唐梁大戰加時版?

狼室六僭建曝光,跟唐宮雖有「無心之失」及「故意對公眾忍瞞」之別,卻是前後相輝映,告訴港人「權力就是硬道理」。原來僭建問題也像立法會地區直選一樣採取比例代表制,如果閣下家祇有四五百呎但多謀幾十呎空間,以百分比計算,比擁萬呎花園再多建過百過千呎連測量師律師記者都不以為意的違規建築,在規劃處眼中看為大,較易得到規劃處的「青睞」。
 
無論僭建明細及狼系統的解話,都已在各大傳媒及讀書大人的面書微博洗版,看官可自行解讀。筆者腦中盤旋的問題卻是,這公信第一及號稱知識份子的華文報章,不是曾助狼登上大位的嗎?怎麼現在又掉轉鎗頭對偉大候特?久經思量及與友人集思廣益後,金水土終於恍然大悟,原來都是眼紅強國崛起,親西方帝國主義勢力的大陰謀。
 
一友人說其實該報是為狼先「拆彈」,大概是要在生果報前先下手為強。這也有一定道理,因如若反動傳媒在胡總往香港回歸週年的航程中才發難,那麼狼怎面聖?但當「公信報」爆出唐宮僭建風雲之際,難道傳媒手中沒有狼的黑材料嗎?難道傳媒高估地相信那產業測量師鏗鏘有力落地有聲的「我沒有僭建!」(其實狼祇是說他沒有隆胸或弄雙眼皮之類的僭建,並沒說他家沒有違規建築,很符合狼一貫的語言藝術),而沒作深入調查?筆者倒不大相信肥佬黎會容許這樣。
 
在拜讀練乙錚在信報的大文後,終於茅塞頓開,原來全是傳媒的詭計。練先生文章內其中一段說到:「從來,群眾政治運動都是回應性的,性質決定於當權一方的本性與行為……..一旦體制以維穩為名對人民進行侵權掠奪,便產生反體制維權運動。」
 
眾所週知,港人對政治及政制問題幾乎可說漠不關心,即使關心也自覺無力回天,直到有重大「嚴重傷害人民感情」的大事件出籠,才能引發群情胸湧。「唐豬」祇是紈絝子弟,雖然顢頇,但能力所限,為惡也不彰。為了凝聚「公憤」,成就顛覆國家基地,傳媒無所不用其極拉「唐豬」下馬,把「有作為」的狼推上大位,當狼未上任已經把競選承諾打折再打折,再視核心價值及憲制如無物之後,在七一之前狠狠給予狼一擊。如此「別有用心」挑釁全港巿民與中央解放香港之高尚情操,果然是外國勢力滲透香港。筆者深信,愛國的精明的狼經此滑鐵盧後,上任後必會大大打擊此等傳媒以維護強國主權完整。
 
現在巿民最能聯想到的,想必是「唐豬」的「你呃人!」。原來,「唐豬」還是對的。「唐豬」能否捲土重來反敗為勝?「禮義廉」請別太早押寶,不然說不定變成炮灰。還是葉劉看得準,看來史丹福三年勝過立法會數十年生聚教訓。筆者如擺卦攤,將預言葉劉必為下屆特首。2017 或是 2022?2013 也未可料!

 

相由心生

雖然至今筆者仍認為,相由心生絕大多數情況下祇是用來安慰或鼓勵一眾包括筆者在內的其貌不揚之流。不過近來從傳媒上看到昂山素姬及「籮飯焦」後,發覺這句說話還是真有點道理。

金水土對昂山素姬的尊敬,真的是「有如長江水滔滔不絕」。長期在不公義的打壓下,連最重要的精神支柱-家庭,也被活生生分隔開,還要承受錯過丈夫最後一面,親生兒生的不諒解,為的祇是追求她父親的遺志,為她的國民追求民主平等的社會。如此高尚的情操,如此不足為外人道的逼迫而還對自己的信念不動搖,諸內而形於外,即使現在年事已漸高,仍能讓人感到其在內心發出來的美麗。
 
至於能力可能不比昂山低的「籮飯焦」,早已是全港教育界的頭號國民公敵。可惜能力一樣,並不代表眼界及胸𦡞相若。甘於淪為專制政權的打手,再能打,也祇是一個精於淋紅油、落閘放火的大耳窿。在新聞報告上看到她在立法會為狼的改組方案舌戰群儒的面孔,著實令筆者驚恐,怎麼可和童話故事𥚃巫婆的樣子如此相似?聽下去鄙人真聽不出很多理據,絕大部份都是上 綱上線,把反對派扣帽子為為反對而反對,雖不失為政治手段,卻遠離理性討論又一步了!
 

