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a few random thots

Just a few random thots from this morning's trip out to ErWai: You know the courtroom scene near the beginning of Police Story where the defence lawyer is picking holes in Jackie Chan's testimony by pointing out how many buses were scheduled to pass the...

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book shopping

We had to go to the Foreign Languages Bookstore on Wangfujing today, and, well, never take me to a bookstore- I'll happily wander around the store sifting through all the books for hours on end, closely examining anything of even the slightest interest....

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Maori-Chinese

Now this seems like an intriguing topic. Manying Ip has decided to investigate the Maori-Chinese, a little-known group that resulted from relationships between Chinese market-gardeners in New Zealand, far from their wives and children and regular families...

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and while I'm rambling...

The vernal equinox has made its presence felt. This morning it was an apartment block further south than those that were lit up over the winter that was hit by the rising sun. It's almost perfectly due east of our lounge room window, maybe a centimetre...

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air new zealand...

So the Air Cheap Bastards We Don't Pay Our Chinese Flight Crew Peanuts saga seems to have almost died a quiet death.... Yeah, except that this google.cn search led somebody to this blog, and, well, just look at that first page of results. So, yeah, Air...

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back, and tired

We're back in Beijing. I'll tell you one thing: One way to guarantee you don't get a good night's sleep is to share a kang with people who have been getting up literally at the crack of dawn, or even earlier, for their entire lives. It doesn't help when...

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oops, forgot...

I forgot to add that I'm enjoying much faster, much more reliable broadband out here in the countryside at the foot of a mountain than I get in downtown Beijing. Strange how that happens.

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cold

It was still raining when we left home early yesterday morning. After sitting through a ridiculous traffic jam on the Third Ring, we eventually made it to Nongzhanguan, then hung a left and drove down to Dongzhimen then around the Second Ring to Deshengmen....

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rambling again

Something in this post by Poneke set my mind off on yet another tangent.... I was born the year Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong died. 1976, for those who don't get the reference. Year of the Dragon, for those who need the Chinese calendar (May, so no, there's...

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disenfranchised... again

New Zealand has an election this year. Yes, I know, stating the bloody obvious. Everybody's seen intense coverage of the run-up to the election plastered all over the international media. Chinese people I pass on the streets say, "Hey, you look like a...

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