「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

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Friday, February 14, 2014

在故事內的故事

在故事內的故事



今天是《情人節》2.14,這故事三個月前的 14日,有位外國的朋友,由遠方 Email 給 嗜悲!


作者是一位叫 Seasons 的有心人




如果看得不清楚,可以讀讀這個 Text 版,其實網上有 很多個版本



經過搜查完一輪,最後 嗜悲 才知道是 TVB 《On Call 36小時2》用過的故事,是圖片尾尾的朋友 施晨 做的勞作。


嗜悲 一向甚少追電視劇,TVB 的C9劇更寥寥可數,讀完後又沒法加上畫面,沒有半點感受感覺 。。。。。可能 嗜悲 一向寡情的吧!


On Call 本身已經是一個故事,在故事內說的一個故事,嗜悲 沒有追劇,對這個故事中的故事,一知半解,結果在公司內蛇竇聽到究竟是怎樣一回事。


今天是 “情人節” St. Valentine's Day ,也是剛巧 農曆 正月 十五 元宵佳節,有謂:中國的情人節。


雖然 嗜悲 不懂得去愛,在此謹祝:


各 位 有 情 人


蜜 運 中 的 朋 友 終 成 眷 屬


已 經 成 婚 的
執 子 之 手 與 子 偕 老


至 於 還 未 有 對 象
疊 埋 心 水 繼 續 孤 枕 獨 眠





伸延閱覽:
On Call 36小時 貳 TVB.com



我的舊文:
啊 。。。習慣了!
寫於:二月十四日
男女走在一起的或然率 1
男女走在一起的或然率 2
情深的超人
為何 好男人轉變成壞男人 好女人轉變成壞女人
無題 NO LABEL




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

值得重溫

值得重溫



週二的早上,本港市區氣溫跌到攝氏 7度,新界據說更加低兩三度!





2004年的一部電影見過類似的漩渦 :




【維基百科】The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American science fiction disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich. The film depicts fictional catastrophic climatic effects in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and leads to a new ice age.





不過今個冬季有了個新名詞: Polar Vortex


【維基百科】A polar vortex (also known as a polar cyclone, polar low, or a circumpolar whirl) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet's geographical poles. On Earth, the polar vortices are located in the middle and upper troposphere and the stratosphere. They surround the polar highs and lie in the wake of the polar front.





【維基百科】These cold-core low-pressure areas strengthen in the winter and weaken in the summer due to their reliance upon the temperature differential between the equator and the poles. They usually span less than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in which the air circulates in a counter-clockwise fashion (in the Northern Hemisphere). As with other cyclones, their rotation is caused by the Coriolis effect.





【維基百科】The Arctic vortex in the Northern Hemisphere has two centers, one near Baffin Island and the other over northeast Siberia. The Antarctic vortex in the Southern Hemisphere tends to be located near the edge of the Ross ice shelf near 160 west longitude.When the polar vortex is strong, the Westerlies increase in strength.





【維基百科】When the polar cyclone is weak, the general flow pattern across mid-latitudes buckles and significant cold outbreaks occur. Ozone depletion occurs within the polar vortex, particularly over the Southern Hemisphere, and reaches a maximum in the spring.


2013-14 的冬季,北美洲 Polar Vortex 把美國南部幾個州份,都凍到疆喇 。。。。。電影是 2004年放映的,然而電影拍成放映時,引來很多學者們的批評,甚至取笑為可笑的電影絕大錯誤,理論誤導觀眾是個大笑話,云云。


【維基百科】In a USA Today editorial by Patrick J. Michaels, a Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia who rejects the scientific evidence for global warming, Michaels called the film "propaganda," noting, "As a scientist, I bristle when lies dressed up as 'science' are used to influence political discourse." In a Space Daily editorial by Joseph Gutheinz, a college instructor and retired NASA Office of Inspector General, Senior Special Agent, Gutheinz called the film "a cheap thrill ride, which many weak-minded people will jump on and stay on for the rest of their lives."

Paleoclimatologist William Hyde of Duke University was asked on Usenet whether he would be seeing the film; he responded that he would not unless someone were to offer him $100. Other readers of the newsgroup took this as a challenge, and (despite Hyde's protests) raised the necessary funds. Hyde's review criticized the film's portrayal of weather phenomena that stopped at national borders, and finished by saying that it was "to climate science as Frankenstein is to heart transplant surgery", as quoted in New Scientist.

However, Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, expert for thermohaline ocean circulation and its effects on climate, was impressed how the script writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff was well informed about the science and politics of global climate change after the talk with him at the preview of the film in Berlin. He stated: "Clearly this is a disaster movie and not a scientific documentary, the film makers have taken a lot of artistic license.

