Archive | 三月 2015

Let’s Talk about … English Speaking (huh)

Ha….Second week. It turns out my decision to quit (technically speaking just GENERAL MUTING) Twitter was appropriate, in a sense that I can eventually find time and space to boom up my WordPress. Don’t listen to others speaking makes you speak more, freer and more diverse in topics. But folks. Verdict about my “quit" not finalised yet. I will give out the TWO simple WORDS reason 2 weeks after. Just wait.

OK. About speaking in English. I read you guys’ tweets a cupa days ago (2 days maybe) about “You hate some gals/guys born in Hong Kong and try to pretend ABC/BBC/CBC, mainly ABC, in their speaking." To me, it’s already too much to use the word “hate". And it’s absurd and, mysterious too, as how can you “hate" someone you just don’t know? (OK….cliche: Hatred comes from ignorance, which be gone with understanding)

I just reiterate my words: Mimicking an accent which is not born with you is a tedious and pernicious works, while not worth a buck as (my experience tell) it just undermines your fluency and your humour. Last week, I attended a seminar of an architect who built One Hysen. She spoke with Hongkish which I can’t find anyone I know can compare. Not only the accent, but the way of forming syntacs, the way of speaking, the choice of words, are so Cantonese as you can ever imagine. Most of Hong Kong listeners, incl. me, just ordinarily mock such kinds of speaking as inferior and hilarious. But it’s because she adopted such “way" of speaking English she kept her fluency and humour all along, while the audience, including the ABC/BBC/CBC and native English “expat" just kept their attentive to the speakers. They kept smiling and laughing and I def. can tell they enjoyed the show/talk. That speakers’ power of speaking solely came from the usual phrase “I just don’t care a damn thing".

If you try to mimick an accent that’s not yours, your speaking will become self-conscious, and tense, as you keep asking yourself the same question, just silently while loudly in your heart “ain’t I sound right?" It just makes your speaking worse. Speaking is something unconscious. In a way, a too self-conscious cannot communicate, that is the problem I’ve suffered for so long.

A step further. Sometimes when you speak a sentence, you just get so self-conscious that you ask yourself, silently and loudly “did I make mistakes here or there?" That happens to me always, as I tell you I always say My girl is rubbing his lips, while the “his" I wanted to mean herself. Just try to relax and don’t be pricky when you say anything. Just let it go. If you makes some mistakes that are really serious, your audience def. will show you.

Last words, which one of my mates taught me in Ozz, “don’t stress too much when you speak". It’s hard to achieve when you try to mimick something that’s not you, or when you are too pricky on yourself.

G’day Mate

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Sophie Walbeoffe Exhibition – A walk through Jerusalem, Mar. 29 – Apr. 22 2015 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

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Sophie at One Off
PRIVATE VIEW : Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11am to 5pm

The exhibition runs until 22 April 2015.

Open: everyday 11am to 5pm, except Monday and Public Holidays. (Closed Easter, Friday through Monday.)

Find more info here http://www.oneoffafrica.com/current-exhibition.html

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Story – 進擊的小豬

第一章

三隻小豬的故事好多人都聽過。原來小豬的後代同野狼的後代都聽過,並慢慢變成祖訓。豬族知道為了防衛狼族的偷襲,老虎蟹都要想辦法班D堅固建築材料來建屋。而狼族亦清楚要不斷想辦法阻止豬族拿最堅固的建材,才有辦法生存。

你們會問:犲狼唔食豬,可以食免仔或其他動物啫!為甚麼非要襲擊豬族不成呢?嗱!你呢D問題同何不吃肉糜,或港人為什麼不可天台種菜一樣咁無知。不過見你們剛剛才看這個故事,即管講下現在天下大勢。自犲狼被土木工程師小三(後人稱為三強)煙窗下煲水涮屎忽後,雙方相安無事,BUSINESS AS USUAL咁住在原來的森林愈千年。經千年的䌓𧗠而又相對無咁多天敵襲擊下,豬族變成一個擁有佔地二萬平方公里的一個國家。重視建築安全(主要防天敵,但後來都防範洪水和地震)的豬族,已發展到用水泥建屋,並承繼先祖的建築精神,擁有全森林最大的水車,風車;最長的吊橋;最大的水灞;最高的大廈。該國亦是全森林最早達到全國城巿路面鋪平的國家。因建築技術的高超,豬族甚至把建築技術出口到其他的弱水國家如:免、羊、猴等國。如你踏進豬族的國境,你會看到隨了到處都是三強像外,整個國家都是漂亮宏偉的建築和繁忙的街道。

