Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Thousands march demanding clean air

Thousands of people yesterday marched in Taichung and Kaohsiung, calling on the government to stop using coal in power generation and end the phenomenon of “one sky, two Taiwans” caused by air pollution predominantly affecting the nation’s southern regions. The demonstration in Taichung ...FULL STORY

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Chinese practice 胸有成竹 to have fully-formed bamboo in the mind (xiong1 you3 cheng2 zhu2) 蘇軾(西元一○三七~一一○一年)又名蘇東坡,為北宋詩人、書法家及政治家。他在〈文與可畫篔簹谷偃竹記〉(一○七九年作)中寫道: 「故畫竹,必先得成竹於胸中,執筆熟視,乃見其所欲畫者,急起從之,振筆直遂,以追其所見,如兔起鶻落,少縱即逝矣。」(所以說畫竹,心裡一定先要有完整的竹子,拿著筆凝神而視,就能看到自己心裡想要畫的竹子了。這時快速地跟著自己的所見去畫,去捕捉看到的形象,就像兔子躍起、鶻鳥降落一樣迅速。) 蘇軾此文標題所提到的文與可,即蘇軾的朋友及表兄文同(西元一○一九~一○七九年),他是著名學者、藝術家及書法家,今有繪畫作品《墨竹》傳世,享有盛名。據載,文同對竹子有極精到的了解和知識:他居於竹林中,閒暇時便在竹林間漫步,仔細觀察竹子的生長方式、竹葉的形狀和姿態、竹葉與細枝莖幹的交錯等細節,甚至竹筍是如何生長。一回到家,他就立刻用筆墨把所觀察到的畫在紙上,把竹子的樣貌極為忠實地演繹出來──正如蘇軾所寫的,文同「成竹於胸中」(在心中形成竹子的全貌)──此即為成語「胸有成竹」的由來,意為對要做的事有充分的準備。 英文中有一個說法「winging it」,其概念(至少是表面上的概念)和「胸有成竹」恰恰相反。 此處的wing一字,並非指鳥或飛機的翼或建築的廂房,而是指劇場舞台兩旁觀眾看不到的區域。若演員因種種原因沒把台詞記牢,他們就會站在舞台側翼臨時抱佛腳,或是就直接上台,然後由他人在舞臺側翼幫忙提示台詞。 一八八五年的英國《舞臺》雜誌將wing這個動詞定義如下: 「to...FULL STORY

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