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Ageism

Started this discussion. Last reply by JIMMY YU 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. 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 E.K 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

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How do you decide where to live?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MissFortune 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

 

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大力Sam commented on Mike46's blog post Kids in Fujian - August 2014
"@pooljunkieI took a couple of weeks of thinking I needed a break from Shenzhen and my day to day life, when in fact I really needed a break from China & Chinese peopleI know what you mean. Every time I had the chance to holiday I never travel…"
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"@PJ - For Xiamen I totally agree - Gulangyu might be interesting, but how can you tell with all those people around? Wuyishan was fine for us. We got lost on the first evening and were helped out by a woman down by the river. She showed us a nearby…"
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Pool Junkie commented on Mike46's blog post Kids in Fujian - August 2014
"I also went to Xiamen & Wuyishan earlier this month, going on to Hangzhou and Xian from there. It was ok, but to be honest I think my traveling days in China are over as the domestic tourists just piss me off too much. I took a couple of weeks…"
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"The pics are in the album - there's a link at the end of the blog. There seems to be a limit on Blog size so I couldn't put them all in there."
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Village woman

"My friend's grandmother had her feet bound, born about 1925. I'm not sure how long the custom would have persisted in such an isolated place, but this woman must be at least in her mid 80s I would think."
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"The Chinese girl lives in SZ now, but lived her early life in the valley near Shouning - the first ten years before the road into that valley was built. Before that road the valley would have remained static for maybe centuries. I find that…"
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Back in SZ about the 24th July - kids arrive on 9th August.
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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 30 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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Kids in Fujian - August 2014

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35pm 7 Comments

My elder daughter and son visited China for a couple of weeks and we took a trip to Fujian.

We left SZ on Monday afternoon and took the fast train to Xiamen, getting into our hotel on Zhong Shan Pedestrian Street at about 8pm.  It seems that Xiamen eats early because we had trouble finding a good restaurant open at that time. We spent Tuesday wandering around that area and took a speedboat to Gulangyu Island.  It was hot, sticky and very crowded. Not as interesting as I'd…

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be like a peach in a relationship

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:49pm 9 Comments

Juicy with short soft fuzzy hair.

Nervous in Futian

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

So what do they know that I don't know? We have three bright, shiny, new signs outside my building telling us what to do in the event or an air raid. Who is going to attack Weipeng Gardens? Vietnamese? Japanese? Taiwanese? An American aircraft carrier moored in HK harbour?

I think I should be told. Anyone out there with information please let me know. SOON.…



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A Tale of Two Piccies

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:00am 10 Comments

I’ve just downloaded two photographs, each 8MB in size – totally unnecessary detail, as I’ll only look at them on my screen, so 1% of that would have been enough.  The 16MB got me thinking back about 45 years to my time on the old CDC3300 mainframe I used in those days.

Before about 1970 all user files, however small, were on magnetic tape reels – about 25cm across and 2400 feet long.  If your job required many files this meant the operators had to be mounting and dismounting tapes…

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Wedding in Sydney - Part 2

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:49am 3 Comments

The reception was held in a small restaurant next to the chapel, and I helped look after the groom’s parents – after all they fed me every day.  The next picture shows some of the food, but the main point for me is that Lavender Bear – it’s a fake one bought in Shenzhen at about 5% of the cost of the real ones – I didn’t know there was any such thing as a real one when I bought it. People ate and drank the regulation champagne for an hour or so, then we had the cutting of the…

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Wedding in Sydney - Part 1

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:44am 13 Comments

The chapel was on a cliff overlooking the sea, a really beautiful setting – you can see the exterior and interior in these first three pictures.…

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Kenya Trip

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:30am 3 Comments

I’ve loaded a few of the photos for the safaris and the other places.  Look if you’re interested.

The trip took in October 2013 for four weeks.  The total cost for the two of us was about 60,000rmb.  You could knock a week off of that…

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2048 Puzzle

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 9:57am 14 Comments

I’d seen people playing on the metro, but I’d no idea what it was, till Jane’s Michael posted a WeChat Moment.  Then I downloaded it and started to play.  I gradually worked out what to do and was improving, then I showed it to my flatmate.  She spent most of one night playing and got to 2048…

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Reclaiming a City

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:46am 7 Comments

A trial run

On the Day This is Park Street in Bristol. It’s a fairly steep hill close to the city…

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Ten Years After

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:47am 12 Comments

I moved into my flat in Weipeng Gardens in late March 2004.  We only took a six month lease so, despite the awful condition of the furniture, the landlord would not change it.  Ten years later, after many lease renewals, it’s still the same mess.  My place looks lived in.

I like the building – everything works.  It was built by the Nuclear Power Company and seems to have been designed to withstand a near miss. I like the neighbourhood – very Chinese. Great transport links - both the…

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At 2:41pm on August 7, 2014, Katrina Lin said…

Yes, I guess so. I was planning going alone, but so much can be enjoyed in Australia, I don't want to waste with myself only. so if can't find anyone by the end of this week, i'll change my plan. :P

Thank you so much for your tips.

At 2:06pm on August 7, 2014, Katrina Lin said…

How expensive would that be?

I calculated with 20,000 RMB.

At 3:27pm on August 4, 2014, luliang said…

Thanks for your suggestion . you are nice people .Glad to meet you in here .

At 1:12am on July 31, 2014, Tina said…

Where is that pool? and yeah I'm down for dinner. I love making new friends. It might have to wait a few weeks though. I'm gonna be super tight this first month there. Actually I will be arriving Friday but I have already been there several times.

