121114 – Jusco’s Clock

Jusco’s Clcok – a very special clock in Jusco, Tai Koo. It was one of the icons which hold passers-by in the shopping mall. The clown there woke up when the long hand reached XII, he pulled the lever and revealed the secrets hidden inside – this is no ordinary clock but a magical one, elves and fairies are living inside, moving the hands by juggling and dancing.

Since when did the elves hide from us? Since when did the music stop? Since when did shops start surrounding both side of the aisle and forbid visitors getting a glimpse of this lovely Seiko clock? Looking at the clown who is still sitting there, silence, the melody long forgotten suddenly comes into my mind. It’s all just memory…

吉之島的小丑時鐘,是我兒時去太古時其中一個會留步觀賞的地方。每逢分針踏正整點,台上的小丑會醒來,徐徐搖動手杖,拉開時鐘的鐘面,亮出裡面的機關——小精靈表演著舞蹈、雜耍,操作大鐘的運作。

是甚麼時候開始機關不再運作,音樂不再奏響?是甚麼時候開始小商戶在圍欄三週擺攤,顧客無法駐足欣賞?看著時鐘上那默默地凝望著地上的小丑,早已淡忘的音樂開始在我腦海中再次響起。一切只能回味……

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