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Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

16 juin 2008 1 16 /06 /juin /2008 22:49
My favourite local bar is in danger of closure by Coventry Council and we do not know why.  I am no normal bar propper, I don't really drink apart from the odd whisky - I go to meet people and chat to people in my neighbourhood.

As patron Steve Lucas says in the facebook group I formed againt the closure:

" Having so recently won the Godiva Award for 'Best Bar in the City" it would be a shame if we were to lose this place. Although the patrons are drawn from all around the city it still maintains a community feeling. The eclectic mix of customers means that it's possible to have an interesting conversation on almost any topic, and if peace and quiet is your thing you can curl up with a book or newspaper on the sofa! A great place to wind down after a busy day, and one that really deserves its tagline "A haven of tranquility in a sea of madness"


According to the Coventry Telegraph last week -


"It comes just two months after Warwickshire & Coventry Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned that independent retailers in Coventry city centre could become extinct by 2015.

 At a meeting staged at Liquid, a cafe and wine bar which itself is facing the threat of closure on June 23, and  attended by Cllr Jim O'Boyle (Lab, St Michael's), traders told the Telegraph that dwindling sales figures had left them struggling to pay rents and rates.

They also said the road layout around Ikea had not helped attract shoppers to the area."

I think it is a real shame that a multi national like Ikea should come and caused closures of independent traders if that is true. The one thing that I have come to appreciate  Coventry  for is its unique  brand of an English Midlands city which is very cosmopolitan  but has its indoor market  - chav  city as some people might say but  it has its own attitude and I feel safe here.

There is a neighborliness in the City Arcade I have grown to be rely on - Merlins  delivered  my telly  for me and even fix it up for me. I don't  ever expect  Argos  to provide such service. When I first moved here Liquid was where I went to meet local folks and I shall be very upset if the venue is no longer available - along with the poetry evenings, bookcrossing club.





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