I’m on the Gold Coast, about one hour by road south of
The weather here is fine and hot – very different from
Everyone knows the number one joke about
people say “I came here today” and pronounce “today” to sound like “to die”.
Last year in HK I learnt another joke about
2. Australians call out “Aussie, Aussie” to support their sports teams.
Then the penny fell. “Aussie” sounds like Cantonese for “excrement” (粪便).
No wonder Chinese people laugh when they hear Australians at a sports event calling out “Aussie”, “Aussie” !
But Australian’s don’t know about this. Nor does President Obama. On his recent visit to
A new year smile:
usually at this time of the year I ask people, especially students,
”why is this year 2012?”. In every group there’s a quick thinker who replies “because last year was 2011”.
Then the real reason: because 2012 years ago, by common reckoning,
a most famous person was born….in a stable at
I wish all dear Ming Pao readers a Happy 2012!