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Mopping Mad!

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During my lifetime I've worn many hats. I've worked in all forms of media, I've headed the marketing department of a publishing firm. Worked in import and export. I've taught. I've been in and out of university. I've raised 3 kids, edited books, and managed a hotel. I have cleaned.…
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Happy Squatting

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays I am not a happy squatter. I teach at three different Chinese schools. All three are large and have similar up-to-date teaching facilities except that at one school all the female "conveniences" (I use the term loosely) have one long trough and no doors.
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I Have Learned...

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After a year in China I have learned many things: 1) Miming does not always work. In WalMart I wanted a pack of playing cards. I drew a picture of a playing card. I mimed shuffling and dealing. I was led first to the clock department, and then to a…
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Hysteria on the Concrete

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Some young Chinese ladies appear to take adversity very hard indeed. Just 3 days ago I read a news item about one such delicate flower in Hong Kong receiving a break-up text from her boyfriend and having a 90 minute tantrum on a busy pavement - to the consternation/amusement of…
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Hidings to Nothing

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We have shifted from a flat on a school campus to a flat on another school campus and it could not be more different. We had spent a year with one side of our flat just metres away from a full-on building site operating heavy machinery from 7-8 in order…
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