王丹,祝生日快樂 – 小小禮物一份

February 26, 2012

今天是王丹的生日,我送上了一份小小禮物。以下是我的一封電郵(with some minor editorial changes),希望對其他讀者也有點點啟發作用。

王丹你好,

祝生日快樂,身體健康!

生日送禮,讓我介紹最近讀完的一本好書”Hannibal and Me“,作者Andreas是經濟學人(The Economist)的美國西岸通訊員,前駐香港通訊員。書中介紹的人物故事Picasso, Einstein, 杜魯門, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Paul Cézanne, 等等,看似不能給我太大幫助,但我讀完書之後,覺得上了人生重要一課,希望自己可以善用書中故事的啟發。其實你我年齡相差不大,希望這本書對你也有啟發作用。

The book is inexpensive, if you wish, it will be my pleasure to send the Amazon ebook to you as a gift!

祝身體健康,事事順利!

Kempton
Calgary, Canada

P.S. 我跟Andreas做了個Skype視像訪問,介紹這本書。短片中談到他對杜魯門當時處理韓戰的見解,什至文化大革命中劉少奇帶出的教訓。

P.P.S. I am not sure how to put this in Chinese and I hope you won’t be offended. You became nationally and internationally known for your contribution and efforts in 1989 when you were only 20 years old! You (and I) are about mid-life now. How to continue to live a productive life over a long life span is one of the things that “Hannibal and Me” talks about using the real life examples of Picasso, Einstein, Steve JobsPaul Cézanne, and others. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

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“Hannibal and Me” 美國總統杜魯門在韓戰中大敗於中國? Harry S Truman in Korean War

February 24, 2012

Interviewing Andreas Kluth, author of Hannibal and Me, The Economist U.S. West Coast correspondent

有很多中國人都認為美國總統杜魯門在韓戰中大敗於中國手上,但“Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure“ 的作者 Andreas Kluth在以下短片談到他對杜魯門當時處理戰事的見解。 Andreas 是經濟學人(The Economist)的美國西岸通訊員,前駐香港通訊員。

Andreas Kluth, “Hannibal and Me” author, on Harry S Truman – interview extra


唐英年太太郭妤淺應向羅斯福總統第一夫人Eleanor學習面對凱旋及厄難【短片】

February 24, 2012

Lisa Kuo & Henry Tang (郭妤淺 唐英年)Eleanor FDR

近日唐英年(Henry Tang)和太太郭妤淺(Lisa Kuo)因為唐唐「感情上有缺失」及”大宅僭建地庫”等等是非醜聞問題,可算是人生到了一個新低點。但我我認為Lisa郭妤淺應向羅斯福總統第一夫人Eleanor學習。何解?

我未解釋之前,請先讓我將“Hannibal and Me“書中引用的一句名詩,試作中文番譯:

Meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.” from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem “If –

我的中文試譯:

“你若能面對凱旋及厄難

將兩者一視同仁作騙子”

近日從”Hannibal and Me“一書中讀到原來當年羅斯福亦「感情上有缺失」!發生「缺失」的第三者還是第一夫人Eleanor的親信私人秘書,照顧孩子們的女子!當Eleanor發現羅斯福有婚外情之後,晴天霹靂,有一段時間非常悲傷。但”厄難”發生了,悲傷過後,卻令她終於衝破自己小鳥依人的角色,勇創自己一番新事業。Eleanor大力提倡保護人權。什至於在第二次世界大戰之後出任美國首任駐聯合國大使,並主導起草了聯合國的「世界人權宣言」。Eleanor與羅斯福當年更協議各自有自己的事業,更接受了各自的婚外情,Eleanor更有自己的男女性伴,非常開放!

以下是我訪問 “Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure“ 的作者 Andreas Kluth 談到 Eleanor 的精彩短片。 Andreas經濟學人(The Economist)的美國西岸通訊員,前駐香港通訊員。

Andreas Kluth, “Hannibal and Me” author, on Eleanor Roosevelt – interview extra

Interviewing Andreas Kluth, author of Hannibal and Me, The Economist U.S. West Coast correspondent


Ghosts of Hong Kong Won Gold

February 2, 2012

Congrats to Daisann for her Ghosts of Hong Kong article in National Geographic Traveler to win gold in the North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition! Have a read of the article.


台灣的人文風景

January 16, 2012

For the record.

