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Chinese New Year, 2010

I’ve missed the New Year celebrations on the 31st December for about fifteen years now so it’s getting beyond the point where you could consider it an accident. Indeed, the cold and the crowds both in Trafalgar Square and afterwards on the Tube don’t exactly encourage me to make an effort. Luckily Chinese New Year is at a more civilised time, is less busy and slightly warmer.

Still, it’s the first time I’ve ever made it!

The crowd was pretty diverse, with people wearing everything from Vans to colourful umbrellas to traditional Chinese outfits. (Well, I think.)

The main stage had a constant flow of dance and music, and between acts these two women provided banter.

Many in the crowds has purchased mini-drums and dragons from the many vendors found a short walk away in Leicester Square. Kids (of all ages) entertained themselves throwing caps to the ground to make them go “bang.”

After soaking in the atmosphere for a while I headed out of Trafalgar Square into Leicester Square and towards China Town. Lanterns were everywhere!

Overall, it was a nice way to spend an otherwise dark and grey February afternoon.

My delicious.com bookmarks for June 3rd through June 11th

My delicious.com bookmarks for January 25th through January 27th

My del.icio.us bookmarks for April 2nd through April 5th

  • The Cost of E-Voting – One of the many reasons that I am against e-voting machines: the cost. "The cost … increased 179 percent per voter on average." All that money for a less reliable system. Bargain!
  • Change we can believe in – I didn't realise that we were in line for some new coins. They look surprisingly good, certainly much better than the new US notes. (Originally from daringfireball.net)
  • Bali bombings: A sister's search for justice – I've always said that it's much easier to be against capital punishment when it's just an abstract idea. Here the sister of one of the Bali bombing's victims argues why she's still against it.

My del.icio.us bookmarks for March 12th through March 18th