Iron Emmett’s lads were well at it in the yard, blunted swords slamming into shields and ringing against one another.
Jon stopped to watch a moment as Horse pressed Hop-Robin back toward the well. Horse had the makings of a
good fighter, he decided. He was strong and getting stronger, and his instincts were sound. Hop-Robin was another tale. His clubfoot was bad enough, but he was
afraid of getting hit as well. Perhaps we can make a steward of him. The fight ended abruptly, with Hop-Robin on the ground.
“Well fought,” Jon said to Horse, “but you drop your shield too low when pressing an attack. You will want to correct that, or it is like to get you killed.”
“Yes, m’lord. I’ll keep it higher next time.” Horse pulled Hop-Robin to his feet, and the smaller boy made a clumsy bow.
A few of Stannis’s knights were sparring on the far side of the yard. King’s men in one corner and queen’s men in another,
Jon did not fail to note, but only a few. It’s too cold for most of them. As he strode past them, a booming voice called after him. “BOY! YOU THERE! BOY!”
Just beyond the ticket booth Father had had painted on awall in bright red letters the question:
DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOSTDANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO?
An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so manyeager, curious hands
that pulled at the curtain that we had toreplace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror.
But I learned at my expense that Father believed there wasanother animal even more dangerous than us, and one thatwas extremely common, too,
found on every continent, in everyhabitat: the redoubtable species Animalus anthropomorphicus,the animal as seen through human eyes. We’ve all met
one,perhaps even owned one. It is an animal that is “cute”,”friendly”, “loving”, “devoted”, “merry”, “under-standing”.
Theseanimals lie in
ambush in every
toy store and
“Three corns and one roast raven,” said Dolorous Edd. “Very good, m’lord, only Hobb’s made boiled eggs, black sausage, and apples stewed with prunes. The apples stewed with prunes are excellent, except for the prunes. I won’t
eat prunes myself. Well, there was one time when Hobb chopped them up with chestnuts and carrots and hid them in a hen. Never trust a cook, my lord. They’ll prune you when you least expect it.”
“Later.” Breakfast could wait; Stannis could not. “Any trouble from the stockades last night?”
“Not since you put guards on the guards, m’lord.”
“Good.” A thousand wildlings had been penned up beyond the Wall, the captives Stannis Baratheon had taken when his knights had smashed Mance Rayder’s patchwork host. Many of the prisoners were women, and some of the
guards had been sneaking them out to warm their beds. King’s men, queen’s men, it did not seem to matter; a few black brothers had tried the same thing. Men were men, and these were the only women for a thousand leagues.
“Two more wildlings turned up to surrender,” Edd went on. “A mother with a girl clinging to her skirts. She had a boy babe too, all swaddled up in fur, but he was dead.”
“Dead,” said the raven. It was one of the bird’s favorite words. “Dead, dead, dead.”
“Religion will save us,” I said. Since when I could remember,religion had been very close to my heart.
“Religion?” Mr. Kumar grinned broadly. “I don’t believe inreligion. Religion is darkness.”Darkness? I was puzzled. I thought, Darkness is the lastthing that
religion is. Religion is light. Was he testing me? Washe saying, “Religion is darkness,” the way he sometimes said inclass things like “Mammals lay eggs,”
to see if someone wouldcorrect him? (“Only platypuses, sir.”)”There are no grounds for going beyond a scientificexplanation of reality and no sound
reason for believinganything but our sense experience. A clear intellect, closeattention to detail and a little scientific knowledge will exposereligion as
superstitious bosh. God does not exist.” -Did he say that? Or am I remembering the lines of lateratheists? At any rate, it was something of the
sort. I had neverheard such words.
“Why tolerate darkness? Everything is here and clear, if onlywe look carefully.”He was pointing at Peak. Now though I had greatadmiration
for Peak, I had
of a rhinoceros
as alight bulb.
Jon pissed in darkness, filling his chamber pot as the Old Bear’s raven muttered complaints. The wolf dreams had been growing stronger, and he found
himself remembering them even when awake. Ghost knows that Grey Wind is dead. Robb had died at the Twins,
and his wolf had perished with him. Bran and Rickon had been murdered too,
beheaded at the behest of Theon Greyjoy, who had once been their lord father’s ward … but if dreams did not lie, their
direwolves had escaped. At Queenscrown, one had come out of the darkness to save Jon’s life. Summer, it had to be. His fur was grey, and Shaggydog is black. He
wondered if some part of his dead brothers lived on inside their wolves.
