Western spring!

22 03 2011

Official beginning of spring, not only Chinese spring, but the same as the rest of the world!! 🙂

beginning of springAnd yesterday, right on time, was also the official start of the bad season, with rain and cold! So much cold that during the night I had my hands almost frozen while I was writing posts for the blog!
Apparently only the very first spring day is supposed to be.. terrible, as it was (about 70mm of rain in a couple of days!)! The weather forecast for the week are for cloudy but not too rainy. Of course the previous days had spoiled us, with even a top temperature already close to 30 degrees Celsius! The main difference for the next days is a substantial drop of the minimum temperature, even reaching again the zero degrees for the cold hours on the night.

And this morning, walking to the shuttle bus stop, the sun was finally breaking the monotonic cloudy sky, and bringing both warmth and better feelings.. at least for the morning.. before spending another full day in the yellow lights of the windowless clean room. Every time getting out one wonders what weather to expect! 🙂

beginning of spring
beginning of spring beginning of spring

Listen to the truth!

22 03 2011

I have been asked by my family in Italy if, since I live in China, I hear more realistic and.. real news about Japan. The wife of a colleague and good friend is Japanese, living in Nagoya right now, so yes, I can say I have first hand news.

But I also read what international newspapers report and last week I was side by side to my friend when he received the news from another Chinese friend that the radioactive cloud was moving to Philippines!!

This latter one was a fake sms that spread in Asia sent from a not so clear source that several Chinese but not only received..

About the real news, or better, the wrong ones, I think we must all thank squeeze-box press and this extremely interesting blog entry:


Read it!! And yes, the blabbering category is for the journalist that too often write just for writing.. just for selling.. just for shouting and getting attention.. not really caring what really happens.. or just not understanding!

Aikido chronicles

22 03 2011

Other lists, like for the books, that I had almost finished preparing but not yet posted until these days, are finally ready:

A promise: for 2011 I will not count the seminar where I teach!! Yeah, ok, they are not really seminar but weekend sessions, thanks to the great kindness of Hangzhou people! 🙂