Thursday, January 19, 2006

Day 139. Idling in Dali, Yunnan

O km etc.

I checked into the hotel last night to find that I had wasted away to an almost non-existent 64 kilograms.

By this evening, after demolishing two buffet dinners and a buffet breakfast, I weigh two kilograms more than an elephant.

Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration.

By about two kilograms, anyway.

CCTV9, China's version of CNN, broadcasts a rather interesting, and very serious, if a little gory, feature about a man who underwent a transplant of his liver, spleen, intestine, kidneys (I think) and virtually every other organ in the region. His survival is in the balance; I wish him well. Then, cut back to the studio, where cheery smiling presenter says: "Stay with us, because coming up next, a man who can blow up balloons with his eyes".

What a wonderful world.

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