但問題亦產生。因缺乏天敵的關係,豬口膨脹的問題在該國非常嚴重。而發展以來的貧富懸殊亦非常嚴重。那裡有大得令人發呆的城堡式宮殿給予最富有和最有權力的人士居住。但大部分的人都住在最簡陋的房屋。一家大小六七人住在三百尺不夠的木造房/泥造房(因為建築成本較低)。豬族擁有著全森林最高的居住密度,在建築技術如此高超的國家,竟然佔七成的人口都是住在這些木造房/泥造房,卻被多個鄰國,包括狼族,稱許,被認為是善用土地資源的典範。

吖! 是呀。狼族就在旁邊。雖然曾是世仇,但兩國元首在幾十年前簽定友好和約,並宣告兩國應締造/打造經濟合作關係及優勢互補,並認為敵對關係已不合時宜。在豬族的首都區 Down Town,有狼族大使館,當然有其他從前的天敵如獅族、虎族等國大使館。但告訴你,豬族的天敵,尤其是狼族,並沒有進化成唔食小豬。你是狼,看見鄰國有不停的蛋白質供應,都不會那麼費事再去獵食吧。所謂的優勢互補其實是指豬族設一大型貧民區,接連狼族,容許其時不時用雙方秘密協議建成的地道進入無軍隊駐守的貧民區擄掠「多餘人口」,既保持狼豬之間的和平(因為在肉食常規化下的狼從此沒有需要大規模侵襲),亦解決豬族的貧民所帶來的國家沉重負擔,和減少豬的數量,以保持森林的持續發展及容載量,一石N鳥。但表面上的條約只寫豬族貧民區接連狼族,變成合作經濟區,亦是無戰化的地區而以。住貧民區的豬,都知這種事,但因無權無勢無財,只好奮力生存向上,每天把生命交給命運,期望有日離開貧民區。

故事的主角就是住在貧民區的一隻小豬 – SOL。

Let’s Talk about … Her 後記

看完Her後,心緒不寧。早上迷迷糊塗,開了自己的SIRI

我:Hi
Siri: Hi
我:I wanna make an appointment with a dentist on 2/4
Siri: Sorry. You have no Dentist in your contact
我:No. Just set a schedule Appointment with a dentist on 2/4
Siri: OK. What time?

Set好後,佢叫我Confirm,我可能昨晚尤有餘悸,就咁講了句Yes。原來是唔得的

Siri: Sorry. You have not confirmed.

我按了MON上的YES。

Siri: Done.
我: Thank you
Siri: Don’t say that.

哈哈。。。。Siri還是一件冇Intuition 的物件。Welcome back Reality.

Let’s Talk About … Her

訓唔著的昨晚,終於完成了呢套片。

上網GOOGLE摷相才記得呢套是比人話抄襲的。歡迎回覆抄得有幾似。有冇談情說案嗰D九成似,還是更仆街抄人最精粹的地方又唔俾CREDIT。

首先的評語是,屌你老母導演又話少少毒,成套戲根本是毒撚到仆街。是前所未有咁撚毒。最毒的地方是,如果Olivier Wilde (Olivier喎!唔係Jamie Oliver喎!)問可唔可以以長遠關係的前題下跟我發生關係,條友竟然唔呃佢?!而你同時睇住佢㷫烚烚,擺明搞完聽日唔認數佢最多跳樓完全唔洗上身,你竟然唔呃佢,而是揀回家同OS1 Cyber Sex?咁你同D高登仔問如果葉旋同朱旋二揀一,你揀叫佢兩個磨豆腐你在旁望住打J有甚麼分別?!我認話你是以呃蝦條見稱的老外之光,定之恥好?!我好亂呀!