But the film presents an opportunity to explain that some of the basic background is right: humans are indeed increasingly changing the climate and this is quite a dangerous experiment, including some risk of abrupt and unforeseen changes. After all - our knowledge of the climate system is still rather limited, and we will probably see some surprises as our experiment with the atmosphere unfolds. Luckily it is extremely unlikely that we will see major ocean circulation changes in the next couple of decades (I’d be just as surprised as Jack Hall if they did occur); at least most scientists think this will only become a more serious risk towards the end of the century.

And the consequences would certainly not be as dramatic as the ‘super-storm’ depicted in the movie. Nevertheless, a major change in ocean circulation is a risk with serious and partly unpredictable consequences, which we should avoid. And even without events like ocean circulation changes, climate change is serious enough to demand decisive action. I think it would be a mistake and not do the film justice if scientists simply dismiss it as nonsense.

For what it is, a blockbuster movie that has to earn back 120 M$ production cost, it is probably as good as you can get. For this type of movie for a very broad audience it is actually quite subversive and manages to slip in many thought-provoking things. I'm sure people will not confuse the film with reality, they are not stupid - they will know it is a work of fiction. But I hope that it will stir their interest for the subject, and that they might take more notice when real climate change and climate policy will be discussed in future."

In 2008, Yahoo! Movies listed The Day After Tomorrow as one of Top 10 Scientifically Inaccurate Movies. The film was criticized for depicting several different meteorological phenomena occurring over the course of hours, instead of the possible time frame of several decades or centuries.







嗜悲 很有興趣知道北美的人,如今是否有些動搖,至少應該制定一連串的 guidelines 應變指引,預防一個新的冰河時代即將降臨 。。。。。。。例如:如電影中 美國人 蜂擁過墨西哥的邊境逃難,卻被 Mexicans 擋在邊界上,直至美國 forgiven / waiving 所有 墨西哥 欠 美國人的債項,哈哈哈哈哈!



後記:

寫完文字不久,就見到 英國東西部 受到連續幾個冬季風暴,並帶來暴雨,泰晤士河氾濫。







日本東京至到東北地區廣泛暴雪









伸延閱覽:
The Day After Tomorrow 維基百科
polar vortex 極渦 維基百科
the day after tomorrow theory Google search


我的舊文:
Nth 看“明日之後”







Sunday, February 09, 2014

拆彈雄心

拆彈雄心






嗜悲 細數相片中有十位隊員,雖云港府有全套裝備保護,但一旦爆炸性命難保,做拆彈的要不斷訓練和準備,就是養兵千日用在一朝,搵命博的工仍然是需要有人去做,今次平平安安完成任務,值得為這十位 “拆彈雄心” 致敬。



【SCMP】The 2,000-pound second world war bomb that brought chaos to Happy Valley was dropped during a huge one-day pounding of Japanese positions in the city in 1945, US military documents have revealed.





As the hundreds evacuated on Thursday from hotels, offices and flats near the construction site where the bomb was unearthed returned yesterday, amateur military historian Craig Mitchell said it was likely that the ANM66 was one of just 11 bombs of such size and destructive power ever dropped on Hong Kong during the second world war. The raid took place on January 16, 1945.

Police records show that the device was only the second of its kind found in the city since the end of the war.




據說有 2000磅的戰時美軍 AN-M66A2 炸彈 (details) by SCMP,連國際媒體:BloombergCNN 都有報導。



【明報專訊】拆彈事件擾攘近18小時,其間在場警員表現十分緊張,雖已封鎖鄰近範圍,但每當見到記者趨前查詢,警員都會叫記者退後。為免嚴重阻塞交通,炸藥燃燒約半小時後便會暫停一會,開放所封閉的道路讓汽車通過,爆炸品處理課警員同時稍作休息。拆彈期間發生兩次小型爆炸,現場傳出「轟隆」巨響和冒煙,氣氛緊張。

至清晨炸彈成功拆除後,事件終告一段落,在場警員亦鬆一口氣,本來嚴肅而疲倦的臉上終綻放笑容。可能涉事的未爆二戰巨型炸彈ANM66在香港只發現過兩次,爆炸品處理課警員在抬出已成功拆除的 1000磅彈殼後,亦齊齊蹲下與這個「古董」合照,猶如與獵物拍照一樣。拍照後,警員動用吊車將巨彈殼搬上爆炸品處理課的車輛運走。



不過,報導有說炸彈 2000磅,又有說是 1000磅,如今已經不再重要了,今次無論拆彈的人員,負責疏散的警員,戒備中的消防員,特別有效率。還有附近住宅的住客疏散,和酒店方面作出的安排都很妥當,令到雖然發生意外但零投訴,住戶旅客口碑極佳。香港可以在 梁振英 離港渡假,卻變得特別高效率零投訴,林鄭作為處任行政長官,應記一功!




後記:
若 梁振英 在港可以想像,必會去到現場博出鏡(如同:南丫島沉船事件),又週圍去指指點點,以為咁就是關心社會領導有方。林鄭 政務官出身,只在幕後統籌一切,讓前線人員各盡本份,這就是港英政府為香港留下來的 “精英” !!!




