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Saturday, May 30, 2009


All the World's a Stage
(by William Shakespeare)
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
with eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
- William Shakespeare

Friday, May 29, 2009


(From Wikipedia)
Chin Peng, former OBE, 陈平 (born 1924), was born Ong Boon Hua (王文華) in Sitiawan, and was a long-time leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP).

Early years:
Chin Peng was born in late October, 1924, into a middle class Hokchia (Mandarin: Fuqing) family in the small seaside town of Sitiawan, in Perak state, Malaya. His father had come to the town in 1920 and started a bicycle, tyre, and spare motor parts business with the help of a relative from Singapore. He attended a Chinese-language school in Sitiawan. In 1937 he joined the Chinese Anti Enemy Backing Up Society (AEBUS), formed that year to send aid to China in response to Japan's aggression against that country. According to Chin and Hack, he was not yet at that time a devoted communist. He was in charge of anti-Japanese activities at his school. Initially a supporter of Sun Yat-sen, by early 1939 he had embraced communism. He planned to go to Yan'an, the renowned Communist base in China, but was persuaded to remain in Malaya and take on heavier responsibilities for the Party there.

In late 1939, by which time Chin Peng had completed his study up to Senior Middle One, his school announced that the Senior Middle section was to be closed due to lack of money. He chose to continue his education in the Methodist-run Anglo-Chinese Continuation School, which operated in English, because it provided a good cover for his underground activities and because it was local so he would not have to move to Singapore for schooling. However after six months he left the school "for fear of British harassment". Once out of school, he concentrated on his political activities, and became, from that point on, a full time revolutionary. In January 1940 he had been put in charge of three anti-Japanese organisations that had a scope beyond the schools; they were for students, teachers, other cultural members, and shop assistants. At the end of January, 1940, he was admitted to the Malayan Communist Party as a candidate member.
Harassment by the authorities led him to leave his home town for Kuala Kangsar in July 1940. (This may be the same movement as his leaving school, referred to above.) Later he spent a month in Taiping. In September 1940 the party posted him to Ipoh as Standing Committee Member for Perak. In December he attained full Party membership.

In early 1941 AEBUS was dissolved. Chin Peng became Ipoh District Committee Member of the Party. "He led student underground cells of three Chinese secondary schools and the Party's organisations of the shop assistants, domestic servants of European families, workers at brick kilns and barbers." In June 1941 he became a member of the Perak State Committee.

Rise to prominence:
Chin Peng rose to prominence during World War II when many Chinese Malayans took to the jungle to fight a guerrilla war against the Japanese. These fighters, inspired by the example of the Communist Party of China, became known as the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA). Chin Peng became the liaison officer between the MPAJA and the British military in South-East Asia.

The Japanese invasion of Malaya began in December 1941. In 1942 Chin Peng was the junior of three members of the Secretariat of the Perak State Committee: Su Yew Meng was secretary, and Chang Meng Ching (Mandarin: Zhang Ming Jin) was the other member. In early 1943 the two senior members were captured by the Japanese, which left Chin Peng in charge. Contact with the Party's Central Committee had been lost; he attempted to re-establish it, travelling to Kuala Lumpur and meeting Chai Ker Meng. Later Lai Tek, the Party leader, sent another Central Committee member, Lee Siow Peng (Siao Ping), to replace Chin Peng as State Secretary. However, Lee Siow Peng was captured not long after, while travelling to a meeting that was to be held in Singapore. It was thus that the job of establishing contact with the British commando Force 136 fell to Chin Peng. The first party of that force, consisting of Capt. John Davis and five Chinese agents, had been landed in Malaya on 24 May 1943, by submarine. Chin Peng made contact with this armed group on 30 September 1943. He was active in his support for the British stay-behind troops, but had no illusions about their failure to protect Malaya against the Japanese. In the course of this activity, he came into contact with Freddie Spencer Chapman, who called him a 'true friend' in his Malayan jungle memoir, 'The Jungle Is Neutral'.

