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Strongly Fight Western Imperialist Subtitles

I like to watch films with my wife, and this means spending a good chunk of my free time faffing about with subtitle files. If we buy a DVD it’s a bit better, but we still encounter subtitles that have … Continue reading

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Birth, part 3

Our baby had been in the world outside the womb for 24 hours when a woman arrived. Her job is to look after women and their babies during the month-long confinement (“yuezi”) almost every Chinese woman goes through after they … Continue reading

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Birth, part 2

The “delivery” or “operation” had been scheduled for 7am, then was postponed to 1pm, then at 11.30am V was suddenly told it was time, and was wheeled away. I didn’t even really have time to see her as she disappeared, … Continue reading

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Birth, part 1

The birth of our first baby three-and-a-half years ago seemed, at the time, to be packed with drama and incident. Now that he has a younger brother I think we can all look back at that time as basically a … Continue reading

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Mystery Uzbek woman in Guangzhou hospital – help needed

My wife is currently staying in hospital (preparing for the arrival of our second child). When I arrived there today I was asked to help translate for an Uzbek woman who had just given birth to a baby boy. Here … Continue reading

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Famous in China

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Some old gifs

(credit for this one = Lance Woodman)

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Equally Divided Europe

UPDATE: This is a new version (8th September 2014) – six country names have been changed and one capital has been moved. I think it’s probably still not finished, though – so please feel free to share any ideas about … Continue reading

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Long-distance Childhood

I grew up 5500 miles away from my wife. For her birthday, in a Stalinesque re-writing of history I’ve been editing myself into her childhood photos. No laughing at my poor photoshop skills, please. Here we are at two years … Continue reading

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Things in China – Sign #4 (not actually a sign)

I haven’t posted on here for more than two months (too busy with work / family / moving and writing efforts have been diverted largely to this) so I’m putting up a few funny signs as a stopgap. These are … Continue reading

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