Tuesday, March 21, 2006

blast from the past

just watched Narnia (the chornicles of: the lion, the witch and the wardrobe) and felt like an 8 year old again. It has been about 15 years since i read several of those books. My memory is generally crap, but i remembered loving the books and so watched the films really hoping not to be disappointed.

Overall, it was very good. There are always problems squeezing long books into 2 hour films! It does remind me of being young. I am thinking back to when I was a librarian in St Johns School, Northwood (where i went to school from about age 10-13), mostly so in the winter we could stay inside during 'break' and play on the computer. Actually, at that time the computer was so old it had no hard drive -everything was saved on a big ass thing that might be called a 7 inch disk or something. all we did was create simple programmes to chase dots around the screen i think..

although i do feel quite young (not much responsibility, not earning much money, having fun) I guess its not quite the same as back then, wearing a purple blazer (hmm), playing British bulldog in the playground (before it was banned), playing football with the plastic balls with holes in them and even going to art class. aah, they were the days... of parents evenings, hanging around the playground waiting to be picked up by parents and having homework to do!

life in china is somewhat the opposite.. when kids are young they are forced to work really hard, start school ridiculously early in the morning and study all the time... their dream: to get into (prefereably a good) university. once in, they just relax and chill. Though they will compete to work for the big multinationals, they know they will not have to worry about earning a few USD a day, and they will be able to take advantage of china's economic growth.

I forget how few univerity places there are here (limited by money needed to pay for them and actual number of places ) -but i learned today something new about Leon (my chinese room-mate/boss) who has travelled to Europe more than twice and India twice, and who will have very little problem earning at least 5,000 rmb a month when he starts work. It bought me back to reality that his cousins are earning 350 rmb basic a month (plus commission if he rents out any apartments), 800 rmb a month and 2,000 rmb a month. None of them went to university and he is the one hope for his entire family... not like he acts like it that much :) [oh, and he is from Beijing, not the countryside]

oh, and if you have time, there are some very funny (not rude) jokes here: http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/index.php/blog/category/select/Humour/.

Example 1: "A drunk stood at the vending machine putting money in the slot and collecting can after can after can of Coke. The man behind him grew more and more impatient. "For heaven's sake, hurry up!" he shouted. The drunk replied, "Not while I'm winning!""

Example 2:"A man at the airline counter told the assistant, "I'd like this bag to go to Berlin, this one to California, and this one to London." The person on the desk told him, "I'm sorry sir. We can't do that." "Nonsense," replied the man. "That's what you did last time I flew with you.""

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