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This cloud, that has drifted all day through the sky

Du Fu It is almost as hard for friends to meet As for the morning and evening stars. Tonight then is a rare event, Joining, in the candlelight, Two men who were young not long ago But now are turning grey at the temples. …To find that half our friends are dead Shocks us, burns our hearts with grief. We little guessed it would be twenty years Before I could visit you again. When I…

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Here, south of the Yangzi, grows a red orangetree.

Zhang Jiuling Here, south of the Yangzi, grows a red orangetree. All winter long its leaves are green, Not because of a warmer soil, But because its’ nature is used to the cold. Though it might serve your honourable guests, You leave it here, far below mountain and river. Circumstance governs destiny. Cause and effect are an infinite cycle. You plant your peach-trees and your plums, You forget the shade from this other tree.  …

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TO QIWU QIAN BOUND HOME AFTER FAILING IN AN EXAMINATION

TO QIWU QIAN BOUND HOME AFTER FAILING IN AN EXAMINATION Wang Wei In a happy reign there should be no hermits; The wise and able should consult together…. So youa man of the eastern mountains Gave up your life of picking herbs And came all the way to the Gate of Gold — But you found your devotion unavailing. …To spend the Day of No Fire on one of the southern rivers You have mended…

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ALONE IN HER BEAUTY

Du Fu Who is lovelier than she? Yet she lives alone in an empty valley. She tells me she came from a good family Which is humbled now into the dust. …When trouble arose in the Kuan district Her brothers and close kin were killed. What use were their high offices Not even shielding their own lives? — The world has but scorn for adversity; Hope goes outlike the light of a candle. Her husbandwith…

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ORCHID AND ORANGE I

Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling ORCHID AND ORANGE I Tender orchid-leaves in spring And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn Are as self- contained as life is, Which conforms them to the seasons. Yet why will you think that a forest-hermit, Allured by sweet winds and contented with beauty, Would no more ask to-be transplanted THan Would any other natural flower? Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling THOUGHTS III The hermit in his lone abode Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care,…

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Five-character-ancient-verse

Five-character-ancient-verse Zhang Jiuling THOUGHTS I A lonely swan from the sea flies, To alight on puddles it does not deign. Nesting in the poplar of pearls It spies and questions green birds twain: “Don’t you fear the threat of slings, Perched on top of branches so high? Nice clothes invite pointing fingers, High climbers god’s good will defy. Bird-hunters will crave me in vain, For I roam the limitless sky. “

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Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure

More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots ‘forgot’ to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. The aviation ministry has said the cockpit…

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New York inmate’s golf drawings lead to exoneration in murder

A US convict whose talent for art caught the eye of a prison warden, ultimately leading to a review of his case, has been exonerated of murder. Valentino Dixon’s colour pencil drawings of golf courses were featured in Golf Digest – prompting advocates to uncover flawed evidence in the case. Mr Dixon, 48, had maintained his innocence during 27 years behind bars for a shooting in Buffalo, New York. He walked free after another man…

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Brexit: May urges EU leaders to consider ‘serious’ UK plans

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to focus their minds on getting a Brexit deal in the next two months, saying negotiations will not be extended. At a dinner in Salzburg, she told her 27 counterparts her priorities are maintaining economic ties and ensuring promises to Northern Ireland are kept. There are suggestions the UK will put forward new ideas for regulatory checks to address the current Irish deadlock. It comes as the PM insisted…

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China hits back at Trump with tariffs on $60bn of US goods

China has hit back at President Donald Trump by announcing new trade tariffs on $60bn of US goods. It comes after the US slapped duties on $200bn of Chinese imports to take effect from next Monday, escalating its trade war with Beijing. China will target goods such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to the US president. However, in a tweet, Mr Trump warned Beijing against seeking to influence the upcoming US midterm…

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