He filled his basin from the flagon of water beside his bed, washed his face and hands, donned a clean set of black
woolens, laced up a black leather jerkin, and pulled on a pair of well-worn boots. Mormont’s raven watched with shrewd
black eyes, then fluttered to the window. “Do you take me for your thrall?” When Jon folded back the window with its thick
diamond-shaped panes of yellow glass, the chill of the morning hit him in the face. He took a breath to clear away the cobwebs of the night as the raven flapped
away. That bird is too clever by half. It had been the Old Bear’s companion for long years, but that had not stopped it from eating Mormont’s face once he died.
I was more afraid thatin a few words thrown out he might destroy something that Iloved. What if his words had the
effect of polio on me? Whata terrible disease that must be if it could kill God in a man.
He walked off, pitching and rolling in the wild sea that wasthe steady ground. “Don’t forget the test on Tuesday.
Studyhard, 3.14!””Yes, Mr. Kumar.”He became my favourite teacher at Petit Seminaire and thereason I studied
zoology at the University of Toronto. I felt akinship with him. It was my first clue
that atheists are mybrothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word theyspeak speaks of faith. Like me,
they go as far as
the legs ofreason
will carry them –
and then they leap.
They had free folk drifting in most every night, starved half-frozen creatures who had run from the battle beneath the Wall only to crawl back when they realized there was no safe place to run to. “Was the mother questioned?” Jon
asked. Stannis Baratheon had smashed Mance Rayder’s host and made the King-Beyond-the-Wall his captive … but the wildlings were still out there, the Weeper and Tormund Giantsbane and thousands more.
“Aye, m’lord,” said Edd, “but all she knows is that she ran off during the battle and hid in the woods after. We filled her full of porridge, sent her to the pens, and burned the babe.”
Burning dead children had ceased to trouble Jon Snow; live ones were another matter. Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the
son, so both die kings. The words had been murmured by one of the queen’s men as Maester Aemon had cleaned his wounds. Jon had tried to dismiss
them as his fever talking. Aemon had demurred. “There is power in a king’s blood,” the old maester had warned, “and better men than Stannis have done
worse things than this.” The king can be harsh and unforgiving, aye, but a babe still on the breast? Only a monster would give a living child to the flames.
He spoke again. “Some people say God died during thePartition in 1947. He may have died in 1971 during the war.
Or he may have died yesterday here in Pondicherry in anorphanage. That’s what some people say, Pi. When I was yourage, I lived in bed, racked with
polio. I asked myself every day,‘Where is God? Where is God? Where is God?’ God nevercame. It wasn’t God who saved me – it was medicine. Reasonis my
prophet and it tells me that as a watch stops, so wedie. It’s the end. If the watch doesn’t work properly, it must befixed here and now by us. One day we will take hold of themeans of production and there will be justice on
earth.”This was all a bit much for me. The tone was right – lovingand brave – but the details seemed bleak.
I said nothing.
fear of angering
Recently, a Dutch court ruled against a lawsuit by Fujian villagers of China
against Dutch Tibetans for reclaiming the statue of Master Zhang sitting in the body of Buddha, on the grounds that it was unclear whether the villagers’Committee of China had the right to file a lawsuit.
A lot of Chinese people are angry when news of the verdict comes out. This is the logic of robbers. The Buddha is ours. It also says that we have no right to appeal to the law. That’s a wonderful reason.
Maybe some netizens don’t know what happened. One night in December 1995,
the guard of Lin’s ancestral temple in Yangchun Village, Wushan Township,
Datian County, Fujian Province, fell asleep and the ancestor Zhang, who was enshrined in the ancestral temple, disappeared.
Zhang Gongzu, known by villagers in Yangchun Village, Fujian Province as
“the benefactor of Kaishan”, is a Taoist monk. Zhang Gongzu sat down and
became a Buddha. The ancestors of Yangchun Village in Fujian made it into a
body sitting Buddha, which has been enshrined in Lin’s ancestral temple.
In October 2014, the Hungarian Museum
of Natural Science held an exhibition “Mummy World”, where a statue of Chinese Buddhist and monk’s body,
labeled about 1100 A.D., was also displayed.
