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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

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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

Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"No one would enjoy the activity if you never find what you're looking for unless you are mentally retarded... Chill man! :)"
2 hours ago
Filthy Lucre replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"@Suka Kok. I neither said nor implied that I don't like shopping because I can't find what I'm looking for. I don't enjoy the activity. Period. I reiterate, learn to read you blithering idiot. "
2 hours ago
Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"Seriously, now I don't know what's more appropriate to call you, a braindead or a mouthbreather? I did not say that either. So you actually cannot find your sizes."
4 hours ago
Filthy Lucre replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"@Dr. Birdbrain, PhD. You misspelled "redneck", you stupid illegal English teacher. @Suka Kok. I didn't say I disliked shopping because I can't find sizes I want. Learn to read, you drooling moron."
5 hours ago
Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"I can fully understand. It must be hard to find anything in your size, especially in China."
6 hours ago
Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"Well, now you know there are men who beg women for shopping as well. :) Nothing wrong with it. "
6 hours ago
Ben replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"Bravo (Applause), my respect for Redneck blokes has just shot up by three percentage points."
6 hours ago
Filthy Lucre replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"I find shopping mind numbingly boring and have ordered my life so I don't have to do it."
6 hours ago
Ben replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"YCGs have low IQs anyway, so they look for any foreigners who speak good English. Having said that, I didn't imagine a bloke would be trying so hard and end up looking so lame asking questions like.. "Do you find shopping relaxing?"…"
6 hours ago
Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"I read a research that showed that most Britons (47%) think that they are smarter than the average Briton - meaning that the average Briton thinks that they are smarter than the average Briton. xD btw I never thought that one would need much IQ…"
7 hours ago
Ben replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"No, I reckon Mike actually believes he's smart and covert but in reality he's the exact opposite given what I'm seeing."
8 hours ago
Suba replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"Is that a rhetorical question?"
9 hours ago
Xander replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"I like shopping but not in China. Anything of reasonable quality is stupidly overpriced and I have the size issue to contend with, in fact I would go as far as to say it's the worst country I have ever been to for shopping thanks to…"
14 hours ago
Ben replied to Mike46's discussion Gone Shopping
"Are you that desperate to make girls talk to you that you created a thread on 'Shopping'?"
14 hours ago
Mike46 posted a discussion

Gone Shopping

Just about all of my regular companions were away from SZ for the weekend so I got some much needed rest. And how did I spend that rest? I went shopping – one of my favourite forms of relaxation. However, this had to be a pure shopping trip, not for buying things, as I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more shirts until I’d got rid of some. My wardrobe is full and the problem is that I like all the shirts I’ve got, so I don’t want to get rid of any. My “fashion sense” is stuck in the…See More
16 hours ago
Mike46 replied to Suba's discussion I love Great Britain!
"This reads like the introduction to a guide book written before I was born. I love Great Britain too. That's why I visit several times a year to remind myself why I don't want to live there. I love having a well-equipped kitchen and Tesco…"
18 hours ago
Mike46 replied to Ben's discussion Reminiscing the good old days in 2008/09
"There are two that put in rare appearances, but is anyone much using the site now? I can count 10 who have left China, and one who has relocated to Beijing. I'm still in touch with about four of those on WeChat or Skype. Some of these left…"
Mike46 replied to Ben's discussion Reminiscing the good old days in 2008/09
"An interesting interpretation of what I wrote. The OP requested us to reminisce about 2008/09. Covering both would have entailed too long a response, so I used 2008. How you deduce from that what I’m doing now, I can’t follow. If he had…"
Mike46 liked Isabelle's blog post The Bee Died
Mike46 replied to Ben's discussion Reminiscing the good old days in 2008/09
"2008 started off badly for me [all say aahh]. I had agreed to work on the Riyadh Transport Study on the understanding that I could do most of the work off-site in Shenzhen, but I finished up spending more time there than anyone should have to. In a…"

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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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Neil Young Turns 70 Today and he's still touring

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 12:03pm 4 Comments

I liked Buffalo Springfield, but never though he was the best part of the band, and I was never keen on CSNY, but his solo albums were great. Starting from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere with the early trio, to my personal favourite Rust Never Sleeps. Just about any of his stuff with Crazy Horse.…


Another Fucking Book

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 2:45pm 1 Comment

It's about the same length as Heather's, but the similarity ends there. I'm up to Chapter 20 of 24 and still no sex scenes. It has the snappy title of "Comprehensive Transport Study Enhancement - Main Text". If you get the choice then read Heather's instead.

