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I Am Surprised At Chinese Reaction To ‘Coronavirus Chinese Flag’ Cartoon — Low Humor Quotient.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click image to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below.


Link to original in the U.K. “Daily Mail”.


I am NOT going to show the cartoon flag that cause such offense because I have a number of good Chinese friends and I do NOT want to offend them. But, the above cited article does show it. So, if you are curious use the link.

While I will readily confess that I have an irreverent sense of humor I did NOT see anything offensive in the cartoon. I thought it was clever, cute & funny. But, then again I am not that affected by the virus.

But, this got me thinking. Do the Chinese, in general, have a good sense of humor? And you know, I do NOT know the answer to that. The Chinese that I interact with are all very polite, cordial, hospitable and nice. But, I can’t say that I have ever seen them laugh. Yes, I have seen all the clips online of Chinese playing practical jokes — but that is all kids and it all, from what I recall, involves causing someone else some grief.

So, this begs the question. Do the Chinese have a sense of humor?

I do not know, but I will try to investigate.


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Maybe They Really Should Make A ‘Rolex’ Watch Face For The ‘Garmin Fenix 5’.

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It started this morning with this post, by a new member, on the ‘Garmin Connect Users‘ on Facebook.


I couldn’t resist.

Took me less than a minute to dash this off using PowerPoint and post it. But, I did provide some MAJOR clues.


Folks, quite understandably, liked it — though one person did not fully appreciate my humor or being pedantic that I had NOT used ‘photoshop‘, since I had used PowerPoint.

Got me me thinking.

Maybe Garmin and Rolex should partner. Create some watches under license. Charge BIG, BIG bucks.


Well I was having so much fun and it only takes me seconds — on PowerPoint. So, I did this too. Those who know me will appreciate the IRONY.


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“Golden Years” Movie (2016) — Old-School British Comedy, Understated, Dry Wit But Amusing Throughout.

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Click for IMDb.com listing.


The Full Movie is on YouTube for $3.99

This is the Trailer.


Found this on our ‘Acorn TV‘ channel (on the Roku 3) yesterday. Looked promising and it had the potential of being another ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Well, it isn’t as funny — but I don’t think it ever tried to be that funny. The beauty of this movie is the dry wit; understated British humor, with a lot of subtle ‘nudge, nudge‘, ‘wink, wink‘. If you are into British humor you will know, at once, what I am talking about. It is an amusing yarn, slightly predictable — but that is part of the charm.

It is set mainly in Bristol. That was nostalgic for I. I have spent a LOT of time in Bristol in the 1970s. Kind of a second home. This film has one of the most exquisite images of the Clifton Suspension Bridge I have ever seen. I had to rewind it and watch it again, it was that exquisite.

If you like British humor you should watch this. Available on YouTube. Enjoy.


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The Laconically Hilarious “Detectorists”, Series 3, From The BBC, Is Now On “Acorn TV”.

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Click to access “Acorn TV” listing.



I RAVED about this show when it first aired on Acorn in 2015.

It is blinking, bloody brilliant. Dry, quirky, understated British humor at its sparkling best. The characters are a riot and the dialogue, pithy, but priceless.

Then to boot, you have this gorgeously melodic music from Johnny Flynn. Here, try out the opening soundtrack …

We watched Episode 1 of Series 3 on Saturday and it was beyond good.

If you can get it, do NOT miss it. It is a CLASSIC.

Oh, you also get to see a yellow TR7 — albeit, a hardtop.


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The GREAT Sir Winston Churchill Was Born This Day 143-Years Ago; November 30, 1874.

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The justifiably legendary
“We shall fight on the beaches” speech.


Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill


The stupendously MAGNIFICENT “Blenheim Palace” — which belonged to his grandfather. I have visited it a few times. A REAL “Downton Abbey”. The gardens certainly more spectacular.


I guess I am on record, on this blog, as saying, 2.5-years ago, that he was my GREATEST hero.

That indeed has to be the case. He gives me goose bumps, inspiration and fortitude. I admire him much, for his leadership, courage, intellect, oratory, humor and above all his writing. Boy, could he write. Wish I could write like that. Yes, of course, I know of his supposed failings. He probably would not have liked me much — just because of the color of my skin! Pity. But, in a way he was a product of his era when Britain truly did rule the Empire. I also attribute the rumors as to his supposed ‘gayness’ to a British ‘thing’ of ‘that era’! It was commoner than most would appreciate.

What a MAN. To I, it was he who made sure WE won WWII. Whether they knew it or not, all the other key players were led (by their nose (most of the time) by Dear Winston.

Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.

 


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“The Good Karma Hospital”, ITV Series, Now On “Acorn TV”, Shot In Sri Lanka Though Set In Southern India!

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Click to access IMDb.com listing for the ITV Series.



It was one of the new shows available on ‘Acorn TV‘ (i.e., British shows) on the Roku. I was attracted to it just by its title — since it immediately brought to mind ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Well it is NOWHERE close to being that funny — BUT to be fair, it is not meant to be. It is more of a (somewhat obvious, predictable and stereotyped) romance-drama. It is OK. Teischan finds it ‘acceptable’ and I found it HOPING that she would like it. “Mrs. Hughes” from ‘Downton Abbey‘ made and appearance and that was a bonus.

Right from the start the scenery, especially the BEACHES, reminded me of CeylonSri Lanka — especially those around Galle that I was extremely conversant with during my 14-years there. But, having also been to India, multiple times, I knew that the southwest coast of Southern India was similar. The catamaran boats shown also reminded me of Sri Lanka ….

Then I checked IMDb.com. It was indeed shot in Sri Lanka! Wow. Now I will have to tell Teischan.

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