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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Joshua Devanbu explains how too play a tabla.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Gymnastics from this ten year old.

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  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Interesting blend of romanisations in the name of the school.
    Hànzì: 功夫
    Wade Giles: Kung fu
    Hànyǔ Pīnyīn: gōngfu

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  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Chris Waugh,

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    I would not know any different Chris. Good to have you giving us insight. It is with many languages the same they do get changed over time in other peoples cultures and become the norm.

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  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    It is with many languages the same they do get changed over time in other peoples cultures and become the norm.

    Well, yes.

    For one thing, the history of attempts to romanise Chinese is pretty fascinating, involving both Western scholars of Chinese and Chinese reformers and a variety of competing systems. One system, invented by Chinese (Y.R Chao/Zhao Yuanren leading, several including Lin Yutang helping develop the system), Gyoyeu Romatzyh, encoded the tones in the spelling rather than using numbers or diacriticals or just ignoring them. And the characters have undergone their own evolution within Chinese and then again into Japanese kanji (and perhaps historically in Vietnamese and Korean, but I don't know).

    And one interesting point is looking at the words for tea in various Eurasian languages. Some, like Russian and Hindi, call 'tea' 'cha' or 'chai' or something similar. They learned about tea via the Silk Road, linguistically via the ancestor of the modern Mandarin dialects (chá,茶). Others learned about tea via the coastal trade route from modern Fujian down through Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, then west around India to the Middle East, Africa then Europe, and so have words like 'tea', 'Tee' or 'thé'. Or so I've heard.

    Ummm, sorry, don't know how my brain flew off on that tangent.

    I must say, though, that I've been loving the photos of Christchurch you've posted. My experience of your city is limited, and I didn't have a particularly good impression of the place until I saw your photos. Now I'm thinking I could move my family there.

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  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Thank you very much Chris for your compliment.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Standing still.

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    No Progess

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    On Madras Street

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    Outside Black Betty

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    Home Time. He apparently works in the red zone and this is his mode of transport.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Bingo . Ginger Beer.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Where they make the best pies in Christchurch.

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    In spite having such an early start, long before 5am the team at Kidd's Bakery manages to smile while producing dough for the pies.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    One of my favourites : Chocolate Eclairs.

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    World famous.

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  • Hebe,

    Greg reports a monarch butterfly swooping around his head in the sunshine at the Mollett St market site today lunchtime. Not big, but those moments of beauty are great.
    (Also Manchester Street has reopened. )

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  • DeepRed,

    Latest on the EQC saga: the Streisand Effect in motion.

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  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Hebe,

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    Popped in to have a wee look.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Demolitions continue.

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    A popular watering hole on Manchester Street.

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    Corner of High Street and Manchester Street.

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    One of my favorite places when i first arrived in this city.

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  • Hebe, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Popped in to have a wee look

    I drove the street twice yesterday; because I could. I cannot yet find the words without cliches: more wrecked buildings remain than I expected, massive tangles of metal and concrete, vast openesses with unexpected views (the Post Office clock tower in the Square from the High and Manchester corner; the back of the Christchurch Club in Latimer Square has glowing autumnal trees and a garden), banks of containers, the dinosaur diggers and huge trucks everywhere. It's heartening that the street is open, weird that I can't call into Smith's.

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  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Anzac Day 2013 Christchurch Cramner Square

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