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MP3 ID3 tag自动转码工具

老版本ID3 tag的标准本来只支持ISO-8859-1,也就是只能用西方拉丁字母。新的ID3 tag还支持Utf-16, 所以中文啊越南文之类的都能支持了。

问题是许多网上的mp3歌曲id3 tag编码很不规范。。。拿我来说吧,我有7000多首中文mp3。。。而这些中文歌曲的Id3编码是五花八门:

Gb2312/big5/big5hkjcs 甚至utf-8都有,还有很多根本没有tag而是把作者和歌名都放在文件名上。 这样听歌的时候就比较头痛了--在播放器里不知道现在听的是什么歌, 哪个歌手、专辑等。浏览、搜索歌曲也很不方便。在windows还好点,因为许多windows上的jukebox支持GBK编码能看不少繁体字,但到了苹果的OSX上就无法忍受了:OSX只支持unicode, itunes严格只支持ISO-8859-1和UTF-16.

查了一下网上,有些工具但没法满足我的要求:或者只能一次转几个文件--我几千个文件在几百个目录里怎么搞啊,或者一次只支持一种编码的转换--这有个问题:比如用gb2312来转,会把用big5/utf-8码的文件tag弄坏了。

所以只好自己动手写个小utility了。。。

这是个简单python script, 基于一位在英国的澳洲华人写的开源pytagger library (http://www.liquidx.net/pytagger/) , 以及他的tagencoder程序。

pytagger被我稍微改动了一下增强robustness.

下载: 点击下载

用法:

–下载后把文件后缀改为 .tar.gz (或.tgz)

--系统需求:需要在机器上有python. unix/linux一般都有,windows自己去python.org下载安装就行了。

在命令行敲:

python ConvertMp3.py < 目录名>

-- 自动 将该目录下以及所有子目录下所有.mp3 和.mp2文件的ID3 tag转换成 UTF-16.

— 如果id3 tag的"title"/"artist"空白, 自动根据文件名和路径填上。

可能的enhancement: 自动根据网上的音乐识别服务鉴别mp3的信息并填写tags. 注意不是指CDDB一类识别CD tracks的,而是根据声学曲线识别音乐(acoustics recognition)的musicBrainz一类服务。但是目前musicBrainz里中文歌曲信息太少所以效果估计不好。

在最近的西藏事件上,西方国家中跳得最欢的竟然是德国–德国新闻报道中歪曲事实行为是这些国家里最严重的, 简直令人瞠目结舌,而一般德国人对西藏也有者着异乎寻常的关心: 2008年3月21日,德国在全国九百二十一个城市升起了da 赖的雪山狮子旗。一般来说给人印象严谨理性的德国人这次为什么在西藏问题上如此起劲呢?德国人的西藏情节其中一个重要的原因是– 有不少人认为德国人的祖先起源于西藏的纯种雅利安人。

当年的纳粹就曾为这个传说先后两次派探险队进入西藏考察,希望找到雅利安人的遗迹证明与日尔曼人的同源,并且找到地球的轴心扭转在二战战场上的颓势。而探险队(SS)的首领就是海因里希·哈勒 . 正是这个人写了一本书讲述他在西藏七年的生活, 以及他成为大赖的亲密朋友兼家庭教师的经历 ; 在以前‘西脏流亡政府“的网页上还有他与达赖的合影。然而,他在书中并没有提及他是纳粹,以及奉命寻找地球轴心的实事。 这本书后来被好莱坞拍成著名电影”西藏七年", 由著名影星不辣的皮特 (Brad Pitt)主演, 成为西方普通人对西藏印象的主要来源。电影里男主人公由纳粹军官被改成了奥地利的一位普通登山家(哈勒本人确实是奥地利人), 当年大赖治下的西藏得到充分浪漫化, 以对比影片中中国军队和ZF之残暴.

