Monday, 27 October 2014

Keeping the Passion Alive

Looking at the Admiralty protest site towards Central
This evening I took a friend around who just came back after a month-long trip and completely missed the entire first four weeks of Occupy. We walked off our dinner by walking from Central to Admiralty and so she was able to see the protest site from the flyover and then get into the thick of things.

The protest encapsulated in a cartoon
She had read up on what was going on while she was away, but hadn't actually experienced it which adds another dimension to understanding and absorbing what is going on. My friend was very impressed by how creative people were, and the willingness of people to camp out for so long.

We walked up and down the steps along Lennon Wall and she contributed a message, whereas I think mine from four weeks ago was washed out by the rain! Since then they have put plastic covers over the ones on the outer edge.

Then we saw a group of foreigners standing by the gate where Civic Square is and a Chinese woman speaking English explained to them the chronology of events. Has this now officially become a guided tourist site?

Near the Legislative Council entrance is a shell-shaped area, a public space, and tonight on the cement wall they were projecting short films people had made about the Umbrella Movement. They were quite funny and satirical.

Colourful origami mobile with an umbrella!
In one a guy pretends to be a reporter checking out the Umbrella Movement scene. He points to big yellow umbrellas and wonders if these are the missiles the police were warning the public about...

Another featured a slide show of the supposed bromance between Federation of Students' Alex Chow and Lester Shum and singing in the background is Denise Ho with her song called Louie & Lawrence about two guys in love... quite amusing really, when juxtaposed with the two student leaders' pictures of them giving speeches, arms around each others' shoulders...

Here are the lyrics:

Louie and Lawrence were both good-looking boys
Louie was the popular one,
while Lawrence only loved reading
They were, however, inseparable
always wearing those innocent white shirts
This romance began in proximity
yet they did not dare let their guards down

Outdoor cinema right by the Legislative Council
To be as friends, there's more of less love involved
But to become brothers, and to love as such,
Bystanders would certainly not accept them

If they were to hug, even by accident,
one of them would surely shy away
However enjoyable that might be,
they're afraid to admit
Even if they avoided making eye contact
Deep down they'd know love was involved

A boy and a boy, how could they be that close?
Louie couldn't deal with it,
but he did promise her Lawrence was just as infatuated
Until she finally took a leap
Images of Alex Chow (left) and Lester Shum (right)
Their eyes met as she took off her blouse
It was only then did Louie realize
he had never thought of his close friend as a girl

To be as friends, there's more or less love involved
But to become brothers, and to love as such,
Bystanders will certainly not accept them

Why does true love always end on a sad note?
He is truly surprised, as he thinks about the past
of how they used to shop, study and stare at the sea

They're practically lovers, as the cards finally did reveal

Why be afraid, if you feel that this is love?
Why calculate who he is and wonder if it adds up in the end?
Which bystander will accept love as such?

Perfectly compatible but against all odds, just let it go
To be in denial and not come out
The world will then never change
As there will only be more tragedies as such
Or do you prefer to love like the Butterfly Lovers?

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