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Made my day! Apr 16

Thank you, Matthias! The Mandarin part cracked me up. I saw that Confucius was mentioned in the song. Allow me to share some of the sage's wisdom.

Edit: Hmm, the photo doesn't appear and I don't know how to add it to my post. Sorry! Maybe I can't add photos any more because I'm not a paying member.

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But ... Apr 16

Zibow Retailleau wrote:

Thank you, Matthias! The Mandarin part cracked me up. I saw that Confucius was mentioned in the song. Allow me to share some of the sage's wisdom.

Edit: Hmm, the photo doesn't appear and I don't know how to add it to my post. Sorry! Maybe I can't add photos any more because I'm not a paying member.

[Edited at 2021-04-16 07:50 GMT]


... the wisdoms of Confucius aren't to be shared on digital photos, please, I beg your pardon! Try to upload his pearls of wisdom on a nice plate made of the finest china. Or provide a link? I once uploaded a glass of Guinness for a colleague, and it worked, apart from the fact, that the foam figured a rather cosy elk wearing an existentialists style sweater. Something must have been wrong with the upload filter in Syracuse, I believe.


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Alas, Apr 16

I have neither fine china nor the link. You see, when Confucius said it there wasn't the Internet. Sorry.

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Everybody likes Chinese Apr 16

"Fancy a Chinese?" A sentence repeated up and down the land, as I remember (Britain and West Britain, plus one former British dominion that didn't want to be Britain any more).

"I'll pop down to The Great Wall or that new Old Shanghai place they've just opened, will I?" And people would say, "Yes, I love Chinese" - "A Chinese would be just the ticket" - "I'm gagging for a Chinese, me", or - in a rather strange and apparently sinister idiom - "I could murder a Chinese."

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"Fancy a Chinese?" A sentence repeated up and down the land, as I remember (Britain and West Britain, plus one former British dominion that didn't want to be Britain any more).

"I'll pop down to The Great Wall or that new Old Shanghai place they've just opened, will I?" And people would say, "Yes, I love Chinese" - "A Chinese would be just the ticket" - "I'm gagging for a Chinese, me", or - in a rather strange and apparently sinister idiom - "I could murder a Chinese."

Some of us here happen to know, by the way, that Zibow is an accomplished Chinese cook too, but not restricted to Chinese cuisine. Just about everything, in fact. She's mentioned stuff to us I've never heard of before, and too scared to ask.
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Blushing Apr 16

Thank you for your very kind words, Mervyn! To be honest, I'm prouder of my chopstick skills but no one seems to give a fork about it.

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Fork!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apr 16

Wonferdul!

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Chopsticks Apr 16

I think I must have been Chinese in a past life as I was such a natural with the chopsticks. One in each nostril, sorted.

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Denying reality? Apr 16

No, Gerard, I don’t suffer from any psychoses. I meant what I wrote. If you hate the country so much, for your own good, move to another one.

Not a native speaker, but I don’t think you really understand what ‘authoritarianism’ means. I recommend that you look this word up before throwing it around because the misuse of it can be incredibly annoying to the people who do understand what it means.

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Self-deleted Apr 16

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Look at the facts Apr 16

Zibow Retailleau wrote:

No, Gerard, I don’t suffer from any psychoses. I meant what I wrote. If you hate the country so much, for your own good, move to another one.

Not a native speaker, but I don’t think you really understand what ‘authoritarianism’ means. I recommend that you look this word up before throwing it around because the misuse of it can be incredibly annoying to the people who do understand what it means.

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In the current corona times, there aren't too many liberal countries to move to unfortunately. I see that you're living in Mauritius. If you think Europe is still a beacon of liberalism and freedom, I suggest you come here and see what we're currently turning into. We're going exactly in the same direction as authoritarian regimes like China and I make no apologies for anyone for saying that.


 

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Mervyn Henderson wrote:

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You haven't... you are still here.


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Ee ... Apr 17

Oh yes, so I am. Good job you told me, Giovanni! I was wondering why I'd done nothing all morning ...

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Blindness and cowardice - and stupidity? Apr 18

Gerard Barry wrote:
That's it, keep your eyes closed as the world is becoming ever more authoritarian and our freedoms are being taken away from us. But of course it's always easier to go with the flow and do what you're told by those in authority, isn't it?

Don’t you find it odd how every time the infection rate goes down, the authorities start giving us back our freedoms? It’s almost as though they didn’t want to take them away in the first place.

Have you thought maybe there’s a middle way between the two extremes of sheeple and conspiracists?


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" ... it's always easier to go with the flow and do what you're told by those in authority" Apr 18

Of course it is. But I've been zapped, closed down and greyed out more times than I care to remember on this very forum for voicing my often unsought opinions, so please spare me the guff about authority. I am nothing if not somebody against authority, which you would know if you read more of the "sarcastic crap" I write here. At least I get a laugh now and again, whereas all you inspire is a yawn. That "sarcastic crap" is a direct quote from you, when you wrote to me in private not long ago, wh... See more
Of course it is. But I've been zapped, closed down and greyed out more times than I care to remember on this very forum for voicing my often unsought opinions, so please spare me the guff about authority. I am nothing if not somebody against authority, which you would know if you read more of the "sarcastic crap" I write here. At least I get a laugh now and again, whereas all you inspire is a yawn. That "sarcastic crap" is a direct quote from you, when you wrote to me in private not long ago, whining that that you were going to tell teacher about me. As Matthias usefully pointed out at the time.

And he pointed it out because you're the very first to go crying to the teacher in the playground because someone stole your biccies, despite all your bollocksy bollock-grinding bollocks about how we shouldn't give in to the big bad authorities.

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Why take him for granted... Apr 18

... because he's just one of the useful idiots of this guy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Björn_Höcke?wprov=sfla1

It bursts the frame of this thread, but the thematic is more complex than I could explain here. There's nothing to say against protesting or to sue against governmental covid measures, but to follow as a grown up these guys is disgusting. I'm
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... because he's just one of the useful idiots of this guy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Björn_Höcke?wprov=sfla1

It bursts the frame of this thread, but the thematic is more complex than I could explain here. There's nothing to say against protesting or to sue against governmental covid measures, but to follow as a grown up these guys is disgusting. I'm fine with people with true conservative or liberal and even far left opinions, but these new movements like Querdenker, Pegida or AfD lead to nothing constructive, and they know it. Attacking journalists on Querdenker demonstrations and spreading conspiracy theories: "Gerard", you are such a great democratic, Ernst Röhm would have been proud of you, as Frau Schmidt is. And to come back to the topic of this great thread, she would say: "Hüh, mein Pferdchen!"


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