經典文學快餐(1): Epic of Gilgamesh

最近開始了HarvardX的Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature,當中精選了的經典世界文學著作包括:The Epic of Gilgamesh 《吉爾伽美什史詩》,One Thousand and One Nights 《一千零一夜》,Tale of Genji 《源氏物語》,Odyssey 《奧狄賽》。

經過一星期後,我終於把The Epic of Gilgamesh部分完成了yeah(鼓掌👏)腦袋充滿了養分 (鼓掌👏👏)。

Epic of Gilgamesh是目前世上已知的最古老的文學作品,形式是英雄史詩 (epic)。雖然寫於1500BC (史詩內容是關於2500BC的故事),但到了1853年才被考古學家發現重見天日。但由於內容是寫於泥板上,現在僅存了只有3,000行左右的內容(現存12塊泥板)。但也幸好它是泥板,如果是一般的羊皮草紙,在大火中已經灰飛煙滅了。clay經過火烤後,會變得更堅固!

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沒時間翻譯了,我就直接把我的筆記 paste上來算了(懶)
有關故事內容的我就不放了,不想劇透哈哈
(http://www.ancient-literature.com/other_gilgamesh.html)

Writing Technology 

  • Before words, stories are passed on by oral storytelling, e.g. through hymns, songs and poems. Easily to remember.
    (So even when written down, it is intended to be heard rather than read)
  • Words in the beginning are used for transactional (e.g. 1 gold for 10 sheeps), administrative, religious and imperial purpose only
  • Literature is written on parchments 羊皮紙, papyrus 紙莎草 and clay tablets. It is for high class people because one stories may take lots of animal skins –> expensive!!
  • Before paper, literature in the past is often economically constructed due to $$ and its limitation (e.g. clay stones are heavy). i.e. Paper is a very important invention to make literature/knowledge more accessible to more people.

Epic vs Novel 

  • Epic is carefully constructed to sound poetic (need to remember that we are reading translated version. The original sound of the language is important)
  • Economical in language
  • Unlike novels, it lacks psychological development or explicit motivations / development in stories
  • Epic is likely recited aloud with feasts at the court

The Epic of Gilgamesh Theme

  • Epic qualities: quest, the foundation of a city, relationship between human and god
  • City vs countryside (provide timber and water)
  • Getting lumber as expedition of life (necessity) to show imperial ambition to build good palace
  • The flood story of humanity acknowledge human morrtality god is incredibly powerful
  • Human beings and gods dwell in different worlds. There is connection but limited.

 

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Bohemian Rhapsody & Space Oddity

Queen的Bohemian Rhapsody和 David Bowie的Space Oddity也是我極喜歡的timeless經典作品。
今天懶洋洋的星期六,我就躺著床上,開大我的Bose speaker,讓自己耳朵無限次懷孕🤰

其實兩首歌也是有點“”的元素。

Bohemian Rhapsody整首歌的結構雜亂無章,是一首零重複也沒有chorus歌,整首歌都是激昂的高潮(Rhapsody本來就是狂想曲的意思)。由於歷來對這首歌也有不同的解釋,樂隊也保持神秘,所以我也不評論什麼了,自己讀讀歌詞吧。

Space Oddity是一首關於太空人Major Tom在太空漂流的歌曲,整首歌充滿空洞感和孤獨感。他的太空船出了問題,在地球的ground control說“Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong, Can you hear me, Major Tom?”

太空人當然聽不到,他只能一邊漂浮一邊無助地自言自語,”Here am I floating ’round my tin can, far above the moon, planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do”。氧氣稀薄,當中其實他已經出現幻聽 – 太空人說“Tell my wife I love her very much”,突然有一把聲音立刻肯定地回應 “— she knows”。可能都是太空人自己潛意識的心願吧。

歌曲結尾的音樂也是夠神了,奇怪的音響360度迴轉(就像機器故障一樣),音量慢慢減弱,就像太空人慢慢在黑暗的宇宙消失一樣….

20th Century Fox 也即將推出直接名為”Bohemian Rhapsody”的電影,講述Queen的成名路。有興趣可以看看trailer

[Intro]
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me

[Verse 1]
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh, didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters

[Verse 2]
Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time
Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh, (any way the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

[Verse 3]
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright’ning me
(Galileo.) Galileo. (Galileo.) Galileo. Galileo Figaro magnifico
I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go
(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go
(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go
(Let me go) Will not let you go
(Let me go) Will not let you go
(Let me go) Ah
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Oh mamma mia, mamma mia) Mamma mia, let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me!

