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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
1:05 am - Writer's Block: Redo
If there was something you could change about your past, what would it be?

I would have screamed.

(3 retreats Enfin seuls!)

Sunday, September 13th, 2009
12:16 am - It is finally funny

I still do not get the radon part.


Emma Pillsbury, guidance counsellor: Rachel? Did you just throw up?
Rachel Berry: No!
Emma: You missed the toilet.
Rachel: The girls who were throwing up before me left that. I tried, but I guess I just don't have a gag reflex.
Emma: One day when you're older, that will turn out to be a gift. Let's have a little chat okay?

"Glee", Fox, 2009

( Enfin seuls!)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
3:31 am - 爱眉
心泉的秘密
啊你漂亮死了。

( Enfin seuls!)

Friday, March 20th, 2009
5:08 pm - Playing Cassandra again
I wonder how long will it take for me to stop being shocked by the abundance of bad taste permeating this planet. I wonder about a lot of things.

If you have not seen THIS movie, go see it now before it is brutally murdered (like all good things) for the crime of attracting the wrong crowds.

Squeal.

--././-
-/...././.
-..././..../../-./-..
--/.
-../..-/--/-.../.-/.../..././...
So long and thanks for all the kitsch.

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Edit: "The ghost of my spilled milk makes my air sour." It is time for that gynecologist joke, Nie.

( Enfin seuls!)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
7:43 pm - The shirt that random people love commenting on
teddy

Today's highlight:
Guy from student service (on my missing classes): Busy being someone's teddy?

( Enfin seuls!)

Sunday, February 1st, 2009
9:35 pm - My take on romance - you sure you want to know?
I do not have much originality when it comes to certain matters. I never had. (That is, in comparison to others like Song of Songs. Now who doesn't like Song of Songs?) Thus I might not have too much to say, except for what I have in fact said before in Deuteronomy - dreary, unpalatable Deuteronomy. I apologize if this is still too difficult for you, but you know, I am not really obligated to make your life easier.

Here we go.

By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Unfortunate Coincidence, Dorothy Parker

And no, I did not translate this:


《不幸的巧合》

当你颤抖叹息地
发誓说你属于他
而他也誓言他的热情
无限而不朽 -
夫人,请注意:
你们有一个在说谎。

( Enfin seuls!)

Friday, January 30th, 2009
6:54 pm - The Persistence of Memory
What happens to chocolate in 45℃?Collapse )

( Enfin seuls!)

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
9:10 pm - On the basic human right to go topless
Apart from the sadistic tendency to watch other human beings roast in the sun, I cannot think of any good reasons for a sane person to go watch the Australia Open today.

At least my Zinger Tower Burger will stay steamy for a bit longer.

- My thoughts, after waiting 25 minutes for my tram in the 43℃ weather.
(All because special transport arrangements were made to cater for the tennis-watching crowd.)

In other news, the heat has also buckled the tracks at the train station right outside my house, thus presenting me with the wonderful dilemma of:

1. Walking 45 minutes in the searing heat to school, or

2. Riding behind a cab driver who attempted to charge me AUS$45 for the short distance.

Nyeh. Thanks Jesus/ Allah/ Yahweh 7-Eleven for raspberry Slurpee.

( Enfin seuls!)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
5:39 pm

Le Ballon rouge, 1956, Albert Lamorisse

( Enfin seuls!)

Monday, January 26th, 2009
5:13 am - Caution: dangerous goods

caution

「不塞不流,不止不行。人其人,火其书,庐其居,明先王之道以道之,鳏寡孤独废疾者有养也,其亦庶乎其可也。」

《原道》,韩愈



我知道我知道,你是想告诉他们你什麽也知道对不对? 有些事很委屈,有些人很过份,有些时候你快受不了自己的天真。这些我都知道。亲爱的,请你有空读读圣贤书(不对不对,韩愈不算。),有些东西恒久不变。

And so I have found the perfect mentality to enter into my very first session of EFT. Would it kill you to know that I am not joking? It is so exciting to come across something in English and in a strictly modern setting, and then to have an EUREKA moment of, Hey I have just read that in Old Chinese a few days ago. (Told you I am easily seduced by languages.) Good things come in two languages. And when they don't, well, we will just have to make do.

Nie, I wish I had an immediate female relation around to tell me how much of an idiot I am, on a scale of 1 to 10. (Probably 99.) Nie Ma rocks.

( Enfin seuls!)

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
11:52 pm - 不谙广东话者免进
《遇上一九四一的女孩》原声大碟是最好的灵丹妙药。由它放著我就高兴。

1941 Girl

《失眠夜》

「我想入中大想入港大想伟大
到今时今日竟然係庙街卖鞋
有时就卖 tie
你买定唔买?

