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l'impromptu de BeiGongDa

Today was drama tests for my first year students. It's simple: They get into groups of their own choosing, write or adapt or copy a drama of their choice, then act it. I give the group a grade. That's it. Well, one stuck out in particular, one that I'll...

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Badaling

For years now I've been hearing about the Badaling section of the Great Wall. Before I came to China it was probably the only section of the Wall I could name. In my first year in Beijing two colleagues, one of whom had a more recent edition of Lonely...

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the aftermath

Early in the afternoon of Friday, 30 November, 2007, lzh and I and all those involved in the planning and running of our wedding sat down, utterly exhausted, at a few empty tables and finally got some lunch. Looking back, I can't see what it was that...

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biodiesel

Y'know, I'm a bit sceptical about biodiesel and other alternative fuels (ethanol being the big one, which is already causing problems). I mean, aren't we still burning hydrocarbons and churning out carbon dioxide? Well, I suppose the plants raised to...

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A Wedding

lzh left for the village on Wednesday 28, November to take care of all those little last minute wedding details, leaving my parents in Roubaozi's capable hands for the day (I still had to work). The next morning, Thursday 29, November, my parents, Roubaozi...

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A tale of two markets

My parents' last three days in China were spent shopping. Day one at Zhongguancun buying electronic goodies, day two at the Silk Market/Xiushui buying clothes and similar bits and pieces, day three at Hong Qiao buying the clothes and things that they...

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another anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking falls this week. Nanjing (formerly spelt Nanking) fell to the Japanese on December 13, 1937, 70 years ago today, and when they entered the city the Japanese soldiers started an orgy of rape and murder that lasted...

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In My Father's Den

I watched In My Father's Den last night. Finally. The first attempt was when my parents and Roubaozi were here, we'd just got back from pizza at The Tree, and lzh had already gone up to Yanqing to take care of all the last minute wedding stuff... that...

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tears streaming down my cheeks

My bike got stolen. I'm very sad. Really, I am. Alright, I'm not. It's a pity the bastard had to cut a perfectly good lock to steal my bike. Well, no, obviously it was not a very good lock at all. Ok, so I have no reason to be sad about the theft of my...

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infuriating

I thought, based on its performance over the last couple of days, that our internet here at BeiGongDa was back to normal. Then this evening it was back to the same infuriating shit I had to put up with last week- actually worse. Then I got offline and...

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