The week comes to an end with another wild pig rampaging through downtown Hong Kong – this time in the park near Citibank Tower. A few days earlier, a fellow member of the sounder frolicked outside the Conrad Hotel. As the Wednesday report noted, during hot weather, the creatures sometimes come into the urban areas and launch themselves gracefully into swimming pools or stroll nonchalantly around shopping malls to keep cool. But at this chilly time of the year, there must be another explanation.
A logical one comes quickly to mind: they are looking for somewhere to warm up. On reflection, such tough and wiry beasts probably don’t feel the cold, or at least wouldn’t admit it. For a clue, we should look at the South China Morning Post links and see that the paper files these stories under ‘Education and Community’. Far from being dumb animals, the boars wish to improve themselves and be among us and involved. Perhaps they have come to complain about one of the SCMP’s earlier items – ‘Wild pigs threaten farmland’ – and ask for the right of reply to put their side of the story.
The last time I encountered the species was up at Leaping Dragon Walk above Chai Wan. They were lazily hanging out and watching the humans…
That was a couple of months back. Something has since shaken them out of their lethargy. Whatever it is, it took place just a few days ago. The only thing I can think of is the Big Subject that burst into prominence on Wednesday and is on everyone’s minds constantly.
I declare the weekend open with the news that word of the astounding opportunities has reached the hogs, and they are eager to apply for scholarships and get themselves appointed to the Steering Committee. They are the ‘Belt and Road’ Boars, joining hands with Regina Ip to make her Maritime Silk Road Society ‘more Boaring than ever’, and dedicated to the tireless promotion of ‘Super-Connector’ Boar-dom.
Call me obtuse, but I’m baffled. What on earth is the “Big Subject that burst into prominence on Wednesday and is on everyone’s minds constantly”?
Underneath this gnomic observation, you place a photograph of the inauguration ceremony of Vadge’s latest self-promotional wheeze, the Maritime Silk Road Society, as if to imply that this was the “Big Subject” to which you coyly refer, but which, uncharacteristically, you omit to identify.
A cursory glance at the website of this august body reveals, however, that its glittering inaugural event took place way back in September, so that can’t be it. Can anyone help?
Anyway, to spare others from having to look at this garbage, I can reveal that the MSRS website contains a predictably generous amount of Vadgeocentric material, including an emetic video address by the beldame herself, and torrents of vacuous guff along the lines of the following snatch (if you’ll forgive the pun).
“Mrs. Regina Ip, GBS, JP, Member of Executive Council, Member of Legislative Council, Chairperson of Savantas Policy Institute, and Co-Chair of the Maritime Silk Road Society, delivered a welcome speech for the Ceremony, saying that “on this auspicious day of the inauguration of the Maritime Silk Road Society, on behalf of the Society, I would like to thank Mr. Zhou Bo, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, sincerely for taking time off his busy schedule to officiate at this evening’s ceremony. I wish to thank also all of our guests for their attendance in celebration of this historic moment. The Maritime Silk Road Society has been established in support of the nation’s grand “the Belt and Road Initiative”: partly to leverage Hong Kong’s unique position as the linchpin between mainland China and overseas countries and regions in promoting intra-regional business, trade and cultural exchange, and partly to identify new developmental opportunities for Hong Kong.”
See what I mean?
Further photos of the occasion reveal all the usual suspects engaging in an unconvincing display of mutual admiration. For those of us fortunate enough not to have been invited, the flavour of the evening can be surmised from the following:
“Mr. Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mr. Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong, and Mr. Zhou Bo, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, presented Certificates of Appointment to Special Advisors, Advisors, Honorary Presidents, Co-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Co-Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Executive Committee Members of the Maritime Silk Road Society. Mr. Bernard Chan and Mrs. Regina Ip are Co-Chairs of the MSRS. The ceremony ended with a toast, followed by a group shot”.
Now that “group shot” (the inevitable consequence, I suppose, of such an essentially masturbatory event) is something I’d have given my eye-teeth to witness.
But it was obvious Hemmers was on about, even before getting to the 4th para.
Those that don’t get with the program – deserve a good belting. What kinda Red doesn’t know all about belt road, road belt, belt belt, road road, etc, etc? |^)
I have studied the photos closely. It is CY Leung’s wife on her way to the waxing salon. Boars are coming down into town as their natural habitat is now so polluted, it no longer provides sufficient sustenance. I pointed this out some time ago. The next sign of the Apocalypse is of course zombies. I spot them all the time in Shaukeiwan.
Living as I do in Indonesia, I don’t see too may pigs – wild or merely a little upset.
However, in my home area, the Royal Forest of Dean, the buggers are rampant, and have turned into something of a tourist attraction.
Are we sure that this is not just another cunning plan to attract still more Mainland tourists, given their predilection for the porcine flesh?
I think we should be told.
@Red Dragon – a pity the group shot was not performed with a machine gun. That would have eliminated a whole lot of pigs in one go.
indonesian students will receive $120,000 a year to study in Hong Kong; isn’t that the equivalent of a minister’s salary in Indonesia (before tea money of course)?
Seems Hong Kongers have begun to think more seriously about OBOR, and have come up with some proper responses to the policy. For example, some have been quick to note it sounds the same as “one in, one out” (lit. one wearing, one falling out)