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  • JacksonP, in reply to Lilith __,

    I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
    than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

    You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
    ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    My mum tells me it's pretty chilly in Wellington, and my pictures so far have been wintry and Chinese. Here's something a little more summer holiday-like. My wife trying to shoot me, Army Museum, Waiouru, February 2010.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Touche!

    On the subject of stars, I thought Stardust was pretty horrorshow (on tele last night).

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Lilith __,

    On the subject of stars, I thought Stardust was pretty horrorshow (on tele last night).

    Yes, I've seen it before, and it required more suspension of disbelief than I was capable of.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to JacksonP,

    Helloooo. That's because it's a movie for kids. Please. You people and your inability to suspend disbelief.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    You mean it isn’t true?!

    I loved Robert de Niro’s poofter pirate and the chorus of murdered princes. As with a lot of Gaiman’s work I think the whole was less than the sum of the parts. But some of those parts were quite wonderful!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    A much warmer dawn, June last year, looking out from our village in Yanqing County.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    I couldn't find this one on my computer, so I downloaded it from Weibo, and now it's dated January 11, 2012. Nope, this is also our village last time I had a summer holiday.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Those pointy hills are quite amazing. High altitude where you are?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    You people and your inability to suspend disbelief.

    Heh! I'm generally an expert belief suspender. I shall have no trouble with Tomb Raider tonight for example, and this has nothing to do with a certain dancing star. Honest.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    this has nothing to do with a certain dancing star

    or her suspenders.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to JacksonP,

    Am I the only person in the universe who can't stand her?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Lilith __,

    High altitude where you are?

    Not really. Those photos were taken on the northwestern edge of Beijing. I'm not really sure how high, but hidden behind those hills is what Baidu Baike says is Beijing's second highest mountain, Haituoshan, at 2241m. Yanqing County has an average altitude of 500m. Our village is, as you can see, at the base of the mountains, and on clear days in the winter we look down on the rooftops of the county town about 10km away, but it's hardly at a Tibetan sort of altitude.

    But where I am is Chaoyang District in downtown Beijing. I remember my boss telling me a few years ago that Beijing is only 50m above sea level. I imagine it's a bit less than that now, considering the entire North China Plain is sinking thanks to the groundwater being overpumped.

    Incidentally, one of those pointy hills to the left of the picture is haunted. Quite a few people died up there during the war, and ever since that hill has been quite good at dropping people who dare climb it.

    And the courtyard with its solar water heater pointing west instead of the usual south is where my parents in law live. That perhaps explains why I have so many pictures of or taken from that edge of the village.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    I find Tomb Raider a bit dull. Each has their tastes, but as for I, I shall be watching Hellboy. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Lilith __,

    And I am going to bed with my book - Tricking of Freya, by Christina Sunley. Lovely book.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    It didn't last. Think I'll find another book too, having just finished Murakami's belief suspender, 1Q84. The belief that I'd get through all 924 pages that is. Don't ask me what I think, as I don't really know.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    Summer harvest, Bowentown 9 January 2011

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    And I <facepalm> am packing . Not watching DVDs, not reading, not playing on teh internet. Procrastinating, much.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Summer harvest

    Wow! But what will you do with your milkstack??

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3411 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    Another Bowentown beach scene, 10 Jan 2011 (polysterene, not shells)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    One more

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Looks like it was quite a nice place before the shipwreck (assuming, of course, that that is shipwreck detritus you've been harvesting).

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Detritus 'fer sure. From the stranded MV Rena on the Astrolobe Reef (40kms offshore in the Bay of Plenty); a ship which finally broke in two in the weekend storm.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Bless you volunteers-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I'm surprised the Rena lasted as long as she did, she's been battered by quite a few storms over the last few months on that reef.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1966 posts Report Reply

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