Some people are surprised to find that this Chinese Buddha statue is very similar to the body treasure of Zhang
Gong-liu Quan, who was stolen in the Song Dynasty in 1995. Moreover, there are some words on the Buddha cushion,
such as “this hall’s general seal of Zhang
this Buddha statue on display is the stolen Buddha statue in Yangchun Village.
So the villagers of Yangchun Village, Wushan Township, Datian County,
Fujian Province, submitted evidence to the Dutch court, saying that the
mummies in the exhibition were the Buddha statues they had lost.
According to Dutch media reports, the owner of the Buddha statue is an
architect in Amsterdam. He said his collection of Buddha statues is indeed very similar to those lost in Yangchun
Village, Fujian Province. However, the Yangchun village Buddha statue in Fujian Province was stolen in October of the Lunar calendar in 1995, and his
collection of Buddha statues was earlier than this time, that is to say, the possibility of the two Buddha statues
being the same is small. However, such collectors claim
that if it can be proved that the
Buddha was the one claimed
stolen by Fujian villages,
he would return the Buddha.
According to the Beijing Youth Daily, on the afternoon of December 31, six younger
children held the Beijing launch ceremony of the autobiography “Pedestrian” and the readers’signing and selling meeting at Xinhua Shangli Bookstore in Shijingshan,
Beijing. The organizer notified that a release and signing event would be held at 14:30 p.m. on that day, and that a media interview session of about 20 minutes would be arranged before that.
But when a reporter from Beijing Youth Daily arrived at the bookstore before 14 o’clock, he was told that the interview had been temporarily cancelled. It is
understood that the decision was made by a six-year-old broker who told the organizers that the main reason is that too much negative news has been taken into account recently.
However, other activities are still carried out according to the original plan, enthusiastic fans are also very supportive of the six-year-old children, less than 14:30, there are many readers lined up.
But in recent signing meetings, the six-year-olds did not perform very fiercely. Some netizens released the signing video No. 12. Six-year-olds, like a bosom grandfather,
chattered with fans once, “How do you buy so many books”, “Give away?” Once in a while, the tip of the pen was too fast to be signed by the fans. Six younger children
rushed back to the book and sketched a few more strokes. Their attitude was extremely serious. When fans love six-year-olds and say “hard work” to them, six-
year-olds also smile and say “no hard work, no hard work”, contrary to the six-year-olds demonized online.
Previously, there were many questions about his words and deeds on the Internet, and the news of “turning the Wu Chengen Memorial into the Monkey King
Memorial” came out. Six-year-olds once said that the contents of the Monkey King in Wu Chengen Memorial only account for one-tenth of the total, and that the
courtyard is not full of pictures of themselves, as the Internet said. He also emphasized: “It’s not that one is questioning me, but that there is a very bad group in
the black self. Opinions about
my remarks can be discussed,
but you can’t make fun of
me or insult my personality.”
According to the Tianfu Morning Post, Zhou Dongping, a lawyer of Chengdu Taihe Tai Law Firm, said:
“According to the relevant provisions, the number of days of annual leave that
should not be taken can be compensated by three times the daily wage.”
About half of workers enjoy paid annual leave
As for holidays, there is a widely circulated saying: “Europeans work for better holidays, while Chinese people
spend their holidays for better work.”
As early as 1936, France established relevant laws and became the first
country in the world to establish a paid annual leave system.
Until 1995, the Chinese also had the same rights. The Labor Law, which was
formally implemented that year, stipulated that workers who worked
continuously for more than one year were entitled to paid annual leave.
By 2008, the Regulations on Annual Vacation with Pay for Employees were promulgated and implemented, which
stipulated the specific number of vacation days: if the cumulative work of employees has been completed for less than one year and less than 10 years, the
annual vacation time will be 5 days; if the work has been completed for less than 10
years and 20 years, the annual vacation
time will be 10 days; if the work has been completed for 20 years, the annual vacation time will be 15 days
Up to now, it has been more than ten years since the promulgation of the
Regulations on Annual Leave with Pay for Employees, but the implementation is not satisfactory. According to Nanfang.com:
Since 2012, Zhao Lihang has worked in a clothing factory in Baoding, Hebei
Province. During her six years of work, she has never heard of the term “paid annual vacation” or enjoyed this
treatment. “In our industry, overtime pay is enough. If there is no paid annual vacation, there will be no such thing.”
