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Mike46's Discussions

Ageism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jmyfish Dec 28, 2011. 189 Replies

We have our resident blogger on the evils of racism, but I’m not going to put that much effort into it, so just a Discussion.   For me to enter a club in Worcester means that I get stared at, at…Continue

Tags: David - any more worth adding?, My Generation - The Who, Father and Son - Cat Stevens

Don't Feed the Trolls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynic May 19, 2014. 152 Replies

Someone I respect once described SZStuff as "the most troll-friendly site he'd ever been on".I have had a pleasant few days with the forum behaving more like a forum.  Some interesting Discussions…Continue

Where is your life in Shenzhen going?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Coffee Break Mar 3, 2010. 142 Replies

For me I have had the career and family – both still continuing – so my life doesn’t really need to “go” anywhere.  I have enough money to last the rest of my life and my main interests are in seeing…Continue

Cute guy or sexy guy,which do you prefer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Jan 3, 2011. 134 Replies

Important question,As the title.........PS Any girl who manages to include me in either category gets a free dinner and a big kiss.PPS Thanks to Bunny for giving me the plagiaristic idea.Continue

You can't fool all the people all the time - but it's fun trying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning Oct 17, 2009. 125 Replies

I notice that there are none of our standard discussions showing right now so let's talk about playboys again - ready Kami? One in particular - that Mike61 guy.In my days as a moderator [retired for…Continue

Girls - Do you prefer to date single or married guys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Aug 12, 2009. 107 Replies

OK, if you're looking for marriage then that narrows the field down a bit, but what if you're looking to develop yourself and have a good time?Advantages of married guys:....Don't get ridiculous…Continue

Where would you hide your sex toys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by NZ All BlACKS Apr 25, 2012. 96 Replies

A friend of mine has a few sex toys and may have a male friend staying in her flat for a while - some of the time when she would be out at work.  I asked if he would approve of them and she said that…Continue

Tags: Competition for Kev's Discussion at Kami's Request

How do you decide where to live?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peace Mar 26, 2011. 92 Replies

In particular, do you take into account the probabilities of natural disasters?  I’m not talking about the people who were born and grew up there, but we mobiles who choose where we live to some…Continue

What Will You Do with One Million RMB?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hell en Sep 29, 2009. 88 Replies

You have been left a million in the will of a rich uncle, but there are conditions. You are only allowed two choices about how to spend it:1 Buy an apartment for 0.7million, a car for 0.2million and…Continue

Soulmate? Bullshit!

Started this discussion. Last reply by SD Apr 18, 2013. 87 Replies

I disagree.No man is an island entire of itselfI think that it is possible to find people who complement oneself so perfectly that soulmate makes a good description.  I think that I have found two…Continue

 

"It's not getting old that stops you doing things, it's stopping doing things that makes you get old."

Latest Activity

Mike46 replied to Praveen kumar's discussion life beyond 40
"They lost interest some time after they left he country. I know Heather is still in contact with Nick, and I hear from Sea sometimes."
Apr 15
Mike46 replied to Praveen kumar's discussion life beyond 40
"I'm still doing much as I did - meeting people, having dinners, putting the World to rights, going on trips - back to Vietnam next week, and touring with my kids when they're around. I haven't bothered to post the pics of Anhui and…"
Apr 15
Mike46 is attending Bailey H's event
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BOOK EXCHANGE | Sunday, Apr. 9 at Shuiwei Village Center, inside Shuiwei Xin Jiayuan (水围新家园)

