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Instant (Non)-Gratification

I’ve resisted. Not that there was much temptation. I have thought the whole idea ridiculous from the beginning. But some weeks ago, I was given a large box, of them and they have been sitting in the corner annoying me. Bags of “instant” luosifen (螺蛳粉). Please don’t misunderstand. I like luosifen. A lot. When it’s […]

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Man the Barricades!

As usual, I have no idea what’s going on. A few weeks back, Liuzhou museum, my favourite shortcut, decided to impede my progress from the back door to the font by installing airport style security measures. You have to empty your pockets and walk through one of those full body scanner things to enter, just […]

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Fake News

Twice in the last few days, I’ve been informed that people here have been told that I am about to leave Liuzhou and return permanently to England. The people spreading this rumour appear to be people I don’t even know and who certainly don’t know me. For the record it is total nonsense. I have […]

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The Price is Right?

I’ve muttered about this before, but it’s getting worse.  Here I give you but two examples from a local supermarket. It could have been from any Liuzhou supermarket. Exhibit A 270 g of Granulated Chicken Bouillon at ¥21.30. Seems reasonable. ¥0.08 per gram. Exhibit B Right next to the above, on the same shelf, […]

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The Welsh Have Come

Following my recent mention that the Welsh football team were to arrive in Nanning, I can now tell you that they have duly done so. These exclusive photos are from my spy in Nanning’s Wanda Hotel, where the team is staying. The team was met as usual by some of the more alluring female staff […]

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No News

南国今报, (Southern Daily News is the most popular local newspaper here in Liuzhou – much more so than the deadly dull Liuzhou Daily. But yesterday, along with every other newspaper in China, it didn’t say much about local news as it was obliged to report on Xi Jinping’s “unanimous” re-election as president of China and […]

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LuoSiFen Museum Humbug

This saddens me beyond words. Xinhua, China’s official news agency has announced the opening of a Luosifen (螺蛳粉) Museum last weekend. In the last couple of years around thirty “museums” chronicling everything from a Deer Museum to a Tooth Paste Museum have popped up. These inevitably turn out to merely promotional outlets for some Liuzhou […]

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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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Fantasy Forest

An example of the bullshit which I read about Liuzhou and complained about in my last post has, in recent weeks, been floating turd-like across the media, nearly always in paid for content. In fact, the same story has been appearing and disappearing for years. According to most versions, Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti […]

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Stairway to Hell

Miraculously, for the first time in living memory all four escalators on 五星街, the offshoot from the main pedestrian street, have been functional over the holiday. So you are now able to rise to the second floor in comfort when you really have an overwhelming desire to examine abandoned shops, cafés and restaurants. The place […]

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