In the absence of my weekly UK newspapers and news magazines (the school's been closed for 10 day's holidays) and the depletion of my usual back-up store of sci-fi and science magazines (though thankfully more are en route), I've been forced to (gasp!) read a book, albeit light-hearted and non-fiction, called "Chinese Stuff". For someone who's lived in China over ten years, it's a fascinating insight. Every page has a photo and description of an everyday item, nearly all of which I've seen used at some point, many of them daily. It gives background information on the history and common usage of the item, plus amusing anecdotes and explanations. It helps me realise that it's not just the people I meet who appear (to me) to have odd little habits - it 's the same throughout China.
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