Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
There were some more 'traditional' Chinese snacks on offer too - well, more traditionally popular in China today, but in fact thoroughly Western in origin: popcorn and candyfloss! But most of the regular snackfood stalls seemed to be shut down for the day. At the restaurant where we gathered for our preliminary lunch we were given the shocking news: "Meiyou chuanr." No kebabs??!! How can you be without the most ubiquitous of all Chinese street food (especially when this is something the restaurant usually specialises in)???? Animator Ben will bear a grudge against me over this for a long time.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Alexander Creswell (1957- )
"All happy accidents are alike. Each unhappy accident is unhappy in its own way."
[And by 'accident' I mean, of course, 'love affair'.]
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
by her smile, her flashing eyes,
the nape of her neck.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Nevertheless, this summary of the (major) pubs of Oxford (aping the famous London Underground diagram) is a handy aid to the memory, a spur to further weepy nostalgia about the great drinking days of yore.
If I were better with Photoshop (if I had a version of Photoshop that worked on this computer!), I might consider knocking up a Beijing version of this. I wonder if anyone else has already produced one??
[By the way, my gal pal DD has recently suggested trying to do a bar crawl based around the stops on Line 2 of Beijing's subway system. Now, I am always game to take on arbitrary challenges of this sort, but.... I fear the problem with this proposal is that there are no bars anywhere near any of the Line 2 stations (and there are 18 stations, which might be an unmanageable number). In fact, there's nothing at all near most of them; so, DD's optimistic alternative suggestion - that, instead of proper bars, we could find a cheap Chinese restaurant or a xiaomaibu to drink a Yanjing beer at in each of these locales - would prove unworkably time-consuming. It's an intriguing proposal, though. I may give it some further thought; perhaps conduct a little surreptitious reconnaissance over the next few weeks....]
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
We have to do it...... because it's there.
Who's with me?
* A reference that even The Weeble won't get.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sometimes I worry that I'm trying to pack in just a bit too much....
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
[Attempts to find out more about Mr Tabet on YouTube and Wikipedia are currently being thwarted for me.... while other searches on these sites seem to be working OK. I wonder if he is falling foul of blocks on the dread word 'Tibet' and all close misspellings thereof?!]
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I handed her the knife.
She twisted it in my gut.
"Thank you," I said. "Thank you, for torturing me as only you can."
With my dying breath, as she twisted the knife in my gut, I thanked her.
I knew it was going to be dangerous, but I did it anyway. This was what I wanted.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
[They don't in fact have Laphroaig in Amilal, but we both enjoyed a Caol Ila as a reasonable substitute for our hit of peat-boggy delight.]
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Most of those are going to be one-time-only visitors, I suppose; but.... this final graphic does suggest that, since this flurry of excitement in the middle of last month, the average daily number of my readers has remained higher than before - nearly twice as high, in fact. And I note that, whereas I used to have only a handful of regular readers in the States, and none in China (the 3 or 4 friends that I know follow the blogs here probably all use proxies, and thus don't "show up" as China-based), I now have 30-40 daily visits from the States and 20 from China.
Because of 'The Spike', the number of visits to Froogville last month was very nearly 3,000. I wonder what April's total will be?
The Barstool is still pottering on as before, at around 1,000 visits per month. I wonder what I can do to generate more controversy on here??
Oh, before I go..... I would also like to draw your attention to two recent features that I've linked to in my sidebars: Froog's Beijing Restaurant Guide and Froog's Beijing Bar 'Dead Pool' (predict the next bar to go out of business!). Please go and take a look, and contribute your thoughts.