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五月 23rd, 2009:

爱丁堡 2009年5月22日

星期四晚上熬夜,直到星期五早晨3点半才睡。03:22拍下这张照片时,天边已经出现红霞。根据计算,5月22日的日出时间是英国夏令时(BST)04:23 (格林尼治时间03:23)。

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星期五是一个晴朗的日子,阳光灿烂又没有风,是一个典型的美妙的苏格兰夏天。“漫漫长夏”,在这里更多是用来形容夏日长长的白天,22日的日落时间是夏令时21:06。

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爱丁堡旧城的一家酒吧,已经用座位占领了门外的人行道。这里几年前曾是我和朋友们经常流连的地方。

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现在已经改了名,叫做 56 North,取自爱丁堡的纬度(55.57度)。

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爱丁堡的 Meadow 是许多年轻人聚集的地方。
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The Charge of the Light Brigade

上次提到 Alfred Tennyson 1854年创作的 The Charge of the Light Brigade 是所有 Poet Laureate 创作的诗中最受欢迎的一首。全文如下。在 Poetry Archive 中有 Alfred Tennyson 的朗诵录音。

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred Tennyson.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

 
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