Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Spice of Life

A cursory investigation of the world wide web has assured me that China doesn't want me blogging from blogger, or indeed any other half decent free blog hosting websites. Everyone has been telling me 'just use a proxy server', with any other explanation being deemed superfluous. I was left thinking, 'am I the only person in China who deesn't know what a proxy server is?' A few hours of dedicated surfing has sorted me out, although I still can't work out how to actually comment on the blogs I enjoy reading, which kind of sucks as I enjoy commenting as much as reading. (Being obviously completly egocentric.) On the plus side, I am so used to my school network being painfully slow that the proxy servers seem quite nippy by comparison.
I have NO idea what this post will look like on the virtual printed page...but I thought it might be timely to celebrate variety being the spice of life. A message that the net nanny in Beijing might do well to heed, seeing as this blocking of websites (imho anyway) makes China look far worse than anything written on the (generally positive) blogs that it has blocked.


  1. I hope the Chinese government comes around and allows blogger again.
    Your blog looks fine on the page, though. The photos came through, too. I wouldn't have known what a proxy server was either. Still don't.

  2. Nor do I know what a proxy server is. The unusual food and spices photos came out well here, too. Hope things are back to normal soon.

  3. Hey, I can comment! I'd been blaming my slow rural connection but now not sure. It's a shame about Blogger et al being blocked, because China is too far for us to visit anytime soon but I'd love to see it 'virtually'; what a fascinating and beautiful place.

    Now, if only someone would invent scratch-n-sniff internet photos. Yours look delicious!

  4. From my distant and cosy perspective, the government of the People's Republic of China has done some genuinely wonderful things to improve the lot of its people.

    But surely the whole point of that revolution was to empower those very same people. Let them think for themselves and express their own, wonderful and singularly Chinese culture.

    Keep on bloggin, J.