August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
At the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition 2013, last week. Demonstration by an expert and at the end, by a learner. This writer had a try – not recorded. Fabulous opportunity open to the public.
August 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
We’ve been to some of these fine shows in the past. (SEARCH will display pictures). Inventions show was enjoyable, Plastics and Rubber Show was not about wet suit neoprene as I’d hoped, it was more to do with huge machines made in Taiwan. Taiwan International Voltaic Exhibition was solar power panels – very interesting indeed. I’m not familiar with the others listed here. Computer and camera shows attract a huge audience when held earlier in the year. The travel expo was the busiest I’ve attended. The auto show is also huge.
Catch the MRT to Taipei City Hall station then a bus or taxi to the World Trade Centre next door to Taipei 101 building. Admission is usually quickly organized if you have a few business cards, (name cards) with you.
Events are usually promoted in the daily English language newspaper, Taipei Times, a day before the show.
June 6, 2012 § 1 Comment
Taiwan’s bid to rejoin the United Nations was not the first attempt but this was the last. We went to Kaohsiung and joined many thousands of others from all over the island. It was a well-organized rally but failed to impress the United Nations sufficiently. (With a new computer and extra RAM I decided to do this fresh edit. The song and dance are most memorable). 5.33 seconds.
May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Some Taiwan visits ago I took my then new video camera to a short speech on democracy by a visiting and very famous Czech politician.
A very tall and slim gentleman had been a diplomat stationed in Australia – we spoke on Australian politicians (he’d met Bob Carr – the current Foreign Minister in Julia Gillard’s government) and for something different, how tall men make excellent free divers due to their increased lung capacity. Surprise, his Czech best friend was a/the world champion free diver!
Another gentleman who looked the part of a very effective bodyguard was in fact a famous actor in the Czech Republic.
I’ll post his picture and others when these next show-up on the computer or hard drive where they live.
It was a memorable and interesting afternoon. An opportunity like this would not exist for me in Australia.
Australian visitors in Taiwan (and other ‘westerners’) are well-looked after. It’s a humbling experience we appreciate and enjoy.
from http://en.wikipedia.org (Extract below)
He served as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (then part of Czechoslovakia) from February 6, 1990 to July 2, 1992. He has sat in Senate of the Czech Republic since its inception in autumn 1996, serving as its chairman from December 18, 1996 to December 16, 1998 and from December 19, 2000 to December 15, 2004.
Pithart was member of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia since 1960, was active in the Prague Spring and left the party after the Soviet invasion; later he was one of the most prominent dissidents against the communist regime. He was imprisoned for this activity including being one of the first signatories of Charter 77. In 1989 he was one of the prominent leaders of the Civic Forum founded at the start of the overthrow of the regime. Having participated in the negotiations which led to the change of the federal, Czech and Slovak governments, he was appointed Prime Minister of the then Czech Socialist Republic.
April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Computer and Camera show opened today. Tomorrow and Sunday will be very crowded. Admission free is a tip they could use in Australia at these shows. Photographers like the free models to photograph and test cameras with. My 3.30 video an inspiration for those thinking of teaching English here (in Taiwan). I looked at new computers on special for about 25% less than list price or for AUD $1000 for an i7 4GB RAM. Some new computers have only one RAM slot – meaning if you intend to double or increase the RAM you need to dis-guard the original card. ha ha – Linda is a very pretty girl, Kelly and Jenny are both cute too.