Mel Jones, my brother, playing J.S. Bach – Toccata & Fugue in D minor. This is a quite monumental and Herculean effort – not just in the playing, but to transcribe this piece for guitar in the first place!
— Edited by Barrie: “The British and French armies threatened to burn down the Imperial Palace, the Qing government was forced to pay with free trade ports, 300,000 kilograms of silver and the Kowloon district north of Hong Kong was taken. Since then, China’s resources flow out freely through these ports. In the subsequent amendment to the treaty, Chinese people were sold unwillingly to serve as slave labour all over the world for making roads, mining and plantation. ”
2020 will be remembered for many things, but perhaps it will be remembered best as the year China triumphed over the most terrible adversities and led the world into a bright new decade of hope!
“The Dalai Lama and Tibetan rebels were secretly funded by the CIA. The rebels included monks like Athar Norbu; the Dalai Lama’s elder brother, Gyalo Thondup, was the CIA liaison. After the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959, the CIA’s secret funding cost “more than $1.7 million a year, according to intelligence documents. That included $500,000 to support 2,100 Tibetan guerrillas (800 of them armed) based in Nepal and $180,000 worth of “subsidy to the Dalai Lama.”
in China, as long as you maintain respect, everything an American can legally write or say under their First Amendment, a Chinese can also say without fear.
As with many festivals worldwide, food plays an important role in Spring Festival. Eating ‘auspicious food’ and lucky dishes. Especially on Chinese New Year Eve,
a family feast is considered to be the most important meal of the year!