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Moreton


(Stanley Military Cemetery: 6. D. Coll. grave 10-18)

THE REV. ERIC MORETON,
Chaplain, Methodist Missionary Society.
Died on 26th December 1941. Age 35.

Son of Robert and Laura Julia Moreton;
husband of Norah Mary Moreton, of Whetstone, Middlesex.



Tony Banham, Not the Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong. (HK: HKU Press, 2004). p.381, note 180.

The CWGC originally had entries for him on 25 December as a civilian, and 26 December as a padre. His family was from Middlesex, though (150) notes that the Mr Moreton was attached to the Royal Scots. His biographical details are given as:

Born 5 October 1905, grandson of the Revd. R. H. Moreton, MMS missionary to Portugal.

1929 Didsbury College.

1932 Aux Cayes, Haiti.

1933 Returned to England and returned to life as a Methodist layman,
belonging to the Muswell Hill Circuit.

1936 Re-entered the ministry at Liverpool and then Dormanstown in
the Redcar Circuit.

1938 Accepted call to the English circuit in Hong Kong.

'With his colleague Rev J E Sandbach, he worked, not only amongst civilians, but also amongst the men of the Forces, particularly in the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. Happily married in 1939, his joy became full when a little son was born. Soon after, when the Japanese attack on Hong Kong began, Mr Moreton served as an ambulance driver, and in the performance of his duties he suffered a wound on December 18. The wound turned out to be more serious than was at first anticipated, and he died in a Christian hospital [in fact the Royal Naval Hospital in Wan Chai] in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 1941, having laid down his life for his friends' (65: 164). Today he is buried at Stanley.

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Note:
CWGC = Commonwealth War Graves Commission
(150) = Templer's Diary. Imperial War Museum, London.
(65) = Minutes of the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church held in Manchester, July 1942.



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For Sandbach, also see Letter: A chance missed in Hong Kong. The Independent on Sunday, Opinion.

Letter: A chance missed in Hong Kong
The Rev F R Dowson
Wednesday, 2 July 1997

Sir: I was glad to read the letter from Drummond Hunter (30 June). The fact that Hong Kong has been handed over to China by Britain and not by some other power is due to the action of one relatively unknown man at the end of the war in the Far East.

The Rev J Ernest Sandbach, a minister of the Methodist Church, went as a missionary to Hong Kong in 1938 and, in addition to his church work, he was responsible for the Sailors' and Soldiers' Home and was officiating minister for Services personnel.

Following the invasion by the Japanese in 1941 he organised hospital supplies and then, with other civilians, was interned in the camp on the Stanley peninsular in 1942. He continued his missionary work as far as possible in the camp and was appointed chairman of the camp committee and, as such, represented the internees in negotiations with the Japanese authorities, often at great personal risk to himself.

Hearing of the imminent surrender to the Allied Forces in 1945, he marched out of the camp with the Colonial Secretary and a Chinese coast skipper and went to the Japanese officer in charge and told him he was taking over Hong Kong as a British colony. Very soon after he was told by the Allied HQ to take over Hong Kong in the name of the four Allies. He replied, informing them that he had already taken over Hong Kong in the name of Great Britain and "so it has remained" he told me with a smile years later. He stayed in Hong Kong until 1960 and for his work there he was awarded the OBE on his return to England.

I had known his name for years before I met him in 1974 when I came to Selsey and found he had retired here. We became very good friends and he gave me willing help in my work until I retired in 1987. Later I had the privilege of giving thanks to God for his life and work at his funeral in May 1991.

The Rev F R DOWSON

Selsey, Chichester

客途秋恨


客途秋恨

涼風有信。秋月無邊。虧我思嬌情緒。好比度日如年。
小生繆姓蓮仙字。為憶多情歌女麥氏秋娟。
聲色性情人贊羨。更兼才貌兩相全。
天隔一方難見面。
        孤舟沉寂晚涼天。
斜陽照住雙飛燕。斜倚蓬窗思悄然。
耳畔秋聲桐葉落。平橋絮柳鎖寒煙。
情緒悲秋同宋玉。客途抱恨對誰言。
舊約難如潮有信。新愁深似海無邊。
觸景更添情懊惱。懷人空對月華圓。
青樓邂逅中秋夜。並肩攜手拜嬋娟。
記不盡許多情與義。纏綿相愛復相憐。
肝膽情投將兩月。同群催趲整歸鞭。
幾回眷戀難分捨。緣慳兩字拆離鸞。
淚灑西風紅豆樹。情牽古道白榆天。
杯酒臨歧同餞別。望江樓上設離筵。
牽衣致囑衷情話。要存終始兩心堅。
言猶在耳成虛負。屈指如今又隔年。
好事多磨從古道。半由人力半由天。
風塵閱歷崎嶇苦。雞群混跡暫從權。
請纓未遂終軍志。試馬難揚祖逖鞭。
龜年曲調唐宮譜。遊戲文章賤賣錢。
裴航玉柱諧心願。藍橋踐約訪神仙。
廣寒宮殿無關鎖。何愁好月不團圓。
滄冥鼎沸鯨鯢變。妖氛漫海動烽煙。
關山咫尺成千里。雁札魚書總渺然。
今日羽書馳牒報。干戈撩亂擾江村。
崑山玉石遭焚毀。避秦男女入桃源。
紅顏薄命招天妒。賊星來犯月中仙。
嬌花若被狂風損。玉容無主倩誰憐。
幽蘭不受污泥染。拚送香魂玉化煙。
若然艷質遭兇暴。同埋白骨伴妝前。
死後得成連理樹。生前常在奈何天。
慈航法力行方便。楊枝甘露火坑蓮。
劫難逢凶俱化吉。災星魔障不相牽。
心似轆轤千百轉。空眷戀。
但得平安願。任得天邊明月照向別人圓。

