Before going to China, it’s natural to brush up on some Ancient Chinese History.
And of course, that leads to Emperors and Empresses.
We decided to have a go.
Caution: If you want to take up being an Empress, think about going into tight-rope-walking. Neck straight. Eyes ahead. Don’t slouch! Or your hat will fall off.
For 3 yuan (approximately 50 cents), we ruled the Summer Palace. Well, we had our pictures taken in a room. Apparently, it was pretty amusing to see foreigners dressing up in these old costumes. A few random Chinese people took some photos too. Hmm…interesting…
The look on Mime’s face is real.
She thinks I look weird…. I thinks she looks…
So for five minutes we ruled supreme — Empresses of the Summer Palace! Bow!
And then we returned the costumes and continued our wanderings of the Palace.
It’s already Week 6! Next thing you know, you’ll be trying out for the Olympics after this exercise regime.
It’s time for Balancing!
Note: Don’t forget a little kick of triumph at the end.
You’re doing great! Feeling fitter already?
It’s time for a little weight lifting.
Note: You can take tips from either Mime, or the Chinese guy in the background — which ever one seems more successful.
All children grow up…
Life is a game to Peter Pan — a wonderful, exciting game. That is what he wants. But one day, while looking in at the Darling Children’s nursery in London, Peter decides he wants more than that. He wants a different adventure.
So Peter Pan takes the Darling children to Neverland. Where you never have to grow up. And his wildest adventure begins…
Movie Classification: PG
My Rating: 4 Stars
An excellent family movie, complete with excitement, drama, humour, action — and a touch of childish romance. The visual effects are astounding and the scenery extremely well done. One might even feel as if they visited Neverland themselves. The children’s acting is realistic and relatable. As for humour, there is more than one place where the audience will find themselves laughing.
The story-line roughly follows J.M. Barrie’s classics: Peter Pan, and Peter Pan and Wendy. The movie begins with Wendy recounting the tale of her exploration to Neverland — in the days before she had to “grow-up”, and when she dreamt of writing a novel (in three-parts). Of course, in order to write a novel, one must have an adventure. And Peter Pan took Wendy on the wildest adventure of all.
The largest waterfall in China…
Half in Vietnam. Half in China.
We climbed to the top lookout platform — quite an experience, although we had nothing to complain about when we watched the Chinese ladies doing it in their stilettos. And we passed, would-you-believe-it, an incense shelter (and had to hold our breath to get survive that)…and then — the top!
But the best pictures were taken from the path at the bottom.
The scenery was beautiful — the mountains round and green, the river long and filled with rafts. And across the river — Vietnam.
It rained while we were there and, much to our disappointment, we didn’t step on Vietnam soil.
The Day They Came to Arrest The Book by Nat Hentoff was published in July, 1982.
Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral–and should be removed from reading lists and the school library–Barney takes matters into his own hands.
When the Huck Finn issue comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his story about previous censorship efforts at school. He’s sure that investigative reporting and publicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turn the tide of censorship?
This is a distressing book — and I mean that in a good way.
Not only does it put forth many views on “rights” and “freedom”, it does it in an easy to understand, clear way. At the beginning, I wondered how a story could be woven out of a school wanting to ban a book. By the end, I was engrossed and desperately wanting to know who would win.
The way the book displays views — without being biased and clearly stating both sides — is easy to read and grasp. The dialogue is engaging and never dry. The book switches from many points of view — the principal, the librarian, the history teacher, two school boys (one of whom runs the school newspaper), parents, and the chairman of the school board. Yet, the story line isn’t lost and the reader is never confused as to whose eyes they’re seeing through. And we read every possible side to the story. The book is excellently written.
The thoughts presented here are amazing. Should classic books be outlawed and banned because of their context? Or should they be learnt from? Either way, there are few books written that don’t offend anybody.
As Nora Baines, the history teacher, says:
“We’re not talking about trash… We’re talking about preventing our students from reading Huckleberry Finn! And why? Because it offends some people. Show me a book that offends no one, and I will show you a book that no one, in the whole history of the world, has ever willingly read.”
This is a good book for people who like to think.
Reviewed by Cait in 2011.