There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know

The poetry of Donald Rumsfeld

As promised more pictures that ended up on the cutting room floor due to Martins high standards.. for me they will more than suffice to convey the, hmmmm craziness of this place to you…

 

Pigs heads found by the side of the road....

Pigs heads found by the side of the road....

Sheep in a bag on a bike. Nothing unusal there then...

Sheep in a bag on a bike. Nothing unusal there then...

Nice bike, check out the chain guard... old boy wearing what everybody else wears standing in front of his house.. in a brief moment of stillness between waving frantically that we can eat further on down the road... nice guy.

Nice bike, check out the chain guard... old boy wearing what everybody else wears standing in front of his house.. in a brief moment of stillness between waving frantically that we can eat further on down the road... nice guy.

When was the last time you saw an aluminium kettle being made by the side of the road? get some old coke cans, a centrifugal fan attached to an old car battery, an old barrel and some fire clay and your away. No idea what was used for the crucible but the pour results where very good...

When was the last time you saw an aluminium kettle being made by the side of the road? get some old coke cans, a centrifugal fan attached to an old car battery, an old barrel and some fire clay and your away. No idea what was used for the crucible but the pour results where very good...

Green tea. Sorry....

Green tea. Sorry....

Tibet and its pilgrams... religious devotion never fails to push the boundary of what the human body can endure. The people in this photo are 70 year old women...

Tibet and its pilgrams... religious devotion never fails to push the boundary of what the human body can endure. The people in this photo are 70 year old women...

Never ever buy chinese tubes.... every day you can find me sat on the floor with the tyre levers out...

Never ever buy chinese tubes.... every day you can find me sat on the floor with the tyre levers out...

Fishmongers by the side of the road... not quite your local tescos is it...

Fishmongers by the side of the road... not quite your local tescos is it...

Get bored cycling across a vast country? find some rubbish in the road and write abusive messages for your mate who is behind you to find as they ride up a 12 percent gradient...

Get bored cycling across a vast country? find some rubbish in the road and write abusive messages for your mate who is behind you to find as they ride up a 12 percent gradient...

Ride up a hill for 30km, then through a tunnel with no ventilation for 2km dodging a bus that drove straight at me.. through a fake old chinese village (ye olde china), stop to eat sweet and sour pork with no pork, then back up another hill with switchbacks, road works one car crash and then this. Highlight of my day. Say no to smack kids....

Ride up a hill for 30km, then through a tunnel with no ventilation for 2km dodging a bus that drove straight at me.. through a fake old chinese village (ye olde china), stop to eat sweet and sour pork with no pork, then back up another hill with switchbacks, road works one car crash and then this. Highlight of my day. Say no to smack kids....

The standard mode of transportation for countless millions... A 125cc motorcycle.. You can fit 4 sheep on one of these, 30 chickens, 4 people, scaffolding poles you name it... note the fold down pannier holders and the crash guards which you rest your feet on easy rider style as you weave down the road, at night, with no lights on...

The standard mode of transportation for countless millions... A 125cc motorcycle.. You can fit 4 sheep on one of these, 30 chickens, 4 people, scaffolding poles you name it... note the fold down pannier holders and the crash guards which you rest your feet on easy rider style as you weave down the road, at night, with no lights on...

Wicker work.. i have to learn how to make these.. they have wicker winnowing trays as well that are 10ft in diameter, truly beautiful craft work. There is an old china here if you look hard enough...

Wicker work.. i have to learn how to make these.. they have wicker winnowing trays as well that are 10ft in diameter, truly beautiful craft work. There is an old china here if you look hard enough...

with a fag on- always with a fag on.

with a fag on- always with a fag on.

 

To leave you with two short stories as it has just taken two hours to get the above photos uploaded..

The first is in regards to an american english teacher who was teaching a classroom full of chinese kids on the run up to xmas.  One of the kids upon his return home tells his parents that the teacher had been talking about jesus. Two days later the teacher was forcibly deported from the country for talking about religion to the kids…

Next one.. i read about this one up north but have not been bothered to go and find it, remember the nail house story from the olympics (google it), anyway very similar one here in chengdu.. the guy had his windows shot out, found 14 live snakes in his kitchen and sustained serious wounds from what he claimed to be a beating with an iron bar. the property developers said that he sustained his injuries whilst running across the building site.. :)

So off to see a giant buddha and get another visa extension then it is full on down to Kunming and the border of Laos as fast as we can manage as time is not on our side at the moment.

Big thanks to Kim and his wife here at the hostel (kims cosy hostel, chengdu) one of the best I have ever stayed in. You want to go ahhhhh? kim and his wife met travelling in lhasa, after 2 days they had decided to get married and start a hostel togther.. they now have 2 kids and a hostel which serves full english breakfasts…

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