The other difference is that I'm getting paid to read this one.…


Trip to Shaoguan, Danxia, Nan Ling, etc

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 10:42am 8 Comments

Only 90 minutes from Shenzhen by train now - worth a long weekend at least.

These are sandstone mountains, so look very different from the Guangxi plateau limestone. But beware, you will meet a lot of steps, many narrow and worn. The boat trip is worthwhile, and the cable car up too, but don't buy the return ticket if you plan on seeing the female stone. More details available if anyone is interested. The album is here:…


Trips around Houhot, Inner Mongolia

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 3:14pm 6 Comments

We got there by flying through Bayannur – no I’d never heard of it either. We had a couple of trips out of the city.

First we went pony riding on the grassland, but not much grass though plenty of sunflowers. The ponies had been well-trained to ignore any signals from the reins or the legs and just follow the horse in front. Also the stirrups were not adjustable, so some of us had our knees hitting our chins, while others couldn’t reach them. Bloody expensive too, but still…


Trip to the Hukou Falls on the Yellow River

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:30am 8 Comments

We based ourselves at Yan’an in Shaanxi, which is about two hours north of Xi’an by high speed train. It’s a famous town in Communist Party history – where the Long March finished – but we didn’t see too much of that. The main point was to see the waterfall.

We hired a car/driver for a day and off we went to the Yellow River, which is brown from all the silt it picks up cutting through the loess plateau. So below you can see the river above the falls, then below the falls, then at the…


Trip to Chengyang

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

For family reasons my son’s summer trip was brought forward by three weeks so I wasn’t able to make my usual plans. . I managed to rearrange my times out of the office so we could go on a brief trip to Sanjiang this week. Of course all the high speed train tickets from Shenzhen and Guangzhou had been sold, so we took the overnight sleeper to Guilin with vague plans about how to get on from there. Alas the dining/drinking car has been discontinued, so it wasn't as much fun as five years…


Too True

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 11:47am 4 Comments

Douglas Adams’ rules about technology:

1) Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. [1946]

Knowing all your neighbours

Steam engines

Snow in winter


2) Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can…


Yesteryear - How did you respond to Blogs?

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 10:00am 20 Comments

Here are some typical responses to Blogs published by a single author a while back - do you recognise your own? Who wrote the Blogs?


I heard that some activities happening in Peninsula Polo,, Best regards.


You should try Whiter Russian, it makes me happy. Haha


I feel bombing the hell out of whatever that's making you blog like this.


Ladies and gentelmen this is becoming a world…


Me to a "T"

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:30pm 25 Comments

I just compared myself to a younger version of David Niven, so I looked him up on wiki and found:

What he said about himself when asked why he seemed so incredibly cheerful all the time: "Well, old bean, life is really so bloody awful that I feel it's my absolute duty to be chirpy and try and make everybody else happy too".

What was said about him: "I don't think his acting ever quite achieved the brilliance or the polish of his dinner-party…


That Reminds Me

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:00am 9 Comments

I have just used a phrase from Adventure – one of the great original text based computer games that I played on a Prime 550 micro in about 1981. We had that and Bomber in which you had to nuke various Russian cities, and *trek where you had to fight Klingons. I spent many happy hours in Singapore…


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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. 



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.


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.

At 11:51am on April 7, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
danielle huang

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.

At 11:39am on April 7, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
danielle huang

Thank you for the advice.Sorry,i dont get it clealy.

At 12:20pm on April 2, 2015, 我是维奇 said…
Cool, if you made it on a Saturday, we could all meet up! :))
At 11:48am on April 2, 2015, 我是维奇 said…

Hi Mike!

Welcome back! 

We're leaving for Korea this afternoon, back on 8 April.

Are you going to be in HK any time soon? I am afraid I won't be able to get to China for a while: my visa expired in February. 

At 6:04pm on March 11, 2015, Nina Chen said…

Hi Mike,

Finally I remember here so I am back.

I am from a tiny village from a tiny town from the part that close to Guangdong Province, its about 3 hours by speed train to Shenzhen.

I wouldn't have any long vacation till the national holiday, I am thinking of going to Australia.

But I do have the Tomb-sweeping Day and May day holiday, which of course its only 1 day plus the weekend. I am wondering do you guys have any activities for these two holidays?



At 12:05pm on February 18, 2015, Arrica said…

Thanks Mike!

At 4:01pm on February 17, 2015, Zen on my back said…
Someone left some offensive comments on pictures you posted. I bothered to delete two.
At 6:49pm on February 2, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
Asia Stuff Media

OK. I'll change it back.

At 9:58am on February 2, 2015, Kev said…

At 3:57pm on February 1, 2015,
My Weixin is on my page
Asia Stuff Media
He's banned again




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