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Chinese ambitions…

Fei Ye 2

I’ve gone Oriental today with a photograph of one of the students that I was talking to yesterday. Faye wants me to make her ‘famous’ by featuring her in one of my blogs!

She was nervous about doing a seminar with her class today at Xiaogan University in China. I helped with the English and grammar! We also talked about Feng Shui, I Ching (the book of changes) and stuff like that! Faye was born in the year of the snake and in Western astrology is a Capricorn. She studies business at university and hopes to study in England in the future. The business school at Xiaogan University is part of my local university here in England and so she hopes to come here to complete her studies; perhaps next year. The dress is traditional Chinese dress, that isn’t what is worn every day. I think Faye is more at home in jeans and t-shirt!



AP – No plugging of Twitter accounts or Facebook pages on French broadcast airwaves.

France’s audio-visual authority says that TV and radio stations that promote their sites on the two gargantuan social media services on air are actually engaging in secret and unfair advertising.

Some French bloggers, bemoaning that their country seems out of touch with the Digital Age, pilloried what it considered an antiquated stance.

We don’t allow that sort of thing on TV in the UK either or the promotion of products in programs; unless really part of the story.

Sad smile

‘High-speed international trains linking Paris and Amsterdam as of Monday became the first in Europe to use electricity generated by solar panels installed in a tunnel on the line.

At a cost of 15.6 million euros, project managers say the 3.6-kilometre tunnel crossing Antwerp, in northern Belgium, is fitted with 16,000 solar panels covering 50,000 square metres, roughly eight football pitches.’

I wonder if there are holes in the tunnel or something to let the light in? I thought maybe the train would stop when the sun went in but the electricity only runs the lights, signals and points. The sun goes in, it all goes dark and the train gets lost!


If you read my exploding alarm clocks and killer cucumbers blog you may be relieved to hear it may not have been the cucumbers. German beansprouts are now under suspicion.  I have had some dodgy beansprouts in my time, they go a funny colour in a day or two if you don’t use them.

Sick smile

The seminar in China didn’t go so well. I’m 7 hours ahead of China and so I am thinking about cooking lunch at 1 pm and it’s 8 pm in China. There is a test tomorrow – they have fun; don’t they! She is going to try to study harder. You have to be a nerd these days or you end up flippin’ burgers or cooking dodgy bean sprouts…

Nerd smile

What would you do? If you were running your country, was yesterday’s blog. There was A Sunday ramble in June on Sunday and it was Derby Day on Saturday. You can also subscribe or follow me on Twitter!

Mike M says
Think of all the money you will make when you get a degree and you’re famous! lol

Faye F says
You know I’m stingy money, so every time you mention that to encourage me.. how clever you are..

Mike M says


If Twitter was in Chinese imagine how much more you could say…

Smile with tongue out


4 responses

  1. Faye

    Even through the picture makes me a little fat, it not impact on my

    7, June 2011 at 2:23 pm

  2. Mike, you did an excellent job of taking a great picture of a classic beauty.

    Faye, you are correct, the picture does not impact your beauty. In my opinion, you are quite lovely and photogenic and the dress is lovely, too. Wishing you the best in your studies.

    8, June 2011 at 2:18 am

  3. Wow, stunning picture of a beautiful girl. I admire both your and her pursuit of education.

    I can’t imagine, as a blogger, having a budget to take out a tv ad for my blog or Facebook page. But that would be better than some of the ads we have on tv in the US. I love to fast forward through commercials. Can you do that with your new tv?

    Thanks for another brilliant blog!

    27, July 2011 at 4:12 am

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    I have time shift on my new TV, so if I pause, it records and then I can fast forward through what has been recorded and skip the adverts! Pause to go to the bathroom and then use the time-shift to avoid adverts! The adverts are annoying me a little just lately, I get bored waiting for the 3 minutes to be up.

    27, July 2011 at 8:24 am

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