我的英文日記
My English Journals

我家正在換水喉的工
The water pipes replacing work is going on

 

 

 

 

 

Mon. 21st Jan., 1991. 17℃. Sunny.

Guns are firing!
Sparks (火花) are flashing (閃光)!
Dusts, like the heavy mist, block my sight!

I am not depicting the battle field in the Middle East where war is going on now. I am describing the water pipe () replacing work in my house.

While one expert is using an electric driller (鑽孔機) to make a hole through the wall between my kitchen and bathroom, the other is working with a hammer and a chisel (鑿子) on the kitchen floor, arming for a long trench (渠溝) for the pipe.

Why should water pipes be buried inside the concrete since they can't function well till the end of the building? Good looking of the house is the primary (主要的) factor, but lots of trouble will come by the time the pipes become old.

I hope the architects (建築師) will think about this big drawback (弊病).

 



收到上學期的成績表
My result of the first term is quite good

Tues. 22nd Jan., 1991. 17. Cloudy.

My examination result of last term has just arrived in my letter box and I am happy with it.

As stated in the grading system, A- is very good and I have two subjects, English and Modern Chinese Literature in A- grade. B is good and I gain five B. C is fair and I get three C with a C+ among them.

The grade of my General Chinese should not be in C if I had read the questions first and then chose the answers while I was reading the last passage like my classmate who sat next to me did. I can remember I was still at the middle of paper 2 when the invigilator (監考者) announced that there were only fifteen minutes left. Thus the rest of the answers were almost done by guessing.

Anyway, I have attained (獲得) 21 units (學分) in the first term. That means my result is quite good.

 


換水喉,家中一團糟
My home in a mess due to water pipe replacement

Wed. 23rd Jan., 1991. 16. Fine.

It is sad to face my home in a mess (雜亂).

Owing to the replacement of the old water pipe in my home, I put old clothes, cardboard's, plastic sheets, newspapers and whatever objects that are flat on the floor and furniture to protect the carpet and to prevent (防止) dusts (塵埃) while the work is proceeding (進行中).

There is a long trench (渠溝) on the floor of my kitchen and holes on the wall of my bathroom. Both floors are muddy and everywhere with heavy dusts. Except my bedroom and the study room, I can't find a clean spot to stand on.

The worse thing is I don't have water for bathing or even washing hands. I have realized that how inconvenient (不便) it is when there is no water in a home.

Instead of signing, I just endure (忍耐). Sometimes, there is no alternative (選擇).

 



詩意爆炸
Poems may result a so-called explosion in one's head

Thurs. 24th Jan., 1991. 17. Fine.

Our English lecturer, Mrs Bond, read us a poem this morning. She read fluently in a calm voice and all of us listened carefully.

She then asked each of us how did we feel while listening to the poem.

Our answers were quite different. Some said that they felt happy but some gave an entirely (全部地) opposite (相反的) answer.

"It's alright," said Mrs Bond. "Literary work, especially poetry, can arouse different feelings on different people. Someone may love the poem, but others may hate it."

Poetry is a kind of work mainly designed for conveying (傳達) feelings. Some will make us happy, some will cause people to become blue (憂鬱的) and some may even drive people to anger (憤怒) or to cry.

Sometimes upon a sudden understanding, the meaning of a poem is so powerful that it may result a so-called explosion (詩意爆炸) in one's head.

 



中國檢控學生領袖
Chinese Government accuses the student leaders

Fri. 25th Jan., 1991. 17. Fine .

While the Coalition (聯軍) air force is bombing Baghdad (巴格達), the Chinese Government accuses (檢控) the student leaders of 1989 Democratic Movement on the Tiennamen (天安門) Square (廣場).

The prosecution (起訴) has been carrying out since the Gulf Crisis (海灣危機) in the Middle East turned from bad to worse, and the world's eyes were drawn (轉移) to there.

How wise it is to carry out something dishonorable (不光彩的) in the weakened attention of the world.

The first few accused students were sentenced to two or three years' imprisonment (監禁), which was commented (評為) as moderate.

And now comes the turn of Wong Dan (王丹), the 25-year-old chief leader of the movement.

Last night, the Hong Kong Democratic Unions (香港民主聯盟) organized (組織) a demonstration (示威), in which three to four thousand people holding banners and candles shouted fiercely (狂怒地) outside the New China Agency (新華社) for the release (釋放) of the innocent (無辜的) Wong Dan.

 



無所不為的撒達姆侯賽姻
What dirty things wouldn't Saddam Hussein do

Sat. 26th Jan., 1991. 15℃. Cloudy.

On the tenth day of the Gulf War (海灣戰爭) named Operation Desert Storm (沙漠風暴行動) for the liberation (解放) of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein deliberately broke the oil pipes under the Gulf, leaking several hundred thousand gallons of oil that formed a barrier (障礙) spreading for fifteen miles along the coastal front to obstruct (阻止) the approaching (接近) of the coalition battle ships (聯軍的戰艦).

