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Cheating the big red firewall!

2 days in Beijing now.  Food is as good as last time, traffic as bad. The workshop with ISTIC was amazingly good, many enthusiastic graduate and post graduate students who participated in the discussion.  I am excited for Berlin8 next week.

I visited today the Olympic village and the new center of CCTV, then later Opera in the new Beijing Opera house. Woww, finally great ideas and great architecture.   Neverthelesse I must admit,  I like most Guangzhou, Shanghai is too chic, and Beijing is too capital, but anyway.

Rotisserie Weingruen

Da auch mein zweiter Anlauf, im alten Zollhaus essen zu gehen, scheiterte (es war ausgebucht auch schone eine Woche vorher), akzeptierte ich den Vorschlag vom Zollhaus in ihrem "Schwesterrestaurant"  Rotisserie Weingruen zu buchen.

Tyranny of the majority

"Democratic decisions can be wrong, unjust and impractical, violate the country’s constitution and even violate basic human rights. They can even relate to issues for which the democratic system is quite simply inadequate".

This is a citation from the article in openDemocracy which discusses the Swiss plebiscit againt the construction of minarets in switzerland.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/thomas-w-bechtler/danger-of-majority-tyranny

China Cabbage and Shiitakee Mushrooms

For my last birthday, I got a new cookbook with Asian Recipes from an Australian Chef, delicious stuff. Chinese cooking is not simple, so a Cookbook should help :-). But after having followed some of the recipes, I am already again experimental. The following is a well succeeded one.

You need: a china cabbage, Shiitake Mushrooms, Grated Palm Sugar, Garlic, Ginger, Chinkiang Vinegar, ShaoXiang, which is a Rice Sherry. I found here in my Chinese Shop Hua Diao Wine, what is quite the same.

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