Xiao Huang, who works in Beijing Branch of a daily chemical company in Zhejiang Province, knows that the head
office stipulates paid annual leave, but the leave must be approved by the head of the branch company. The head of the
branch company usually does not approve the leave, so he has not asked for paid annual leave. According to his wife’s response: “The day after I gave birth, the
company urged him to go to work and asked for leave without approval, and then withheld 400 yuan.”
Survey data from several authoritative bodies confirm the above cases:
The annual survey conducted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Affairs in 60 cities shows that more than
half of the employees enjoy paid annual leave, and the proportion of those who take leave increases year by year. But in general, the implementation of paid
annual leave system is not ideal, there are still a considerable number of enterprises have not implemented paid annual leave.
A survey of 2552 workers conducted by the Tourism Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
showed that 40.1% of respondents said they did not have paid annual leave.
The Social Survey Center of China Youth Daily once conducted a social survey of
4,325 people. 50.4% of the respondents said that their units never took paid vacations.
The data also show that the implementation of paid annual leave is better mainly for Party and government
organs, institutions, large state-owned enterprises
and foreign-funded enterprises,
while private enterprises
and small and medium-sized
enterprises are relatively poor.
On December 27, Russia announced the completion of the construction
of the border wall between Ukraine and Crimea, just as US President Trump was
frustrated by the delay in obtaining funds for a border wall. Russian media
took this opportunity to shout Trump on the 28th, emphasizing Russia’s advantages in
working hours and cost, which means “adding congestion”.
Video/Observer Network Zhang Yiqing
Trump, look! Russia’s Crimean-Ukraine border wall has been completed. “Despite the difficulties of some politicians in repairing the wall, Russia has completed the
border separation facility between Crimea and Ukraine,” the Russian website said today.
Screenshots of RT reports
RT emphasized the advantages of its “border wall” on the same day, “the construction only took more than a year, costing less than $3 million”.
On the 27th, the Russian Federation Security Bureau (FSB) announced the completion of the border separation facility between Crimea and Ukraine. It is
understood that the facility is 60 kilometers long and about 2 meters high. It is equipped with high-tech monitoring equipment such as vibration sensors and night vision cameras.
Graph from RT
In September 2017, construction started after the completion of the tender, with a contract value of 200 million rubles (about 2.88 million US dollars).
RT stressed in its report that Russia could build a “border wall” at such a low
cost and so quickly, while looking at US President Trump, it was criticized as
“unable even to start building a wall on the US-Mexico border”.
Some Russian netizens joked that from the tender to the completion, Russia only spent more than a year, the cost is still very low, “Trump will certainly be impressed by this?”
Some American netizens also made a calculation: “The Russian border wall needs about 47,000 US dollars per kilometer, and the
US-Mexico border is 3,145 kilometers long. According to this cost, we only need 150 million US dollars. We should let Russia build our wall.”
However, although the Russian “border wall” saves money, it may not be able to meet Trump’s “aesthetic standards”. US media had
previously estimated that the total cost of the US-Mexico border wall could exceed $20 billion.
On October 26, 2017, San Diego, USA, held a press conference to officially announce the completion of eight prototypes of the US-Mexico border wall
It was on the border wall that Trump was recently hampered by Democrats, so much so that the government budget deadlock caused the current partial closure of the U.S. government.
Whether the federal government can “open” this year is uncertain, and whether the border wall funding will be in place is even more uncertain. The U.S. House of
Representatives passed an Appropriation Bill on the 20th, allocating $5.3 billion for the construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall and other
border security measures.
Democrats have been refusing to approve any appropriations for the construction of the border wall.
Trump has sacrificed his Christmas holidays because of the partial closure of the government and will cancel his New Year’s resolution to negotiate with all parties.
Russian media can not help asking, if Trump saw Russia’s
“border wall” successfully completed in such a short period of time, how do you feel?
In 1954, the Soviet leader Khrushchev classified Crimea as Ukraine; in March 2014, after the U.S. intervention in Ukraine’s political situation,
the Crimean people re-
merged into Russia through a referendum, causing long-term tensions between Russia and Ukraine and other Western countries.
According to Al Jazeera TV, after the completion of the Crimea-Ukraine border isolation facility,
Ukrainian Border Service spokesman Andriy Demchenko said on
28, “This may be a propaganda campaign by Russia to demonstrate its
efforts to strengthen security and declare that Crimea has left Ukraine.” “
I hope these fences will
not restrict the right of
Ukrainian citizens to visit
the Crimean Peninsula.”
