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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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Roger replied to Mike46's discussion Is there an Afterlife?
"Sounds great. I love private chats and personal talks.. preferably over a glass of wine, with low lighting and some soft comfortable music playing. All attractive Chinese girls are invited to my place for a "private chat"  - wink…"
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Mike46 replied to Christina's discussion Hong Kong and China
"@Christina - there used to be a desalination plant but they closed it down because of the cost.  I looked it up and you're right they are planning one - it will supply about 2% of HKs needs, whereas 70-80% of HKs fresh water comes from…"
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"@Christina - I worked in HK for most of the time between 1973 and 1999. I was involved with many major government studies involving transport, but having components of power supply and supplying HK in general. All you've got is Google. The…"
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"Haha. Ghost hunters, lookin for Bigfoot, are there actually retarded Americans that watch that crap? Wonder what Charles has on his TiVo"
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Mike46 replied to Christina's discussion Hong Kong and China
"You are misunderstanding me. I know that virtually none of the sea freight or air freight passing through HK originated there. In 2012 HKs exports were about HK$5 billion, and re-exports HK$322 billion. What I am saying is that in the 80s HK had a…"
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"Even worse.....footage of her coming through customs...namely up her dress, apparently she had been trying to smuggle in 1 kilo of crack! :-) "
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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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Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:01am 4 Comments

He posted a status:

If some foreigners wants to learn Chinese quickly, they can go to ----->CHINESE WITH MIKE .... Its free AND FUN

So I commented:

If some Chinese girls want to learn English quickly, they can go to English with Mike – it’s free And FUN.

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Why only girls?

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It’s free for them and FUN for me.

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Back to the Difu Yet Again – in Spirit at Least

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:35am 13 Comments

I was eating alone last night and decided that Home Taste would be the place to go, so I strolled along.  However, approaching the front door I saw the decorated wedding cars and the bride standing in the doorway.  Looking inside I could see a mass of people and even the unpopular upstairs tables looked full.  I thought, it’s not too hot so I’ll go to the outdoor area and, rather than fight my way through the crowd, I walked round.  Totally full, and just a shrug of the shoulders from the…


Mood Lyrics

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:40am 7 Comments

Last night – The Kinks:

All life we work but work is bore,

If life's for livin' what's livin' for,

Before that Mott the Hoople:

Oh I wish I'd never wanted then what I want now, twice as much

And Springsteen:

Now those memories come back to haunt me

they haunt me like a curse

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true

Or is it something worse

Of course Dylan:

Right now I…


Fujian Trip Logistics

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:21am 5 Comments

A couple of people have asked about this, so I’ll tell you what I know and what we did.

An expanded set of photos are here.

High Speed Trains

A fast way to travel and while you don’t have to be at the station as early as for a flight, you still need to allow time for the nuisance ID checks – passport against ticket – and the x-raying of baggage . The…


Kids in Fujian - August 2014

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35pm 6 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…


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.…


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…


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…


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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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,
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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,
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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.




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



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.


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.


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?


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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