Badminton players are being served a foul deal, as shuttlecock prices shoot up. The reason for the price increase? H7N9. Outside of China, synthetic feathers are often used, but duck feathers are preferred in the Middle Kingdom. ‘The feather market is in total chaos,’ said Li Min, a supplier of feathers to shuttlecock producers. According to Li Min, the price of duck feathers increased around 40 percent within 20 days of the bird flu outbreak. Tian Yongyun, another feather dealer, said farmers were only supplying about 33 percent of their usual feather output. One shuttlecock factory manager said prices had already risen by 4 to 5 yuan, while another predicted further increases if H7N9 is not brought under control by July.
Top comedy is coming to the Kerry Hotel and Hacienda Zapatas this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ’Whose Line is It Anyway?’ is a classic of British comedy. The UK TV series ran for ten years and was so popular it crossed the channel to the US. Focusing on improvisational skits, the stars will have you laughing at jokes even they didn’t know they’d make. Four hilarious UK comedians will make up Punchline Comedy’s edition of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’. They’re described as ‘better than the TV show’ by The Times, and as ‘pure geniuses’ by the South China Morning Post. For booking details, times, and more, click here.
The Backstreet Boys are coming to town next Tuesday 28th May, and Shanghai Expat has two exclusive tickets to give away to the after party. If you’re excited that backstreet are back, this could be your chance to party backstage with the band! It’s the Backstreet Boys 20th anniversary tour and the first time the band has been in Shanghai since 2004. To win, all you have to do is re-write the lyrics to classic Backstreet Boys song, ‘Quit Playing Games with my Heart’. For your chance at winning, post your answers in this forum post. Please note that tickets are for the after party only: tickets to the show are not included.
The Diamond League came to Shanghai on Saturday. Li Jinzhe, from China, won gold in the men’s long jump. Jamaica sped to success in the sprints, with Warren Weir winning the men’s 200 metres and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gaining victory in the women’s 100 metres. In the 400 metres, Kirani James of Granada eased himself to a comfortable victory. The men’s 1,500 metres was much closer; Kenyan Asbel Kisprop beat Ethiopian Gebremedhin by 0.4 seconds. American Jason Richardson took gold in the 110 hurdles , while Russian Yelena Isinbayeva leaped to victory in the women’s pole vault. The Diamond League began on May 10th in Doha. The next stop is New York.
I once saw a guy punching a window, but luckily for him he was unable to break it despite several attempts. Probably toughened glass. We sometimes need toughened souls in Shanghai. The guy I saw doing this was gnashing his … Continue reading →
Hello summer. Time to wear short sleeves and flex those muscles at Shanghai’s First Arm Wrestling Tournament this Thursday. Bring 50RMB, an appetite for beer, and a need to hide your emotional insecurity by showing off your biceps. And it’s…
Spring this really here! Enjoy it while you can. A lot of interesting folks at the coffee meeting this weekend. People are still coming to Shanghai. On other note, in the media forum – you can keep up with the movies, series and books people are watching if you feel a little out of touch. You can add your own comments,if you see something good ( or bad ) . See it here.
Shanghai in the summer and Shanghai in the winter are two different beasts. In the winter it’s like Gotham City, dark, forboding and full of menace. But in the summer it’s full of light and dazzling brilliant optimism. People seem … Continue reading →
Saturday literary event: http://www.m-theglamourbar.com/event-detail/events/decadence-mandchoue-the-china-memoirs-of-sir-edmund-trelawney-backhouse.html