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清明

Well, so far I've found nothing about Air New Zealand on the Chinese internet- maybe I need to figure out how to search properly. But I have found a report about the upcoming Qingming holiday. 清明时节放假三天 Three Days Holiday for Qingming 时间为4月4日至6日 The time...

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grey

After yesterday's brilliance, opening the curtains this morning was a bit of a let-down, to say the least. Grey. Then, because the local central heating plants are still running (although apparently not ours), I looked at the free barometer I enjoy all...

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more country calendar

Just watched the second disk of that Country Calendar DVD I rambled on about this morning. I was disappointed to see it had only two programmes and an interview with the Country Calendar reporter, the guy who's been doing this programme since well before...

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blue

Well, that breeze that blew up last night worked wonders, and this morning has dawned brilliantly clear and blue. Looking out the window at seven this morning, the apartment blocks over on the other side of Wusheng Lu were bathed in gold from the rising...

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families

I still haven't taken lzh to New Zealand- I know, I know, I'm long overdue for a trip home, and she needs to see my homeland and meet my family- and so the only other Waughs she has met are Shushu and my parents. They're the only other Waughs to have...

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open your eyes

Uh, actually, some of the trees around here are blossoming... I looked out the classroom window today, out over the quad at the centre of the university's original buildings, and saw, way out in the middle, one tree covered in pale pink blossoms. It was...

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It's getting warm here in Beijing. Has been for a while now. I think we're in for a long, hot summer. It's much warmer now than I was expecting for this time of year. We've had some of the spring winds already, but we're back to still air and the murk...

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clean, green my arse

Alright, despite the sheep-loving stereotype, New Zealand's biggest industry is actually dairy. And dairy could well be its most destructive industry, too, especially in terms of water resources, sucking up obscene amounts of water then dumping amounts...

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sanba

So just in time for International Women's Day, we get some middle-aged woman who seems to be roughly half a dozen cans short of a six-pack banging on our door looking for someone we've never heard of.... And then she runs up and down the stairs trying...

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odd inflation

Why, in this time of stupid inflation, are big, brand-name companies able to cut the price of fruit juice drink? And a related question: Why is it so damn near impossible to buy actual fruit juice in China? You know, the stuff that is simply 100% fruit...

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