我升职竟然俾D衰人阻住哂
我赌狗赌马炒楼股票仆哂街
我老公竟然偷偷跟人包二奶
究竟点解,点解点解
变得咁坏?」

我: 写这歌的男人到那里去了?
妮: 不知道。可能在庙街卖鞋。

这男人其实叫锺志荣。《我和春天有个约会》里面几首最精彩的曲子也是他一手包办的。杜国威写在《春天》里面的「风筝定论」其实很有道理。你要是一代痴情汉子,任劳任怨,俯首甘为观音兵的话,她会对你不瞅不睬,爱理不理。然後当你厌倦了要跑掉了,她又总动员打锣敲鼓的来扰你了。如此这般拉拉扯扯的,不亦乐乎。似乎女生都是 Victor Hugo 笔下的 Muhammad's mountain

哈怎麽我开始有臭男人的口吻了? 还是赶紧回去苦练《玉女心经》第一式:「视而不见,小解自便」好了。少话点好,唯恐天下不乱乎?

( Enfin seuls!)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
2:22 am - 驱魔人 (二十一世纪高钙低脂版)
But if you are feeling sinister
Go off and see a minister
He'll try in vain to take away the pain of being a hopeless unbeliever

But if you are feeling sinister
Go off and see a minister
Chances are you'll probably feel better
If you stayed and played with yourself

Belle & Sebastian, If You Are Feeling Sinister


昨天夜里电视播的是 The Contender ,主角有那个在 The Crucibles (好戏啊) 里演 Elizabeth Proctor 的女人。名字早忘了。我一向对政治剧场没啥兴趣,倒是有一段对白蛮好玩的:

(这段开始时男参议员安坐直升机里,引擎已启动。)
(无关重要女角乙名跑到直升机前,一吐而快。)

女: 我只想问一下,你们会要她下台吗﹖

(男参议员沉默不语。)

女: 也许我不应该这样说,但是... 请不要放弃她! 在我们这一代的女生眼中,她代表著希望,代表这个时代男人跟女人享有同等待遇,代表著我们在这个国家依然能有所作为!

男: (想了一下) 你说得很对...

(女角欣然。同时直升机开始离开地面。)

男: ...你的确不应该这样说。

我以经很久没有参与抗战活动了。想当年我可是武林中鼎鼎有名的高手之一。只可惜天妒英才,我不幸於某个月黑风高之夜把《玉女心经》第一百二十六章练至走火入魔,之後武功全失,甚麽「东拉西扯拳」、「畏首畏尾剑」等全都使不出来了。一代奇侠从此退出江湖,不问世事,终日感怀身世,鬱鬱寡欢,最後抱石投身汨罗江,遗作《牛利酥》悠悠道出不得志之苦。此後每逢五月初五,後人皆抛物於江中,以为纪念... 噢弄错了那是屈原。

既与世无争,这段对白於我应该是毫无意义的。你看那古今中外的反动份子,永远是血气方刚,雄姿英发的。跟据「Edukators 定理」,那许人老珠黄的一群早就该摇身一变成为「Bourgeois Swines」,全身引退。所以呢,﹐这场仗我是打不下去了。甚麽真理、正义、臭男人的,我再也不管了。我只要归园田居,﹐好好过我的安逸生活就好。(给我钱更好。)

革命尚未成功,同志仍需努力。妮啊,看你了。

我从来不是个勇敢的人,不过因为善於乔装,有时候我的懦弱会被视为灑脱。这是一个美丽的误会。

所以当我今天碰见一个漂亮女孩的时候,也没有上前跟她说话,只是隔著两重玻璃看她长髮飞呀飞,高跟鞋蹬蹬蹬的。她仍然是那麽漂亮,仍然很有晴雯的味道。(有志之士会知道像晴雯的女生这辈子跟我有甚麽恩怨纠缠。) 然後我记得从前有小男生跟我提及「红袖飘香」之说,然後我想起当年我初磨桐烟墨,磨得如何的坏,然後漂亮女孩眼角 (两弯似蹙非蹙罥烟眉,一双似泣非泣含情目) 不经意的朝我这边一瞄,然後我赶紧回过头去,然後我发现手中的咖啡(extra shot with Irish Cream) 很苦很苦...

