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Peasant Olympics — Great idea

Rice-planting, tire-rolling and, er, kite-flying – welcome to China’s Sixth National Peasants’ Games.

Hot on the heels of the Beijing Olympics comes a showcase of the down-to-earth skills of the country’s 900million rural folk. The scale is impressive – 3,500 farmers compete in more than 180 events and the opening ceremony used 16,000 performers.

via Metro.co.uk

October 28, 2008 Posted by | People | , , | Comments Off on Peasant Olympics — Great idea

Getting his game face on

More at Yahoo! Chinese go to extremes over Games

Accupuncture flags

Accupuncture flags

Reports of Chinese sports fans going to extremes to support the Olympics have been popping up in Chinese newspapers and websites since the start of the Games on August 8, making stunts like shaving five Olympic rings into your hair look tame.

Wen Shengchu, 58, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, stuck 200 acupuncture pins bearing flags into his head.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | Comments Off on Getting his game face on

Welcome to the (cough) Beijing (cough, cough) Olympics

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Scary, weather | , , | Comments Off on Welcome to the (cough) Beijing (cough, cough) Olympics

Add petrol? At $4+ per gallon?


A cartoon issued to provide extra guidance on top of the “Olympic cheering practice” sessions that have been held for workers around Beijing for the last year shows a young girl in the approved postures.

In the first frame she is beginning to clap; in the second, doing a thumbs-up gesture; in the third, clapping again; and in the fourth, holding both arms up in the air.

In time, she also chants: “Aoyun! Jia You! Zhongguo! Jia You!” – meaning “Olympics! Add petrol! China! Add petrol!”

“Add petrol!”, the nation’s favourite sporting chant, is more usually translated as “Go, Go!”

June 6, 2008 Posted by | People | , | Comments Off on Add petrol? At $4+ per gallon?

I couldn’t resist posting this

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Fun stuff | , , | Comments Off on I couldn’t resist posting this