Catherine and I just want to share this joyful Christmas music, from China, with all of our friends:  

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29 Responses to Joy!

  1. justrecently says:

    The Guzheng (?) and Erhus are Chinese instruments, methinks. But this kewl band seems to be Vietnamese. Anyway, nice porn from what appears to be a beautiful music hall.

  2. Ned Kelly says:

    “Porn?” I’m hearing this word from a German? Come on, JR, Germany is the most perverted country in the world.

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    Merry Christmas, JR.

    You had me worried for a while. We had a Skype party with Ivan (and family) last night and we all had quite a bit to drink. I went to bed early while the pair of them carried on. When I woke up this morning and read your comment, the first thing I noticed was the word “porn”. I almost had a heart attack and thought that Ned and Ivan were up to no good and had been posting porn on my blog. It turns out that it’s you JR who’s been mischievous …

  4. Ned Kelly says:

    Of course I would never allow Ivan to post porn on our blog. But last thing I heard him say was that he was enlarging his penis. That’s when I hung up on him.

  5. C.A. Yeung says:

    According to my mate Roger the Rabbit the 12 Girls Band is the CCP propaganda department’s latest weapon in combating anti-China campaigns launched by western imperialists, Japanese militant groups and splittist elements in Taiwan and Tibet. The Band is a huge success, particularly among the Japanese. This video was a performance during the Band’s Japanese tour. The girls use to be rather conservative in the way they present themselves. They only put on the little red dress this time for the Japanese audience, just to show the world that China can be a part of the cosmopolitan world order, so to speak.

    About the musical instruments, apart from Guzheng and Erhu, the video also features Pipa (the pear-shape lute), Yangqin (hammered zither), Dizi (transverse flute), Xiao (vertical flute) and the Duxianqin (single-stringed zither). You are perfectly correct in pointing out that none of these instruments are of Chinese origin. Confucius used to curse at these “foreign” music and musical instrument, accusing them of polluting the spirit of the Chinese nation. But unfortunately this kind of “foreign” invasion prevailed regardless, and by the time of the Wei-Jin Period, most of these instruments had become regular components of the Chinese musical repertoire.

    The Vietnamese Communist Party also attempted to launch their version of the 12 Girls Band. But so far they’ve only managed to recruit 6 members. They call themselves the “Red Sun”.

  6. justrecently says:

    Come on, JR, Germany is the most perverted country in the world
    Looking at this odd fish I can exactly understand how you feel about my country, Ned. But consider this: he’s just one German out of some 80 mn.

  7. Merry Christmas Catherine, and Merry Christmas too to the two resident cyber fictives – Ned Kelly and Ivan.

    Hope the three of you have a wonderful New Year too!

    As for me, and all of my cyber fictives, we’re now on holidays for six weeks, and as from tomorrow, will be bumbing around tropical north Queensland for a month, enjoying the Great Barrier Reef.

    By the way Ivan – Dr Anne Myers says to say “hello”, and she trusts that you will enjoy your life back in the US.


  8. Ned Kelly says:

    JR, Pope Benedict is Bavarian. Is that really the same thing as “German”? Some would say it’s debatable.

  9. Ivan says:


    Thanks and Merry Christmas back to you, you bloody pagan.

    Anne Myers has emailed my fiance, Hypatia de la Pink, to ask her for a job at her office, “Frankie’s House of Sexual Corrections”, where Hypatia is a licensed counselor. We’re especially impressed by the photo Dr Myers sent us of herself:

    Hypatia will sponsor Dr Myers for an American work permit as soon as one of the Chicago mafia in the Obama administration returns her phone calls.

  10. MyLaowai says:

    And a Merry Christmas to y’all, too.

    FYI: J-Porn is way sicker than G-Porn.

  11. Ned Kelly says:


    I know almost nothing about porn, but I infer that you’re referring to “Japanese” versus “German” porn.

    I’m not familiar with either kind. But I DO tend to think of Germany this way, and for good historical reasons:

  12. Ned Kelly says:

    PS, in any case, “with all due respect” to Germany and Germans, the fact remains that the name of Germany will remain accursed for the next 1,000 years, because of what Germany became in 1933 until it was categorically defeated by its chosen enemies in 1945.

    And yes, America’s turn might be coming soon, to become accursed equally as much as Germany became. But that is a different, and unpredictable, story.

    Meanwhile, Germany remains under sentence of moral repentance, for the next 1,000 years. It will take at least that long, if not longer, for the stain of Auschwitz to be erased from the name of Germany.

