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Facebook in China? I don’t think so.

Well this sounds like some interesting news with Facebook trying, yet again, to make inroads into China. One of the most annoying, yet surprisingly good, things about living in China is that I don’t have public access to Facebook. If I was to walk into any PC Café, here at work, or at home on [...]

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The traffic jam to end all traffic jam.

One thing I have had to deal with during my time here in Beijing has been the awful amount of traffic on the roads. I’m very fortunate that the area I’m in is more or less on the outer areas of Beijing (although still within the 5th Ring Road) the traffic where I am doesn’t [...]

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1,300 dead in mudslides.

You may, or may not, have read about the massive landslides that have been happening here in China. So far, nearly 1,300 people have already lost their lives in Gansu Province, in North West China, with a further 500 people still missing. It’s hard to really put that figure into any real perspective, but that’s [...]

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Sleeping a little better.

I was interested in seeing in the news today that South Korea have added their own version of the cruise missile into their military arsenal. The Hyunmu-3C missile has a range of 1,500 kilometres and a payload of 450 kilograms, which I’m sure is enough explosive force to knock a North Korean solider off his [...]

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Changes back home.

It’s amazing how detached one can become from their home country when they are living abroad. For the most part I stay in touch with what’s happening in Australia by reading the news every morning, although it’s hard to always get a full picture, especially opinion of the masses, as I don’t have anyone to [...]

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Kim Jong-Il takes a trip to China's North.

It looks like North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Il, has taken a little trip to North-East China, no doubt scoping out some prime real-estate for more Sino-North Korean economic development. Of course, when one says ‘economic development’ and ‘North Korea’ in the same sentence, it’s more along the lines of some token charity business that [...]

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Slapping your kids.

I don’t have children, so I’m not sure how strong my opinion really rates with this post, bt I’m sure those of you that do will be interested to read this article from news.com.au. A MUM was hauled before police and accused of assault after disciplining her nine-year-old daughter with a wooden spoon. Officers warned [...]

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Burger resturant opens in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Sorry to make it two North Korean posts in a row but I could let this one slip. I’m happy to see that North Korea has it’s first hamburger joint in the country’s capital, Pyongyang. Once condemned as evil “U.S. imperialist” fare, Western-style fast food is now available in North Korea thanks to a Singaporean [...]

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Hey Hey! We're racists!

Slightly old news now, but I thought I’d bring up the ‘black insult’ skit on ‘Hey, Hey, it’s Saturday‘. For those non-Australian’s, Hey, Hey, It’s Saturday was a variety show that used be on in the 80′s and early 90′s every Saturday evening. It’s some what iconic in Australia and did have a huge following. [...]

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iSnack 2.0 gone, Cheesybite in.

Any Australian is familiar with the iconic sandwich and toast spread, Vegemite. It is, dare I say, what kimchi is to Korea. That’s not to say all Australian’s like, not all Korean’s like kimchi, but it really is an Aussie food that most of us are very proud of. Vegemite is a dark brown Australian [...]

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