Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2009

No tutor tutoring

In past years, school kids across China have been given the usual holidays – summer, spring festival etc. Then they were ordered to attend compulsory make up lessons, tutoring sessions etc., meaning they didn't get a break at all – or only a day or two. In recent years, there has been a bit of […]

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Utility Futility

My heart sank immediately. There I was, 7:30pm last Wednesday evening, sitting at the computer doing some work against a deadline, when all the power to my flat died. I quickly checked the houses and shops opposite, on the other side of the lane. Damn! They are OK. I check the rest of my building. […]

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Cheesed Off

“The only thing we have not discovered and will not eat is cheese. The Mongols could not persuade us to eat cheese, and the Europeans do not have a greater chance of doing so.” – Lin Yutang, My Country and My People, 1935 For reasons which I can't really figure, the world has gone mad […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi

So, the filthy scum who pretend to be the Burmese government partly caved in and instead of the five year prison sentence which was widely expected have imposed another 18 months of house arrest on their elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, returning her back to where […]

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Van goes electric! No! Not Morrison!

I wish to extend my apologies and condolences to the entire population of that fine nation, The United States of America. I have learned that Liuzhou company, Wuling is modifying its death trap rust buckets economical vehicles for sale in the USA. This means making them vaguely safe and legal, which is not a requirement […]

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Uptown Top Ranking

In a totally pointless exercise in pointing out the obvious (and selling magazines), some donkeys have held a survey among 3,376 of China's 1.4 billion citizens, and announced that Chinese prostitutes are more trustworthy than Chinese politicians. Well, next you'll be telling me water isn't butter! Only farmers and “religious workers”, whatever they may be in […]

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Beaten to death for using Internet

You've probably read this already, but I'm going to repeat the news that, in Nanning, a 15 or 16 year old boy has allegedly been beaten to death one day into a month long Internet Addiction cure. It certainly worked. He won't be using Internet again! Four “teachers” are in custody following the death of the boy, named […]

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Japan Bombs Liuzhou

The constant destruction construction work in Liuzhou has a habit of turning up strange things. A few years ago, when they were rebuilding Liuzhou Square they discovered the ancient Tang dynasty city walls, which they immediately reburied. There is an exhibition inside Dong Men (East Gate). A bit later, they found the remains of an […]

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