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Xiaolu Guo
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
A love story - cultural differences, misunderstandings and yes, I see what she is saying.
Su Tong
Binu and the Great Wall

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.

11 octobre 2008 6 11 /10 /octobre /2008 22:16
Coventry did not have any of its money in Icelandic banks luckily but neighbouring Nuneaton and Bedworth did. I was wondering about the impact of services if the Council has lost so much of its money. I read in their council website -

In light of the recent news coverage on the collapse of Icelandic Banks here is a statement regarding Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council’s position:
The Council has a range of short term fixed period investments, including £3m invested in one of the 3 failed Icelandic Banks, Landsbanki.  The Council has made 3 separate deposits of £1m with the bank which were due to be returned in October and November.  During the period of investment the money has accumulated at an average rate of 6% which has helped to support the Council’s revenue.  Other investments are spread across a number of banks in order to reduce the risk.

Councillor Marcus Jones, Council Leader, said:
“I am concerned at the potential loss of this money but, having spoken to Council officials, I understand there will be no impact on Council services.  I will be working with officials to assess the full impact on the Council and call on the Government to ensure that taxpayers do not lose out when the Council has simply been following Government advice to maximise its investments.”

Where is the government going to find the money to cover all that loss? Do governments have something like a professional indemnity insurance, to insure them against giving bad advice?

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