Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Free trade but imagine trade in China going back to the Opium Wars when Britain was hungry for trade say in silks and teas together with the import duties earned but China wanted to keep overall control of their trade and kept a closed door policy. Opium from India came in via British merchants.
In 1839 in Canton the Chinese prohibited Opium and took actions that lead to attack by the British navy who were successful and China was compelled, mind you, to open more ports to trade - Shanghai and Hong Kong had their beginings. France applied pressure to win access for missionaries!
Inroads by the West led to second thoughts by the Chinese who tried to resist. The second Opium war in 1856 found the enemy right in Beijing. Drastic incidents lead to a very punitive act when the Old Summer palace was burnt down by the British in the main.
While loss of life is of most concern, just imagine the Palace which had 350 splendid, opulent hectares of unique buildings and priceless treasures in a magical landscape. All destroyed. The quaint unique palace that visitors see today, does not compare with the original.
Struggle by the Chinese did not end there and trade and dealings with the West were not for the faint hearted. The writer, Jung Chang, sheds light on this period in the book, Empress Dowager Cixi, published 2013. Jung Chang was featured on Nightlife on ABC radio. Her book is not sold in China.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sydney had the colonial Rum Corp. Today its the Wine Corp. Corruption is a constant feature.
It is unbelievable that certain characters stand for election and that electors vote indiscrimminately for those who have absolutely nothing to offer apart from their own personal wheeling and dealing, rip offs and making more money to add to their existing fat bank balances. The electors are blind.
You find these MPs relaxing on the seats of parliament, hand out for a good salary, eager to get away to do the real business undertakings with the big end of town and with no passion for the welfare of the state and its people.
At the same time those MPs that are eager, innovative and hard working cop a lot of criticism.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Free trade agreements happen. Gooseberries or Kiwi fruit from France are on sale in Coles. Is that how Renault cars are claiming a new share of our market? As they have done forever, on and off, on and off. However, Renault is tied up with Mack trucks, Nissan, Korea and Eastern Europe for a start.
The French Peugeot company, which still has original family member shareholders, is shifting production from France and merged with Citroen a long time ago. China would be a player overall.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Flinders Highway A6 Queensland has urban legends about unsolved crimes.
The Burdekin River which the A6 crosses near Macrossan is featured at http://www.bonzle.com .... rail lines were warped and helpless when hit by floodwaters. But I can't make a link to these specific historical photos.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Friday, April 04, 2014
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A big yell out for our government services and we are probably very fortunate. I can skite, like others before, that I've just had 5 hours and 9 mins of invasive surgery and a few days later am home again pottering around. So far so good!