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委婉语

A text from the 课外阅读 at the end of Unit 8 in my textbook is entitled "委婉语". I must admit that when I first saw the title I thought it must be about the language of some ethnic minority out in the northwest, but no, it's about tactful language. For those...

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a first

(x-posted at bezdomny.blogspot.com and wangbo.blogtown.co.nz. If anybody can tell me how to make links work on over-blog, please tell me. The two links below were cut and pasted, don't take them as a sign I can make over-blog do links, I've tried a million...

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rambling

So I was watching CCTV 9 last night, that half hour programme before World Wide Watch, and they had an item on a Buddhist temple in Neijiang, Sichuan. It was the usual CCTV 9 fluff, but one thing kept bugging me like a stubborn mosquito all the way through...

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gollum

So I replaced the rather gormless-looking photo of myself at the top of the page with a photo of Gollum, who was in Beijing last weekend. Well, a statue of Gollum was at the New Zealand New Thinking exhibition at Oriental Plaza. Now I suppose I should...

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go away

Well, no, but you're all welcome to go here and read what I wrote about an article explaining how Peking became Beijing, especially if you're linguistically minded, and especially if you're more knowledgable than me about the evolution of the Chinese...

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sahgirtngs

So I woke up this morning feeling like.... it was another morning. Ratty, headachy, and like I'd rather sleep a few more hours, in other words. Got up, got the computer going, got breakfast, the usual, but I just kept feeling worse and worse. Eventually...

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yet another blog

I can now also be found at wangbo.blogtown.co.nz. Why? Part of my strategy- no, wait, my entire strategy for dealing with Nanny is to have blogs scattered at a variety of service providers around the net. Proxies are all well and good, but I'm trying...

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insanity

So as this seems to be my only blog account that is totally open and available on the mainland, it might soon become my main blog. I can log in to and apparently blog on blogger, but I can't see anything.blogspot.com. It appears canalblog is also blocked,...

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forgot

One thing I forgot to mention that I learned at Jeremiah's party: I have suddenly and catastrophically lost my ability to drink. Well, I probably would have been fine if I'd helped myself to some of the food on offer, but still..... ....still, this one...

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Too many blogs

Over the years I've had, I believe, five different blog accounts, four of which are still either active or at least valid, if somewhat dormant. Until Live Journal got blocked that was always my main blog. For a while I had a backup at blog-city, but blog-city...

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