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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.

22 septembre 2008 1 22 /09 /septembre /2008 00:08
I found myself on a train to Plymouth on the way to a meeting at the Eden Project, St Austell
Without going into the boring details, I ended up staying in a Plymouth hotel to take a taxi to St Austell the next morning. I found that a bit ridiculous so I booked myself at a hotel nearer St Austell about 3 miles away at the Prmier Inn.

The Eden Project touts itself as a very accessible tourist spot with some spectacular global gardens. I was pleased to find I had a couple of hours to spend there after my meeting. Alas, I spend the entire time trying to get me a taxi to go 3 miles down the road. The taxi number which was provided had a service which did school runs (was based in Truro, 18 miles away) and did not run after 6 pm..The lady at the reception desk was very good she went to the council for information about accessible taxis - at the end of a very long period, she got a taxi. So I was there and did not get to see any part of the Park.

The taxi driver then told me that he had provided Eden Project with his taxi cards many times but they refuse to acknowledge them preffering for customers to get the other taxi from far distance rather than to settle for local service. It is probably a procurement issue. But it means I was left feeling very very frustrated because I had spend all time to on finding a taxi to my hotel. The website had a lot of bus information - unfortunately the only accessible hotel I found was not near an accessible busroute.. So near yet so far...

Here is St Austell's own accessible taxi firm: .Gary's Taxis phone number - 07989963372 and his email is xgazzax@aol.com

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