Rob and I met again the next day (Saturday 24 June) at Barbara’s grave. I was going to head back to London while Rob had a reunion with his Cambridge friends. I decided to go back to Barbara’s grave mainly because Rob informed me that Andrew and his family had decided to replace Barbara’s tombstone with a new one to contain both Barbara’s and her mother’s name. I thought, I had to see the white tombstone again before it is dismantled later this year with a new black one (with gold writing). I suggested that the white 32 years old tombstone be transported to Hong Kong so that Barbara’s fans can have the old tombstone adorning her memorial tablet there. Rob liked the idea, so he conveyed it to Andrew. About an hour ago, I received message that Andrew agreed to the idea, so we need to contact Hong Kong fans, raise some money, and arrange for the tombstone to be transported back to Hong Kong.
Rob also sent me a message that someone had been to the grave before Monday (26 June), for he went back to the grave to say goo
dbye to Barbara yesterday (Monday). The fan had cleared up the dried flowers and arranged some new red roses there. I see that the begonias are still there on the grave, so that’s good. The fan(s) also left a card for Barbara… thank you, unidentified fan…Also thank you for cleaning the dried flowers and not leaving plastic flower wraps at her grave…
The grave last Monday (26 June), courtesy of Rob Radboud
Rob and I have agreed to collaborate in the mission to transport Barbara’s tombstone to HK. He will liaise with Barbara’s family (Andrew and Sheila, mostly) while I will liaise with the HK fan club. Rob has the contact with HK, he’ll connect me with them. Once it happens, I will let you all know what you do to help. Mostly, we will need $$$ to transport the tombstone and also some publicity so that $$$ needed is raised.
I need to board the plane back to Amsterdam soon. But what I’d like to say is that… the second time I visited Barbara, I still felt the peace that I felt during the first visit. I feel much less sad about her passing though, I guess I am closer to my closure. Meeting Rob and learning about Barbara’s year in the UK certainly helped understanding her better.
I hope to continue this post with another post about my trip to Barbara- and Rob-related places in Cambridge. I hope I can do that by this weekend.
Looking for a new destiny for Barbara's old tombstone.
Barbara's family in Cambridge will replace her old white tombstone with a new one, where her mother's name will be scribed on as well. As the tombstone has become a monument for many years now, I can imagine that many fans like the old tombstone to be preserved instead of being thrown away. Maybe Hong Kong might be a good place for relocation.
Andrew (Barbara’s godson), Icha and I are willing to help in giving the tombstone a new place for fans to visit. However, we need a person who can help from the Hong Kong end. It will be a tedious task, involving surely permits and money, because transporting the tablet (about 85 kg) won't come cheap.
If you'd like to help with this endeavour let me or Icha know. Icha can be contacted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
Icha's has also an article on her website about this with Chinese translationshttp://riverandlakerealm.blogspot.nl/2017/作者: Chak湛山子 时间: 2017-9-2 23:28