從麥當勞看現今香港社會

當筆者還在外國生活的時候,曾概歎麥當勞可以是一個社會人民質素的寒暑表。何解?金水土兒時麥當勞提供紙巾是自取式,就放在吸管附近,供食客隨意享用。這個安排,放諸四海皆一樣,但在港的麥當勞不知從何時開始,紙巾改作配給制,就是在買食物的時候才由售餐員派發紙巾。在歐美的平行時空𥚃,麥當勞紙巾還是由食客任取的(近年離開西方社會久矣,不知有否改變)。原來在港太多食客及非食客,都多拿餐巾,甚至拿回家用。麥當勞既然為世界大企業,那有當寃大頭之理!至於西方「帝國主義」諸國,因無此「國情」、「文化」,所以麥當勞並無相應舉動。
今天筆者在旺角麥當勞買食物時,又體會到本港現今社會在上中下各階層與強國客互動的情況,不禁引起了一絲感觸。
話說筆者在早餐售完午餐之前到達麥當勞,那時候應算得上非繁忙時間,實則人流也不太多。可是買餐速度奇慢,原來:
櫃臺一:有六個青春少艾在議論買那個餐,不斷討論買這個餐包薯條、那個餐抵吃、那個組合最便宜而又能吃盡每一種食物。其實這行為無可厚非,如果她們身後沒有一群苦候多時、鼓燥及仍在等待中的人龍。而金水土離開餐廳時她們仍在興高采烈在櫃臺前討論中,無懼周邊目光。
櫃臺二:另有操強國口音的廣東話詢問那個套餐最便宜而又送可樂玻璃杯,然後買為數不少的套餐,儘管那對情侶並不像大胃王。
櫃臺三:另有操字正腔圓的普通話拿出現鈔千蚊買一個套餐,結果服務員花了不少時間找贖。
至於至上三點大家是否在實際生活上有雷同及似曾相識的感覺呢?則留待看官自己想一想了!

十數分鐘後,終輪到第五位食客即筆者點餐。還好金水土不是在十時五十五分排隊想買早餐,不然如因為職員要服務強國客而導致連早餐也買不到(因早餐供應至十一時),那怨氣便更大了!當然,也會有有識之士指出,為何大家不懂包容,不更提早一點買早餐?但是金水土已經多預備了五分鐘,還可以怎樣?難道要四點起床往廿四小時麥當勞買早餐,還是干脆不吃?現今一代已是如此,下一代如何自處?港孩,祝你好運!

兩個故事

這個週末,想起兩個久違了的故事。

故事一:從前有一條村,由於水源問題,每個村民都瘋瘋癲癲而又有暴力傾向。祇有一家人幸免,因其家後院有口井提供潔淨水源。但這家人雖然神智正常,但活得甚艱難,因與其他瘋癲的村民覺得此家人甚奇怪,行為舉止與別人不同,所以排斥、杯葛甚至攻擊他們。受盡幾經迫害後,其家人都被村民謀害了。戶主悲痛欲絕,想到活在這個眾人皆醉我獨醒的痛苦,倒不如跟其他人一起瘋瘋癲癲。於是跑到村裡大喝村裡的水,結果變得跟其他村民一樣,然後同樂過日子。

故事二:港產片「生化壽屍」的故事。話說有數人受細菌感染而變成喪屍,然後四出咬人,被咬的人也變成喪屍。戲中主角們起初負隅頑抗,但當戰友一個個被咬被變為喪屍,越來越覺氣餒及孤單。最後祇剩下男女主角兩人,而外圍四週盡是等待襲擊他們的喪屍,累透的他們決定被細菌感染,跟眾人一起成為喪屍一族罷了。

