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Subject: Barcelona #62 - Chopsocky cinema and that Ghanaian proverb
(Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:22PM ) Tags:
That Ghanaian proverb quoted in the book is a classic that has long vexed me since Ananse first told me of it years ago.

“It requires a lot of carefulness to kill the fly that perches on the scrotum.”


It opens up a whole line of questioning, and I wonder if whoever came up with it meant to believe it applied only against their own set of cohones cum huevos, or someone else’s too. Who knows on that? That’s why I figured one might want to have a more swift and skilled set of hands take a swipe there, if in fact a swipe, slap or short sharp shot of any sort was indeed the optimum  strategy here. But I ain’t here to question the wisdom of that tproverb to begin with.

Ergo the four chopsocky cinema stars thrown out there as a non-exhaustive shortlist of example candidates suitably skilled for the task, but only two could be trying that on their own set.



Lo Lieh had the same birthday as yours truly does too (but he was just a little older is all). Connie Chan Po-chu and Cheng Pei-pei were born six days apart, and as for Bruce Lee, most know about that cat, so his name should have tipped the hand of the other three in the context of the discussion. A lot of flicks were made between all four, but as far as I know, there was never a scene there anywhere involving flies on someone’s scrotum. Geez, some of them were into swords and stuff as well, so you can just imagine some other potentially interesting solutions that might come into play with such implements/weapons in such a scenario.

It all reminds of me of that line from the 1970s TV series, Kung Fu, when Caine is told many a time by his Master that “When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.” It seems Master had the good sense to NOT envision, yet alone allow, multiple learning attempts along the way with flies located strategically somewhere else on his body. But as with many things in life, and after a lot of hard work, training and practice, that “time to leave” eventually comes, and you head off to the next set of challenges.


This Mail & Guardian (South Africa)  piece from 2011 touches on a few more proverbs from other countries on that continent that are cutfrom the same cloth and looks at  them a little bit deeper. Whaddup with all that? 

All in all, I think such proverbs are best left to thinking about, and not actually attempting them at home alone, or together with friends and family. Some things in life, you don’t necessarily need to experience. Maybe you also just don’t let flies have much access to the jewels to begin with if you can help it at all. Even when you’re some single guy sippin’ on cava at a wedding in Spain, you can still reflect on the deeper things in life, in between all the other goings on of the day and night.

Gong Hay Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai—take your pick. It appears that this entry and Chinese New Year are just pure coink-e-dink.