Far East in deep water

If the motto of the United States is "In God we trust", the motto of Australia should be "No worries". We northern hemisphere folk who, unlike our antipodean friends, have summer in the summer and winter in the winter believe that, come Christmas,  an Aussie's problems boil down to finding room for another shrimp on the barbie while his guests…

Bo Peep

Ever since a BBC newsreader put me right about the difference in pronunciation between Gorilla, a type of ape,  and Guerrilla, a type of freedom fighter, I have been a bit of a stickler for getting the sounds of words on target. While a gorilla may be anthropomorphically protrayed as a guerrilla, articulation of the latter involves a…

Dead loss

Liu Zhuiheng was executed last Thursday.  Xinhua, the Chinese State News Agency,  reported that the 52 year old from Hunan Province had been convicted of the July 2010 bombing of his local tax office resulting in 4 dead and 17 wounded. The motive for the crime was  frustration over his business losses. Now, if we…