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Member since Dec 2011 • Last active Jan 2020

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    My running club has organised quite a few of these style of races (partly because we never have permission to run races and the markers get removed by over officious security guards), but usually the start and finish are on different sides of the river, so you have to plan which ferry you'll take and figure out the ferry timetables. In January there's a 50km race planned, which given how much everyone gets lost could end up being over 60km - which I will not be doing...

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    A VPN is essential here - I can read Chinese but I just can't deal with mainland news, not least because it's fucking fantastical made up bullshit.

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    Here in mainland China, the HK police shooting a kid in the stomach has been explained as "self defence because he was trying to throw a Molotov cocktail onto a bus full of kindergarten kiddos from the mainland", I shit you not.

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    This is weekly news in China, some company will list TW/HK as separate countries and people go ape shit. I like to mess with things from the inside and I'm working on a report at the moment with plenty of references to Taiwan, and I have insisted we refer to it throughout as a country.

    General consensus in mainland China is that HK is acting like a spoiled brat, there was a meme going around to that effect. Other than that, and all the "foreign influences" provoking a "colour revolution", there's not much about HK. Fucking shit loads of nationalistic propaganda everywhere though, things are really gearing up for 1 October.

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    Next step is glue traps - didn't want to go there, but also don't want to be bleaching my work surfaces and floors every single day.

    We have rats in the office, so now we have glue traps everywhere. The one rat we caught wasn't dead when we got in, it was appalling.
    Also be careful not to stand on the glue traps, they are VERY sticky.

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    What is needed is a small missile that is acoustically targeted - literally it seeks the loudest noise and seeks to collide with it, possibly with a payload of glue and glitter to immobilise whatever the noisy thing is.

    The only flaw in this plan is that the missile would head straight for my downstairs neighbours, an old, slightly deaf couple who breed birds on the communal stairs.

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    Spring Airlines. Worst airline in the world, with its hub at the worst airport in the world.

    Fly with them often enough and BA feels really luxurious.

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    Press conference from Beijing today promising to back Carrie Lam and punish unlawful actions, in the interests of stability. CCP is the original strong and stable.

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    Yep, apple maps is fine and pretty up-to-date. Like you found, google maps drifts all over the place and it's also not totally current, there are metro lines missing from it apparently. Even if you can read chinese, the mapping situation is pretty poor here - the map in the equivalent of yelp is absolutely horrible and once asked me to scale a wall. Baidu maps also suggested swimming across a river, I was not impressed.

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    A chinese friend told me that google is blocked in china because google wants to spy on chinese people and know what they're searching for - that privilege is reserved for baidu and the government. (disclaimer: I use baidu maps)

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