好。終於入正題。同OS1 Cybersex嗰幕是我其中一幕幾中意的。因為我開始感受到SCRIPT是想講聖經的。Theordore一路形容點錫OS1,她的回應就真是好像看見自己有那個被吻的部分一樣,而電腦亦隨自己「感受」到甚麼是Orgasm而產生高潮。這顯然是創世記裡的:

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

在基督教信仰裡的上帝,要每樣野出現,就只需要用語言講出來。而你亦不難發現,SCRIPT同導演在整套戲的構想世界下,語言是有多強大。在這世界,差不多個個都是毒撚,但這個世界充斥著彼此不停的對話,當然加上新舊Model的SIRI吧。那亦跟我曾非常熟悉的一個網絡環境中的人非常相似。網上和現實的ELOQUENCY的天壤之別。

當然要同OS1告別的一幕是很有味道吧。但坐在上海新蒲東車詀外的那段更精彩了。"你同時跟多少人在談話?" “你同時跟幾多個人發生跟我一樣的關係?" “我愛很多很多的人,卻使我更愛你。因為我跟你不一樣。" 又是SCRIPT講聖經和他對之質疑的有力証明。老實說,做了那麼多年的基督徒,最令人摸不著頭腦的說話,並不是三位一體。因為在巴塞羅那我見過最利害的5位一體。美斯、恩尼斯達、XAVI、布斯基斯同西班牙第一前鋒。最令人摸不著頭腦的是"神的愛人無法明白,但我比任何人都愛你,每一個你。" 是何等的長闊高深而又無厘頭。

有個朋友話足見新上海的未來主義,我反而看到的是導演刻意告訴大家那個未來有多平凡,有多簡單,電腦的整合能力再強,但人的生活都只會一樣,你看街上的人跟你平時返工回家有多大分別?導演在告訴我們,我們就身處在未來。還有,空氣污染太嚴重,再勁的鏡頭都蓋不住了。下次想縮皮又想要AUTHENTIC,還是交俾VFX吧。

結局的最後一封信,是俾自己的媽媽(OS1 第一次SETUP時問過佢跟媽媽的關係,佢支唔以對),還是給ZOEY BARNS,我聽唔到了。但跟受傷的老朋友在天台相倚相憐,回歸沉默,去回應既無連繫卻又非常嘈雜的未來,這本身是一首詩,還要加入ARCADE FIRE的音樂,真是

毒。撚。到。核。爆。

The Northern Lights over Southern Alberta

Christopher Martin Photography

Spring Equinox Aurora - © Christopher Martin-2319
The Aurora Borealis has been very strong for a few nights in a row, reaching southern Alberta regularly which comes after what has seemed like a very long absence.  Perhaps it has just been me that was absent for shows since last year but being out for this one on the night of March 18-19.  When I went out at 11pm, there was a dull green bow low in the sky towards Calgary.  After a while, the arch began to glow brighter and stretch higher.  Columns then started to separate from the green band and the arch itself dissolved.  For the next couple of hours the lights shifted their shapes, colors and intensity.

Spring Equinox Aurora - © Christopher Martin-2522

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Spring Equinox Aurora - © Christopher Martin-2572

I was out on the berm that sits between Redwood Meadows and the Elbow River.  The height of the berm, the rocky shoreline and the snow remnants allowed for a variety of perspectives.  The three and…

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Let’s talk about mtr

Barely knows that mtr became the latest focus of hk people agony and antipathy. The price stuff right? Not increasing the fare or I will run on a loss (property earnings excluded in the projection, as it happens always).

I am not going to talk about this thing as they are not even news. They are gazette which means a notice that decision that’s been made periodically is made again.

I am talking about my boy’s design of mtr train

 

The saddest thing about mtr is I keep up my fare to keep you stay on top while you keep letting me down in your choice of colors for everything, and the colour of the train is so bad that even a 4 year old can subdue you without a slicey ambiguity. 

Tell you. A train with blue red and black combined together is always the ugliest one.

Let’s Talk About ….Role Model Citizen

睇過下Criminal Minds,學左呢個字,大概是解把一個人,甚或一個群體的生活、行為、習慣,以至價值觀列出來,然後估算那人/群體的心理狀況。嘩!勁呀!

公司有個同事,大概二十歲,估算中五畢業,從口音大概估算是來自新移民家庭,家住土瓜灣。告訴我每天都會行20-30分鐘到紅磡車站搭車,估算生活相當"striving"。

每天都會用非常誠摯的態度及笑容向所有人,是全公司所有人,打招呼講早晨。每天都努力枱面的工作,空閒時就看從樓下圖書館借來的書,眼目隨機看的是中國和香港的一些歷史書。他也曾主動告訴我他最喜歡看香港年報。每次送件來時,若是傳閱的剪報,都會叫我"RELAX下喇"。即使我講過我不看香港報紙,都每天如是。