April 9, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6pm
Browse books, meet people, and exchange ideas at our event next Sunday!About the Book Exchange • We are Shenzhen's biggest expat library, with around 700 English books and 200 Chinese/foreign language ones.• During events we open up our collection for checkouts, returns, discussions, and the occasional special event.• Run on volunteer power and hosted at a community center, we are always free and open to the public. No cover charge, no registration, no need to bring a book (although donations…See More
Apr 9
Mike46 replied to Richard Norris's discussion traveling to shenzhen (chicago to shanghai to shenzhen)
"I think that you would be better off asking on the China Forum on Tripadvisor. My guess would be Shanghai, but it is a guess."
Apr 5
Mike46 replied to Fempats Unite's discussion UK Tourism Ambassador Labelled "Foreign Male Scum" as a Warning to All Chinese Women
"What redeeming qualities do you have Rob? Do you think air guitar hero counts?"
Mar 27
Mike46 replied to Fempats Unite's discussion UK Tourism Ambassador Labelled "Foreign Male Scum" as a Warning to All Chinese Women
"Now, who was it that used to call everyone butthurt?"
Mar 27
Mike46 replied to RobRocks's discussion who remembers this fantastic tv show?
"Nope - not me"
Mar 6
Mike46 commented on Mike46's blog post Money Makes the World Go Round
"Fidelity will only do it that way within the US."
Mar 2
Mike46 replied to Fullnessoftime's discussion Time to go - some thoughts
"I am still hoping to stay here, and am doing my best to avoid retiring. I can still get work in China and Hong Kong at 70, whereas I couldn't at 60 in the UK. Chinese society is much less ageist than the UK so I can mix with people some 40…"
Mar 2
Praveen kumar commented on Mike46's blog post Money Makes the World Go Round
"why don't you opt for e cheque so it can travel the infoway,  only problem is you need to specify where you will encash the cheque"
Feb 24
Mike46 posted a blog post

Money Makes the World Go Round

Or is it the other way? Money goes round the World?Mine has or will do so. I've worked for an American company for much of my life and built up a fairly substantial pension fund. According to the rules of the fund I must make annual withdrawals, starting from 2014 when I was 67. The pension company, Fidelity, are based in Boston. They have some inconvenient rules for foreigners such as myself. They will only communicate by phone, not email. They will only do a bank transfer of money within the…See More
Feb 22
Mike46 commented on Mike46's blog post Saving the Planet
"Yes, phone call made successfully. I'll blog the reasons soon."
Feb 21
Mike46 commented on noodle also rocks's blog post Vegetarian
"Possibly you can look for alternative meanings for words like pig and eat. But maybe better not."
Feb 21
Mike46 commented on noodle also rocks's blog post Haircut
"The highest mountain I've reached the top of was Chacaltaya at 5,421m in the late 1970s. It looked like this then, but it seems that most of the snow is gone now, so turn off your office phones at weekends. Some of the shine is taken off my…"
Feb 21
Mike46 replied to Kev's discussion Too Soon
"This does not belong in the "Too Soon" Discussion. Kindly use the "Not Soon Enough" thread."
Feb 21
Mike46 replied to Kev's discussion Too Soon
"Thanks. I can view on my phone that way. I thought that the Lincoln one was going to be "Apart from that Mrs Lincoln....." I think my favourite is the Hindenburg. Is it too soon to joke about the Bowling Green Massacre or the Swedish…"
Feb 20
Mike46 commented on noodle also rocks's blog post Vegetarian
"Pat wasn't dead - she wriggled quite a bit."
Feb 20
Mike46 commented on noodle also rocks's blog post Vegetarian
"I used to eat a real pig. Her name was Pat."
Feb 20
Mike46 replied to Kev's discussion Too Soon
"I'm sure this would be hilarious if I had speakers on my computer."
Feb 20

Profile Information

Relationship Status:
It's Complicated
Hometown/Country:
UK
Where are you now?
Shenzhen
District (in Shenzhen):
Huaqiangbei
Job:
Strategic Transport Planning Consultant
I'm looking for...
Friends
About Me:
I spend half my life in Shenzhen and half in the UK. I have travelled the World for the last 35 years, living in Hong Kong, Singapore, Algeria, Bolivia and the USA as well as visiting about another 50 countries. Honestly, I often think that it would be good to act my age, but it is so difficult.

I don't have msn so don't bother to ask. I prefer that we talk on the public comment boards here so that I can remember what I've told you. At the moment I'm getting a lot of comments and, while I try to respond to all, I may miss one. So if you think that I'm ignoring you, I'm not so just resend it.

Outline of my Travels

For those who requested it. There were many other short stays in other countries, but these were places that I lived in a house or flat.


1946-1965 Home and school in Slough just outside London

1965-1968 Studied Pure Mathematics at University of Bristol – an interesting historic city in the west of England. A great time.