The latest issue of Feng Wei has three guests, Zhang Yishan,
Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan. Xie Xian seldom participates in variety arts.
This time, he and his friend Wang Mingquan are guests. They can say that they are very
supportive of Tse Tingfeng’s food cause. In the program, 82-year-old Xie Xian surprisingly appeared.
Xie Xian wore a white suit with a white high-collar shirt and a
golden necklace. He was very young, handsome and tasteful. He was not like a man in his eighties, but like a man in his forties.
Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan’s “The King of Thousand Kings”
is very popular. They are also good friends for more than 30 years. Once they meet again, they can’t help
talking about past interesting events. Wang Mingquan also mentioned that when making this play,
it happened to be a very meaningful memory of Tse Tingfeng when
he was born. Tingfeng Xie listened to Wang Mingquan and his father talk about his birth interesting,
Tingfeng Xie said that often listen to his father mentioned the
story, what is it, Wang Mingquan and Xie Xian restored to Tingfeng Xie interesting memories at that time.
When Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan were filming, Xie Xian received a
phone call from the hospital and told Xie Xian good news: your son was born. Xie Xian talked
and imitated the situation at that time. When he heard that his son was born,
Xie Xian was happy to leave immediately. He pushed Wang Mingquan aside and ran to
the hospital. Now mentioning this, Xie Xian is still excited, happy to say that he
came to the hospital, waiting at the door for 15 minutes, Tingfeng Tse was finally born, Xie Xian is also very excited.
However, when the children came out, Xie Xian said that he looked at the newly
born Nicholas Tse, but instantly abandoned him. He could not help but Tucao at the
scene in front of Nicholas Tse: so ugly. Ha ha, Nicholas Tse heard Dad Tucao himself
ugly, but really did not expect, a face can not believe. Zhang Yishan on the other side
also mended the knife “Say you are ugly”. Nicholas Tse was tucking up by his
father, and couldn’t resist laughing back at him: like you!
Haha, the dialogue between father and son is funny, but Xie Xian hasn’t finished
yet. Then Xie Xian said that although he saw Xie Tingfeng was ugly when he was born,
Xie Xian still couldn’t help crying with his new born Xie Tingfeng. Xie Xian is
also full of love from his father.
I can’t help recalling it again. When he heard that his
father was crying for his birth, Tse Tingfeng’s expression became
tearful and smiled in his emotional eyes.
Nicholas Tse was ugly by his father’s vomit. It was surprising, but it seemed
ugly when he was born. Xie Xian, 82, is still so young and handsome. His son, Tingfeng
Tse, is becoming more and
more handsome and charming.
It’s true that genetic factors are very important.
Do you like the father and son of
Xie Xian and Tse Tingfeng???
Late in the night of 29, Wang Sicong’s Weibo video was deleted in seconds,
and was hotly discussed on the Internet! What’s the matter? Originally, some
netizens saved the video content deleted by Wang Sicong seconds. It was a picture of three young women riding bicycles. The video was accompanied by the laughter of
Principal Wang. Afterwards, some netizens picked up a woman who was suspected of Cyber Red zz Xiaohei and was once exposed as Lin Renewal’s girlfriend.
Why did Wang Sicong delete videos in seconds?
Yesterday, late at night on December 29, Wang Sicong deleted a video in a second on his Weibo, but it was later saved by netizens. So what is the content of the video
deleted by Wang Sicong seconds? Viewed from the videos aired by netizens,
the picture shows three young women riding a motorcycle. The video is accompanied by the voiceover of Wang Sicong laughing, which is very attractive.
Video clipped by Wang Sicong in seconds
Although Wang Sicong deleted the video seconds, it was saved by the fast-moving netizens. So who are the women in the video? Does it have anything to do with Wang
Sicong? These questions are currently being debated on the Internet. Subsequently,
some netizens picked out the identity of a woman who was suspected to ride a bicycle. It was Xiao Hei, a net red zz. Who is zz Xiaohei? Let’s take a look at her information.
Women in Wang Sicong’s Video
It is learnt that zz Xiaohei’s real name is He Hongjuan, and he once had an affair with Lin Renewal. ZZ Xiaohei was born in 1981 and graduated from Northern
University of Technology. At present, he is a netizen on Weibo. He is also a good friend with Wang Sicong’s ex-girlfriend Sydney. Earlier,
zz Xiaohei and Lin Renewal were
picked up to go shopping together,
which led to rumors,
but the rumour is not long.