Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for the ‘International News’ Category

Brexit Cushion

As if Brexit wasn’t confusing enough (thanks largely to the Maybot and her staggeringly incompetent government), my local supermarket is adding to the chaos. I’ve always found Chinese students very geographically challenged. God knows what they are taught in school. I once gave some university students a blank outline map of China and asked them […]

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Cherry, Oh Baby!

I have been given a rather nice Christmas gift. A 1.5 kg box of cherries. Clearly marked “Product of California”. So, expensive. Available in a number of Liuzhou supermarkets and shops. Nice! I mentioned this to a couple of online contacts, who were Californian and confused. “Californian cherries in December?”  they queried. Sure enough, close […]

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The End is Nigh

This has been a historic week with colossal implications for the future of mankind. Tragic, too. Yes, after 18 years I have lost my cell phone number to vagaries of chance, thereby causing an international crisis. It’s a long story. The day after the USA “elected” a deluded, offensive, egotistical, narcissistic, misogynist, racist, lying, fascist […]

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Hello, Goodbye

It has been a roller-coaster few days. I’ve gone from anxiety, through trepidation to elation. Then to loss and sadness. Thursday-Friday night I couldn’t sleep for worrying that my home country was about to commit suicide. I haven’t lived there for decades, but I still care. All day Friday, I was on Twitter and the […]

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Poisoning Vietnam

I’m not sure how much of this is true and how much is just silly propaganda, but it is being reported in the Vietnamese press (and certainly not being reported in the Chinese media). The two countries have recently been arguing about sovereignty of two tiny uninhabited rocks in the middle of nowhere which may […]

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