2015 in pictures

The camera gets its annual clear-out…

2015a

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That’s from about a third of it.

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9 Responses to 2015 in pictures

  1. Knownot says:

    For the long weekend.

    The high-speed rail
    Must not fail.
    (It’s a mess.)

    How much has it cost?
    Billions have been lost.
    (What a bloody mess.)

    People say we do not need
    To travel to Guangzhou high-speed.
    (What a bloody speedy mess.)

    Unacknowledged errors have been made.
    Grossly over budget and delayed.
    (What a silly badly-managed mess.)

    The legal set-up now proposed for Kowloon Station
    Appears to be a subtle Mainland infiltration.
    (What a difficult and troubling legal mess.)

    But we can face the whole wide world and boastfully declare:
    You will not find a more expensive railway anywhere.
    (What an abso-bloody-lutely record-breaking mess.)

    Either we abandon it, or smile and say we’re really glad
    To scrabble blindly underground, and pour good money after bad.
    (What an abso-bloody-lutely badly-managed hopeless mess.)

  2. Cassowary says:

    There ought to be a Facebook campaign to mail Arthur Li dildos. So that he can go #%[email protected] himself.

  3. Red Dragon says:

    Cassowary,

    I’d like to sign up for your proposed campaign.

    I received several of the items you mention as Christmas gifts, and would be more than happy to pass one of the bigger ones on to Arthur. Please let me know how to proceed.

    A particularly good poem this time, Knownot.

    May I wish all you Hemlockistas out there (and, of course, our main man) a happy and healthy 2016. It promises to be a humdinger of a year.

  4. Knownot says:

    Certain influential people saw
    That when the streets of Hong Kong were blockaded
    The students and their cause were being aided
    By a well-respected Dean of Law.
    Certain people therefore vilified
    The teacher, who was due to be promoted,
    And Arthur Li made sure the Council voted
    Against him. “A nice guy, but not qualified.”
    Certain pious people always say
    That rational consensus is the Way,
    So Arthur’s new appointment as the Chief
    Is hypocritical beyond belief.
    Pro- or Anti-, everybody knows
    The man sows discord everywhere he goes.

  5. Joe Blow says:

    In 2016 I vow to piss on anyone who serves 689, as I did in 2015.

  6. Abu Tabela says:

    Am I the only one disappointed not to find any intimate shots of Dr Vienna ?

    Oh I am. Fair one.

  7. Old Newcomer says:

    @Knownot – at least Li’s appointment shows with absolute clarity how insincere all the government’s blathering over consensus and social harmony really is. Something to use against them the next time they come up with the same nonsense.

  8. Knownot says:

    A quiet evening at the warehouse,
    Just a pile of books to wrap.
    “What’s that?” A click. A footstep. Then
    He felt a tap.

    Someone murmured, just behind him,
    “Brother, do not make a fuss.
    Bring that pile of books with you,
    And come with us.”

    Later, a van with tinted windows
    Drew up smoothly at the border
    And crossed through an Official lane,
    All in order.

    There is no valid cause to be
    Unduly troubled or alarmed.
    No-one giving full assistance
    Will be harmed.

    But this will reassure and comfort
    Everybody who believes
    In a people’s government
    Of thugs and thieves.

    And to reassure myself
    That nothing here is getting worse,
    I sit in comfort with a pen
    And turn to verse.

  9. PD says:

    Knownot, Many thanks for the three analyses in verse. The final line of each verse gives a neat little twist, ironic, self-deprecating or otherwise paradoxical, which reinforces the chilling effect.

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