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Tailors shop
Tailors shop
One of those please
One of those please
Working without Jia
Working without Jia
Wuzhishen toille is slowly developing
Wuzhishen toille is slowly developing
The fashion section for Tang Baiyi, hope she doesn't think I meant the cover
The fashion section for Tang Baiyi, hope she doesn't think I meant the cover
Shopping for the clothes display
Shopping for the clothes display
Ping fang boutique-ish
Ping fang boutique-ish
Tang Baiyi, thank you
Tang Baiyi, thank you

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Right! Evens to the left, odd to the right.
Right! Evens to the left, odd to the right.

Brian leads the dancers in a Basil Fawltyesque routine in training for Saturday's big event. The children look on like Prunella Scales.

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Apart from scant conversations about the earthquake over the newspaper or TV coverage in a café, we have been remarkably removed from the horrendous scenes in Sichuan. We checked whether it was appropriate to continue with Happystacking in its current form, but the consensus seems to be that life goes on.

However this morning at 9.00am the whole village turned out for a public donation ceremony outside the theatre, on the steps where we will be performing tomorrow night. Where Harold will be pumping his Beyonce Booty Shake.

On the lower platform, which is a sort of public outdoor stage, they had placed two ballot boxes on tables. The local equivalent of Celine Dion was blasting out from the sound system stretched out from the Workers’ Union next door. There was a speech and the village listened and applauded. Then one by one the villagers walked up to the boxes to make their donation to the appeal.

In contrast to the furtiveness of English giving, this was full frontal, with each donor holding their note fully stretched and readable as they dropped it into the slot for the attendant cameras. More than this, the giver was then required to sign a sheet and state how much they gave.

Again, like the public electricity bills, not a bad thing.

We all went and we all gave 100 RMB each, that's about £7.50 each. A lot of people gave less and some gave more. It was a curiuous demostration of wealth yet a warming confirmation of community cohesion and clarity.

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[i]In voice of Terry Thomas[/i]: We go from hyear to hyear and you chaps move from hyear to hyear....
In voice of Terry Thomas: We go from hyear to hyear and you chaps move from hyear to hyear....

I have been the appointed project manager for this task. It's bad enough normally but in tropical weather and a serious language barrier, I think I'll do well to keep my cool in the board room.

I ran the parade route by the headmaster which all seems ok and there doesn't seem to be any issue around earthquake/event appropriateness.

The government agency are ok too as long as there are no politics, no religion and good safety.

Got the all clear from the ping fang old residents club too. Bring id awn![/i} they said as lthey looked at the playlist of blue grass and R&B. Well maybe not.

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Lap top charger
Lap top charger
Door stop
Door stop
White board/stool easel
White board/stool easel

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Checking the poster with the calligrapher
Checking the poster with the calligrapher

It's all very well trying to let you know what we're doing, but we've got to do what we're doing as well.

Bryan and Laura are dressing the ping fang
Harold is rehearsing with the children
Jay is editing
I'm speech writing
Jia is translating
Maria is cooking and a whole lot more then we have to scramble all th ekit together before the big day tomorrow. See you on the other side.

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happystack from top to bottom: Five finger mountain, mushroom, mobile phone, tourist camera, power station turbine, wild boar of Grizedale
happystack from top to bottom: Five finger mountain, mushroom, mobile phone, tourist camera, power station turbine, wild boar of Grizedale

Well it's done, sort of bingo hall - village hall - sturat hall. We've just found out from the neighbours that it he omitted to say we're in the market place all day, but I don't think anyone will be able to avoid us.

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美好的一天,阳光还是很灿烂,空气还是很清新~~希望持续到周六!
下午6点半,我从南岭的员工食堂偷了一碗他们吃剩的土豆丝,然后抱着这碗土豆丝,和老大去找星海谈如何让Happy Stacking不至于在地震灾后显得太不合时宜;最后决定在海报和老大的公众发言的时候,点到为止地提两句。
聊到七七八八的时候突然警醒7点半是意大利粉的筹备时间,于是从办公室往林舍赶。

橘子吧一派热火朝天。
首先要说明,橘子吧绝对是有高人指点过的,完全具备欧式厨房应有尽有的一切物料~~甚至更多!
农庄送来的“有机蔬菜”,洗洗,扔进一个大钵;用意大利葡萄醋勾兑了橄榄油做调料,这就是一份简单的沙拉。——也只有南岭的蔬菜,才能吃得这么放心。
Laura做了素淡的意粉,Bryne做了我最爱的肉酱意粉;按星海的说法,吃前者是在天堂,吃后者是在人间……
肉酱意粉,用橄榄油加蒜蓉,将两色洋葱慢火煨透,再加入熏肉,细细炒过,再将煮透的意粉放进来炒过,起锅。

菜打6分,然而环境可以再加6分:
是夜,林舍楼前庭院,排开一字长台,众人围坐,刀叉锵锵,谈笑风生;有习习凉风,远近虫鸣;半圆明月在天,星辰若隐若现;孩子手中,挣扎着过目不忘的萤火。

今天是倒计时第二天,众人手头的工作都要完结,明天就要进行最后的演练了。

又:Maria说,想要拍冯家菜馆杀鸡的镜头。星海和我都很奇怪:这么血腥,你也要拍?
答曰:在我们打不裂腚,我们和食物所有的联系都发生在超市;很多食物的包装上都会有一个标签:航行多少英里而来。像冯家菜馆,从庭院捉鸡,直接杀鸡入厨吃肉,最后剩下一地鸡毛,那是非常amazing滴~~
有趣,工业化时代,人的旅行,理论的旅行,食物的旅行。

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