Monthly Archives: September 2010

Apropos of nothing

At the breakfast table Jiejie, apropos of nothing, began to relate a story the Dormouse told Alice about three little girls who lived at the bottom of a treacle well and who were learning to draw…treacle. It’s around a fortnight … Continue reading

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Numbskull

Feeling today like your brain has been wiped by a giant magnet. Synapses down, neurons reset to factory default. A numbskull day. Little ability to concentrate on your work, just pushing through the motions. Some time, nursing coffee in a … Continue reading

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Sound asleep

A dopey morning including unscheduled snooze in a public arena, and an even dopier afternoon at the PC in the sauna-study at home, animation eyelids propped on animation toothpicks. Sun belting down in all its thermonuclear glory. From the early morning … Continue reading

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Train set

Kept N out of playschool today for another excursion. Not fair to her in a way, but this may be laying down experiences and memories worth more than just another great day with Ms H and the gang. VVIP’s last … Continue reading

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In the Club

Sunday: Another day rich in new impressions for the smaller among your throng. As guests of Z’s folks you spend most of the day at the ACC, American Club in China. Quaintly named — it’s barely American now and not in … Continue reading

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Coffee beans, tea leaves

Saturday: Didi walks round to your side of the bed first thing, leans his face in close to yours, still pressed to the sheets, and says: “I want Nana. I want Nana.” Jiejie chimes in. This is good. You open the … Continue reading

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Never not a good time to watch Totoro

Heavy rain in the night. The Shuangxi Stream, sighted from the bridge during the morning bus ride, was in spate. Brown urgent waters nearly level with the patches of lawn, play equipment (ducks and dinosaurs on springs), bike trail, roller rink … Continue reading

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