This stuff could be floating around for a long time, ebbing back and forth across the Pacific. Yuk.

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWqcjcbe1H8′]

I’m reminded of the beginning of J.G. Ballard’s novel (and movie), “Empire of the Sun”, where the coffins float down the river, bump against ships, and break open … Anyone for a swim in Hawaii?

Can’t find that particular clip, but here’s the trailer for “Empire of the Sun”. I’ve shown it to Japanese and Chinese students. It’s a slice of history that ties China, Japan and Britain together. It stars a dynamic young Christian Bale (later played Batman). The theme song that plays at the beginning and in the trailer sounded vaguely Chinese (to my unfamiliar ear) but it’s in fact a haunting Welsh song, Suo Gan. A very good Spielberg movie. One of those movies that bear repeated watching.

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKbg7RmW8rY’]

And here’s the choir of King’s College singing Suo Gan:

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM9uyA0wVIA’]