就以擁有核武,只管別人不管自己,別國不可研發核武,但美國擁有全世界最多的核武器!全世界擁有航母的國家有 9個,即是就艘航母,但美國一國卻擁有 11艘航母,成立 11個航母戰鬥群,其他國家加起來都只得 8個半還要多,因為中國的航母還未成形。


還有自 911後,更賦予總統若有任何懷疑受到攻擊,可以作出毀滅性的 preemptive strike,你不幸被殺可說是 collateral damages!



伸延閱覽:
List of Connecticut shooting victims globe and mail
Police: 20 children among 26 victims of Connecticut school shooting CNN
反槍管議員:校長應有機槍反擊 雅虎新聞網




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