  13. C.A. Yeung says:

    Dear Mark,

    It’s nice to have you dropping by on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve only been there once when I was very little. I couldn’t say that I remembered much. So it’s probably about time for a second visit. For Ned and I, I’m afraid it’d be just work and work again this summer break. Never mind.

  14. justrecently says:

    Ned, I respect your view of my country. It’s not an unusual one, and we in Germany can count ourselves lucky for the Cold war which made us allies of either superpower rather than the world’s haunted house (we in the West were still luckier than our brosis east of the Elbe).
    I think it is good that I can read your verdict on my country and know that it won’t bind me. I understand that I can’t expect to be looked at the same way as other Europeans – but pretty often, that is what actually happens.
    And despite the recent past, I can still be proud of my country’s strong points – and there are many. There should be no desire to remove the stain of Auschwitz, because that would remove memory and respect for Germany’s victims, at home and abroad. At the same time, I believe that indulgence in shame would be stupid, too – even the perpetrators’descendants can only learn to respect the victims and their descendants when they learn to respect themselves.
    In general, I think I’m more optimistic than you. If America would really be next to be cursed the way Germany became, and if there would be a succession of countries to be cursed the way Germany was, this world would become a place where neither you nor I would want to spend our holidays.
    Merry christmas, and peace where it can be found.

  15. C.A. Yeung says:


    Merry Christmas to you too. Ditto to what you said about J-Porn, even though I don’t profess to know anything about German pornography.

    My encounter with J-Porn is a very long story. To cut it short, I was accidentally admitted to a live-show in down-town Tokyo the first time I visited Japan. I was barely 16 then and was accompanied by my parents. The tourist guide was very apologetic about the mistake. Unfortunately I am so traumatized by the experience that nowadays every time I watch a porn movie, I will automatically fall asleep within 5 minutes. This was what J-Porn did to me. It also explains why I don’t know anything about any pornography from anywhere.

  16. Ned Kelly says:

    JR, I thank you for your expression of how you Germans are still working so hard to learn humility. It will take a thousand years, but you’ll get there in the long run. And now here’s a good comedy clip about that:

  17. justrecently says:

    That link is old stuff, Ned – you can click it from here, too. Is it personal experience or historical awareness that makes you work so hard on German peoples’ humility or arrogance?

  18. Ned Kelly says:

    German historian, 19th century: “The German jokes with difficulty”. He didn’t understand that what he said was funny.

  19. C.A. Yeung says:

    JR asked Ned: “Is it personal experience or historical awareness that makes you work so hard on German peoples’ humility or arrogance?”

    Would it make more sense to you if I tell you that Ned Kelly is 50% German?

  20. justrecently says:

    Hm… not really. But it’s an interesting theory.

  21. Ned Kelly says:

    “Ned Kelly is 50% German…”

    Only my perverted half.

  22. C.A. Yeung says:

    Ned Kelly said, “Only my perverted half.”

    That’s exactly the point I’m trying to make: that you’re over-compensating for your own potential perversion.

  23. justrecently says:

    This reads as if John Steinbeck had written “East of Eden” (Timshel / thou shalt / thou mayest rule over your perverted half) just for you, Ned. Don’t fear your German half. Steinbeck was half-German, too.

  24. Ned Kelly says:


    Steinbeck was a Californian, and to my mind, being Californian is even MORE FASCIST than being German. At least the Germans allowed smoking in public places, until very recently when they allowed the Fascist Californians to corrupt the German tradition of liberality.

    😉 🙂

  25. justrecently says:

    Here’s another reason to be hopeful: Germany’s constitutional court kicked much of the smoking ban out again some months ago, and the legislators have no plans to try another ban. Smoking is now still banned in public buildings, many companies and in restaurants, but permitted in all pubs which are considered too small to be separated into smoking- and non-smoking areas. Smoking in the streets is no problem either. Consider this country the one with Europe’s most liberal smoking rules (I’m not sure about Romania and Russia though).

  26. Ned Kelly says:

    Now that’s encouraging. Germany will be next on my list of European destinations. I’ll invite these American political asylum seekers:

  27. justrecently says:

    Geez. I thought every smoking woman was a prostitute!

  28. C.A. Yeung says:

    Geez. Don’t ever use the “P” word on Wilma or Betty. It’ll break Ned Kelly’s heart.

  29. Ned Kelly says:


    The only thing that would break my heart now, would be if you objected to my buying myself a pipe and some excellent tobacco for the New Year. 😉

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