後後記:

專家:港海域埋200水雷

【晴報】上月灣仔鬧市掘出重2,000磅戰前炸彈,負責處理的專家指炸藥磅數近40年來最大,加上光綫不足,令16小時的拆彈過程難度大增;又估計現仍有約200枚水雷埋在港海域,隨市區重建料將持續有炸彈出現。

上月一個埋在地底69年、威力可掃毀方圓300米建築物的2,000磅美國海軍USNavyANM66二戰炸彈,於厚德里地盤出土,負責拆彈的爆炸品處理組警司盧秉善事後憶述仍感緊張,「是近40年來掘出最大的空投炸彈!」

這個直徑24吋、長67吋,內含1,000磅高爆黃色炸藥的炸彈,經16小時後終成功拆除移走。盧秉善指,抵達現場後見到炸彈前半已損壞嚴重,而且引信存在,有極高爆炸危險,故利用新式水力磨砂切割機,以高壓水柱切割炸彈,期間不幸出現機件問題,需與助手陳光鴻合力移動重型機械重新定位。

跑馬地千磅彈 40年最大
盧指,周遭環境令拆彈過程難度加深,當晚下雨令坑內浸水,炸彈亦因而不停滑動。當時炸彈有可能在鬧市爆炸,故把現場市民疏散拆彈,「最難是與時間鬥快!不能阻礙翌日市民上班、上學。」

據爆炸品處理組數據顯示,1994至2013年間共有1,823杖炸彈被發現,多國均估計逾三成當時使用的炸彈因失效未被引爆。盧續指當時英軍在港海域設置約200枚水雷防日軍進攻,惟日軍未經水路登岸,估計全未被引爆,但早年巡視時已不見蹤影,估計已沉在海底被沙石埋沒。

爆炸品處理組高級警司袁漢榮指出,94、95年興建赤鱲角機場及2001年興建迪士尼樂園時,曾發掘數以百計炸彈,因當時挖掘海泥填海,水雷一併掘起。他預計九龍半島、港島北區及灣仔等區舊樓,因層數少未有打地基,未來重建有機會再發現炸彈。

由92年入職的袁漢榮將於今年七月榮休,他指工作帶來挑戰及成功感,「最驚險一次為95年,有船隻打撈出一枚炸彈,要坐在炸彈上,離海面半天吊拆彈!」



本港海域潛伏200水雷

【頭條日報】跑馬地鬧市今年二月發現戰時炸彈,二千人黑夜大疏散。負責處理的警方爆炸品處理課成員指,難以估計目前尚有多少二戰炮彈隱藏在香港鬧市,但相信隨未來舊樓清拆重建,會再有機會發現炮彈;又指,香港海域仍有二百多枚水雷,至今僅找到三個,但強調對市民不會構成即時危險。

高級炸彈處理主任袁漢榮指出,市民過去行山、潛水或建築地盤時發現的軍火,可能是二戰時失效、未引爆的炸彈,或大戰後剩餘的軍火,被傾倒入海中等,雖曾經有調查推斷,超過三成未爆,但他強調,目前仍難以估計,尚有多少二戰炮彈隱藏在香港鬧市,相信隨戰後建築陸續清拆重建,如油麻地、大角咀、灣仔等地區,或再有機會發現炮彈,他呼籲市民如果發現懷疑炸彈,要標示出它的位置、警告其他人不要接近五十米範圍,不要觸碰並且報警。

舊樓區多二戰時炸彈
他又指,根據歷史記載,英軍在三十年代曾在香港放置二百多枚水雷,如東博寮海峽、魚涌附近水域、赤角附近水域等,當時最終「一個都冇爆過」,現時僅找到三個,但強調未引爆的水雷對市民不會構成即時危險,因大多已腐化或有泥土覆蓋。

袁漢榮又介紹,早前在灣仔成功解除大型空投炸彈,採用了爆炸品處理課近年以約二百五十萬元引入的「水力磨沙切割機」,該機器去年十月才首次採用,以高水壓混合特製鋼沙噴向炸彈表面,產生低溫切割效果,確保炸彈不會受熱爆炸。

「水力磨沙機」低溫拆彈
擁有多年拆彈經驗的袁漢榮指,最難忘是九五年在青衣一艘船的船錨上,坐在誤撈的美製M六四五百磅空投炮彈上個半小時拆除引信,做法國際罕見,但袁笑言「驚跌落水浸死,多過被炸死」。






伸延閱覽:
Happy Valley bomb SCMP新聞網
事成鬆口氣合照 新浪新聞網
專家:港海域埋200水雷 晴報 skypost
本港海域潛伏200水雷 頭條日報




我的舊文:
烈火雄心 ~~ 記一位殉職的消防員
男兒有淚