20 January 2009

Rhapsody on Pedder 畢打街狂想曲



It was an unseasonably cold November afternoon. I finished my workout at California Fitness and hurried back to the office. I walked down the precipitous Wyndham Street, where dense traffic from Midlevels collected and emptied onto Queen’s Road Central. The cacophony of car horns and audible traffic signals for the blind reached a deafening crescendo, drawing everyone’s attention to the busy crosswalk that marked the start of Pedder Street. There, pedestrians built up along the curb and stared unseeing at their mirror image on the opposite side. Double-decker buses and delivery trucks pushed forward in every direction and shook the ground like a wildebeest migration. Dispassionate traffic lights changed at even intervals, trapping and releasing machines and humans competing for speed. The opening bars of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue started to ring in my head. It was lunch time in Central.

Outside Marks & Spencer, a homeless woman lay prostrate on the sidewalk, her hair wrapped in wrung-up plastic bags and her body a cocoon of sullied blankets...

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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.



8 comments:

  1. Hello sir,

    I came across your blog through bookFace and I must say, it's an awesome read! I will definitely explore your past entries.

    Enjoy the new year celebrations :-)

    Peace.

    - Tiffany

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  2. Many thanks, Tiffany. Please keep reading and tell your friends to do the same!

    Happy new year.

    Jason

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  3. Also stumbled on this blog via facebook. Really enjoy reading as i'm a fellow Hong Kong'er (English ex-pat). Lots to relate to!

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  4. Hi Nick,

    Always a pleasure to meet a fellow English teacher! If you have time, read my earlier articles and let me know what you think. Ihe ones about my teaching experience may be of interest to you. Thanks for your support!

    Jason

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  5. The best blog I have read in years.
    Facets of Hong Kong that I may take for granted to be normal may actually be surprising to Hong Kong expats and visiting foreigners. I have just come to realize this.

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  6. Many thanks, NLH. Comments like yours are precisely what keep me writing night after night! Happy new year!

    Jason

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  7. Awesome! Obama is sweating now. Who knows what will happen later...I accept that George W. Bush did his best for saving his country.
    In my point view, Hong Kong is very weak in both economics and politics. Well, as long as people are satisfied with the existing condition, politics are not something they will care about.

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  8. Btw, the "homeless woman" had been standing on that central area for over 10 years! Sooner or later she'll appear again!

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