Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for January, 2005

Thomas the Tank Engine

With the Spring Festival holiday coming up soon, people have been asking me what my plans are for the break. “Where will you go?” they ask, taking it for granted that I will be travelling somewhere or other. So here is the official public announcement of my plans. I am staying right here at home. […]

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Unfortunate Juxtapositions

Danwei's recent story on the juxtaposition of a news item about a bank manager running off with millions and an ad for easy credit reminded me of this. I was looking for something on Yahoo News a couple of days ago, when I came across this story about a man in Aceh who has lost […]

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On the buses

Any sense of homesickness I may have had for London (none) has been assuaged by the announcement on Liuzhou Television News that the city has bought 10 double deck buses which will go into service immediately. Apparently, as a way of celebrating the introduction of the service, they gathered up a group of random citizens […]

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Wee sleekit courin’ tim’rous beastie

Today is Robert Burns' birthday. I reckon he is 246 years old. Looking good! Not many Chinese people know his name, but they certainly know some of his work. I have seldom been on a train journey in China without hearing the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” over the PA. And they all know “A […]

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The Guardian and China

A few days after trumpeting the news that they are the most trusted newspaper in the UK, the Guardian has once again turned its sights on China. Or rather they have turned their sights on Shanghai. This seems to be a recurring feature of their coverage. When are they going to realise that Shanghai is […]

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VPYL

I was rushing home in the rain tonight when my mobile phone rang. As ever, I had a quick look at the number before answering. I didn’t recognise it, but for once decided to answer. I’m glad I did. A very pleasant young lady asked me if I was (insert Chinese name). I’m not, but […]

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Liuzhou’s Li NIng

When I first arrived in China, I was somewhat confused to see how many lining shops there were. What is so special about the lining of Chinese garments that they need special shops, I asked myself. But it all got lost in the general chaos of comprehension that China brings. Many years later, I discovered […]

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Jack Straw’s Castle

It's not easy to take seriously a Foreign Secretary who seems to be named after a famous London pub which was mentioned in Bram Stoker's “Dracula”, but Britain's Jack Straw is due to arrive in China tomorrow, the 20th of January. Even more difficult to take seriously is the pre-visit statement he has released. 'The […]

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“can you search for what’s not lost?”

Apart from the occasional entry here, I also run a website. Like most people who do so, I receive 'referrer logs' telling me how people have ended up on my site. These reports are a constant supply of bewilderment. The vast majority of referrals come from the search injuns, with Google well in front. What […]

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Dinner with the In-Laws

“Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—” (or dinner with the in-laws) Mrs. Liuzhou is away at the moment, so I’m living the bachelor life. However my […]

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