回到德国这里, 关于雅利安人种的起源, 以及纳粹在这方面的理论以及与大赖之间的密切关系, 这里有几个英文链接:

http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/story_of_hans_hoerbiger.htm

http://www.newspiritualbible.com/index2

虽然希特勒早已消亡,但是今日德国人异常激动的举动,让人不得不相信, 纳粹的这套西藏与德国人同源的理论在德国深入人心, 在今天的德国依然大有市场。

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在第二次世界大战前后,中国的西藏远离战区,躲过了战火与硝烟,但并没有躲过纳粹德国的视线。1938年和1943年,经希特勒批准,纳粹党卫军头子希姆莱亲自组建了两支探险队,他们深入西藏,寻找“日耳曼民族的祖先”———亚特兰蒂斯神族存在的证据,寻找能改变时间、打造“不死军团”的“地球轴心”。1945年,苏军攻克柏林后,内务人民委员会(“克格勃”前身)军官在德国帝国大厦的地下室里,发现了一名被枪杀的西藏喇嘛。这一切都使纳粹在西藏的秘密行动成为二战中一个难解的谜团。
  希姆莱想打造神族部队
  1933年,希特勒在德国掌权后,大肆鼓吹种族优越论,称人类每700年进化一次,最终目的是将雅利安人(在纳粹语言中,雅利安人有时指非犹太血统的白种人,更多是单指日耳曼人)这样的“优秀”人种进化为具有超常能力的新人类。希特勒手下的纳粹党卫军头子希姆莱也是一个彻头彻尾的种族主义者。他在组建党卫军之初,便明确规定,只征召那些身高在5英尺9英寸(1英尺=0.3米,1英寸=2.5厘米)以上、金发碧眼、受过良好教育、具有纯正雅利安血统的年轻人。在选拔党卫军军官时,一个最基本的条件是要求被选拔者能够证明自己的家族自1750年以来未曾与其他种族通婚。为印证元首的理论,希姆莱在1935 年,组建了一个服务于纳粹教义的“祖先遗产学会”,网罗了包括医学家、探险家、考古学家甚至江湖术士、精神病患者在内的各色“专家”,对人种、血统、古代宗教、古代遗址、神话传说等进行考察研究。到战争结束时,该学会已发展成为一个拥有40个部门的庞大机构,它不仅对犹太人进行活体实验,还通过占卜、占星等手段指导德军的军事行动。
  在欧洲,长期流传着一个关于亚特兰蒂斯(大西洲)的传说。在传说中,亚特兰蒂斯大陆无比富有,那里的人是具有超凡能力的神族。有关它的文字描述,最早出现在古希腊哲学家柏拉图于公元前350年撰写的《对话录》中。他写道:“1.2万年前,地中海西方遥远的大西洋上,有一个令人惊奇的大陆。它被无数黄金与白银装饰着,出产一种闪闪发光的金属———山铜。它有设备完好的港口及船只,还有能够载人飞翔的物体。”亚特兰蒂斯的势力远及非洲大陆,在一次大地震后,这块大陆沉入海底,一些亚特兰蒂斯人乘船逃离,最后在中国西藏和印度落脚。这些亚特兰蒂斯人的后代曾在中亚创建过灿烂文明,后来他们中的一部分人向西北和南方迁移,分别成为雅利安人和印度人的祖先。一些纳粹专家宣称亚特兰蒂斯文明确实存在,并认为雅利安人只是因为后来与凡人结合才失去了祖先的神力。希姆莱对这个神话传说深信不疑,他相信,一旦证明雅利安人的祖先是神,只要借助选择性繁殖等种族净化手段,便能创造出具有超常能力的、所向无敌的雅利安神族部队。

