Sights and sounds that have tickled my fancy in and around Beijing in the past little bit ... (You can't hear the sounds, obviously. It's just something people say.)
|This is an old Chinese thing. You have to have lived|
here for a while to understand the cultural significance
of it, as I do. It's what's known colloquially as
"A mini-van full of goats".
Now do you get it?
|The Silence of the Goats.|
The scene at my local market, yesterday. And
another thing: Why don't we ever hear of
Sheep's Head Soup? Or Goat's Brains? Food
for thought there.
Meanwhile, elsewhere ...
Since Felix Baumgartner's heroics in becoming The Man Who Fell To Earth the other day, bikes like these have really taken off in China ...
|Each balloon is said to guarantee a 0.1|
per cent increase in lift. That seems
insignificant, but on Beijing's increasingly
crowded streets, it can be crucial.
|This leader won't know what's hit her.|
Getting around on the roads here is one thing. But suddenly parking seems far more dangerous ...
|There be dragons?|
Around the corner there was this ...
|Say what you like, but the Chinese sure|
know how to stop people stopping people
from parking. I think. If only there were
some clearer parking signs around, like
this old favourite ...
Funnily enough, that last one was right next to this latest candidate for ...
PARK OF THE MONTH!
|Part of the fun is guessing the car in question:|
Is it: Silver sedan, for "Parked on a corner".
White hatchback, for "Double-parked on a corner".
|No, the clear winner is the grey SUV for this breathtaking|
"TRIPLE-parked-on-a-corner (with pike and half-twist)."
Remember, Beijing has only two rules for parking:
1. Wherever you want.
2. Whenever you want.
Familiarisation with the motor car in fact starts early here. This was spotted at an early-years play centre. It's a miniature car the kids can hop into and pretend to drive. All the fun bits are labeled:
|Gee, they don't muck around. Maybe it's because the|
country's top political leaders are all engineers. I can
imagine them with their grandchildren on their knees ...
"The fuel injection system goes squish squish squish!"
And let's finish off with "Wedding Photo of the Week".
|This week's winner comes from Beijing's Chaoyang|
Park. We see the traditional elements of merry-go-round,
big blue hair bow for the bride, and a groom looking
like Willy Wonka. I know what you cynics are thinking -
they've got something wrong here!
|But no, from this shot moments later we|
can see clearly that the groom is meant
to be on one leg.
That's all for this week, readers. Tune in again on Monday when we unveil another worldwide exclusive in relation to a little-known Chinese invention in ... The Tiger Father's First Royal Round-up!
Plus, there'll be another teaser for our forthcoming fashion special Out In Their Jammies!
(Credits where they're due: The goat photos came from the excellent website twentytwowords.com).