所以从前穿白裙子的一段时光至今依然叫我恶梦连连。当年我还只是一包米 (对,甚至还未算是一旧饭),我想要是我没有装得那麽痛快的话他们也许会放过我。毕竟一包米能幹出甚麽大事? 要是我能够滥竽充数,也许现在就用不著杯弓蛇影,心惊胆颤了。

所以我跟你说,不要再呆呆的哼那十年不变的调子,不要再发掘古人的至理名言。所谓眼不见为乾净啊! 耳渝目染,有时候太多的智慧会叫人做坏事。

所以我从前很爱小曼,也爱粱思成。

所以下次我把废纸和空瓶子带到回收箱的时候(我是乖孩子!),我会记住人也是可以回收的。朝花夕拾,有时候拾荒回来的宝物比甚麽也珍贵。

所以,我想我应该开始用我那套动物图案的茶具。Face your demons。 不要浪费。

好,就这样。

喂,请不要试图在我的字里行间找些甚麽的。因为我其实是个很肤浅的人。你们都被骗了。


繁。 Collapse )

( Enfin seuls!)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
5:15 am - Diminutive
Betrunkene und Kinder sagen die Wahrheit.

( Enfin seuls!)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
3:20 am - Found object
It was a cold winter night. A group of monkeys needed a fire to stay alive. One of the monkeys said, I have seen how humans make a fire. As it instructed, the monkeys gathered around a swarm of fireflies, blowing air from their lips in a collective effort to create a fire.

A wise monkey among them, however, knew very well that it would all come to nothing. It sat in a far corner and refused to participate.

Dawn came. The wise monkey was found frozen to death in its lone corner, while the rest of the monkey managed to survive around the fireflies.
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This is apparently a story told by the Liverpool poet Brian Patten, the Chinese (and extremely abridged) version of which I read here. We do not want to know how much have been lost in the many layers of translations.

The glazed cherry on top of the icing on the cake however, is one of the comments of the entry which has reproduced the article that contains, probably to a great extent of literary indulgence, the Chinese and very abridged version of the story: (It is a many-layered cake.)

"Sometimes you would rather die alone,
than to stay alive with the rest of the foolish population."
See? Even in a fantasy world, chicken soup - or whatever elixir you choose to call it - does nothing for the cynic's soul.

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又及﹕

我们的鲁夫子不是也说过同样的故事吗﹖ 不过自从我写出了零分的阅读报告﹐ 我这辈子不会再说半句有关鲁先生的话。

我说, 这些人都该死。

(2 retreats Enfin seuls!)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
12:15 am - THAT be the verse
"Jolly good," intoned Bradshaw, eager to get on. "Item one: an active cell of bowdlerisers have been at work again, this time in Philip Larkin and 'This Be the Verse'. We've found several editions with the first line altered to read: They tuck you up, your mum and dad, which is a gross distortion of the original intent. Who wants to have a go at this?"

Jurisfiction meeting number 43,370, First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde


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The parody in question, by Adrian Michell (?):

They tuck you up, your mum and dad
They read you Peter Rabbit, too.
They give you all the treats they had
And add some extra, just for you.

They were tucked up when they were small,
(Pink perfume, blue tobacco-smoke),
By those whose kiss healed any fall,
Whose laughter doubled any joke.

Man hands on happiness to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
So love your parents all you can
And have some cheerful kids yourself.


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THIS be the verse - the Philip Larkin's original version.

( Enfin seuls!)

Sunday, September 14th, 2008
8:17 pm
This is a comment for another blog and it has, sadly, nothing to do with you.Collapse )

( Enfin seuls!)

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
4:07 am - Romance according to the ancient Chinese
She hit me with a papaya.
I hit her with fine jade.
Ain't trying to get back at her.
Just wanna be good forever.

She hit me with a peach.
I hit her with gemstones.
Ain't trying to get back at her.
Just wanna be good forever.

She hit me with an apricot.
I hit her with black onyx.
Ain't trying to get back at her.
Just wanna be good forever.


Nie, if you're alive, please come and kill me now. :D

EDIT: This is for those of us who (bother to) know better.

(3 retreats Enfin seuls!)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
1:28 am - Let the right one in



Låt den rätte komma in (2008)


"You have to invite me in."
"What if I don't? What then?"


. _ _ / _ _ _ / . . _ / . _ . . / _ . .

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. . / _ .

. . _ _ . .

( Enfin seuls!)

Friday, June 27th, 2008
3:15 am - Another piece of me
If I could just learn to stop breathing, maybe I can take. On. This. One. As. Well.

( Enfin seuls!)

Sunday, May 18th, 2008
12:46 am - Because a borrowed tongue eases expressions


home is where the heart is and my heart is out travelling
Image from the HKTB site.


「常好奇,这个过於光亮的城市,在他心里是甚麽模样。对於不以视觉感知世界的人,这城市还能够炫耀甚麽?」

I am curious - how does he feel about this overlit city? What pompousness can such a city display, before someone who cannot perceive the world visually?

思存, on the blind poet/ artist 周云蓬

(1 retreat Enfin seuls!)

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