兩個故事有否相似之處?讀者可有點似曾相識的感覺?至於為何筆者忽然想起這兩個故事,緣於有感香港市民對民主、公義及法治的追求及保護意識越趨薄弱。其中一位親戚言談中提到,隨著不斷增加的新移民,過往為主流的核心價值被新移民帶來的新價值沖擊。接受強國制度的價值觀漸漸同化了這個社會。當然,真正的民主法治政制越來越遙不可及,也令不少過往的有心人心灰意冷,漸漸放棄堅持了。

今天看到潘小濤引述其一位朋友的感概:「先不說政見、政治立場、民主不民主等,一個政權,能夠把一個國家管理成這個樣子:國民要到國外搶購奶粉,就連益力多也要到香港搶購,就可看到這個政權爛到甚麼程度!」,然後另一友好則指出:「有些中國人對於天安門運動的反思,最後竟成了學生是錯誤的,理想是不現實;政府是受害者,政府是迫不得已才派出坦克的。中國人的邏輯水平是「世界一流」,可把黑白顛倒。這些人,有些是捂着良心,但更多是愚昧,這才可悲呀!」當社會大部份人士都覺得這樣的政權還不錯的時候,還埋怨有人唯恐天下不,又怎教想維護香港本身核心價值的一羣不心寒不思放棄罷了呢?

柴玲,妳憑甚麼?

正當大家(非官方的大家)為十八萬人參與維園六四記念活動而深感欣慰,傳媒上傳來兩宗六四相關消息:1)湖南工自聯領袖李旺陽在廿三年來被囚被虐待被毒打至失聰失明而最近「被自殺」;2)前學運領袖柴玲公開宣佈她已原諒當年下令屠殺示威者的鄧李楊集團。

對於第一點,相信除了那些官性入骨(正確一點說應是奴性入骨才對)的人,都不能不激動不高呼天道不彰。至於「禮義廉」「相信」中共會關注事件,相信關注為何要等多天才解剖乎?相信今天上街的二萬五千名巿民未能跟禮義廉同樣對掌權者如此樂觀。

至於第二點,即使上帝忽然把所有陰謀論思維從金水土腦中抽走,金水土也不能不對柴姑娘的言論感詫異。無論如何,柴姑娘不是應該要多謝中共嗎?如果不是中共屠城,她安得活在民主自由國度、進哈佛、嫁洋鬼子及站在偽道德高地上發表其謬論?筆者一向最怕那些自稱歸信主的基督徒胡亂引用聖經,誤導世人。柴姑娘的「寬恕」,好比陳冠X寬恕那些相片上的女孩,雖然她們當時沒有阻止他拍下那些照片而最終讓他身敗名裂,但不打緊現在他寬恕這些女孩的無知,這是甚麼樣的歪理?如果有扶乩問米者請到李旺陽上陽間,然後李說他寬恕了這個政權,那筆者會敬佩他的寬恕心。至於當年呼籲學生工人留守廣場自己卻溜之大吉(因身為領袖之一的她太重要了!)的柴姑娘,對不起,妳沒資格!

如果真如不少坊間傳言柴姑娘祇為回國做生意而放話,那祇能說明有些人總是不介意用別人的不幸甚至染紅自己的前程;如果傳言是真的,祇能說明世上有太多無名英雄義士,也有太多沽名釣譽的「禮義廉」人物。

Watching and playing sports

For the whole of my life football, or soccer if you are American, has been my favourite sport. I guess I am bound to have fallen in love with football: My dad is a fan and I inherit this from him, I have been watching FA Cup via ATV (yes back in my childhood football is still available on free TV) and since 13 I have been living in England where football is “more than life and death”. At one stage I probably can recognise the faces of every Premier League and even Championship players, which is a strict contrast to those football commentators in Hong Kong where they have to track the number assinged to the player and even then they read out name of the player for the wrong team.

