Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

hats & double breasted suits

with 4 comments

i am suffering from serious broadwalk empire withdrawal and i absolutely can’t wait for season 2 to start. i haven’t liked any television series as much as this since perhaps sex n the city and everybody loves raymond. broadwalk empire has successfully combined some of my favorite things in life – history, stories of the mob, beautiful fashion of the roaring 20s,complex personalities and martin scorsese.

i love the layers of personality of each character and to a certain extend – that is exactly how i view people for i am one who never views anyone as a good or bad person. i think we are both good and bad and sometimes depending on the situation, we can be more good than bad and other times we can be more bad than good. i never believe in holding out statements like – this person is a good person. rather i’d prefer to say – give that person money, fame and power and we will see.

when margaret schroeder said to nucky thompson – the lead character in broadwalk empire – ” i can see that you are a good man but how can you do such bad things?”

nucky said ” one must decide how much sin one can live with”. that is exactly what life is about.  we simply cannot box life into the good people lot and the bad people lot. circumstances often kick in and we have to do what we must..

as i grow older, i tend to stay further and further from people who like to talk about changes because for me, the way i live, i do things first. it’s often easier to talk and talk and talk. look at some of the today’s world issues – debt problem- talk, stick on a band aid, wound festers, we are still talking.

i think about each person in broadwalk empire. i think a lot about jimmy who was going to princeton before he signed up for the great war. i think about boys then who weren’t enough old enough to be called men carrying guns fighting for a cause that they don’t understand of except that they have been sold the line ” you need to serve your country”. i wonder if they ask themselves- how about my parents, they use up so much resources to raise and here i am daring death to take me.. i wonder if president bush would send his twins to the front line in iraq?

i love the 1920s. i love beautiful intricate clothes women wear and if you were a rich person then -life was described by many then as the time of hedonism. with the invention of cameras, movies, jazz music… that was truly one of the delta points of industrialization..

i love the series so much that i got these – my gangster broques..

by the way, i like the symbol of shiny shoes. people who do bad things often pay extra attention to the cleanliness of their shoes.. maybe that’s why bankers spend so much on john lobbs.


Written by smalltroubleinhk

April 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

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  1. Your dancing Gatsby Brogues – kinda cute. Used to have a pair back in my kiddie days in London, but with thick crepe soles usually worn by Mods in their shiny molehair suits. Brill!


    April 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  2. It’s funny you mentioned gatsby… the great gatsby is one of my all time favorite books.


    April 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  3. hahahah.. hmmm i am not sure about that.. people don’t like reading these days that much…. i am thinking if i should buy an ipad but i am nostalgic – that bit of me is.. i like to hold my books, smell it.. find it years later and remember the person i was when i read it..


    April 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

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