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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Sept 26

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 16:00

  4. Via an iPad Mini, PETER is attending a Zoom meeting.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I meant to attend in person...

  6. We hear from the iPad Mini:...About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second without interacting with other particles in your body...

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The professor taking the chair professorship researches on neutrinos. I want to know more.

  8. Surfing the web with his smart phone, Peter reads the small prints on screen.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Neutrinos are massless particles that travel at near lightspeeds. Studying neutrinos may provide a clue as to how simple particles evolve into complex ones.

  10. Reading.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Neutrinos were first detected in 1956. And the scientists got the Nobel Prize in 1995.

  12. Pondering.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Delayed recognition aside, I wonder if any scientists can explain why there're neutrinos.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. BEDROOM - 17::00

  16. Peter is playing bass lines to the beats with a black-and-white Hofer violin bass guitar, using a mini Vox bass amplifier.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I bought this bass guitar from the Wanchai store of Tom Lee Music in 2013.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I didn't have any business lunch appointment, I would go to the store and buy something.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I knew I was enjoying my final year of civil service, having already worked for 39 years.

  22. Later, Peter picks up a semi-hollow trampas green SE Zach Meyers guitar and plays fingering chords.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Soon after my retirement, a Open U professor asked me to write a song to celebrate the university's 25 anniversary.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having written a trilingual song, I bought this guitar and later used it to perform the song on stage at Open U.

  26. Playing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, it seemed there's something wrong with a switch and I stored the guitar under the bed.

  28. We hear nice rhythms.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was only yesterday that I picked it up and fixed the bad-contact problem.

  30. We hear nice guitar sounds.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is today Sept 26?

  32. Putting aside his guitar, Peter checks the phone calendar and sees "26".

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sept 26, 1984 was an important day in Hong Kong's history. The Sino-British Joint Declaration and the three Annexes were initialed.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While I was reading my 2nd and 3rd years Law at HKU, the British and Chinese Governments were negotiating the future of Hong Kong post June 30, 1997.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Despite the uncertainties, Sharon and I bought our first home. The mortgage interest rate soon went up to over 18%.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As the property market didn't rebound very quickly, we seized the opportunity to buy our second home in 1985.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And this year marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's rejoining the motherland on July 1, 1997.

  42. Surfing the web, Peter checks "This Day in History: Sept 26". We see on screen: First televised US presidential debate in 1960; Beatles released "Abbey Road" in 1969...

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes I bought the Beatles album.

  44. Recalling.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) Then, I was 15 and had begun working part-time in Castle Peak Hotel.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My dream was to become a rock star, failing that, I was content to become a guitarist working in nightclubs.

  48. Peter takes a look of his guitar gear.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And now, I'm entertaining myself in my bedroom.

  50. Peter smiles.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  53. Peter checks the time.

  54. PETER (V.O.): I'm made by history.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While living in the moment, I'm also becoming history with every action that I take.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): To celebrate every day of my life is fundamental.


  60. We see about 100 trillion neutrinos passing through Peter's body every second at near lightspeeds...

  61. THE END

  62. .

  63. FADE OUT

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