This huge amount of oil will cause serious sea pollution (污染). A lot of birds have died already.

President Bush immediately reprimanded (斥責) Saddam Hussein by saying that "He has gone mad! It was his last gas!"

Saddam Hussein's history, according to the newspaper, is shocking (驚人的). He started killing the first man at the age of 19. He always carried a weapon (武器), an iron bar or a gun, for self-protection and would try every possibility to remove his opponents (反對者).

In view of these facts, what dirty things wouldn't he do when he is besieged (圍攻) by the coalition army (聯軍)?



冇用的打字機
What a useless stupid machine it is

Sun. 27th Jan., 1991. 14. Cloudy .

I typed and typed
Until the end of the paper.
I found that there was
A wrong spelling among the words.
I took out the paper and put in another one.

I typed and typed
Until the end of the paper.
I found that there was
A word missing in the middle of the page.
I took out the paper and put in another one.

I typed and typed
Until the end of my essay.
Suddenly I had a good idea to add in.
Oh dear!
Should I start typing it all over again?

What a useless stupid machine it is!
Throw it away.
Throw it away.
Smash (
搗碎) it onto the hardest rock,
Making the most distinctive (
特別的) sound
To inspire people to make us
A perfect one.



妒忌的魔鬼
The jealous devil

Mon. 28th Jan., 1991. 14. Sunny.

The jealous (妒忌的) devil (魔鬼) used fun
As temptation (
誘惑) to persuade (勸說) her
Riding a bicycle down
A long steep (
險峻的) road.

When she was rushing downward
At the highest speed, the devil suddenly
Held her hands to brake the bicycle: like a jockey (
騎師)
Flung away (
拋開) by his horse, she
Fell onto the ground, resulting
Serious wounds on her lovely face.

The devil will never attain (得到) its evil purpose
For there always exists a force against it
And help her recover quick:
She is as beautiful as before.

 



托爾斯泰
Leo Tolstoy

Tues. 29th Jan., 1991. 14. Sunny.

I heard of Leo Tolstoy (托爾斯泰), the famous Russian writer, years ago and once saw his masterpiece (傑作), War and Peace (戰爭與和平). It is such a thick book that scared (嚇驚) me very much, not because of its quantity (厚度), but the writer's creativity (創造力).

I haven't read any of Tolstoy's work, until today, a little bit read to us by our lecturer Mrs Bond. I was so impressive that I can even quote (引用) it down immediately by memory:

" I lie there alone; all is still but the ticking of the clock on the wall. Who are you, what are you? And I start thinking who am I, what am I? And spend the whole night thinking about it."

Just imagine the scene. How quiet it was. Try to think about the person there. How lonely he was and what a mood (情緒) he had.

From the above lines, the great writing ability (能力) of Tolstoy can be conceivable (可想像的).

 



十五世紀早期的音樂只被富有人家享用
In the early 15th century music was played in the Banquet of the Dukes in Burgundy

Wed. 30th Jan., 1991. 15. Cloudy.

Music was played in the Banquet (宴會) of the Dukes (公爵) in Burgundy "地名", a musical capital of the early 15th century.

The Banquet was planned to celebrate the vows (誓言) undertaken to lead a new Crusade (十字軍) against the Turks (土耳奇). The walls of the Banquet hall were decorated elegantly (高雅地) with tapestries (挂毯). Wine flowed in fountains and music sounded from within a mock pastry (假的蛋糕) large enough to hold (容立) 28 musicians.

From the above description, we can have a picture of how the extravagant (揮霍無度的) fancy (花俏的) the Burgundians had, and that was why they became the cultural leader of their time.

As a music student, I am sad to know these history because music, one of the highest arts of man, should be performed and appreciated by audiences in the concert hall rather than used by the vulgar (粗俗的階級) riches.



上天保佑伊拉克人民
God bless the Iraqi civilians

Thurs. 31th Jan., 1991. 16. Fine.

The last screw (螺絲) was fixed and the water pipe replacing work in my home has been finished. Such a long endurance (忍耐), over one weeks' time, finally ended.

Nevertheless, there are still lots of work waiting to be done.

Everything is out of place and covered by heavy dust. I should clean the bathroom and have a bath first. And then clean the kitchen and put back the furnace (火爐) , the kettle (水煲), the cooking pot etc., to where they used to be.

The hardest work is to clean the floor. Above the carpet, there are inches of cardboard, old clothes and papers with bricks () and concrete stuffs (石屎) on them. To remove these wastes need tremendous amount of energy.

I am quite exhausted (疲倦) now owing to (因為) the early lessons this morning and the APE lesson in the afternoon.

Before I start cleaning, I must have an apple to gain energy.



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