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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."

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my pink dress

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Swedish footballer sent off for farting during match

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. “Then I received two…See More
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"Can we be daft enough to Brexit? Probably. Boris for Prime Minister and me to stay in China. I think that we will be seeing more illegal Brits, but for a totally different reason. Nowadays, when you apply for any sort of tourist visa in the UK, you…"
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For those who are tired of people keep trying to convert you with the word :|We are free to believe in not believing...See More
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Mike46 replied to Mike46's discussion Logic?
"She's mostly helpful - helping me plan my summer trip with my son to Huangshan and Shanxi. She, with her two sisters, helped me with my recent move. I think she gets a bit irritated with my "why put off to tomorrow what you can put off to…"
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"Haha, why bother being nice at all?"
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Relationship Status:
It's Complicated
Hometown/Country:
UK
Where are you now?
Shenzhen
District (in Shenzhen):
Huaqiangbei
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Strategic Transport Planning Consultant
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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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Swedish footballer sent off for farting during match

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 3:28pm 1 Comment

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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Hassle Time

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 9:45am 14 Comments

In dear old Weipeng Gardens it’s foreigner hassling time again. So, after a long day in Guangzhou, the not-so-nice policemen bang on the door loudly to show that they are serious. “Passport” they say which turned out to be their only word of English, so I handed them my passport and APEC Card. They gave back the card immediately and started examining the passport, but could find no visa and so were baffled. I pointed out that there were about 25 pages of entry and exit stamps and gave them…

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No Sense of History - them Chinese

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:46am 16 Comments

Look what they’ve gone and been and done. I went in there last night because I didn’t want to walk far in the rain and got a terrible shock. At least the outdoor section hasn’t changed -…

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Rebel Without A Cause

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 10:12am 3 Comments

I bought two films on DVD for 50rmb when I was back in England for Christmas – this bundled with “On the Waterfront”. We watched this one last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. When James Dean drove up to the school for the first time, my friend commented that they all looked much too old for high school, even for university, and asked “Was it like that for you?”.

No it wasn’t – in the UK at that time [1955] no school kid had a car, we wore school uniforms and behaved like good little…

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This is England - The Clash

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 4:45pm 4 Comments

I hear a gang fire on a human factory farm

Are they howling out or doing somebody harm

On a catwalk jungle somebody grabbed my arm

A voice spoke so cold, it matched the weapon in her palm



This is England

This knife of Sheffield steel

This is England

This is how we feel



Time on his hands, the freezing in those clothes

He won't go for the carrot, they beat him by the pole

Some sunny day confronted by his soul

He's out at sea, too… Continue

It's Warmer in Sydney

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 11:56am 1 Comment

I've just spent a long weekend in Sydney viewing the amazing baby of an ex-member that some of you may remember. Also drank large quantities of beer, ate steaks and seafood, went to a couple of beaches and Opera-in-the-Park on Saturday evening. Bloody hot on the first day [39C] but comfortable after that [28C].…

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At 9:22pm on May 19, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
Apple
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, 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 9:23pm on May 23, 2015, Black Rose said…

Hi Mike,

Thanks for sharing the story.

I checked all the comments,and i just checked again before this comment that i am writing, no any confused comments from you and Robert. You might remembered it wrong, but it doesn't matter.

Back to 2008, i was still in university and just 18 years old, so no chance that i am that Rose, by the way, Rose isn't my name, Named Black Rose here is just for fun. That Rose might be already married and having a happy life, no longer coming here.

Cheers,

Black Rose

At 11:20pm on May 22, 2015, Black Rose said…

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the comment.

I'm not confused about the comments that you and Robert have made to me, what i'm confused now is what are those comments? I never seen them.

By the way, who is Robert? I'm definitely not that ROSE that you and Robert assumed that i am, what is the story about you,Robert and that ROSE?

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.

 
 
 

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