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很怕很怕看見自已著緊的人接二連三地報捷。

別的人喜事連連,反而可以輕鬆地分享其喜悅,真心祝賀。但如果是家人、密友,杞人憂天的我,會開始擔心。

擔心他們往後如何自處;

擔心他們如何承受伴隨成功而來的壓力;

擔心他們會得意忘形;

擔心他們忘記基本;

更擔心他們忘掉失敗的滋味,失去面對挫敗、接受自己的勇氣。

人們常掛在嘴邊的所謂『平常心』(我其實不知此話何解,亦懷疑說的人是否知道自己想表達什麼,姑且當是寵辱不驚吧),你道真的平常嗎?

自私地希望我將來的兒女早早多嘗失敗,學懂說:『對不起』、『我今次衰左』、『係,係我水皮』、『我太大意了』...仲有『我會加把勁!』

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二月七日,與老公聽海廷克率領芝加哥交響樂團演出馬勒第六交響曲。

 

背景:

為老公慶生。馬勒第六的第三樂章是他的至愛。

我從來不是樂迷,亦從未聽過整首第六 (初初拍拖時當然有做功課聽下第三樂章)

我喜歡舒伯特 (F. Schubert),自十歲開始,從未變心。

馬勒不像鱒魚、四季,有明顯而優美的旋律,這些音樂即使作為煮晚飯、做家務的背景音樂也不會覺得兀突 (並無不敬之意)

試過一邊煮公仔麵一邊播第六第一樂章,突然想:「這首歌是搞什麼鬼的。」

 

 

事前期望:

只要在第一、二、四樂章沒有睡著便好。

 

結果:

全晚不能自已。

九十多分鐘內(無中場休息),一點雜念也沒有 (除了剛開始時的數分鐘及第二樂章中段鄰座掉了場刊)

第四樂章終結時,我透不過氣來,手按著胸口,深呼吸數下才開始拍掌。 (現在想起仍然有透不過氣來的感覺)

事前沒有讀場刊,一心想單純地感受樂曲。

很美很美的音樂。樂曲終結時,覺得人世間有很多的可能性。

馬勒是要坐下來聽的,一旦坐下,便無法分心想其他事。

對於海廷克及樂團的演繹,我無意見。只想說其實是很複雜的樂曲,但樂團非常有紀律,不容易。 (注:家中的CD是伯恩斯坦(Leonard Bernstein)的版本。)

 

後記:

回家時與老公鬧別扭,但無損當晚的滿足感覺。

下次想現場聽馬勒兄的第二 (主要是被業餘指揮 Gilbert Kaplan的傳奇吸引,加上第六的好印象)Gilbert Kaplan的傳奇故事,有機會再講。

 

更多的背景:

去年當我得知藝術節有此節目已決意不惜任何代價也要把票弄到手 ,為老公慶祝婚後第一個生日。

(放心,我無出賣靈魂 or 肉體 or不擇手段,只是大拿拿豪擲二千五百六十大元郵購訂票而已 因為很怕很怕很怕開售當天不夠快,而主辦當局古惑地規定最平價的票不能郵購預定,只好豪一次,訂票表格上我選擇了所有票價,由平排至貴,事實證明我做對了,因為其他較平的票亦已全部售罄,而我的票也不是最貴的)

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事緣:個衰佬昨晚轉身時用個拳頭窩落我隻右眼

事發後一秒:個衰佬 (好明顯知衰) 『噢』一聲,反轉身再瞓

今朝,吃早餐時 (係,我仲整早餐過佢食,各位男士係咪有相逢恨晚之嘆),

話: 『老婆,床上面是很危險的。』

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如果我是納稅人,應該會很高興銀子花在他們身上

(Im not being sarcastic)

 

 

Fast Fact:

(33update: BBC宣佈取消CCC隊資格, 冠軍由UoM頂上不消說,UoM並沒有很高興 after all, it’s an honour thing!)

 

有個BBC節目叫University Challenge (類似校際常識問答遊戲高階版 –sorry我都未睇),上週決賽Oxford Corpus Christi College 大勝University of Manchester。及後發現Corpus Christi College隊的其中一名隊員Mr Kay在錄影決賽時已(剛剛)離校並接受了PricewaterhouseCoopers的聘書,有違反賽規之嫌(summarized by blog, 有錯敬請糾正)

以下是Manchester隊隊長的回應:

The Manchester team have said they have “no desire" for a rematch.

Matthew Yeo, Manchester’s team captain, said the Corpus Christi team were “deserving and worthy champions".

He said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our University Challenge experience and would like to thank all those who supported us on our road to the final.

“We hope any decision does not detract from what was a thrilling final won by a truly tremendous team."

以下是一些觀眾/讀者在BBC的回應:

(欣賞他們,特別是Manchester隊的風度,也欣賞他們著重過程多於成敗)

(:BBC說是 “Selection” of comments, 不知會否也刪除了一些較不文明的comments)

(Source: BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7917481.stm)

Here’s a selection of your comments:

I support Matthew Yeo (our captain), we did brilliantly to get to the final. A rematch would mar our achievements. Corpus Christi deserved to win, thanks mainly to Trimble. I know I speak for my course mates when I say CONGRATULATIONS to both teams.

Cori, Manchester

By last year are we to take that he graduated in summer 2008? As far as I am aware, if this is the case then his inclusion in the team is fully legitimate. The audition process is carried out in April/May of the previous year and the filming starts in the summer. Therefore, in this case the team would have started their campaign in summer 2008. Mr Kay would have been a student at the time of application and would have just graduated at the time of filming. To the best of my knowledge this is within the rules.

Fuss over nothing!

Ex-challenger, Scotland

Personally, I’d rather think of the contestants as representatives of the colleges involved, within reason. The media shouldn’t try to belittle the achievement of either team, as the true quality of University Challenge is the promotion of the quest for knowledge, not gain. Congratulations to all involved.

Jon Scott, Buxton, U.K

Am I missing something? If they cheated by breaking simple and basic rules, shouldn’t they have their winning status nullified and removed from any further competition? What sort of message does this send?

Andrew Whittam, Hampshire

Yes, OK so he may have broken the rules. Having watched every time Oxford were playing, I have to say that Gail Trimble was the out and out forerunner of the team. Can she not be allowed to bask in the honour of her team’s win? After all she answered more questions than anyone else. To take this away and taint the achievements of a talented individual is so typical of this country. Leave them be.

Louella Palmer, Midhurst, West Sussex

I was a member of a team that was knocked out early on. When we were selected, we looked into this problem and were advised that even if we were in our final year, if we were intending to be studying at the university next year that it was ok. They did nothing wrong. The first round qualifying takes place while they are still at university but the finals take place later after they had graduated. I would be in the same position if my team had got further.

nimblehippo, Harpenden, Herts

When I took part in ‘University Challenge,’ the first rounds were were recorded in June 1998. The later rounds and the final were played in November 1998, but as these were not broadcast until the following year, we were the “1999″ champions. It therefore seems likely that, at the time Mr. Kay was recruited, took part in the auditions and first rounds, he was still a bona fide student, and was expecting to continue his studies until funding dried up at a later date.

Seems nobody likes a winner, especially if he’s smart.

Sue Mitchell, Waltham (village) North East Lincolnshire

Manchester were well and truly beaten by Corpus Chritsi – it matters not about Mr K’s status.

Good on Mr Yeo for not wanting to make a fuss and it was not as if it was a close contest!

Gail Trimble should take the credit due to her (ability, temperament and looks) Well Done all the participants. Some will always bellyache!!!

Tombo, Telford, Shropshire

 

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