Monthly Archives: October 2009

Shanshui Marina in Wuxi

Since end of 2007 there is a beautiful new marina on Tai Hu lake near Wuxi, China. It’s the TaiHu Shanshui International Club & Marina. Two weeks ago we were the guests of Sales and Marketing Director Francke Choo. We … Continue reading

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When 2+2=10

Here’s some ‘mathematics with Chinese characteristics’ for you from South China Morning Post. The credibility of the mainland’s provincial GDP growth figures has come under scrutiny again after more than half of its provinces reported double-digit growth in the first … Continue reading

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Oh, crap!

It’s one of those days…

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China in talks with pirates to free crew

I posted earlier about the Chinese Navy ships trying to intercept the recently hijacked freighter De Xin Hai. Well seems it’s back to negotiating, as the hijacked ship had already reached the Somali coast before the Navy could do anything. … Continue reading

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Doing the Tsunami Tango in American Samoa

On September 29, 2009 American Samoa was hit by a tsunami. Find below the story of a cruiser in Pago Pago who was right in the middle of it. Unfortunately I could not retrieve the pictures which are mentioned in … Continue reading

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The sea’s relentless advance on Shanghai

Rising sea levels and sinking land is not a good combination. Like many densely populated coastal areas, Shanghai will have to deal with the effects of climate change. This article is from South China Morning Post. Shanghai rose from the … Continue reading

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Showdown a test of PLA’s might

From South China Morning Post. The People’s Liberation Army warships steaming to intercept a hijacked mainland bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean are sailing into uncharted waters in an operation laced with military and diplomatic uncertainty. The showdown with Somali … Continue reading

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Some like it rough.

Ever felt a bit rough the next day, after the consumption of a couple of bottles of red? You might have ordered some ‘Vin Rough’. This nice sign can be seen at the facilities of the Shanghai Boat and Yacht … Continue reading

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Dianshan Lake 2.

And a few more impressions of our beautiful location.

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Dianshan Lake.

I was lucky to be able to spend quite a few days at Dianshan Lake during the long National Day holidays. The lake is near Qingpu, an hour’s drive West of Shanghai, and home to the Shanghai Boat and Yacht … Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Risk

Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) is a very nice and helpful site to predict and map tropical storm activity worldwide.

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