In the course of the war, Chin Peng was awarded an OBE(subsequently withdrawn by the British government), a mention in despatches, and two campaign medals,by Britain. He was elected the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Malaya after the betrayal of previous leader Lai Tek who turned out to be an agent for both the British and the Japanese and had denounced the leadership of the Party to the Japanese secret police. Chin Peng was the most senior surviving member.

He gained notoriety for being the leader of the MCP armed insurgency, which led to a large number of civilian casualties. Some have claimed this was in contrast to the stance adopted by Mao Zedong and his policy of the Eight Points of Attention to avoid civilian casualties. He withdrew to southern Thailand with the remnants of his forces during the latter part of the Emergency as a result of security force pressure and at the end of 1960 moved to Beijing, which became his base for many years. He was thus effectively exiled from Malaya and remains so until this day. He was a firm anti-colonialist who opposed the British rule of Malaya, but wished to create a Communist dictatorship under the Malayan Communist Party. For that reason he continued the struggle even after Malaysia achieved independence.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quotable QUOTES ... (1)

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
- William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), Pan American Day address, April 15, 1939

Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.
- Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)

Monday, May 25, 2009

学做人 ...(5)



Sunday, May 24, 2009

看过 Noni ?

周日下午, 无所事事; 天气酷热, 为了流汗, 拿起大剪刀, 替屋旁茂盛的Noni 树瘦身。

Noni果马来文称 buah Mengkudu



英国的春天 ...


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


回想一下 “瞎子摸象” 的寓言:
瞎子一: “大象又粗又长,就像一根管子。”
瞎子二: “不对不对,...大象像一把扇子。”
瞎子三: “... 大象像一堵墙嘛。”
最后一个瞎子: “你们都错了,大象像一条绳子!”
唉,想想看,世间人,也不是往往对事物认识肤浅,一知半解,不全面,有偏见; 而且还以为自己明白全部了。
说来容易,做时难; 难怪人人一生都在瞎子摸象啊。

Friday, May 15, 2009



人生好比一条河,开始是峡谷细流,接着是激流涌进,冲过巨石,飞下悬崖。 后来河面渐宽,两岸后撤,河水平缓,最后汇入大海,与海水浑然一体,毫无痛苦地结束其个体的存在。

An individual human existence should be like a river - small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately and over waterfalls. Gradually, the river grows wider, the banks receded, the waters flow quietly and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea and painlessly lose their individual being.
(Bertrand Russell, How to Grow Old)

取自 “新译学论稿” -萧立明

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


He who laughs last laughs best ?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009



英国是: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
俗称: the United Kingdom 或 the UKBritain

Great Britain 是 : England + Scotland + Wales

80% 英国人来自 England; 这也许为什么“英国” 的 “英” 译自England (英格兰) 的 "Eng"。

Monday, May 11, 2009



Friday, May 8, 2009

Imperial College London

Imperial College London, established in 1907, is a British university specialising in science, engineering, medicine and business.

Imperial is regularly placed in the top three in the UK University League Table along with Oxford and Cambridge. Imperial was placed 5th overall in the world in the 2008 World University Rankings of universities worldwide.

On Wednesday 6 May 2009, my family and I were at the Royal Albert Hall London to attend my daughter, Pei Wern's postgraduate award ceremony. Pei Wern received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Her husband, Jerry Heng, is a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering in Imperial.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Speakers' Corner

有来伦敦,就喜欢去逛海德公园(Hyde Park)。座落在公园一角的Speakers' Corner(SC), 周日好不热闹。

这个象徵英国言论自由的SC, 有百多年的历史。著名的历史人物如马克思(Karl Marx)、 列宁(Vladimir Lenin)、George Orwell ('Animal Farm' 的作者) 曾经是这里的常客。

今天的海德公园SC,我发现政治似乎不再是热门课题;他们主要是在发表有关宗教 - 基督教和伊斯兰教的言论。演讲者站在自备的椅子上高谈阔论,不时和‘台下’的观众激辩,场面够精彩。


至今东南亚最没有言论自由的新加坡,在2000年也开设一个SC, 该国的‘God of No Mercy’ 会有这样一个举动,未免耐人寻味,令人百思莫解呢。