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more recommended reading

If only the China Beat had its own address and not some silly blogspot one.... Anyway, more recommended reading, nameless rodented for your mainland viewing pleasure. But reading that piece, I have to say: The revolution will not come from the middle...

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first week done

It feels kinda odd, considering I've actually only worked three days (not counting prep done last week and Monday), but there you go, the first week back is over and done with. Three days, because there were no classes Monday because the students were...

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random thots

1: lzh bought, and I watched, 《我叫刘跃进》/ I am Liu Yuejin over the holiday. It was good, yeah, certainly better than 《苹果》/ Lost in Beijing , but... Well, I found it a bit 乱七八糟 (chaotic). It's certainly worth a look, but I won't rave over it. But notice the...

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[exasperated sigh]

Well, I was going to go into the office this afternoon, but lunch with T. dragged on a bit longer than usual- and mostly not in a bad way. In fact, lunch was a cool hanging out with one of my better colleagues right up until some nutjob decided to start...

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集结号

This is way overdue. I actually watched Feng Xiaogang/冯小刚's new film Assembly /《集结号》for the first time at least a week ago, and the second time just after we got back from the village on, ummm, Tuesday? whenever... First up: Excellent film. Well worth...

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gah

It's a pity that today has to end on such a sour note. I mean, a day in which this cold Ma passed on to me is taking hold, and when lzh presses the buzzer and I let her in the main door downstairs, I hear the old Canadian guy who lives downstairs hurling...

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return, re-exile

Found via an unusually relevant post at Public Address' Hard News, The Opinionated Diner returns to Auckland and is left with a rather sour taste in his mouth. First up, he's shocked by the general state of Auckland and its people. My reactions to that,...

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back

We're back in Beijing. We were delayed a day. Yesterday was windy and cold, and lzh didn't want to venture out into that kind of weather- never mind that we would've spent most of the journey safe and warm inside a bus. Oh well, I wasn't in any hurry...

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bainianed out

Well, the last couple of days have been busy visiting clan members scattered in other parts of the county. The day before yesterday (what day is it today?) we went down to another village- I can't for the life of me remember the name of the village- within...

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