Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for July, 2006

Bank Stupidity

How stupid can they be? I have mentioned the utter incompetence of Chinese banks before, but this takes the proverbial biscuit! I have just been to the bank to withdraw some beer coupons. For reasons known only to themselves, the Agricultural Bank, second biggest bank in China and holders of all my reserves have decided […]

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Foreskin Poem?

If you have even the vaguest interest in China, you should keep a close watch on the Danwei site. Informative, erudite and witty. And they were kind enough to give this humble blog an honourable mention in their roundup of China blogs last year. Today' s post is just the funniest (or saddest) thing I […]

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Court okays divorce from mentally-ill hubby

I’m not sure what to make of this piece of Liuzhou related news reported by China Daily. Court okays divorce from mentally-ill hubby (China Daily) Updated: 2006-07-24 08:52 The Liuzhou Intermediate People’s Court recently approved a divorce application from a woman surnamed Wei whose husband is seriously mentally ill, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. […]

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The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook

When I first arrived in China, after briefly passing through Beijing and Xi'an, I settled down in Hunan Province for a couple of years. The day I arrived in Changsha, the provincial capital, I was met by a friend and whisked off to Chairman Mao's favourite restaurant. Changsha is full of Chairman Mao's favourite places. […]

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Passport Panic

For the last few weeks, I have been a nervous wreck, virtually unable to function. What has reduced me to such a state? I had to renew my passport! You would think this would be relatively painless. Not so. First of all, I check out the Beijing British Embassy website and, for good measure, the […]

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I use Gmail for my private email account. It does have advertising, but it’s discreet and, to be honest, I don’t usually notice it. They attempt to make the ads relevant to what’s on the screen, but occasionally it goes wrong. I was clearing out some spam today and noticed at the top of the […]

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Finding the football exciting enough? One lucky Liuzhou chap, a Mr Wei, found the television a little too exciting the other day! “A large cobra was caught after it slithered into a home in Liuzhou, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Monday night. Wei, who found the snake lying under his television, immediately called for […]

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