[Verse 4]
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby!
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here!

[Outro]
Nothing really matters, anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me
Any way the wind blows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom (ten, nine, eight, seven, six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (five, four, three)
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you (two, one, liftoff)

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare
“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do
Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you “Here am I floating ’round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do”

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籌備婚禮嘅一大學問,就係

其實好多人都會overlook咗呢樣嘢
(天音:呀筆者,好似係你自己完全miss咗呢一項)。

好,嚟個香港結婚婚禮“花道101”。

男人是襟花,女人是手花。新娘子需要花球。花車需要花球
女人用手花比較方便,唔會篤穿件衫。
種類有真花絲花,如果不介意的話,建議全部用絲花。
除了便宜很多外,也可以留起紀念,也不用怎樣打理
(否則花球要浸在水內,麻煩點)。
其實真花和絲花也一樣美麗。

誰需要花球?
新娘子!(顏色款式要跟新郎的襟花一致)


誰需要襟花?
– 新郎(顏色款式要跟新娘的一致)
– 伴郎和兄弟(低調和諧style,與姊妹配襯)
– 男性親人(例如我的爸爸,男方的爸爸,我的哥哥)
– MC (如果是男的話)

誰需要手花?
– 伴娘和姊妹(低調和諧style,與兄弟配襯)
– 女性親人(例如我的媽媽,男方的媽媽,男方的妹妹)
– MC (如果是女的話)

花車需要什麼花?
– 車頭和四隻車門,約港幣300蚊一set
– 可以在金都買
– 絲花即可

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香港IFC Brandy Melville,咩牌子嚟架?

今日mall妹本來係去IFC睇 T.Rex 暴龍化石歷奇印記
(原來隻暴龍有名,叫TAD – The American Dragon! 好型仔呀)
經過Apple Store蘋果店,
先發現apple對面開咗一間全新teenage / young woman casual wear店,
Brandy Melville
Brand Melville first appearance in Hong Kong? logo上有美國 & 瑞士國旗。

ifc Management嘅恭賀花牌d花仲好新鮮,咁真係好新。到底係咩東東?
(係非常formal/traditional嘅義大利男西裝BOGGI Milano旁邊
整間咁嘅casual/basic wear。casual到有d Primark feel,又是否適合?)

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入面多人到好似花墟咁多人呀!
而且清一色都係女人呀!!!都係年輕貌美嘅美少女呀!
而且cashier係真係排隊架。

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聽到有shoppers話“呢個咪係美國嘅topshop囉。”
睇睇d價錢price point,又真係ok。300蚊一件。

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(最後有暴龍先生TAD變咗小配角嗚嗚)

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《大叔的愛》背後的偉大意義

[劇透 spoiler注意]

關鍵字:大叔的愛大叔之愛おっさんずラブ  Ossan’s Love 牧凌太 林遣都  春田創一 田中圭 牧春春牧

我很久沒有看日劇了。
大叔的愛》果然沒有令我失望!一套值 9.5/10的高質日劇,讚!

田中圭(花田創一)的演技太驚人的好!原來全7集內更有不少即興演出和真情流露的眼淚。田中圭無論聲線,眼神,五官面部表情,以致每一吋的身體語言,都控制把握得剛剛到位,超有張力!讚讚讚!(但身材實在太好,與他懶懶的角色好像不太配哈哈 XD。有時間操練嗎?! #謎のいい体 #存在が罪)

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短評一下,這套日劇其實也帶出了一個更偉大的多層次message:愛情是不分性別、年齡、階級、種族、過去背景的。愛情的力量,可以把社會既有的規範一一跨越打破!💪 社會的眼光和家庭的期望等也可以努力克服。

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  • 性別:整個營業部也跨越了性別界線 XD 這個不多談了哈哈。
  • 階級:部長與春田的上司下屬關係,牧與前度
  • 年齡:部長夫人蝶子 & 麻呂  MARO
  • 種族:最後一集荒井千鶴與外籍男友
  • 過去:蝶子就算明知部長已經變心,還是一心一意不問回報的支持他
  • 背景:瀨川舞香與Wonderful 居酒屋店長 XD

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但還是有些謎團我是想不清楚:

– Ep1: 為什麼阿牧在一開始需要參加男女聯誼活動?
– Ep7:
大家覺得葉子在最後還是喜歡部長嗎?