Funny bits and endsWritten by Julen Madariaga on January 16th, 2009
Some strange things happening in this blog:
It is hard to resist when you are writing a post and you see the chance to put in one of your puns, but lately I’ve been pretty good at it. It’s been more than a month, for example, that I don’t refer to the Leadership of the PRC with the sentence: “Who and when attended the conference?”.
I say this because I just noticed the opposite case in yesterday’s post: a good gag appeared unnoticed and now risks to seriously embarrass me, as it involves - again- a leader of the People’s Republic. If you remember, I was telling you about Wen Jiabao’s predictions getting a good kick in the family jewels. Only now I realize that Wen’s first name actually, literally, means: Family jewels. Man, I love this Premier more every day.
I don’t believe in self-censoring, so I won’t have it unpunned. For now.
Meet the activist Uln Win
I don’t hide that I was pleased when my trackback indicator told me I had been linked by no less than the Telegraph - well, OK, from one of its blogs. When I went to look at the article, I found this:
The Chinese blogger Uln Win has reprinted the core principles, together with some analysis, on her site. [...] Uln Win makes the point that while the charter originated within mainland China and its signatories are all from within the country, she remains concerned that the vast majority of people in the country remain wholly unaware of it…
Extraordinary! Not only I am a girl now, but I am also Chinese and I am called Uln Win. Let’s go by parts:
1- The change of sex: I kind of fancied I had a virile writing style, obviously I was wrong. I can’t blame him on this one though, it is true that my profile is not clear in this respect.
2- The Chinese nationality: Funny. The first sentence in my profile famously is: “This blog is written by ULN, a foreigner happily living in Shanghai”.
3- The code name “Uln Win”: This has to get the top prize. I just can’t imagine where he got it from, there is not an instance on the internet of such a name. My guess is he wanted a powerful name for his female Chinese hero, and he added the “Win” as a sure winner! I can’t wait to read his next post, will Uln Win rescue Liu Xiaobo from the claws of the regime?
Well, this explains why my statistics give so many visits of less than one minute, that’s what I call skimming a blog. I suppose it is the excess of information we all bloggers suffer. To be fair, it looks like at least he read the post, which, I suppose, is what matters.