  详细调查藏族人的体貌特征
  为了寻访先祖遗民,1938年,希姆莱奉命派遣以博物学家恩斯特·塞弗尔和人类学家布鲁诺·贝尔格为首的“德国党卫军塞弗尔考察队”奔赴西藏,这支队伍的其他成员还包括植物学家、昆虫学家和地球物理学家。这些纳粹分子拍摄的纪录片《西藏秘密》显示,他们受到了不了解他们目的的当地领主的款待。但是,这群心怀叵测的党卫军成员并没有忘记他们此行的任务。贝尔格测量了很多西藏人头部的尺寸,并将这些人的头发与其他人种的头发样本进行比对;他们还通过被测者眼球的颜色来判断其种族纯净程度;为保留数据,这些纳粹分子用生石膏对十几个藏族人进行了面部和手的翻模,制作了这些人头部、脸部、耳朵和手的石膏模型。
  这次考察中,队员们还从当地人口中得知有一个名叫沙姆巴拉的洞穴,据说那里隐藏着蕴含无穷能量的“地球轴心”,谁能找到它,就可以得到一种生物场的保护,做到“刀枪不入”,并能够任意控制时间和事件的变化。1939年8月,考察队回到德国,受到希姆莱的热烈欢迎。希姆莱向塞弗尔颁发了“党卫军荣誉剑”。1943年1月,纳粹在慕尼黑大学设立了以瑞典考古学家斯文·赫定的名字命名的考古与人类学学院———斯文·赫定学院,塞弗尔经希姆莱推荐,被任命为首任院长。与塞弗尔同行的贝尔格也被希姆莱提升为党卫军高级军官。由此可见,纳粹分子的第一次西藏探险活动,受到了纳粹高层的充分肯定。

  寻找“地球轴心”
  1941年12月底,在苏联战场上的德国军队以损失50万人、1300辆坦克、2500门火炮的沉重代价,在莫斯科会战中遭到惨败。同年冬,百万德军又在斯大林格勒战役中陷入被动。面对些坏消息,希特勒和他的总参谋部一筹莫展。
  此时,希姆莱也在为如何摆脱军事上的被动处境冥思苦想。他一方面组织江湖术士通过在大西洋地图上悬挂吊锤的荒唐办法,来寻找盟军舰队。另一方面,他想到了那个在遥远东方的“地球轴心”。此后,希姆莱面见希特勒,提出派遣一支特别行动小分队,前往西藏沙姆巴拉洞穴,找到那个能够控制全世界的“地球轴心”,然后派数千名空降兵到那里,打造一个“不死军团”;与此同时,可以颠倒“地球轴心”,使德国回到1939年,改正当初犯下的错误,重新发动战争。为此,希姆莱与希特勒密谈了6个小时,还向希特勒递交了一份2000页的报告,其中的一张地图标出了沙姆巴拉的大体位置。
  1943年1月,由海因里希·哈勒率领的纳粹五人探险小组秘密启程赴藏。曾是职业登山运动员的哈勒是一名出生在奥地利的铁杆纳粹分子,早在1933年就加入了纳粹党。1938年德奥合并后,他又加入党卫军。在一次瑞士举行的登山比赛中,哈勒一举夺冠,充分展示了雅利安人的“优秀品质”,受到希特勒的亲自接见并与其合影留念。哈勒等人的旅程并不顺利,1943年5月,他们在印度被英军逮捕。在几次越狱失败后,哈勒等人总算成功逃出战俘营。开始,他们打算投奔日军,但后来还是决定继续执行寻找“地球轴心”的使命。由于当时的英国印度总督派驻西藏的官员理查德森对德国人采取了宽容的政策,冒充德国商品推销员的哈勒开始了他在西藏的七年之旅。没有人能够说清哈勒和他的探险小组都去了什么地方;有荒唐的传说称他们最终找到了“地球轴心”,但不知道怎样操纵它。也没有人说得清哈勒手下的3个同伴去了哪里,因为直到战争结束时,哈勒的探险小组中只剩下他和希姆莱的心腹彼得·奥夫施奈特。1948年,哈勒在拉萨成为达赖喇嘛的私人教师和政治顾问。1951年西藏和平解放时,哈勒仓皇逃往印度,为逃避审判,他选择了定居列支敦士登。此后,哈勒与达赖长期保持着密切联系。 1977年,当一些知情者揭露了哈勒的纳粹分子身份后,达赖竟然在一个记者招待会上公开为他的这位“恩师”辩护说:“我当然知道海因里希·哈勒的德国背景,而且是在德国因为第二次世界大战作为忏悔人站在全世界面前的时候。但是,我们总是被‘咬输了的狗’所感动,并因此认为,德国人在40年代末已经受到盟军的足够惩罚。”后来,哈勒撰写了回忆录《西藏七年》,但在书中并没有透露他受希姆莱之命秘密寻找“地球轴心”,以及他纳粹分子的真实身份。
  目前,按照德国官方的说法,纳粹第一次进入西藏所拍的纪录片在1945年秋天的科隆大火中被烧毁。哈勒1951年从拉萨回到奥地利时随身携带的大量档案被英国人没收,哈勒本人也已死去。纳粹进入西藏的档案保密级别较高,按德国、英国和美国的规定,有可能在2044年后解密,也有可能永远尘封在历史中

