Category Archives: Current Affairs

Strange But True

Pick up the China Daily any day of the week and you’ll find a host of bizarre stories from around the country. To prove my point, here are just a few from a recent copy: 1. On Wednesday, a couple … Continue reading

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Bored At Work

A couple were caught kissing at a Shanghai subway station last September by security cameras.  The images were recorded by staff at the station on a cell phone and circulated on the internet, raising issues on privacy.  The couple is … Continue reading

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Heath Ledger RIP

Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot) 1979-2008. I’ve had the Brokeback Mountain DVD lying around for ages. It’s odd that it takes something like this, reading some of the tributes and praise from his peers, that will finally get me … Continue reading

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Anna Mae is coming home

The story of Anna Mae He seems almost the mirror image of this story I wrote about recently, where the adoptive parents decided to give up their child because of difficulties the child was having adjusting to their culture. Anna … Continue reading

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Teddy Bear Teacher Coming To China

Yes folks, Gillian Gibbons, dubbed the teddy bear teacher, is heading for China. She was recently charged and imprisoned (but spared 40 lashes) in the Sudan where she was teaching, for naming a teddy bear Mohamed! Let’s hope she has … Continue reading

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Dirty Laundry

It’s 2008 folks and to anyone in China that means above anything else, that the Olympics are coming to our nation’s capital city this summer. State television channel CCTV 5 is being renamed The Olympics Channel, and the press conference … Continue reading

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Happy 2008 @ The Paramount

The Paramount, with its art deco facade in downtown Shanghai’s Jing An district, was built in 1933 and was once dubbed Asia’s hottest dance hall before being converted into a cinema after 1949, showing propaganda movies and renamed the Red … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty – For Men!

Yes, just as the cosmetic firms have grown their market by developing ranges for men, Hello Kitty have now turned their attention to the manbag carrying section of the population.  Apparently the character has been adapted to be more “rugged” … Continue reading

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One Giant Leap For Commuters

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong, 20th July 1969. I think the Shanghai Daily writers have been watching too much Star Trek recently.  Not one but two lead stories today by two … Continue reading

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Christmas In China

My Christmas Eve dinner – roast turkey, cranberry, roasted and mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, cauliflour, sausages wrapped in bacon and of course, Brussels sprouts and gravy. It’s just another ordinary working day here in the People’s Republic of China, or … Continue reading

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