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Here are some of my photos. This shows some of my travels.


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Books I am reading

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.

18 février 2005 5 18 /02 /février /2005 00:00
I have not written much lately. I had been having flu with headache and backache. I did not spend as much time at the computer but stayed in bed. I finished two books.
This morning I missed the chronopost man while I was in the bathroom -they never stay too long. I found the letter box has been vandalised again and the lift didn't work. The concierge has gone to Paris for a training. Great!
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1 février 2005 2 01 /02 /février /2005 00:00
Yesterday, at 12.20 am I took the train to Paris and arrived in Paris at 6.30 a.m. I went to the workshop on e -accessibility at Cite des Sciences in La Villette.

Policies and Legislations in favour of e-accessibility in Europe - a one day workshop.

the programme is quite full.

I am still too tired to give a good commentary on it. I didnt get back till very late last night. I will do so tomorrow.
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28 janvier 2005 5 28 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
There was snow on the ground still so I was glad that the GIHP van is coming to pick me to go to my appointment with the specialist. I may be going to day hospital twice a week when they have a spot free. I will be having occupational and physical therapists and swimming in their pool. I am not sure how familiar the doctor is with post polio syndrome. But I hope to have exercises and learn how to manage it better. The accessible entrance is at the back of the biulding. There seems to be a lot of people coming and going. It makes me aware how I am not really involved in the local disability community.

I wonder how it would compare with the post polio clinic in Framingham.

When I hear about the snow blizzard over the NE USA, I am glad I am not there any more .  I remember taking 3 hours to get to Boston from Worcester with Anne because of snow. Being snowbound and stuck in didnt make me feel very happy in Worcester. I know David hated the winters there and is often talking of moving away  from Massachustts for a warmer place  in the South. 
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28 janvier 2005 5 28 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
Today I went to sign up at l ' AFPA for my French classes only to find that i lack the right papers. I needed a carte de sejour. Since I've always had a carte  speciale since Tim started working this is going to delay everything while I go and see if I am entitled to on.

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27 janvier 2005 4 27 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
There is a sprinkle of snow on the ground and its -4 C at the moment. I ordered the GIHP transport for tomorrow's appointment. The last time I went to l'AFPA it was only the fifth bus which was accessible and I was frozen out of my guts and kickying myself for trying it.

Inspite of all those complaints..I am still grateful for having good public transportation.
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22 janvier 2005 6 22 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
My young friend, Kavvie, has found a job in Kuala Lumpur as an editor in a publishing firm. Congratulations Kavvie! But she also told me about Jobstreet.com.

And what I really like is, that for jobs in Malaysia - they have a special link to jobs for the disabled. I dont think I've ever seen that before, not in a commercial job site. It is set up by Along with the Penang Knowledge Information Communication and Technology (KICT) Council and the Socio-economic & Environmental Research Institute (SERI). I knew there is a reason why Penang is my favourite island.There is a message from the Minister in Penang, (TAN SRI DR KOH TSU KOON)

In the age of globalization and information technology (IT), computers have become part of our lives, from the way we work, communicate, purchase goods and to obtaining information. Jobs in the new economy now increasingly require technical skills and familiarity with new technologies. In essence, computers have become a necessity and a tool in moving up the social-economic ladder.Digital divide is a term that evolved out of concerns over the role computers play in widening social gaps throughout our society, particularly among socially marginalized groups such as the disabled and between geographical locations of urban and rural areas.

YB Dato’ Hajah Jahara bt Hamid,(Chairperson, Digital Equity Steering Committee,Penang Knowledge Information Communication and Technology (KICT) Council) had this to say:
The website will provide a platform for both prospective employers and employees to meet. Disabled jobseekers can also browse the job site and apply to the jobs directly after they deposit their resume. Similarly, employers post jobs to the job site for disabled. Both employers and placement officers of NGOs dealing with disabled persons will also be able to access the database of registered disabled jobseekers from JobStreet.com’s SiVA recruitment management application.