At 8:04pm on July 30, 2014, Tina said…

Where is that pool? and yeah I'm down for dinner. I love making new friends. It might have to wait a few weeks though. I'm gonna be super tight this first month there. Actually I will be arriving Friday but I have already been there several times.

At 12:53pm on July 30, 2014, Asia Stuff Media said…

Thanks!

At 9:52pm on July 14, 2014, Ziji said…

You would not like to  hold "crap', better go back for carpe diem :)

At 4:50pm on June 26, 2014, Moody Evil said…
Mike,ur blog brought me back to the old days, memory is something I like! Thank you :p
At 9:48am on June 21, 2014, VG said…
Urban design , urban planning , landscape architecture
At 9:18am on June 20, 2014, Asia Stuff Media said…

Hi Mike. Did you get my comment for that discussion? It wasn't the topic itself, but rather the comments being generated by the topic that made me think it's best to delete. Sorry.

At 11:26pm on June 12, 2014, Vivi said…

hi Mike,Guess you have a pleasant trip in Austrilia. will go to Germany next week. Thank you for you invitation. i would like to join you guys. but really sorry, i am not availabel this Friday. hope you guys have fun and looking forwards to join you guys next time: )"

At 9:41pm on June 5, 2014, Vivi said…

hi Mike, how are you doing?to reply what is my travelling plan before. finally have another long distance trip to Germany this month.for interest,i took  the test of National Tour Guide(English) before and pass the test too.hope can been to more places andknow more this worlds, learn diffirent cultures and history.share this beautiful life tour to all who have similar hobbies: )

At 1:11am on May 30, 2014, WeiWei said…

Hello Mike,

Sorry for the late reply. I wasn't away like you or occupied by anything, truth is lately I've been attacked by laziness...very seriously. I can't focus on anything. It's like my brain has turned into a wet sponge--I can't think, can't concentrate. And I find it really difficult for me to sit through a 2-hour game, thus I still haven't finished watching the FA game...and how pointless is it of me to ask you to recommend more games...

Oh well, I'll try to pull myself together and get back on track next month, nevertheless, World Cup is coming, I don't wanna miss the biggest event in sports!

Oh thanks for sharing the photo with me. I could see how happy you were, and how can Chris be so cute?

I have a jersey from season '12-'13, but I've never worn it. I'll try to wear it and send a photo to you as well.

Cheers,

Kate

 

At 1:53pm on May 26, 2014, Moody Evil said…

Hi Mike, your life experience is impressived, I never judge people, I admire them and get along with them. Well I get my own temper, but still acceptable, you will see if u know me better.

Distance is never a problem for me, we are still in the same city,as one of my friend said its all up to the motivation of seeing people, so no worries, we can meet for sure. Actually I met u once in pennyblack few years ago, u were too busy with your ladies ;p

Cheers

Tina

At 1:55am on May 23, 2014, Killers_eric said…

that's like 30 years before i was even born but i bet it sounds great as it was back then and you need new flat-mate..

At 7:14pm on May 19, 2014, Butterfly0707 said…

correction: it's Rugby, not rudby,

At 7:12pm on May 19, 2014, Butterfly0707 said…

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your tips. But I am not heading to England, go to most of counties in Europe but not England.

Maybe you are right about the football, actually there is always something to see whatever they are in League one or two even lower.  Enjoy the atmosphere of rough men or relaxing like to stay in a pub to enjoy the live show... All are okay.

That's why I am very easy to like watching handball, also snooker. They might be not the main flow of sport in the world, especially handball, like you said. But it's enjoyable.

I now remember a guy E.K mentioned Rudby, it's interested that this is a name of city where people decided to divide football and rudby in the beginning of 19s. I watched a couple games in HK before, seems not bad, compared to american football. I perfer to watch rudby.

Y.L.

At 7:12pm on May 15, 2014, Butterfly0707 said…

Hi Mike,

I used to be a fan of Chelsea, but recently, I watched some german clubs, no matter it is league 1, or 2, even league 5..etc. Women's cup , I feel the gap from league 1 - 3 or 4, is not very big in Germany. Just planed to go to watch some matches in Europe. I don't put myself as fan of any club anymore.

Another sport is also very interesting to me, I like handball as well. Unfortunately there is no much show time for handball in China.

World cup is coming, the heat of world cup is spreading here, would be joyful to watch some of them.

Y.L.

At 12:11am on May 8, 2014, WeiWei said…

Hi Mike,

Yeah, I thought we'd go further...Torres even scored a goal! Note that he's our lucky star, usually we'd win if he scores, but unfortunately the magic doesn't work this time. But you are right, this isn't a season that we should expect too much. I'm sure we will do better next season!

I've only watched the first 30 mins of the FA Cup match so far. I found it very interesting though. The way they played is quite different from today's. There were many long balls, many crosses, and, many errors. I think that's the typical English football, right? I should watch more classic games from different periods. It's a very good way to study the development of football. Any recommendations?

My last three jobs were in Futian. Science Museum, Coco Park, and Exhibition and Convention Center to be specific. I went to Coco Park to have lunch with some friends last weekend. I saw some handsome white guy with grey hair also eating there. Was that you? :)

I hope we could make it to the final in Champions League next year. If not, we can still watch a PL game together on a Saturday night, what do you think?

Weiwei

At 10:36pm on May 6, 2014, Irene Fu said…

Hi Mike, Welcome to join us for a activity on May 11 to Bai Shui Zhai in Zeng Cheng.

 
 
 

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