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Of Lamas and Nazis: The SS in Tibet–1938-39

[CP-List] Of Lamas and Nazis: The SS in Tibet–1938-39
Jeffrey St. Clair sitka@home.com
Mon, 19 Mar 2001 08:08:37 -0800

Hitler and the Himalayas
The SS Mission to Tibet 1938-39
ALEX McKAY

Of all the exotic images that the West has ever projected
onto Tibet, that of the Nazi expedition, and its search for
the pure remnants of the Aryan race, remains the most
bizarre.

On the nineteenth of January, 1939, five members of the
Waffen-SS, Heinrich Himmler’s feared Nazi shock troops,
passed through the ancient, arched gateway that led into the
sacred city of Lhasa. Like many Europeans, they carried with
them idealized and unrealistic views of Tibet, projecting,
as Orville Schell remarks in his book Virtual Tibet, "a
fabulous skein of fantasy around this distant, unknown
land." The projections of the Nazi expedition, however, did
not include the now familiar search for Shangri-La, the
hidden land in which a uniquely perfect and peaceful social
system held a blueprint to counter the transgressions that
plague the rest of humankind. Rather, the perfection sought
by the Nazis was an idea of racial perfection that would
justify their views on world history and German supremacy.

What brings about this odd juxtaposition of Tibetan lamas
and SS officers on the eve of World War II is a strange
story of secret societies, occultism, racial pseudo-science,
and political intrigue. They were, in fact, on a diplomatic
and quasi-scientific mission to establish relations between
Nazi Germany and Tibet and to search for lost remnants of an
imagined Aryan race hidden somewhere on the Tibetan plateau.
As such, they were a far-flung ex<x>pression of Hitler’s most
paranoid and bizarre theories on ethnicity and domination.
And while the Tibetans were completely unaware of Hitler’s
racist agenda, the 1939 mission to Tibet remains a
cautionary tale about how foreign ideas, symbols, and
terminology can be horribly misused. Some Nazi militarists
imagined Tibet as a potential ba<x>se for attacking British
India, and hoped that this mission would lead to some form
of alliance with the Tibetans. In that they were partly
successful. The mission was received by the Reting Regent
(who had led Tibet since the death of the Thirteenth Dalai
Lama in 1933), and it did succeed in persuading the Regent
to correspond with Adolf Hitler. But the Germans were also
interested in Tibet for another reason. Nazi leaders such as
Heinrich Himmler believed that Tibet might harbor the last
of the original Aryan tribes, the legendary forefathers of
the German race, whose leaders possessed supernatural powers
that the Nazis could use to conquer the world.

This was the age of European expansion, and numerous
theories provided ideological justification for imperialism
and colonialism. In Germany the idea of an Aryan or "master"
race found resonance with rabid nationalism, the idea of the
German superman distilled from the philosophy of friedrich
Nietzsche, and Wagner’s operatic celebrations of Nordic
sagas and Teutonic mythology. Long before the 1939 mission
to Tibet, the Nazis had borrowed Asian symbols and language
and used them for their own ends. A number of prominent
articles of Nazi rhetoric and symbolism originated in the
language and religions of Asia. The term "Aryan", for
example, comes from the Sanskrit word arya, meaning noble.
In the Vedas, the most ancient Hindu sc<x>riptures, the term
describes a race of light-skinned people from Central Asia
who conquered and subjugated the darker-skinned (or
Dravidian) peoples of the Indian subcontinent. Linguistic
evidence does support the multidirectional migration of a
central Asian people, now referred to as Indo-Europeans,
into much of India and Europe at some point between 2000 and
1500 B.C.E., although it is unclear whether these
Indo-Europeans were identical with the Aryans of the Vedas.