1968-1973 Worked in London and lived as various places, at home, in flats, with gfs – usually no money by mid-month.

1973-1976 Moved to HK for a big salary increase, so “rich” at last. Lived in the mid-levels with plenty of social life. My HK gf wouldn't marry me because it would mean leaving HK.

1976-1978 Moved to Algeria a mixture of Arab and French background. Interesting cities and splendid mountain and desert scenery. Good strong wine and excellent food. Met my wife – a long and romantic story, both in the normal sense and Jane's.

1978 Columbia, SC, USA – not very interesting.

1978-1980 La Paz, Bolivia, South America at 4000m elevation in the Andes Mountains. Everything about the place was great – the people, the parties, the incredible scenery. Go to Bolivia if you have the chance.

1981 HK again. Birth of my elder daughter, Kathleen, now living in South Africa.

1982-1983 Singapore – quite boring after HK. Birth of my elder son, Alex.

1984-1985 HK yet again. The two kids limited us, but we had a good time.

1985-1988 New Haven, Connecticut, USA. It was time to settle down, so we went to live in America. We made very few friends and were poor again.

1988-1999 HK once more. Rich again – my wife was in property and earning more than me. The peak of my career – if you talked about transport in HK you talked about me. Birth of my younger daughter, Shelly, and my younger son. Chris. Death of my elder son.

1999-present Bought our house in Worcester for a nice quiet life and I commute to various places – mostly SZ – for work and excitement.

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Money Makes the World Go Round

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 10:30am 2 Comments

Or is it the other way? Money goes round the World?

Mine has or will do so. I've worked for an American company for much of my life and built up a fairly substantial pension fund. According to the rules of the fund I must make annual withdrawals, starting from 2014 when I was 67. The pension company, Fidelity, are based in Boston. They have some inconvenient rules for foreigners such as myself. They will only communicate by phone, not email. They will only do a bank transfer of money…

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Saving the Planet

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 12:06pm 2 Comments

We must all do our bit towards reducing our carbon footprint, and yesterday I found out what my company's contribution seems to be. I am having problems drawing from my US pension fund and needed to call the UK yesterday while at the same time accessing files on my computer. So I got to the office at 3pm to find my phone was dead. I tried the receptionist phone, tyhe head of office phone - all dead. Then I wandered around for 15 minutes looking for a likely place to make them undead. I found…

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Anhui Trip – Summer 2016

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 12:54pm 1 Comment

My son Chris and his friend Matt visited during August and our first trip was to Anhui. We took the train up from SZ North to Huangshan Station [actually it’s Tunxi and quite a distance from the actual mountain] and stayed there for a couple of nights.

The Laojie area is good, but quite crowded and people eat early. By the time we were in a restaurant about 8 o’clock most of the famous local dishes had sold out. The next day we toured in a taxi visiting Chengkan, Zilusi Hong Village…

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Hong Kong Book Fair

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 9:52am 3 Comments

My daughter has been visiting China with her partner and was spending the last few days in HK showing him where she was born and grew up. Coincidentally those were the first four days of the HK Book Fair, so I spent a lot of time there.

 

It was much bigger than I expected and much more crowded too. …

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A Song of Temperance Reform

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 11:06am 0 Comments

The Rolling English Road by G K Chesterton



Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,

The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.

A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,

And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;

A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread

The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.



I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire,

And for to… Continue

Swedish footballer sent off for farting during match

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 3:28pm 5 Comments

A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.



Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”.



“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje.… Continue

On the Move

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 11:15am 0 Comments

My landlord for the past twelve years has decided to sell the flat and so I have had to move. I wanted to stay in the same general area so I could carry on using the same shops and services – ones that do what I want and can understand what I call Chinese. So we searched over a couple of weekends and decided, in the end, to stay In Weipeng Gardens. The first choice was the 28th floor of Block 3 – slightly larger than my current place and with some nice features, but negotiations…

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It Impresses Me

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

China's giant glass bridge hit with sledgehammer -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36494150

I'm glad I went there before they built it though. See my Hunan Trip photo album.

Don't Panic

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 10:00am 21 Comments

The Chinese have appropriated many foreign festivals, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and many Valentine's Days. However, they still don't seem to celebrate the 25th May - Towel Day.



