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【蘋果日報】花開兩朵選哪枝

送去英國讀寄宿的學校的香港仔女越來越普及,英寄宿學校也暗中分流:有山頂淺水灣級、羅便臣道西九嘉道理山級,以及一般何文田西營盤任何新樓盤的那一等,不能盡錄。

 

許多富豪頂級家庭的千金,送英國讀書,首選自然是彼邦女校Top Grade的Cheltenham Ladies’ College,簡稱CLC。

 

每每有家長或女向我詢問怎樣讀CLC。若接到電話,我看不見對方的衣著儀容,聽一把非常有教養、並夾雜幾個英語詞彙的聲音,我即時肅然起敬。光臨辦公室詢問說要進CLC,人之常情,我會Take a look at對方的氣質和衣著品味。因為CLC不止山頂種植道,而且是盧吉道那一級。

 

或你會問有何分別?當然有。種植道的豪宅非常擠逼,有很多中國著名富豪做業主。相反,盧吉道非常隱閉,通往那裡幾間豪宅的路非常窄,開一輛勞斯萊斯,大家知道小心翼翼不可撞到那條小徑上行山的人。這就是精品中的極品。

 

英國有Cheltenham Ladies’ College,在香港勉強能匹配的,自然麥明詩畢業的女拔萃:DGS了。DGS女仔的英文,公認不只全港最佳,我認識幾位,看見她們的英文書寫,大吃一驚,簡直可以拍得住英國每日電訊報的社論,用詞之優美,行文的曲接婉轉。如果英國政府要將BNO轉為英國本土國籍,其中要篩選,可一定鄭重推薦DGS所有女學生,若父母不幸還未加入美加等國籍,不幸到今日還需手持BNO,應該憑校友身份,全部優先轉正。

 

最近有朋友問:英國CLC畢業的女仔和DGS,兩個如果一樣漂亮,身材一樣惹火,問應該挑選哪一個做女朋友。

 

我從來沒想過這個問題。但對方咄咄逼人,我答:還有許多未知的因素。例如送去CLC的,一定比DGS的家境富裕,這個因素你不提及,就要我揀,是不是有點不公平?

 

回家後轉念想想,這是有趣的問題。DGS別有一般香港社會出污泥而不染:芬芳獨艷的氣質,但始終是港女。DGS女仔有一份時時掛在面上的自信和傲慢,那種Pride,因為始終出身香港,我嫌有點點露,太過Visible。

 

但Cheltenham Ladies’ College不同。始終英國文化,不論幾多貴族氣質,你看查理斯王儲和英女皇就知道。那份優越感,那邊的學校教你先學會隱藏。因此,雖然這港英兩大女校精英,一同走入半島下午茶,兩個女孩子都叫了Earl Grey Tea,而兩個都會欣賞吃Scones;但,如果其中一位一隻手托著那杯茶的Saucer,另一隻手執著茶杯的杯耳,一樣優雅地喝著,其中一個手執杯耳時那隻尾指出現蘭花式的微翹向外,我會認定蘭花尾指的那個女仔讀DGS。

 

兩位女仔,我相信不論暑假還是聖誕,都不會接受從英國回來的香港留學男生邀約去蘭桂坊,不管對方讀Kong U、牛津還是伊頓。不是嫌你沒有氣質配不上她,而是嫌蘭桂坊這個地區太過盛智文Feel,過份Globalized, 是假扮精英的泡沫格林威治村,其實好Cheap。

 

兩個女仔在推卻同一蘭桂芳約會的同時,如果其中有一個像麥明詩一樣自信地告訴對方:約我去蘭桂坊,不如約我去海洋公園好唔好?問這個問題的就是DGS女仔了。因為CLC那個,根本會笑而不答,不必告訴你原因。

 

另外CLC的那個更加活潑Sportive,對於Lesbian更勇於談論,持有非常陽光氣味的開放態度,而我認為香港所有女校,接觸到這個問題,因為社會環境,一句起必兩句止,第三句顧左右而言他。

 

DGS的女仔,差點忘記了猜測,應該比Cheltenham Ladies’的那個更加欣賞美國黑人主持人Oprah Winfrey。

 

僅此聲明:以上文化比較是我做生意充滿偏見,純屬臆測,希望兩間名校的校友看了本文,不要抗議。花開兩朵,各表一枝,或者玫瑰和牡丹有如最靚的蘋果和最甜的橙,根本無法比較。總之傾慕一切才貌雙全的女性都令人傾心。

 

 

作者陳思銘,九歲負笈英國,十四年後畢業歸來;如今身在港,心也在港,但思想始終停留在彼邦。

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