So much for responsible scholarship. In the hands of late
nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European jingoists
and occultists such as Joseph Arthur de Gobineau, these
ideas about Indo-Europeans and light-skinned Aryans were
transformed into a twisted myth of Nordic and later
exclusively German racial superiority. The German
identification with the Indo-Europeans and Aryans of the
second millennium B.C.E. gave historical precedence to
Germany’s imperial "place in the sun" and the idea that
ethnic Germans were racially entitled to conquest and
mastery. It also aided in fomenting anti-Semitism and
xenophobia, as Jews, Gypsies, and other minorities did not
share in the Aryan German’s perceived heritage as members of
a dominant race. Ideas about an Aryan or master race began
to appear in the popular media in the late nineteenth
century. In the 1890s, E. B. Lytton, a Rosicrucian, wrote a
best-selling novel around the idea of a cosmic energy
(particularly strong in the female sex), which he called
"Vril." Later he wrote of a Vril society, consisting of a
race of super-beings that would emerge from their
underground hiding-places to rule the world. His fantasies
coincided with a great interest in the occult, particularly
among the upper classes, with numerous secret societies
founded to propagate these ideas. They ranged from those
devoted to the Holy Grail to those who followed the sex and
drugs mysticism of Alastair Crowley, and many seem to have
had a vague affinity for Buddhist and Hindu beliefs.

Members of the German SS expedition. Inner circle, left to
right: Krause, Wienert, Beger, Geer, Schaefer. photo
courtesy Alex McKay

General Haushofer, a follower of Gurdjieff and later one of
Hitler’s main patrons, founded one such society. Its aim was
to explore the origins of the Aryan race, and Haushofer
named it the Vril Society, after Lytton’s fictional
creation. Its members practiced meditation to awaken the
powers of Vril, the feminine cosmic energy. The Vril Society
claimed to have l<x>inks to Tibetan masters, apparently drawing
on the ideas of Madame Blavatsky, the Theosophist who
claimed to be in telepathic contact with spiritual masters
in Tibet. In Germany, this blend of ancient myths and
nineteenth-century scientific theories began to evolve into
a belief that the Germans were the purest manifestation of
the inherently superior Aryan race, whose destiny was to
rule the world. These ideas were given scientific weight by
ill-founded theories of eugenics and racist ethnography.
Around 1919, the Vril Society gave way to the Thule Society
(Thule Gesellschaft), which was founded in Munich by Baron
Rudolf von Sebottendorf, a follower of Blavatsky. The Thule
Society drew on the traditions of various orders such as the
Jesuits, the Knights Templar, the Order of the Golden Dawn,
and the Sufis. It promoted the myth of Thule, a legendary
island in the frozen northlands that had been the home of a
master race, the original Aryans. As in the legend of
Atlantis (with which it is sometimes identified), the
inhabitants of Thule were forced to flee from some
catastrophe that destroyed their world. But the survivors
had retained their magical powers and were hidden from the
world, perhaps in secret tunnels in Tibet, where they might
be contacted and subsequently bestow their powers on their
Aryan descendants.

Such ideas might have remained harmless, but the Thule
Society added a strong right-wing, anti-Semitic political
ideology to the Vril Society mythology. They formed an
active opposition to the local Socialist government in
Munich and engaged in street battles and political
assassinations. As their symbol, along with the dagger and
the oak leaves, they adopted the swastika, which had been
used by earlier German neo-pagan groups. The appeal of the
swastika symbol to the Thule Society seems to have been
largely in its dramatic strength rather than its cultural or
mystical significance. They believed it was an original
Aryan symbol, although it was actually used by numerous
unconnected cultures throughout history. Beyond the adoption
of the swastika, it is difficult to judge the extent to
which either Tibet or Buddhism played a part in Thule
Society ideology Vril Society founder General Haushofer, who
remained active in the Thule Society, had been a German
military attache in Japan. There he may have acquired some
knowledge of Zen Buddhism, which was then the dominant faith
among the Japanese military. Other Thule Society members,
however, could only have read early German studies of
Buddhism, and those studies tended to construct the idea of
a pure, original Buddhism that had been lost, and a
degenerate Buddhism that survived, much polluted by
primitive local beliefs. It seems that Buddhism was little
more than a poorly understood and exotic element in the
Society’s loose collection of beliefs, and had little real
influence on the Thule ideology. But Tibet occupied a much
stronger position in their mythology, being imagined as the
likely home of the survivors of the mythic Thule race.

