|The CCAT art building where Barbara used to take her art classes|
So the previous post was about my visit to Barbara's grave last week, accompanied by none other than Rob Radboud. This post is about the "Barbara Tour" I had in Cambridge with my knowledgeable guide, Rob. Click this to read Rob's report on this trip and click this to read our appeal to relocate Barbara's old tombstone to Hong Kong.
|This CCAT computer lab used to be a canteen where Rob first talked to Barbara|
|The CCAT drawing/painting room|
By the way, to see Barbara's artworks, check Rob's recent post on our Cambridge trip. Artworks courtesy of Andrew Chan. Amazing artworks...
Then Rob showed the large sports hall where he and Barbara used to play badminton. She used to give art performances there too, and she enjoyed being in the spotlight. So there we have it again: Barbara the shy girl, who became lively and bursting with energy on stage. I think arts and acting made Barbara channel her lively self, the part which was usually dormant when she was not on stage.
|The CCAT sports and performance hall|
|Rob's old apartment where he shared his life with Barbara|
Did she like discussing politics? No, Barbara never showed interest in politics. Interesting, because HK students at that time were very vocal in expressing their political views… but Barbara never showed interest in politics.
|The back view of Barbara's old house in Histon|
|The Histon Village Fryer, the fish n chip shop that used to belong to Barbara's family|
|These windows belong to the Histon Village Fryer fish n chip. |
The window between the pipes at the right-hand side belongs to a room where Barbara used to live in
and returned back to Barbara's grave to put more flowers. Rob and I met again for dinner, where he explained more about his plan to write a book about Barbara's life in Cambridge. Rob also told me about Andrew's plan to replace the tombstone, because they will bury Barbara's mother's ashes at the same little patch where Barbara's ashes are. The tombstone would then need to be replaced with a new one, bearing both their names. The news came as a surprise for me, though it shouldn't be. I mean, we know that the ashes of Barbara’s mother would be buried in the same patch with Barbara’s. I was actually quite surprised when Rob and I went to visit Barbara and we didn’t see any indication of Barbara’s mother there. Turns out, Andrew and family had not inferred her ashes there.
|The backyard of Rob's former house in Cambridge|
However, I'm glad to report that we didn't only share sad stories. Rob shared some happy memories of him and Barbara, which invited my laughters. Rob also shared a particularly funny story about Barbara's time during the Fearless Duo shooting. This story came from Andrew, Babs' godson. There was a scene, if you remember, during the FD story, where Barbara's Chor-yin died, and Michael's Szeto Man-mo and Lau Dan's Supreme Master tried to return her to her body. After Man-mo sold his soul to the dark side, there in the Lam family hall (Ep 19), he and Supreme Master did some hocus-pocus that would return Chor-yin to life once more.
|FD Ep 19 when Barbara had to emerge from the coffin, yet she kept sleeping, LOL...|
Chor-yin was supposed to wake up from the coffin, looking in daze. However, when the cue was on, nothing happened. Barbara didn't wake up. When the crew inspected the coffin, they found that she (Barbara) was sleeping sound, too tired because of the long day filming!
I had a good laugh when I heard the story. I bet Lau Dan and Michael Miu were ROTFLOL as well!