聞擊柝。鼓三更。江楓漁火照愁人。
幾度徘徊思往事。勸嬌唔該咁痴心。
風塵不少憐香客。羅綺還多惜玉人。
煙花誰不貪豪富。偏把多情向小生。
窮途作客囊如洗。擲綿纏頭愧未能。
填詞偶寫胭脂井。含情相伴對銀燈。
細問曲中何故事。我把陳後主個段風流講過你聞。
兵困景陽家國破。歌殘玉樹後庭春。
攜住二妃藏井底。死生難捨意中人。
聞聽此言偷嘆息。風流天子咁情真。
唔該享盡奢華福。錦繡江山委路塵。
女流也曉興亡恨。梅花為骨雪為心。
珠璣滿腹原無價。憐才情重不嫌貧。
慚非玉樹蒹葭倚。蔦蘿絲附木瓜身。
洗盡鉛華甘謝客。平康早日脫風塵。
樊籠無計開金鎖。鸚鵡羈留困姐身。
孤掌難鳴為遠客。有心無力幾閑文。
欲效藥師紅拂事。改裝夤夜共私奔。
相逢不是虬髯漢。陌路欺人惹禍根。
龍潭虎穴非輕易。恩愛翻成誤玉人。
思量銜石填東海。精衛虛勞一片心。
胸中枉有千言策。惜無一計挽釵裙。
前程盡附東流水。春殘花蝶兩相分。
神女有心空解佩。襄王無夢再行雲。
一別永成千古恨。蠶絲未盡枉偷生。
男兒短盡英雄氣。得成富貴亦閒聞。
飄零書劍為孤客。偏舟長夜歎寒更。
放開懷抱思往事。越思越想越傷神。
風送夜潮寒澈骨。隔林山寺報鐘音。
聲聲似解相思結。心猿飄蕩哪方尋。
苦海濟人登彼岸。世間留落種情根。
風流五百年前債。結成夙恨在紅塵。
秋水遠連天上月。團圓偏照別離身。
水月鏡花成幻夢。茫茫空色兩無憑。
恩愛自憐同一夢。情緣誰為證三生。
意中人遠天涯近。空抱恨。
琵琶休再問。惹我青衫紅淚更銷魂。

春曙為最


清少納言, 枕草子 (林文月譯)

春,曙為最。逐漸轉白的山頂,開始稍露光明,泛紫的細雲輕飄其上。

夏則夜。有月的時候自不待言,無月的闇夜,也有群螢交飛。若是下場雨甚麼的,那就更有情味了。

秋則黃昏。夕日照耀,近映山際,烏鴉返巢,三隻四隻兩隻地飛過,平添感傷。又有時見雁影小小,列隊飛過遠空,尤饒風情。何況,日入以後,尚有風聲蟲鳴。

冬則晨朝。降雪時不消說,有時霜色皚皚,即使無雪亦無霜,寒氣凜冽,連忙生一盆火,搬運炭火跑過走廊,也挺合時宜;只可惜响午時分,火盆裏頭炭木漸蒙白灰,便無甚可賞了。

朱天文世紀末的華麗


琳瑯滿目, 色彩繽紛, 還有那馥郁的氣味撲鼻而來. 好一場八九十年代的時尚回顧展.

r dot dot


Position:
\bf{ r } = r \hat r

Velocity:
\bf{ \dot r } = \dot r \hat r + \dot θ \hat θ


Acceleration:
\bf{ \ddot r }
= (\ddot r - r\dot θ^2) \hat r + (r\ddot θ + 2\dot r \dot θ) \hat θ
= roc of radial speed + centripetal acc. + angular acc. + coriolis acc.


Notes on acc.:
1. Each part has two terms.
2. Each terms has two dots. (because of the unit)
3. Each part has a `2'.
4. The 2nd term is negative. (centripetal)
5. Every term has an `r'. (because of the unit)
6. Every term except the 1st has a `θ'.
7. In each part, the front term depends on a \ddot.
8. In each part, the rear term depends on the angular speed.
9. The angular speed is more active than the \dot r.

搜書院 唸白


臨江仙 (02, 3:30) (07, 6:40)

不羡紅絲牽一線,扶搖直上遙空。
幾曾愁夢繞芳叢。
凄香心宛轉,寫影骨玲瓏。

信道黃花還比瘦,無端輕落泥中。
拚將弱質鬥西風。
命雖同紙薄,身肯逐飄蓬。

當局撤荃灣百佳魚類區封閉


明報即時新聞, 2011-10-07, 21:00
當局撤荃灣百佳魚類區封閉


是否漏了個封閉令個令字? 否則條標題寫成咁, 可謂太弱雞.

原題12字, 或作:
當局准荃灣百佳再賣活魚 (11字)
荃灣百佳魚類區獲准重開 (11字)
荃灣百佳重新獲准賣魚 (10字)
荃灣百佳獲准再賣鮮魚 (10字)
荃灣百佳獲准再賣魚 (9字)
荃灣百佳再獲准賣魚 (9字)

女主柄國之路


Helen Castor, She-wolves: The women who ruled England before Elizabeth. (London: Faber & Faber, 2010)

Matilda Imperatrix
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Isabella of France

Margaret of Anjou
(p.322) She had also discovered that neither power nor wealth could be taken for granted. Rights, it seemed, had to be fought for, possession asserted rather than assumed.

柏格理


CCTV 《在天那邊
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