Here an SS anthropologist measures a Tibetan woman’s head.
Some German scientists believed that Aryan features were
reflected in the dimensions of the skull. (C)Transmit Films
GMBH

The importance of the Thule Society can be seen from the
fact that its members included Nazi leaders Rudolf Hess
(Hitler’s deputy), Heinrich Himmler, and almost certainly
Hitler himself. But while Hitler was at least nominally a
Catholic, Himmler enthusiastically embraced the aims and
beliefs of the Thule Society. He adopted a range of
neo-pagan ideas and believed himself to be a reincarnation
of a tenth-century Germanic king. Himmler seems to have been
strongly attracted to the possibility that Tibet might prove
to be the refuge of the original Aryans and their superhuman
powers. By the time Hitler wrote Mein Kampf in the 1920s,
the myth of the Aryan race was fully developed. In Chapter
XI, "Race and People," he expressed concern over what he
perceived as the mixing of pure Aryan blood with that of
inferior peoples. In his view, the pure Aryan Germanic races
had been corrupted by prolonged contact with Jewish people.
He lamented that northern Europe had been "Judaized" and
that the German’s originally pure blood had been tainted by
prolonged contact with Jewish people, who, he claimed, lie
"in wait for hours on end, satanically glaring at and spying
on the unsuspicious girl whom he plans to seduce,
adulterating her blood and removing her from the bosom of
her people." For Hitler, the only solution to this mingling
of Aryan and Jewish blood was for the tainted Germans to
find the wellsprings of Aryan blood. It may happen that in
the course of history such a people will come into contact a
second time, and even oftener, with the original founders of
their culture and may not even remember that distant
association. A new cultural wave flows in and lasts until
the blood of its standard-bearers becomes once again
adulterated by intermixture with the originally conquered
race. In the search for "contact a second time" with the
Aryans, Tibet-long isolated, mysterious, and remote-seemed a
likely candidate.


小孩春假, 我们全家去了一趟Cruise, 7天正好覆盖整个春假假期.

Cruise trip行程:

第一天: 中午从纽约曼哈顿上船出发
第二天: 整一天在海上
第三天: 游轮停靠佛州的Port Canaveral 港口,可以去附近迪斯尼或者肯尼迪航天中心等游玩.
第四天: 到游轮公司的一个私有小岛上享受阳光海滩
第五天: 巴哈马的Nassau岛
第六天: 巴哈马的Grand Bahama岛
第七天: 在海上
第8天上午: 回到纽约

这次Cruise停靠的主要港口是巴哈马群岛. 巴哈马是大西洋中一个小国, 由大约7百多个岛屿组成,在佛罗里达的东南方,离佛州和古巴都不远,但从纽约走海路却要差不多两天.

我们长途驱车去曼哈顿乘船的半路上经过42街,发现到处塞车并且大批警车不断地赶来. 行j近发现中国总领馆附近被警察封锁了,原来是藏独在闹事与警察对峙. 中国总领馆的玻璃被砸碎了,墙上也被喷上了红漆.

藏独分子喊着口号挥舞日本人设计的雪山狮子旗. 那旗看起来果然跟鬼子军旗有点像. (这个地方平时是轮子们的地盘, 每天坐在那儿例行抗议).

说实在我觉得这些藏独的长得象藏族的没几个.

虽然被这班傻bi小小影响了一下心情,但好在很快就到了码头上船了.


游轮离开曼哈顿


帝国大厦


花儿街附近


航行在茫茫大西洋上


茫茫大海中突然出现海市蜃楼?


原来是巴哈马的首都Nassau到了. 到巴哈马旅游Nassau是必到之地.


港口中还停泊者几艘别的大游轮: 一艘是Royal Caribbean的,另一艘是Carnival的.


这是我们乘坐的游轮"挪威宝石号" ("Norweigian Gem")

"挪威宝石号"是艘属于NCL(Norweigian Cruise Line) 公司的新船, 2007年刚刚下水. 船舱分14层, 约有乘客2500人. 另有船员/服务员1100人–游客与船员的比例差不多是 2:1.