It seems a pity that there were only 4 jobs in the Browse section and only registered disabled Malaysians can apply. It is a good start, however,  and shows a disability consciousness, bravo Jobstreet, Malaysia.
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17 janvier 2005 1 17 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
David invited me to see a film - we decided on Anderw Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera ". I enjoyed it altho' I read it had some bad reviews. I do agree that the guy who played the phantom was too good looking for the role (but I am not complaining).
However, we stopped for a drink before the show. UCG - Ciné Cité has a bar and quick snack place where you can get a toasted cheese sandwich etc. It is quite nice - a trifle too modern for some people's tastes but I noticed that the bar had a lower counter for people with wheelchairs. I quite like that - frequently I feel excluded from a bar because I cannot perch with my drink. It's good to have a place to put my drink at the bar.

I am deliberating whether I can justify a cinema card on my budget. With a 30 euros card, I can see all the films I want for 18 euros a month. At the moment it is 8 euros for each film - depending on the time of the day - its much cheaper in the morning.

Films in Strasbourg

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12 janvier 2005 3 12 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
Today I spent most of the day - as it seems on most days - on the computer. I had an online conference with Christina and Sean on the proposal we are planning for the STC special edition on Accessibility and Technical Communication. Christina has been working very hard on her UI Garden webzine. And we sorted out an outline and decided on the different parts for which we are responsible. We had to decide on a time - considering that Sean is in Beijing, Christina in Bristol and I am in France.I was glad I decided to call David and Diana to give them new year. Diana was still away in UK but David asked me out for dinner. We went to the nearby Italian place - Casa Mia 18, bd Leblois, which is quite accessible. I've eaten there before - it's okay. Tonight I had a tagliatelle with chicken and David had a steak with peppercorns. My chicken was dry and it was meant to be a lemony sauce but I found it to be a heavy cream sauce instead. We washed it down with an Italian red. David's lemon meringue wasn't too bad - it was a generous helping so I had to help him a bit.
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10 janvier 2005 1 10 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
Susie and Manu and their kids, Eloise and Raphael came to dinner. It was good to see them – as Susie reminded me, she broke her waters after dinner in this apartment just before I left to study in USA four years ago. So Raphael is now four years old. I made a red cooked pork dish – it’s a shin pork left simmering in a rich sauce made with soy sauce, some leftover red wine (I added that, not in normal recipes) and ginger and lots of pepper corns. This is my own version of red cooked pork. And it is not meant to let boiled dry neither. I got involved in writing something and forgot to check the liquid level. I added a Chinese cabbage with black bean sauce and continued the simmering with the rescued pork on top. We had fried rice – with eggs and French flat parsley - and water cress and strawberry salad (with an olive oil balsamic vinegar dressing) with it.
strawberrywater cress tulip

We had a very good burgundy and finished with another gallette des rois. Eloise got the fève and was queen. Susie brought me my first tulips of the year. We caught up with news and they invited to go and stay at their house which is very nice in the country. They do have a lot of stairs but Susie thinks it will be fine.
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9 janvier 2005 7 09 /01 /janvier /2005 00:00
Today Marisol and Catherine came for lunch. I made roast lamb with aubergines (eggplants) and courgettes (zucchinis) . I think it is an old French recipe that I got somewhere. A paste of French mustard, olive oil, crushed garlic (lots) and soya sauce is painted on the lamb and roasted in an oven slowly – a crust is formed and there is a delicious aroma which fills the house. I did the aubergines in the oven too with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Otherwise the aubergines take up too much oil in a pan. I pan fried the courgettes later adding the aubergines and left it to simmer a bit with more lemon juice. We ate it with basmatic rice, a burgundy and for dessert, Catherine had brought a gallette des rois because it was Epiphany today. John came too and he got the  fève, the little thing that means that he gets the crown and be the king.

gallette des roi

The Gallette des Rois, a thin and round flaky pastry disc filled with frangipane, with a single fève hidden inside is the traditional food for Epiphany. The gallette des rois is usually purchased (this one from Galleries Gourmande) with a cardboard crown wrapped around -- the finder of the fève is crowned king (or queen) for the day - and if celebrated with with friends, the winner is obligated to purchase the next gallette des rois. Although fève literally translates as 'bean', it's a little ceramic figurine or something similar. Some people make it their special collection. Marisol and Catherine are great friends and I was very touched in that they cleared up and watered my plants and cleaned up the balcony for me. I cannot get out onto the balcony because there is a ledge ever since they replaced all the windows in the building.
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