親切的笑容,還會加上溫馨提示,告訴大家那種食物有營養,有何種功用,那種食物要食少D。還會時不時跟其實人討論政治。不過,這項應他的人就更少。我嗰行的人可能日日都好政治,所以最怕講政治。但似乎佢唔中意英國人,尤其彭定康(OK,說實話,佢近期確係有點柒)。

前幾日,他在我枱旁跟我說:"李光耀真是一個巨人"。講真,I couldn’t care less of this guy. 有隻民謠講佢的。

This Old Man, He plays tricks
He beat the shit up if you slick
With a whip lash paddy whack let you see the bone
Finally he’s rolling home

但那同事就會講佢建組屋,讓人安居樂業,家長式統治下,經濟作為重點,努力發展。我的回應只是,昨晚我沒有多看電視新聞。但我舅父住星加坡。

我對他的Profiling 是,他就是一個政府心目中的理想好公民。假若我是領導層,我恨不得每一個我統治的人民都是他。正面,有禮,健康,勤奮,節約,每看我為他準備的文獻及新聞。對我的施政有適量(即0)質疑。可惜的是,他在我公司接近沒朋友的,仲衰過我。我相信同佢同年代的人都會認為他,學偉大的民建聯話齋,不合時宜,老土,Weird。老一輩的同事,都會讚他好有禮貌,好人,卻不會因而介紹自己個女俾佢識(係呢,咁好你唔要?)。

前幾日聽了下面的PODCAST,Alex Edelman講千禧世代。

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/comedy

他講千禧世代是一個唔可以定性的世代,因為太多差異了。我對這講法有保留。從我其他同事對那個政府心中的模範同事的排斥,或絕緣,可知道,最少,這種模範正能量大使在千禧世代中是佔絕對小數。而政府過去其中一種德政,就是開LIBERAL STUDIES,更是把千禧世代的潛在能力一次過爆發出來,即我仲使唔知自己是否一個好人,至少我知道我唔想做你心目中的這種模範。這亦解釋了世界各地的施政都相當頭痛。未來只會愈見頭痛。因為千禧世代的主導表示以往的模範巿民只會變成暴龍,只在電影出現。但以往的所有政權,民主也好,極權也好,家長也好,殖民也好,都是建基這種於這種模範巿民的鼓吹。現在時興的所謂PROTEST VOTE,即我投票射落海都唔益你,二十,甚至十年前,是政客無法想像的,因為咁樣投票無人得益,包括投嗰個。但現在所有政客都要把之計算在內。

當RUSSEL BRAND這等Drugged An-nihilist變成全球第四有影響力人士,你就明為何本地偉人梁特首那麼嚮往北韓,在那裡所有人都是我那位同事,正面、健康、勤奮、有禮、模範。

Meet Up: We Love Vinyl, Apr. 5 2015 @ Soiree Gardens

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Vinyl Phones
The 3rd meet up of 2015 for vinyl enthusiasts under the umbrella ‘We Love Vinyl’ is happening on the 5th of April, Sunday. The vinyl meet revolves around music aficionados gathering and fun loving people listening & sharing their favorite music, past & present on vinyl. A great part is indulgence in this by gone music format that is undergoing a current worldwide revival. We proudly note that our meets preceded the worldwide revival.

So bring out and dust down your stored records and get into the groove with likeminded enthusiasts. Lean play on twin decks with our resident Dj or strutt your stuff anyway. Dig into crates of vinyl for sale, or come sell your unwanted. Spread the word on our movement. It’s a family affair.

Food and drinks are available. No charge at the gate other than your presence.

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Let’s Talk About …. Being a CD Rom

首先, …. 致各推友, 你地D推我有睇的. 這個習慣維持了差不多五年, 不是話MEET就MEET的. 所以你們提及我,或因為突然離去而屌鳩我, 我是看到亦表示致歉的.

但請耐心一點. 大概一個月後, 我會在BLOG UPDATE, 去解釋點解我要咁做, 點解我明明唔捨得,唔慣, 都要做.

做這決定後, 我都不停問自己, 是否一定要去到咁盡 (其實都有RT, 都唔算好盡). 嚟緊的一個月我都會繼續不停問自己同一個問題. 直到, 可以寫一篇似樣的文章去向你們解釋. 當然, 經過上次一篇文,大家都知我英文其實很遜, 所以將會用中文.

總之, 個理由比你們想像中複雜 (如果只是童顏發老髀就離開會否太簡單呢?) 同時比你們想像中簡單 (最後可能只是用兩個英文字就概括到的, 但現在未決定).

請繼續生活. 好好生活.