由于美元下跌, 在美国的业务不赚钱, "挪威宝石号"再跑几次美国航线就会转成专营欧洲地中海航线.

Nassau虽是首都, 却只是巴哈马群岛中较小的一个岛屿. 主要的经济支柱是旅游业, 还有少量工业/甘蔗/离岸公司注册等经济活动.


海边吹色士风的大叔.


Downtown Nassau.

巴哈马原为英国殖民地,直到70年代才完全独立. 在岛上能看到不少英国的影响,比如通用英语, 汽车靠左行驶, 警察制服与其他英国殖民地的警察制服相像等. 但据我观察一个比较奇怪的地方是虽然车靠左开,但是汽车都是右呔的,也就是说方向盘在左边. 这和英国香港等地不一样.


旅游纪念品集市; 可以讨价还价;美元通用,与本地货币是一比一的兑换率.


小摊上的手工艺品

Nassau最为世人所知的其实不是Nassau岛本身,而是旁边天堂岛上的Atlantis…

因为天气的缘故,原定的私有岛屿之游取消而改成在Nassau停两天, 正好可以好好在Atlantis玩一下.

Atlantis得名自传说中沉没的大西洲, 其实是位于天堂岛上的一个包括海滩/水上乐园/赌场/水族馆和许多其他运动和娱乐设施的庞大度假酒店. 酒店老板是著名纽约地产大鳄Donald Trump (就是热门电视节目"学徒"里那位), 他拥有岛上70%以上的地产. 除了他之外,天堂岛上还有些其他名人的别墅寓所, 例如滚石乐队, 麦克杰克逊等.


近看Atlantis大酒店

有两个水族馆,其中一个叫做"The Dig"的号称是水底下发掘出来的大西洲遗迹; 进去参观了一圈; 虽然是假的 ,倒也做得似模似样小孩子们都深信不疑.


Cabbage Beach 海滩; 使劲跑跑冲冲浪游游泳消耗点Cruise上吃出来的体重


浪很大! 我们原定的snokeling被通知取消了.

Grand Bahama岛的Free Port. 这是个比较大的岛屿, 也是除了Nassau之外另一个人口最多的岛之一.


Free Port货运港口, 离town还有几十分钟车程. 附近有挖沙制水泥的工厂.

提起cruise上的吃,还是深有体会的. 许多人参加Cruise的目的之一就是为了一个吃字. 船上有11个餐厅, 8/9个酒吧/咖啡厅;有好几个是24小时开的. cruise上餐厅的水准都很高花样很多, 而且基本免费还随时可去吃, 而在海上时除了睡觉大多数时间只是看看show赌赌博看完大海看美女而没有多少运动, 基本上每个人在船上呆几天都会长胖–通常的说法是一般人一天体重增一磅. 在下7天下来也长了两磅,这两天正准备瘦回去.


船上的新婚佳侣


船上泳池边的乐队


船上美女排排坐

第6天晚上游轮上搞了一个巧克力之夜 chocolate night, 各式各样的巧克力食品和冷饮让女士们又爱又恨…

我则频频按快门拍下船上师傅们做的巧克力雕塑纪念:


巧克力城堡


卜鹰兄弟


可以吃的钢琴


我们的游轮

要回去了, 这么悠哉悠哉的日子还真舍不得


海上生明月…披衣觉露滋

再见了大西洋。。。

再见理想 (1986年)

词:黄家驹 叶世荣 黄家强 黄贯中
曲:黄家驹
主唱:黄家驹

独坐在路边街角冷风吹醒
默默地伴着我的孤影
只想将结他紧抱诉出辛酸
就在这刻想起往事
心中一股冲劲勇闯
抛开那现实没有顾虑
彷佛身边拥有一切
看似与别人筑起隔膜
几许将烈酒斟满那空杯中
借着那酒洗去悲伤
旧日的知心好友何日再会
但愿共聚互诉往事
一起高呼rock n’ roll …
一起高呼rock n’ roll …

(注:BEYOND乐队早期,在未与唱片公司签约时,而自资发行的录音带,黄贯中负责美工设 计,采用他们四人很小时的照片作为封面,并用歌曲<<再见理想>>作为碟名,其中大部分歌曲反映的,是他们在 "地下",不被大众所接受时的感受:失落与无助 !

