More snow yesterday…
simplicity in all directions « neo bohemia
To the right books;
to the left, a tea cup.
In front of me, the fireplace;
behind me, the post.
There is no greater happiness than this.
Atole makes for a great breakfast in Winter. Here is my recipe:
One measure (1/2 – 2/3 cup per person) Blue Corn Atole (e.g. Los Chileros de Nueva Mexico)
Two measures milk
One measure water
Cook, stirring constantly until it thickens.
Direct link to Atole
You soar out of yourself
with your poems shining like feathers…
I, too, have tried-drinking,
and dashing a watch against the red wall
of the night-covered Forbidden City
without stopping time,
or producing a single line. Not like you,
I drown myself in a cup.
Part of a poem by Qiu Xiaolong, from the book Lines Around China: Lines Out Of China.
Li Bai (701-762) was a well-known Tang dynasty poet.
Speaking about books… since this December post I read the following books (((I read them on Kindle for iPhone – except where noted))):
Qiu Xiaolong’s Inspector Chen Cao series:
Death of a Red Heroine
A Loyal Character Dancer (Barnes & Noble ebook)
When Red Is Black
Red Mandarin Dress
The Mao Case
The Abyssinian Proof – Jenny White (Barnes & Noble ebook) (((not as good as The Sultan’s Seal, but contains some nice descriptions of old Istanbul)))
Night Train to Lisbon – Pascal Mercier
The Godfather of Kathmandu – John Burdett (((this is the fourth thriller to feature Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Burdett’s books are not for the faint of heart. You might not like them if you think the West is the best. Burdett, in the guise of his half-breed protagonist Sonchai Jitpleecheep, often pokes fun at the Western mind-set. The books are filled with a captivating mix of violence, spirituality and sex… more info: John Burdett’s website and John Burdett on Wikipedia)))
Copenhagenize.com – The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog: 30 km/h Zones Work
Conclusions: 20 mph zones are effective measures for reducing road injuries and deaths.
Hang on… did they just say that we have an effective measure for reducing road injuries and death?! What are we waiting for then?
In this BBC article, study leader Dr Chris Grundy, a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “This evidence supports the rationale for 20mph zones, not just in major cities in Britain, but also in similar metropolitan areas elsewhere.
“Indeed, even within London, there is a case for extending the currently limited provision of such zones to other high casualty roads.”
He estimated that 20mph zones in London save 200 lives a year, but this could increase to 700 if plans to extend the zones were implemented.
I am all for it. Maybe car manufacturers will add a little button to the dash that turns on a city-driving-mode. It would limit the speed of the vehicle to 20mph and chart a low-revving, super-efficient, gasoline-saving engine program.
Oh, and the tallest building in the world opened recently in Dubai. Here is a photo. The ‘Burj Khalifa’ is 828 meters or 2,716.5 ft tall.
Just had a thought I would like to share & also would enjoy to hear the reader’s opinion:
“Life is not complicated. It’s how we complicate life.”