BBC stopped its Mandarin Broadcasts.

News

On 25Mar11, BBC stopped the Mandarin Broadcasts, after nearly 70 years, because of the budget cut from the British government.

It was really a sad news to me. When I was in Primary school, radio was always my best friend, not only the local FM program, but also the shortwave stations. At that time, there were many Mandarin broadcasting stations, such as BBC, VOA, and RFI. Personally I liked KBS, CBS and BBC the most. KBS, from Korea, had only one hour Chinese broadcasting a day, but very attractive, I even wrote to them to seek for pen-pals, not so many wrote to me though. CBS was from Taipei, it had its 24 hours Mandarin service. Its news in 1990s was quite interesting, Beijing was called Beiping, and Chinese Government was called Chinese Communist Party, fairly different from Chinese news, but the way they spoke Chinese were sweet. Then the following is my favourite BBC, different from the stations from small countries, BBC had lots of programs in China News, so did VOA, RFI and Radio Australia. During those days, VOA had huge reports against Chinese government, whenever I listened to it, it’s like I lived in the hell. So from the first day on, I don’t like VOA till it was ended in last month. Whereas BBC was quite different, it has negative and critical news on one hand, but lots of suggestive discussions as well, I should say it’s quite neutral in many ways. I knew some rare news in those days because of BBC, for example the Tiananmen Massacre, Culture revolution review, Gay rights in China, which were nearly taboos in China. Undoubtfully in many ways BBC changed my ideology, into a broad and tolerante way. Also from the Radio, I knew God and Bible from the Gospel stations, and this belief never changed till now. My small radio was accompanied me till high school, after that I went to Beijing for university, where most of the short wave radio stations receptions were not good, but still full of joy whenever I had chance to listen to them back to my parents.

Until graduation and went to work, I started to listen to English programs more and more. I also changed the way from radio to Podcast via mobile phone. I admit compared with Internet and TV, radio listeners are less and less, and it might be a right choice to stop the broadcasting service, however it’s like my childhood’s toy was stolen, though it’s old and no one cares about it but my precious memory was far far away.

Today I listened to BBC last hour’s Mandarin program online, when the host said goodbye, it’s a real and painful goodbye. 70 years is like a human’s age, if a person is passed away, perhaps he can disappear in a same way. Take care BBC Mandarin Broadcast, I will miss you.

Cairns, North Queensland.

Travel

Green Island

I can’t say it’s a good idea to have a holiday, even it’s only 3 days, in the middle of the semester, as I had to catch up a lot when I was back last week, though I enjoyed Cairns a lot.

Gold Cost was once the only place I’ve been to in Queensland, but Cairns is definitely far more “Queensland”. In the postcards I bought here, every piece was titled “North Queensland”, showing its unique. It’s not a big city, with few people, but very relaxed. On the second day when I was on the way to the pier, for the first time I saw so many indigenous Australians on the street. I thought they were Africans at first, then I recalled some programs on TV, usually the aboriginals would introduce themselves “I was born in Queensland”, then these people must be Indigenous Australians. They looked quite similar to African Black, but the hair was not as hard as them, also with a bigger mouth. Most of them didn’t work, just wandered on the streets, or stared at the visitors, occasionally someone would followed me for a minute then disappeared. Thousands of years ago, if I was not wrong, this land was once belonged to them, now they seemed quite isolated from the mainstream, what did they think of the Europeans, and the new Asian immigration? I didn’t know and I didn’t want to know at that time, just kept away from them.

In Green Island, the nearest island in Great barrier reef, for the first time, surprisingly again, I saw so many Japanese, sorry I’ve never been to Japan. All the signposts on the tropical island were written in English and Japanese, so ass-kissing. When I saw these two language at the same time, even shocked by myself, I would normally read Japanese first, seemed I didn’t lose my Japanese talent totally.

After this trip, there is only one place I will need to visit before I leave this country, that is Alice Springs. I need to buy a tent and sleep bag for this place too, probably late in this year.

Still in Australia.

Lifestyle

It’s the third week of this semester, nearly a quarter has passed, how time flies!

After the first week, my only hesitation was if I was still in Australia, as all my lectures were all non-Australians, let alone my American essay supervisor. This week, much better I feel, sort of enjoyed Indian, German and Chinese accents, at least it’s a multicultural country, even can be felt in the campus.

My car has been sent to the service centre last week, till the weekend, it’s still not fixed. I was told too many reasons could cause this “anti-pollution fault”, and I still need to wait for the final test. I just hope this could be done soon, as I really don’t want to take the shuttle bus again. The bus between Clayton and Caulfield is everyday so crowded, I’ve been late for twice because of limits. After the 1 dollar ticket was exempted, it seemed all the students came to take the bus, Jesus.

Last night when I heard the earthquake in Japan happened, I called mum and dad immediately, neither of them knew it, so I had to let them stay at home and watch TV. Back to the library, I tried to search some Chinese media’s report about the earthquake, so I opened Phoenix TV’s ifeng.com. Unfortunately, the first news I saw was “Japan had earthquake, Japanese AV star twittered to say she’s safe.” I was so disappointed for the Chinese media’s news, without other options, I opened NHK’s site. I admitted it’s not a good idea to pick my Japanese for earthquake after so many years, but at least I could get some useful information, at least I knew there was no potential tsunami risk to my hometown.

Within one month, earthquake followed one by another, there is no safe place in the world, the only thing we can do is to take care ourselves and spend everyday happily. I will all my friends and myself peaceful.