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Hey! My Chinese ain’t so hot either

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Officials in China are hoping to stamp out bad English in the build-up to the 2008 Olympics. ‘Chinglish’ – mistranslated phrases – is a common problem and many street signs and product labels make little sense.

Emergency exits at Beijing airport read “No entry on peacetime” and the Ethnic Minorities Park is named “Racist Park”.

New translation guides will be issused to hotels and tourist attractions by the end of the year, according to Xinhua news agency.

A road sign on Beijing’s Avenue of Eternal Peace warns of a dangerous pavement with the words: “To Take Notice of Safe; The Slippery are Very Crafty”.

In restaurants menus frequently list items such as “Corrugated iron beef”, “Government abuse chicken” and “Chop the strange fish”.

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Drivers can avoid speeding tickets…by changing lanes

This is London
camera.jpg A massive flaw in a new generation of speed cameras means motorists can avoid fines and points on their licence simply by changing lanes. The Home Office admitted last night that drivers can avoid being caught the by hi-tech ‘SPECS’ cameras which calculate a car’s average speed over a long distance.

The astonishing loophole means that millions of speeding drivers around Britain could escape a £60 fine and three points on their licence. The hidden blind-spot – revealed today by the Daily Mail – raises questions about the supposedly foolproof hi-tech camera system which is increasingly used on Britain’s roads.

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A whole bunch of odd watches

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