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THE BIG WONDERFUL CHINESE WEDDING

The snake was delicious.It would have been discourteous not to at least try it, being the highlight of the wedding dinner. Also the most expensive. The secret at a Chinese wedding is to eat slowly. There is no letup on the gastronomic delights. The moment one plate is empty, another miraculously appears on the table…

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The snake was delicious.It would have been discourteous not to at least try it, being the highlight of the wedding dinner. Also the most expensive. The secret at a Chinese wedding is to eat slowly. There is no letup on the gastronomic delights. The moment one plate is empty, another miraculously appears on the table already groaning with soups, fish, pork, buns, noodles, chicken’s feet, duck tongues and wine and beer and more wine and beer and more wine and beer. And Coke and Pepsi for the fainthearted. At 6pm we entered the foyer of the hotel where our “adopted” daughter Michelle, and Jason,wedding dress her husband to be, greeted every one of more than 300 guests. At 10pm the food and wine still flowed, Michelle had changed dresses three times, and only the party animals were still going strong. The dancing and party games would continue for several more hours. So long as people were eating, the food kept coming. At 11pm I had to leave. Michelle appeared at my shoulder to offer me my cigar, and to light it for me as tradition dictated. She was tired, but the adrenaline had kept her going now for over 48 hours. She had attended individually to every guest, no matter what their whim or whimsy. For this one day she was everyones personal servant. How different it is from our Western weddings where the bride is pampered and preened without having to lift a finger. I’m so proud of her. Later I will tell you a little about the traditions, but it’s so different to the western way that the entire process can take as much as one year to complete. It was a fabulous, marvelous, wonderful, slightly teary night. Now I wait for Anne (Guo Ya Na) to marry, and my Chinese family, extended through mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, in-laws, grandparents and ancestors will have joined hands and hearts. East and West at last harmoniously melded together in a single family. In peace.greeting guests

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What do I call myself? A novelist? A journalist? Writer on demand? Copywriter? Ghostwriter? Poet? Is there a single word to describe all these things? if anyone knows one please tell me. I started out life as a journalist after my service time in the RN. I was 22. My love then was music writing, contributing articles to most of the pop/rock magazines of the time. As time went by I ghostwrote biographies for celebs, wrote novels, and made a general living from writing everything from love letters to translating menus in China to acceptable English. I have written greetings cards, manuals, How to books on so many subjects I forget. My living has been as a writer on demand. So, my blog is an eclectic collection of HOW MY BRAIN WORKS. Recently I started writing blogs for company blogs. In my retirement I find myself writing more, about more subjects than I ever covered as a roving journalist. I ask myself why having reached the age of leisure why I am now busier than ever before! My last novel, The Girl From Kosovo has led to a second, which will be in your bookshops next year 2019, and my new anthology of shorts with the title Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks has just been uploaded as an ebook. (It's a pot boiler so don't expect a print version any time soon.) If you have a blog, or a job to offer, I'm an obsessive researcher and turnaround time is fast. Yes, I know, I'm a HACK. A writer for money. A gun for hire. But hey... we all have our failings. Thanks for calling in. Feel free to chat and comment. I'll even get back to you with a thank you note!

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