上周一直在cruise ship上混日子, 昏天昏地不知今昔何年…回来一看嗬这个热闹啊–这边厢藏独在闹事,那边米国总统竞选又出了新状况; 还没搞明白怎么回事祖国海峡对岸小马哥选举大胜又变天了…NND真是海上7天人间7年哪

在船上无聊的时候看了一下午电视, 发现米国选举的电视新闻看起来真有意思…按电视的说法现在民主党的奥克两边都是手套扔掉赤膊上阵了," it’s ugly now, and definitely will become worse"…原先费了半天劲建立起的友好良性竞选形象给毁了. 之前我曾经说过,奥爸妈的那个黑人种族主义倾向的教会背景是他的软肋, 很可能在与共和党对垒时被抓住把柄, 没想到现在就已经引爆了….奥赶快抛出演讲把自己与牧师的关系撇清,但这样又怕得罪原来不少支持他的黑人,真是难为了他.. 希腊里的日子也不好过,又一个自己的亲密朋友背叛了她, 冒出来挺奥. 坐山观虎斗的GOP买卡恩本应额手相庆可是一高兴昏了头又开始学小灌木总统不懂装懂在伊朗问题上闹笑话—这可是号称最有国际事务知识经验的候选人耶…

还嫌不够热闹,米国政府也来插一杠子,搞出个两党选举人都变成受害人的"护照门"事件来, 害得外交部长米饭小姐忙不迭地道歉很没面子的说…

对比一下两个电视台对同一件新闻的报道分析– 一个是CNN, 自由派/左翼新闻媒介, 另一个是Fox news,保守派/右翼媒介. 什么叫有倾向的媒体,或者说民主社会的舆论导向, 这就是一个活生生的例子:

CNN新闻分析员:
"奥爸妈的种族演说真棒,是马丁路得金以来最棒的演说. 在处理种族问题上最近几十年只有前总统比尔克林顿还具有可比性."

Fox News分析员:
"The Wright Effect? (注, wright是奥巴马的牧师, 奥的长期亲密朋友,在教会发表的有关美国种族问题的演讲争议颇大奥巴马被迫救火发表演讲to distance himself from Wright), 奥救火能成功吗?不能, 他这一举措相当冒险. 一次讲话是不能将以前的历史全部撇情的…"

CNN新闻分析员:
"有人说奥爸妈是"Candidate of Race", 我不这样认为…"

Fox News分析员:
"奥巴马现在将矛头指向媒体,并且点名指责Fox电视台报道偏离客观. 现在请各位观众回答帮助调查: 您觉得fox新闻的报道有偏向性吗?"

CNN新闻分析员:
"John Mcann连十叶派和逊尼派都搞不清,居然说伊朗在训练卡一达,真是笑话"

Fox News分析员:
"calling each other’s name directly… Democrat candidates have removed their gloves … it’ getting ugly now and definitely will get worse… "

"…今天对三位候选人来说都是个坏日子(it’s bad for all three candidates).. 但是跟克林顿和奥爸妈的麻烦比起来买卡恩闹的笑话不过是小巫见大巫…"

CNN新闻分析员:
CNN blog 问题: "请观众在博客回答, 为什么布什总统今天又一次说伊朗正在发展核弹准备发动战争,而他自己的专家幕僚一再地否定了他的说法呢?"

(广告后念观众留言):"因为布什总统一贯恬着脸掩盖事实真相,从伊拉克到… "

Fox News:
同一时间的新闻里未看到布什关于伊朗核问题的错误讲话以及随后的紧急纠正.

我同时看上面两个台,一碰到广告就来回切换,大约几分钟换一次, 结论是: 关于关于政治, 两个电视台最统一的意见是在西藏事件上. CNN新闻分析员义正词严地质问道: "在西藏人民起义(注意用词是起义uprise)被中国军队镇压的时候,你能想象我们的总统居然说要把政治和体育分开, 居然说出还要继续参加北京奥运会的话吗? 这是一种悲哀…我们以前不是这样的!"