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I'm a Canadian expat teaching ESL in #Taiwan. My interests are:
Now to see how Taiwan handles it. This is going to be interesting.
That's it, folks. Covid has come to Taiwan. The head of the CDC announced today that we have entered community transmission. One case of unknown origin & 5 other new infections, completely unrelated to the ongoing hotel-airline cluster & in a town quite a ways away, were declared today. The gov't can't find the link between the spread, so Covid is now assumed to be out in the wild.
Chen declares Taiwan has community transmission
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
This House Is Not a Home by Lisa Hellman
Finished reading Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alex Langlands
tl;dr - an excellent introductory book on a few crafts that people used in past generations & centuries, & why their use should return to make our lives more sustainable. Flawed, but a book everyone should read.
This is cute.
Canadian 'sign war' captivates the internet
Do you ever decide what kind of #tea to drink, or even whether to drink tea at all, based on the condition of your gut?
This apparently made its rounds on Tik Tok early last month, so you can disregard it if you've already heard it. For the rest of you gentlemen:
The 5 Secrets of Happiness
Finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
tl;dr - a former aristocrat endures many years of confinement without any complaining, so you can, too, in your lockdowns & quarantines. Maybe read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett or watch The Shawshank Redemption instead if you want something more interesting.
One benefit of having no boobs – everyone always looks me in the eyes. Jan Atkins, graphic designer, Hammersmith
‘Bras are a curse!’ How lockdown changed readers’ views of their breasts
I need some movie recommendations, please. Something well made, with a good story. Not looking for a superhero/comic book movie, nor horror or anything artsy. I don't have Netflix et al. Some movies I like are:
The Russia House
Snow Falling on Cedars
The Spanish Prisoner
The Shawshank Redemption
The Last Emperor
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The English Patient
I’ve decided to start this thing called “Remember That Scene.” Who’s with me?
#RememberThatScene in “A Star Is Born” where the collected mass of hydrogen is finally enough for fusion to begin?
Somebody is looking for a "passionate" local photographer for a maternity photoshoot. I wonder if they're looking for a good photographer, though. What if I know a passionate photographer who takes terrible photos? I suppose they'd prefer that to someone who is only talented. 😁
"...farms have become little more than processing plants where cheap imported feed is converted into meat. This is a system of capital investment in which feed becomes profit in the form of meat."
- Cræft, Alex Langlands
It doesn't bode well when they admit that different trumps good.
International Booker prize shortlist led by books ‘pushing the boundaries’ of fiction
A Canadian expat ESL teacher in Taiwan, interested in books, coffee, movies, straight razors, fountain pens, the Middle Ages, rum...and rain.
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