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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Tuesday Afternoon

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - EVENING


  4. PETER types on Ruby Tuesday in the bar of his smartphone screen.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I feel moody but can't describe it. I only think of the song Ruby Tuesday.


  6. A restaurant web page appears.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not the restaurant with the same name! But the song.


  8. Peter taps Song by Rolling Stones and a video clip icon appears.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So accessible these days. I had a vinyl record and a CD of the song.


  10. We hear simple melody and the intro lyrics: She'll never say where she came from...


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):I used to think that the song was about Tuesday. Ruby Tuesday is actually the pseudonym of the lyricist's girlfriend.


  12. Recalling.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Rolling Stones' Ruby Tuesday and As Tears Go By are some of my favourite numbers.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. GRAND BALLROOM - DAY (July 1, 2021)


  17. A large AUDIENCE including Peter. As formal ceremony begins, an EXECUTIVE on stage speaks.


  18. PETER (V.O.): He mentions about "Intellectual Property Trading" as one of Hong Kong's infrastructural development.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I championed the value propositions of the business model 10 years old, no one knew anything about it.


  21. INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - LAST TUESDAY


  22. CHAIRMAN#1 is making closing remarks.


  23. PETER (V.O.): Oh, he draws participants' attention to the concept of IP trading. We've tried to drum up support on and off.


  24. INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - TODAY


  25. CHAIRMAN#2 is making closing remarks.


  26. PETER (V.O.): Oh, he mentions about the concept of IP trading too.


  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "Doing things I used to do, they think are new..."


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Instantly, I recall the lyrics of As Tears Go By.


  31. INT. SITTING AREA - AFTERNOON


  32. Peter checks Yahoo!Finance with his smartphone.


  33. PETER (V.O.): Having built my stock portfolio with due diligence, it should be self-executing.


  34. Peter sees on screen numbers shaded in green or red, changing from time to time.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They can be challenging at the beginning.


  36. INT. COURT LIBRARY - LATER


  37. Thick books on desk, Peter is reading. Then, his smartphone rings.


  38. WIFE (From phone): Our big fridge is out of order. The service centre suggests we turn it off, wait for 30 minutes to re-plug and it may work again.


  39. Peter leaves.


  40. INT. KITCHEN - LATER


  41. Having re-plugged, Peter sees an error message number "84" flashing.


  42. PETER (V.O.): What's the error?

  43. Peter researches with his smartphone.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the fridge compressor has been locked up. We've so much perishable stuff inside.


  45. Peter takes out an ice cream from the freezer to check.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's melting.


  47. RETURN TO PRESENT


  48. Act 3


  49. INT. STUDY - EVENING


  50. Peter is working on a laptop.


  51. PETER (V.O.): To swing my mood, let me do something constructive.


  52. Thinking.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should the theme of this Tuesday's blogpost be Moody Tuesday? Have others used this expression before?

  54. Peter researches with his iPad Mini.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the Moody Blues has a number called Tuesday Afternoon.


  56. We hear a band singing: Tuesday Afternoon...


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall I've heard the introductory verse of the song. And that's all.


  58. Thinking.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A compelling introduction can be the most important success factor in the later success of any missions.


  60. Peter looks pleased.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END




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