Monthly Archives: November 2007

20 Million Dollar Takeaway

89 year old widow in England dies and leaves her 10 million pound estate to the owners of her favourite Chinese takeaway restaurant. Since her son already died, the widow’s nephews and nieces are contesting the will on the basis … Continue reading

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Even Better Than ….

I’ve been living in Shanghai for close to 3 years (okay 2 and a half) and I’ve only just discovered a gem of a street, Da Gu Lu, cunningly hidden away between Yan An Lu and Wei Hai Lu. The … Continue reading

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First Blood

Rambo: There wouldn’t be no trouble except for that king shit cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing Sir. Trautman: Well you did some pushing on your own John. Rambo: They drew first blood, … Continue reading

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When you gotta go ….

I got a text from a good friend of mine who was on his way to work and was astonished when the driver suddenly stopped the car to pee in the street.¬†¬† He even went to the trouble of photographing … Continue reading

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Airplane Stampede

So here’s a tip for travellers new to air travel in China: if there’s no room in the overhead locker above your seat, don’t EVER put your bags in any of the lockers further back in the plane. When the … Continue reading

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It’s Just Not My Bag, Baby!

Fans of Friends (and who isn’t) – can you believe it’s almost 9 years since the one with Joey’s bag (season 5, episode 13 for those of you who want to relive the moment)? And 9 years on, the debate … Continue reading

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It’s All Happening In Shanghai

That’s Roger Federer on court behind me in red on the left and Rafa Nadal in the blue on the right. It’s more than 20 years since Jean-Michel Jarre (yes Dingle I know he dropped the hyphen in the early … Continue reading

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Karma

I’ve written before about how it’s dog eat dog on the streets of Shanghai when you want to find a vacant taxi. If you’re standing upstream and someone comes along, they’ll often walk further upstream so that if a vacant … Continue reading

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Carrefour Crush

3 people were killed in a stampede in a Carrefour supermarket in Chongqing during a cooking oil promotion. Cooking oil normally sold for 51.4 yuan was being sold for 39.9 yuan, a saving of 11.5 yuan (1.5 USD). Anyone who’s … Continue reading

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Beijing 2008, We Are Ready, Well Sort Of!

I lived in Beijing for 5 years before moving to Shanghai and people often ask which city I like best. That’s a whole book right there so I won’t go into it today, but I’ve just returned from a short … Continue reading

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