台灣的人文風景(李怡)2012年01月17日

香港電視有廣告,警戒人們不要借手機給陌生人,以防被騙。在大陸,不須警戒,自然極少人會借手機給別人。但在台灣,向陌生人借手機非不尋常,一般不會被拒絕。
好久沒到台灣了。這次來,發現人民都很和善、禮貌、從容。是否因為我看多了大陸人與人間的無情,或經歷太多香港人之間的冷漠呢?不得而知。
上週五在台北坐捷運(地鐵)去參加造勢晚會。車上擠滿人,但有兩個空位子沒人坐。我走過去看,原來是留給長者、孕婦、殘障人士和抱小孩婦女的。香港的巴士有這樣的座位,但人擠時還是會有人坐上去的。但台灣就讓它空着。
台灣的公共汽車上除了有廣告,有的還會貼上些詩句,不一定是什麼詩人寫的,有些只是學生的童真之作,但能帶給人愉悅和尋思。是一種文化的陶冶。
台灣的捷運站並非舉目皆是廣告,有些捷運站的寬闊通道設有藝文廊,展列畫作,都是台灣本地新畫家的作品。我在「忠孝復興藝文廊」看到很有水準的畫作。有人駐足觀看。我在想,即使香港地鐵有這樣的畫廊,會有人看嗎?
台灣幾年前就推行要人民購買專用垃圾袋,同時政府又發專用的廚餘筒,開始時還可以把各種瓶子交到附近的便利店回購,並讓市民把垃圾分類以減少使用垃圾袋,現在台灣的垃圾量已大大減少。環保概念深入人心。
環保意識,實際上培養出人們關懷社會、關懷他人的良好意識。台灣為什麼近年給人如此和善親切的感覺,大概是從環保、文化這些日常生活中慢慢形成的人文風景。立法院雖有些肢體衝突,但台灣確是真正的而不是強迫的和諧社會。


Kim Jong Il is dead – Tiger Spirit

December 19, 2011

In the wake of Kim Jong Il‘s death, have a watch of the award winning doc Tiger Spirit (free online) about the border separating South and North Korea.

“This full-length documentary tells the story of modern Korea, a nation divided in half. The psychic scar shared by families divided during the Korean War in the 1950s is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South. Along this infamous border, filmmaker Min Sook Lee begins an emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. An eloquent tale of longing and hope, Tiger Spirit is an unforgettable portrait of Korea at a crossroads.”

[HT NFB and filmmaker Min Sook Lee]


2011年 十大精彩廣告

December 17, 2011

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It is that time of the year to pick Top 10s. Here is my list of 10 favourite ads in 2011. Please share your favourite ad or ads in the comment section.

The T-Mobile Royal Wedding – who would forget this timely and well-produced ad? :)

Maria Aragon – Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga – A self-promotional video by the 7-year-old Maria. A video that connected her with Lady Gaga and the rest is history and legend. I say a win-win for Maria and Gaga.

BORN THIS WAY – Lady Gaga performs with Maria Aragon live in Toronto (March 3rd) – One small promise kept by Lady Gaga has helped Maria fulfill some of her dreams for sure.

Motorola – Empower the People – Good ad, too bad the product was priced too high and the product never sell too well. [blogged in Feb 2011]

NextBigThing 60 Final – Samsung

Lenovo “Boot Or Bust” Air Drop – Turning something as boring/technical as a 10 seconds boot time into a dramatic ad with its “behind the scene” making of video is definitely a great idea executed well.

Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review – A great way to advertise a whole bunch of Google products in a way that you want to watch the video! Nicely done.

Time Is Love 2011電視廣告「這三年間」- 2分鐘電視劇場版 – (Chinese ad, love this short version)

Google Chrome: Lady Gaga – Google: “The Web Is What You Make of It” Agency: Google Creative Lab Launch date: May 2 Views: 21.2 million [HT AdAge]

Google Chrome: Justin Bieber – Google: “The Web Is What You Make of It” Agency: Google Creative Lab Launch date: May 2 Views: 21.2 million [HT AdAge]

Jennifer Lopez – Papi – Fiat: “Life Is Best When Driven” Agency: Doner Launch date: Sept. 12 Views: 27.4 million. I didn’t like it at first but have grown to enjoy it by the end of the 5+ minutes music video/ad. [HT AdAge]

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