2010.7.10 | fireboat alexander gantham exhibition gallery葛量洪號滅火輪展覽館

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two weeks in a row hong kong enjoy blue sky hot summer. saturday late morning, feeling the urge to smell and stroll by the harbour, i took the mtr to the east side of the island, went up to the big shopping mall and walked straight to the harbour side. hong kongers are strange, or is it a common ‘sickness’ of city dwellers? they are scare of sunlight, wherever the sunlight shines to, you find people just try their best to keep themselves away from there. always find it funny seeing people squeeze themselves under some tiny spots of shade while waiting for traffic light to cross the roads.  that turns to a blessing to me, during sunny days, i can enjoy extra space and freedom around town.

here, another kind of place local don’t visit – museum. people cannot take all the blame this time, museums run by government are not totally exciting. nevertheless, i always found goods from them.

alexander gantham was hong kong’ governor in the 50s, this fireboat named after him and started servicing during his time.  one can see inside and out how basic and powerful marine fire service is like from this fireboat, impressed by the basic living conditions firemen went through on the boat; and the scale of the boat. yet, the most amazing thing is the vast and beautiful backdrop this ‘gallary’ is enjoying. lying by the habour front on the east side of the island, it commands 180 degree habour view, composed of fascinating landform and interesting mixture of architecture spelling history and development.
連續兩個星期的明朗湛藍天氣,每天都儘量吸收陽光的養分,除了增添一身黝黑外,還在刺眼熱烘的大氣中,仿佛瞧到醉酡的泡泡。
香港人很奇怪(抑或城市人的通病?),總是避走陽光。馬路口,我常失笑,因看到大堆人擠避在窄小的陰蓬下,大截陽光照射的馬路邊,卻像有傳染病的封鎖去,渺無人影。
博物館又是另一香港人少去的地方。不能全怪香港人頭上,官辦的博物館,精彩吸引的不多。話說回來,不是一無是處。像這滅火輪演變的展覽場館,我找到不少價值:這艘船真正服役香港,擁有血汗換來的歷史價值,見證從前消防員刻苦的船上生活;船上走上走落,可真正體驗船的規模和功用;最無敵的,是船現在處身地方,旁靠香港東海旁,前望鯉魚門,回頭是東區走廊,遠眺九龍一百八十度景貌。

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