[i] These two electronic chimes chime at noon and 6pm each day from opposite ends of our campus. One is running slightly faster than the other, which leads to a slightly different counterpoint on any given day
[ii} A student sent me photos via WeChat of wildflowers taken near his hometown in a rural area of southern Henan near Nanyang
[iii] According to Chinese five element theory, a ‘lucky’ element is one that is lacking in your chart. To strengthen this, appropriate remedies are given, including what colours one should wear and activities to engage in
[iv] No 1 of Satie’s Trois melodies de 1916, setting the poetry of Léon-Paul Fargue. ‘The bronze statue’ features verses on a bronze frog used in a 19th century garden game “jeu de tonneau”.
[v] Brahms, Johannes, 25 Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel Op. 24 (1862)
[vi] Nandy, Ashis, Bonfire of Creeds, The Essential Ashis Nandy (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004)
[vii] Derrida, Jacques, transl. Beverley Bie Brahic. Geneses, Genealogies, Genres and Genius The secrets of the archive (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006)
[viii] A public park on the other side of the river adjacent to our campus
[ix] These short verses were composed in response to a request in April 2020 from Diana Marsh, Executive Director of SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music for NZ composers living abroad to share some of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to be published on the SOUNZ blog.
Photo credit: Ross James Carey