只有可怜的维特还活着

一天下写他伦敦的记忆,我就不由得想起了约克。每次想到约克,都会有这样的感觉:

一旦回忆被勾起,便反复咀嚼着命运曾经赐予我们的那一些快乐和痛苦,也未必真需要什么具体的人,具体的事情,心就被岁月水般柔嫩的手轻轻揪拧,一种感情雾般浮上心头,直逼眼眶,久久不散——我管这叫感伤。

26岁的时候会因为回忆伤感,等到76岁的时候那岂不是会被各种各样的伤感埋得透不过气来。想来也不会。感伤主义的巅峰之作—少年维特之烦恼里面,维特最终用手枪结束了自己的生命,多少读者为了这段感情而疯狂。可44年以后,当歌德和”夏洛特”再次会面的时候,两个人的对话乏味而平静。莫罗西说 “歌德博士早就死了,最爱跳舞和日光下散步的夏洛蒂·布夫小姐也不在了。这个故事的一切人物之中,只有可怜的维特还活着。”

伤感,如浮光照在泡沫上,一瞬间,华丽而凄美。

拐卖人口—human trafficking

东印度公司

Human Trafficking,这个词实在不知道对应哪个中文术语,依据定义,并和偷渡比较,我想应该是拐卖人口。

根据Article 4 of the Councilof Europe Convention给出的定义,

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer,harbouring, or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at the minimum, the exploitation of the

prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services,slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or removal of organs”.

和偷渡smuggling相比较,拐卖有三个特点,其一,必须有欺骗和强迫的成分在里面。偷渡通常是偷渡者自觉自愿的。其二,被拐卖者到达目的地以后的行程和去处,应该早有安排;而蛇头是不提供安排到达目的地以后衣食住行这些服务的。其三,拐卖的入境可能是合法的,也可能是非法的;但是偷渡的入境,一定是非法的。

联合国报道,英国现在已经成为贩卖人口的主要目的国家。很多女性被贩卖/诱拐到英国从事性工作。英国政府现在对于拐卖人口这事儿很郁闷。据内务部消息,2003年英国有至少4000女性人口是通过贩卖入境的。十年以前,在brothel工作的女性中85%是英国人,现在85%是外籍人。造成这种局面可能有至少三个原因,一个是大批英国女性下岗或者转业;或者,从国外来英国的女性,加入性工作比例提高;或者拐卖/偷渡来的总人口增多,导致这一black market竞争激烈。

被拐卖的儿童,也是英国政府关心的一大社会问题。

这叫什么?搬起石头砸自己的脚么?这可真应了戴总管的话,不管你干了什么事儿,迟早都要被找齐的。拐卖本是英国人发家致富之后,享受帮佣成群的绝妙手段之一。英国日落的余晖,映出的都是殖民时期从各国捋掠回来的黄金的熠熠光芒。东印度公司的大楼还在利物浦屹立,虽然已经废弃多年但依然能看出当年的不可一世。这个殖民和非人道先锋,英国政府一手捧红了它,又一手摧毁了它。光荣还是耻辱?利物浦作为2008年的欧洲之城,承载了如此多的历史,想必会保留那片”遗迹”,却不知道以什么样的心态。

南安火灾一月后

我把所有的数据都备份了,调查问卷都锁在了铁皮抽屉里面。对研究被毁了的同志们,表示深切慰问。沉痛哀悼葬身火海的数据和半成品。

2007年10月30日,南安大学机房大火,无人员伤亡,预计经济损失50 million英镑。

Fire destroys top research centre

 

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning

Investigations are continuing into what caused a massive fire that destroyed a leading computer science research unit at the University of Southampton.

Gas canisters exploded inside the Mountbatten building on Salisbury Road, Highfield, which was engulfed by a 100ft plume of smoke on Sunday morning.

No-one was hurt but the building, which housed valuable equipment for research, was gutted.

It has been estimated that the fire caused £50m worth of damage.

A spokesman said some of the world’s most advanced research was carried out there and its loss was devastating.

The laboratory, part of the school of Electronics and Computer Science, was completely destroyed, and a nearby office building was damaged.

 

John Lauwerys, secretary and registrar at the university, said: “Some of the most advanced research work in the country, and indeed the world was carried out in this facility.”

He said it would be some time before they could assess how much work has been lost.

“We probably will have to start from scratch, and it will take a couple of years to rebuild the facility,” he added.

People living in the area were warned of potentially harmful fumes and told to stay inside and keep windows and doors shut. Flats above a nearby building were evacuated.

It took more than 100 firefighters nearly ten hours to bring the fire under control.

Resident Sarah May, who lives near the campus, said her family was woken up by a loud bang.

“There was a huge explosion, and literally seconds later there were police sirens everywhere.

“We looked outside and the sky was black. It seems to be lessening now, it’s more of a grey colour, but the smoke is unbelievable.”

Francis Chee, a postgraduate student at the university, was at the scene of the fire.

He said: “There are a lot of liquid nitrogen tanks outside the building and they use liquid nitrogen heavily there.

“I did hear several explosions sounding like gas canisters going off.”

Police forensics officers and fire investigators have started to look for the cause of the fire which, at this stage, is not thought to be suspicious.