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Archive for December 14th, 2009

And Then There is This…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 14, 2009


Look at my comments below about the odd logo for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Well, they have topped it, look at this creepy logo for the Worlds fair in Shanghai in 2010. YOu know how in Chinese each character is a word, well if this were a word, it would be vomit… something like that.

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Now I Remember

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 14, 2009


You remember that Chinese Olympic logo from 2008, it was odd. I you don’t, then here it is…

Yeah it is quite odd, the design seems like an afterthought, like a child’s rendering of his parents. Anyway. I had this feeling that I had seen this image elsewhere. I knew I didn’t like the Olympic logo, looked cheesy, struck me as queer or funny, and then it hit me, I remembered a cartoon I had once seen and the images were remarkably similar…Check out this out. Busted, now we know how they came up that odd ‘running man’ Olympic symbol.

Yeah, eerily similar isn’t it, I mean look at the symmetry, the stride, if I didnt know better, I would think they copied one of these guys for their logo…

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Family Feudin’ in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 14, 2009


Just sat down with some french toast and was treated to "Family happy disagreement" better known to us in the west as Family Feud.yeah they have resurrected this timeless classic Chinese style with cheesy mc and all. Wish I had the link I will try to find and pass it along.

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Beijing Business District

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 14, 2009


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Just like Gilligan’s Island

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 14, 2009


To get a feel for what it is like to live here you merely have to access http://www.chinadaily.com.cn basically this site is to China what Fox was to GWB. Yeah, all is hunky dory, and everything is coming up roses. Earthquake-hey no problem, the government is there to help, polluted water- hey due to massive amounts of investment in greening the planet, it will all be fixed, blah blah blah…

The site here, is one of my least favorites, but will serve as a guide as to the face that China wants to present to the world. Funny thing is that it really reminds  me of that one Gilligan’s Island episode where the exiled dictator goes to Gilligans’ Island ( it can be found here). The reason for the similarity is that in this episode, the dictator comes to the island and wishes to make Gilligan the puppet dictator (unbeknownst to Gilligan) of his country.  Gilligan has a dream where this all is played out before his eyes, and in the end he wakes up and realizes the dictator’s evil plot.

The point, however is that China is like that, but specifically one scene. Remember the scene where Gilligan is in the presidential palace and someone opens the window and shows him the angry masses, looting and rioting. And then the dictator shoos that person away only to bring Gilligan to another window where all one can see is peace, harmony and happiness.

When I open the China Daily, I am reminded of this, makes you think, when I first saw this episode I was probably 7, but thought it odd, I now relive it daily.

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