However I watch football far more than play it. One of the reasons is that it is difficult to get 10 people from my peer group, let alone 22, to play 5-a-side at my age. However even when I was in my school or colleage days I tend to watch more. I realise that is more to do with my inability to play sports, and I mean any type of sports. The fact that I am not physically fit enough leading to my shockingly awful performance on the pitch, makes me even more sceptical of playing and instead rather to watching the game comfortably in front of TV or inside the stadium. It is a bad cycle, which is similar to the fact once I realised I can’t really cut it in the subject I was studying I tend to give up.

Few years back my wife started to fall in love with tennis, and somehow she thought it is a good idea we built a common hobby. The idea is sound, unfortunately my soul and body is weak. I have never been fond of the idea playing outdoor sports in Hong Kong where temperature is consistently over 30 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is never less than 99.9%. More importantly I am awful at playing and why I want to put myself going through that while I feel enough defeatism at work? Anyway, as always in a relationship, my wife (then fiancée)  won. I was forced to play but only reluctantly, and if I can find an excuse to give a training session a miss I usually will be glad to do so.

Towards the end of last year, out of nowhere, my play has suddenly picked up. When I say “pick up” it merely means I can return the ball ending inside the court from time to time. However this is encouraging enough for me and funny enough I start enjoying playing tennis. In fact I am eager to play as I want to improve. I guess that is another solid proof that man is shallow, we only want to do things we are or at least we think we can be good at. Either way it is good as I have never been so dedicted to play any sports for my last 30 years, and exercise is much needed at the current stage of my life just to get myself healthy.

I must confess I am not into watching tennis as much as football. Nonetheless more I watch players like Djokovic and Nadal play I learn more. I don’t mean just in terms of how body moves and tactics they are playing, but more how they do things. Recently I feel I have not been progressing as much in tennis despite I put in more work in, and sometimes lose it when things are not going my way. This is something you don’t find from those top players. Djokovic saved 4 match points against Tsonga in the quarter final of French Open to keep his dream of being the holder of all Grand Slam titles alive, and the happened inside a stadium where virtually everyone is against you (given Tsonga is French). With so much at stake (we are talking about putting his name in the history book) I just do not know how he can keep his nerve. His EQ and AQ must be extraordinary high. Like Djokovic I like playing light heart jokes at times but how he can manage all the expectation and pressure is really out of me. As for Nadal, my favouriter player, he just works tirelessly and never gives up. After he beats David Ferrer, who is probably the best player on clay after Nadal, in straight sets and with so much ease in last night’s semi-final, the reporter has asked him what is the secret of being so unbeatable on clay. The response is simple, “There is no secret. I work hard all my life and hope things go my way and giving me a chance to enjoy playing in wonderful matches like semi-final of a Grand Slam.”

Indeed hard work even when your chips are down and handling the difficult the situation are the ways to succeed. While I am still far away from that in real life, it is still a pleasure to see the rare success examples by watching the game. I just can’t wait to see Nadal vs Djokovic in the Final of French Open tomorrow!

Cheap曾貪曾人人憎

針對「貪曾」接受豪華款待及出外豪花公帑而成立的防止及處理潛在利益衝突獨立檢討委員會,終於在五月底發表報告。報告結果基本上不需要任何調查也能預計到,就是無人犯規但揮霍度有不與公務相符合之地方。老實說,這報告不過指出「阿媽係女人」,浪費金錢程度不遜於貪曾由山景套房升級至海景套房。

港人的反應是一面倒的,幾乎每位巿民對貪曾深惡痛絕。筆者對此䅁之愚見已在是誰出賣「貪曾」?發表過,雖然貪曾是錯了,但此罪還不至死,而愚蠢的成份更高。相比起「超錯」的政改方案及對地產商零干預等其他罪行簡直不入流。此事也反映港人對細節的忽略,好像有不少外遊都是特府跟訪問城市單位「一半一半」安排的,人家給你頭等,難道貪曾說香港人少地貧祇能應付三等房的住家費?而基於正常「外交」「禮尚往來」的常規,又是否暗示別國使節訪港時也要「屈就」入住「經濟」、「次等」、「普通」等級?
 
還有報告出籠之時,正是反拉布部隊「光榮」收復(又作解放)立法會,替補機制三讀通過之時。巧合乎?似無必要,以港人的善忘及不善思考,來吧廿三條!