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on the road again

First of all: It seems that the All Blacks got a really, really easy first round in the Rugby World Cup. Now they're going to have to face up to teams that are actually capable of challenging them. Given the All Black's history, I'm sure there are a lot...

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oops

And so, as I've been suspecting for a while, I've run up against a big problem: When your outside wall is covered with ivy and you leave your windows open all summer, it suddenly predictably becomes difficult to close your windows when the temperature...

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a day of public transport

So I guess I could do a Micah Sittig and focus on public transport... but I really don't go out that much anymore. My life generally revolves around this apartment, the office and classrooms at BeiGongDa, and the local market. But just for this post......

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Kiwi Club again

Why? Because they had their back-to-school-special free barbeque. And this time they didn't run out of Speight's. And it wasn't just barbeque. The invitation email from the embassy said, "The Kotuku singers, a singing duo, will provide background music."...

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bills

Most of our bills are on a prepay system- gas, electricity, internet, cellphone. Only the water and phone are on the regular kind of system where you pay monthly (or tri-monthly, in the case of the water) depending on how much you have used. I suddenly...

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interesting reading

Here's an interesting article by Colin James entitled "Time to end cultural cringe towards Maori". Well, just glancing at the headline, I thought, Oh no, just another redneck rant. But no, there does actually seem to have been some thought put into this,...

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a forecast for rain

Cool humidity, solid clouds, and a sky growing darker. And last night's weather forecast seemed to suggest we were in for two straight days of rain. No sign of rain so far, and there's a majiang game being played and kids running around over the wall...

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confirmation

After a very shitty start to the day, it's good to end it with confirmation of what caused this latest round of gut trouble. The hamburgers. More specifically, the beef. Confirmation came in two forms: A very, very blocked drain in the kitchen sink; and...

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not again....

And so today brought another examination of what I consumed yesterday to figure out what got me this time. I used to have a cast-iron gut. Then I went to Tianjin. And people wonder why I hate Tianjin. Anyway, mostly better now, still a bit sore and feeling...

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bloody inflation

So tonight's dinner, bought from the supermarket, is costing us somewhere in the region of three times the price of lunch, eaten in one of the BeiGongDa cafeterias. I would suggest we turn totally vegetarian, except that I don't believe inflation will...

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