Monthly Archives: May 2008

Great Moments in Olympic History

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Holiday time

Catherine and I will post less frequently for the next couple of weeks, because we’ve gone on holiday. But meanwhile, our friend Ivan will keep you company as our guest blogger.

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About pundits

As afriend of mine, a wise, elderly historian, has said: “Only in America, can someone become a famous journalist and a pundit despite how most of his predictions turn out to be wrong.” Hmmmm. “It is undeniable that China is … Continue reading

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Postmodern post disappears!

Yesterday Catherine and I posted a very postmodern post here. For the sake of postmodern thoroughness, we have decided to make it disappear.   We have however saved a copy on our hard drives and will be happy to give one … Continue reading

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The sacred torch, the cross and the earthquake

First, Catherine and I want to make it clear that we are not gloating over the suffering caused by the earthquake in China.   We will ask our local Catholic Priest to offer a special prayer for the earthquake victims at … Continue reading

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Zippy the Pinhead’s Gone China

Portrait of a Pinhead with a PhD in “China” or something like that.   Who needs to write accurate translations when slurred paraphrases of what you don’t really know how to translate can be made to sound intentionally funny?   Solipsistic musings are smart!  Zippy … Continue reading

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Ping pong, panda and China’s not so harmonious diplomatic symphony

I can understand why John Pomfret,  a senior China correspondent from the Washington Post, would strive desperately  to convince his readers that China’s international reputation has remained largely unscathed despite the recent ugly displays of racial nationalism in China and … Continue reading

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Long term expats-in-China: “Gooble gobble, one of us!”

What happens to Western expats-in-China after they’ve been there for a few years or so and become long-termers?  “Gooble gobble, gooble gobble, we accept her, one of us!” From the nightmare movie, “Freaks”, an allegory for long-term expats-in-China:  

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Jin Jing, Batman, Zhang Ziyi and the Three Stooges

Food for thought from Tom Legg: No one could have possibly dreamed up a story line about attacking a lady in a wheelchair to tug at the audience’s heart strings. That would be unpossible, right? Go take a look at … Continue reading

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The Visitors

The international legs of the Olympic Torch relay are over.   What has the world learned about China and the Chinese, in the past few weeks? Something like this.    An allegory from Monty Python’s, “The Visitors”: Setting:     House = The Torch’s “host” … Continue reading

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