As I walked around on that day I saw precisely nobody else flaunting their towels. So, next year, I suggest a mass towelling event when we can explain to the people the significance and how it should be celebrated.



If you observed it this year then please add your pics here.…

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Baby Time

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 1:01pm 7 Comments

It’s been baby time. Four very active members of SZStuff in the Good Old Days © have had babies in the last few months. In order below

Shannon with her Ryan in Australia

Hell en with her Alicia in New Zealand…

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At 1:01pm on July 11, 2016, chun said…
Thanks, Mike
At 9:22pm on May 19, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
叶子
said…

Thanks . 

At 4:04pm on May 12, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
steven marshall
said…

Thank you, I am already finding that employment and visa will be the largest obstacles. 

At 12:10pm on May 5, 2016, Lexie said…

Hey Mike.I quit looking here because I feel this environment is not what I expect. I was hoping it is a more  friendly community.

At 2:34pm on April 29, 2016, Lexie said…

Hey Mike,Thank you! That's very nice of you.

At 10:45am on April 29, 2016, Lexie said…

Hello Mike,thank you for your information. Accutally I have no idea why I am on the popular list and basically I did not do anything to get people's attention. I just realized the things I wrote on my profile probably are very naive and nonsensical in foreigners' eyes. I will figure it out later. Have a good day!

At 10:01am on March 25, 2016, Asia Stuff Media said…

Thanks. Sorted.

At 10:21am on January 29, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
Fiona
said…

I actually like You Page, because so many members didn't decorate their pages, buy you did and the color is great! @ Mike

At 12:06pm on January 28, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
Fiona
said…

don't worry, if you want to learn Mandarin, I will not sell Mandarin course to you, only be friends.

At 4:44pm on December 4, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
Zen on my back
said…
He/She has been banned, hopefully forever...
At 12:19pm on December 3, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
Kia Wai
said…

hi thanks. I didn't mean to advertise. maybe there was a better way that I could express I know well about the industry and are ready to answer questions.

At 2:55pm on November 13, 2015, RobRocks said…

hey man down by the river is on your blog

At 4:16pm on October 8, 2015, Isabelle said…

My phone's dead beyond resurrection, so I'm unreachable by phone at the moment.

At 11:37pm on June 3, 2015, Candy Pang said…

yeah ur right. i dont come here often since i changed my job around 3yrs ago. hmmm...what to say... that comment was left on my page becuz i was doing it on  my smartphone.

btw, i've already accepted ur request.

At 10:39pm on June 2, 2015, Penélope said…

hehe, to be honest, I was just browsing it very quickly, I didn't quite understand the 2nd and the 3rd photo, still don't know how they work. but I like selfie-pole in the first photo, because I just tried it a couple of days ago. And I liked your words, always intelligent and humorous in your own special way. 

Cheers!

Janet

At 10:26pm on June 2, 2015, Penélope said…

hi Mike,

As I observed that members on here who liked their own profile are usually young girls, as I am Chinese and I was once young too, so from the young girls perspective, I think it's about a vanity issue. Because there are many other females members whose profile/photos had been liked by many others. And ususally because they are not familiar with the site, they didn't know other people can see that they did to their own profile/photos.

As you can see, I can be pretty straight-forward too! hehe, And I believe that my instinct and observation are probably right, so I never ask them to save their self-pride.

As you can see, if you ask, they would say that's a accidental mistake.

At 5:52pm on June 2, 2015, Candy Pang said…

@Mike46. i didnt know it until you told me that here. hmmm,i think it's a mistake. just wrong operation on that page.

At 10:22am on June 2, 2015, Penélope said…

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your friend request! Glad to be one of your friends!

At 11:23am on May 12, 2015, kelly said…

Mike, I tried to call you the day before yeterday, it turns out that power off. Since no wechat connected anymore, i come to say hi. hope everything goes well.

So are you in UK now? Call me when you back.

At 11:51am on April 7, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
Danielle Huang
said…

Ah finally know what you meant.Thank you for telling me. Actually its my first time to try to customize my page with other color.But the page its in english so i am not familiar to use.

 
 
 

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