Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Torn Song with Lyrical Modification

Check out this fantastic Lyrical Modification of the song Torn about the state of panic and anxiety caused by the spectre of Covid-19.

Home by a creative singer
(from Torn by Natalie Imbruglia)

So I'm kind of scared of being here
There's lots of talking,
Lots of singing
Without protective gear
So all your germs are in the air

Back during SARS I was just a child
Didn't seem to know,
Seem to care
'Bout the virus running wild
But now I'm freaking out alright

I sterlize, I sanitize
My hands are always frickin' dry
There's just so many things
That I can't touch

I'm torn
How do I use the lift?
How do I get the door?
I hold onto my bags
'Cause all the germs fall to the floor

And when I get the train
I'll stand using my core
Because I don't know who the hell has touched that pole before

I need to hibernate
I wanna go back home

So then I finally went out on the street
After days of being at home
And hiding in my sheets
But then I start to worry 'cause
There's nothing left at the grocery store
I can't find bok choy no more

There's just white people things
Like pasta, cheese and corn
Where the hell's the rice?
Why's it three times the price?
And when I ask the staff,
Let's say she wasn't very nice
There's dust in my eye
But if I touch it I might die
I think the only way to get it out is start to cry

I need to hibernate
I need to go back home

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Coronavirus Don't Panic Song

Social media has caused needless panic about the novel coronavirus that originated from Wuhan in China. Keep calm; there is no need to panic.

This is a lyrical modification of the original song titled Panic by The Smiths.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

China coronavirus experts have egg on face

Here’s where it currently stands with the coronavirus (5 February 2020) ...

The latest figures show that 490 people have died in mainland China from the virus. According to the very reliable Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are now 23,680 confirmed cases in the mainland meaning the mortality rate from the virus is 2.07% nationally. 
Of the deaths, 479 have now occurred in Hubei province where the capital, Wuhan, is the eipicentre of the deadly outbreak. There have been 16,678 confirmed cases in the province making for a death rate of 2.87% in the province.


A week ago, on 29 January 2020, one of China’s top experts said the Wuhan coronavirus infection rate could peak in early February.

“I estimate that it will reach its peak in around the next week or 10 days, after that there will be no more major increases,” said Zhong Nanshan, the respiratory disease scientist who played the pivotal role in China’s fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) coronavirus epidemic in 2002-03. (Reference link: 
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3048020/chinese-experts-say-wuhan-coronavirus-outbreak-will-not-last )

While stating that it is very difficult to make predictions about the infection peak for the new virus, Zhong said China’s efforts in early detection and early isolation were the right measures. “After doing these two things, we have enough confidence to prevent another peak,” he said.

The infection rate estimate by Zhong was echoed by Gao Fu, the director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. He said he was “optimistic” that the outbreak’s “turning point” could arrive by February 8 if current disease control protocol is maintained.

“If we stick to the current measures, we should see a turning point in the near future. Everyone predicts that the situation can improve by the time of the Lantern Festival [on February 8],” said Gao in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday.“I am personally optimistic, and I believe that [it will improve] earlier than this, but everyone must stick to the prevention and control measures.”


Professor Gabriel Leung, dean of Hong Kong University’s medical school, is in sharp disagreement on the potential infection rate for the Wuhan virus.

“We have to be prepared, that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic,” he said. The outbreak was expected to peak in April or May in five major Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou – before the number of infections could begin to gradually decline in June or July, Leung said. As many as 44,000 people could be infected in Wuhan alone, with only 25,000 likely to be showing symptoms at this time, said Leung, citing the team’s research.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

He's a polymathematical guy

You what? Is calling someone 'polymathematical' an insult? If anything, it sounds like the person saying it is ignorant of what he is trying to say.
"He's a polymathematical guy. I spent 30 years as an investor speaking to some of the best CEOs in the world, and Jurgen [Klopp] is right up there with them. If he wasn't managing a football club, he could be managing a Fortune 500 company." 
–– Mike Gordon, executive-level bigwig, Fenway Sports Group (reference, here)

Mike Gordon (far right) was sure Jurgen Klopp (black shirt), manager of Liverpool FC, was the right man to take over after just two meetings ... because he sensed Klopp was "polymathematical" !

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

What is Hong Kong Like?

Many friends and visitors to the site have asked me for my thoughts about the current political situation in Hong Kong. The answer has been evident by the way different sections of society have acted and reacted to the increasingly tense standoff between the Hong Kong Government and people. Succinctly, I observe that:-

Hong Kong people (exemplified by the protesters and their supporters) are Creative, Courageous and Committed to a free, positive and lawful Hong Kong

– Hong Kong Police are Committed and Loyal to a free, positive and lawful Hong Kong

– Hong Kong Government (epitomized by “Curry Lamb” and her cabinet) is Weak, Leaderless and Loyal to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

These two photos (taken in and around The University of Hong Kong), show Hong Kong endures. Thank you for your wishes.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ching Cheong Chinaman Notable Name

Ching Cheong, a veteran journalist who was jailed in mainland China for three years on trumped-up espionage charges, blamed the government for pushing the unpopular [extradition bill in Hong Kong] in the face of opposition from groups across a diverse political spectrum, including the legal sector and even some pro-Beijing figures.
“They have completely ignored all the peaceful, rational and non-violent expressions. The frustrations are felt across the board,” he said. “The students’ emotions are just an expression of Hong Kong society. They feel there is no way out.” (12 June 2019)

The journalist Ching Cheong has an unfortunate, ironic name because so much cultural sensitivity befalls the term "Ching Chong".

ChingChongChinaMan went to milk a cow
ChingChongChinaMan didn't know how
ChingChongChinaMan pulled the wrong tit
ChingChongChinaMan got covered in sh%t

Additional links to the history of the anti-Chinese slur (here and here). The racial slur has been used for over 100 years.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Kennedy Wong Notable Name of the Day

Kennedy Wong Ying-ho, spokesman for an alliance (Safeguard HK) that claimed to have collected 930,000 signaturesfrom residents supporting the extradition bill. Pro-establishment solicitor and a Hong Kong member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The meaning of Kennedy is "helmet head; ugly head"

About Novel HKSAR Names
Name Category: Rare 

Cartman from South Park and Kennedy Wong Ying-ho from Hong Kong

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Carrie Lam demonstrates traditional Asian values in governing Hong Kong

We all know that, in general, Asian values are more paternalistic (reference: Confucian teachings) whereas Western values are less hierarchical (reference: John Stuart Mill).

Carrie Lam, despite being a female leader, revealed her true values as Hong Kong’s leader with the use of her own metaphor when describing the current situation of protesters against the extradition bill:
“To use a metaphor, I’m a mother too, I have two sons,” she said. “If I let him have his way every time my son acted like that, such as when he didn’t want to study, things might be OK between us in the short term.

“But if I indulge his wayward behaviour, he might regret it when he grows up. He will then ask me: ‘Mum, why didn’t you call me up on that back then?’” 
— Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, CE, HK

This is why the majority of Hongkongers do not respect Carrie Lam. Lam treats Hongkongers, to use her own metaphor literally, as though she is the authority figure who must be obeyed by the lesser experienced, lesser educated and lesser evolved citizens. Lam does not respect other people’s views, especially those who are beneath her. The only individuals who Lam will listen to are those who are hierarchically above her (ie, the head of the China Liaison Office in HK and obviously China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping who can stay on as supreme leader of China indefinitely.

Hong Kong does not have a strong independent leader ... but most Hongkongers know this anyway because China chooses who becomes the chief executive of Hong Kong, which means the chief executive of Hong Kong always knows her/his place within the paternalistic hierarchy of China.