My first full-time job in the UK 

After 3 months of looking for a position, I eventually got this job as Assistant to the Legal Counsel. It is a rather short period, however I am still very glad to have it.

I started some online training in Excel and PPT as I have forgotten many functions which are often used during work. The good thing is I still remember most of the pieces, which means I will pick it up fast in the new position. I loved PPT since when I was in the university. The first Presentation I made was not for myself but for one of my roommates who was not good at IT literature. I promised I would help her. In fact I did not know much about PPT at that stage. So from this aspect, PPT is quite user-friendly even for someone like me. I spent lots of time trying those different effects because I really thought it was fantastic at that time. It allows music, photos, hyperlink, especially those animations and effects. I believed it was much easier than FrontPage which was previous version of SharePoint. Before PPT, I was keen on FrontPage, and I taught my brother and raised his interest in it as well. Though, they are designed for different purposes as FrontPage was mainly for web designing and PPT was just for presentation. PPT is doing really well and becomes popular, while FrontPage has been taken away from the market. I did not even have an opportunity to say goodbye to what once I loved.

Anyway, come back to the topic, my aim this weekend is to improve my skills in Microsoft package.

It is funny the first thing I was thinking of was actually some smart dresses for the work. I guess the dress code is not as casual as that in an SW engineering department. I went to the interview in my blouse and suit which I know is correct for the interview, but quite old-fashioned. I am not a fashionable person, but I suppose one of the best ways to get along with colleagues from different cultures was to understand their culture or even try their culture. We know dressing is part of the culture, so I will follow the suggestion given by a kind lady on the day when I signed my contract: dress smart on the first day, then later check what others are wearing. Ha, that is the solution. I like that.

Dressing is rather the least thing I should worry about. The biggest concern I have is slang or English jokes in the conversations. I know I will look like an idiot when others all laugh about a joke which I will not get. That I cannot prepare within the 3 days. The best way is to ask someone to explain it until I ruin their sense of humor. Ha, of course not. Only communication and practice will improve this.

I shall look forward to the new position and get ready.
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The cat we met in ROME 


We met this cat in Rome. After two weeks of rain and snow in the whole Europe, there was sunshine eventually. We were very lucky that the weather turned so nice on the day when we arrived in Rome.
We were rushing on our way to another sight (a weekend for Rome is definitely not enough), and saw the cat walking slowly from a part of the ancient Roman city underneath the modern city onto the street.
It stopped under the flowers, lay down, lifted its head up to the direction of the sun, closed its eyes and started to enjoy the sun bath.
After watching it for a while, I slowed down our trip,stood close to it, and also started to enjoy the relaxation, the beautiful sunshine and the ancient city where the cat lives (and found tens of cats lying there with the same gesture shown in the photo).
I know this is a cat with magic, can calm me down and guide me to enjoy life. :D
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Thank Andrew for fixing my blog 

I do feel lucky that I have got Andrew who can create and fix my blog. The last blog I have written was posted in 2008. After 4 years, I feel that it is important to have my own private blog back so that I can record my interesting life in the UK.

I want to write down what I have experienced here. Even though I am not a good writer, neither in Chinese nor in English, maybe one day I can write or hire some one to write my stories about me, a Chinese who has worked, lived and studied in this amazing country.

Things are so different here comparing to China, my home country. Thanks to Andrew for providing me a platform to post interesting stuff!

Computing and IT are so cool stuff - One important reason why I am so keen about IP law.

PS: Is my English writing better than 5 years ago when I posted the first blog here about the bird?
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“味道鲜美” 

前两天看上海什么报(名字已忘),读到其中一则休闲版奇闻趣事、略带科普知识的报导,介绍世界上寿命最长的动植物、微生物,印象最深的是介绍世上寿命最长的鱼,名叫“狗鱼”,生活在寒冷地带的水下,性情凶猛,食肉,全世界有十几种(具体数据已忘),我国有一种,生活在松花江一带水域,最后报纸还介绍了一句“味鲜美”。不禁浮想联翩——一盘清蒸味美的鱼,外加葱花、生姜、香料。其他读者若看了,个人喜好不同,可能联想的是红烧的、水煮的。

在中国,似乎一提到这种鱼,人们就会想到吃——“味鲜美”,尤其是一些科普类的读物,介绍不管是淡水鱼还是深海鱼,最后总加句“味道鲜美”、“味鲜肉嫩”、“肉质鲜嫩”,小时候看十万个为什么里介绍鱼或水果时,总是口水直流。即使这些读物介绍,XX鱼,X级国家保护动物,或XX植物,X级国家保护植物,最后也不忘加味道如何。
科普知识读物,其主要目的应该有二:一是介绍讲解科普知识,使读者学习掌握这类知识并增长见识;二是增加环保意识,让读者了解世界上仅存以及已灭绝的物种。当然还有其他重要目的,与之无关,暂不讨论。如果一本科普读物让人看了口水直流,甚至想去试试其味道,其结果不就与目的相反?没能保护动植物,反而勾起人去食用的欲望,尤其是给儿童看的读物。这些孩子不知道什么是环保,也不清楚破坏环境、物种灭绝究竟带来什么后果,但孩子知道什么是“好吃”,从小头脑里就打上鱼好吃的烙印。只要是鱼,没有不能吃的,即使是有毒的鱼,如河豚,照样有人冒着生命危险去尝试,为什么,都说味美肉质鲜嫩,要尝尝这人间美味。

上网搜索了下“狗鱼”简介,寥寥无几,但介绍如何钓狗鱼的、怎样烹饪狗鱼的、怎样养殖狗鱼的介绍却比比皆是。冲着这味道,鱼的价格自然是相当贵的,所以打鱼的人肯定不遗余力。比如长江,每年春天,长江捕鱼的人就极多,收购珍惜品种的饭店也极多,到最后,“漏网之鱼”们就只剩下些了鱼苗苗。

而外国网站则相反,虽然有一些关于钓此鱼的方法,但大多还是介绍这种鱼的生活习性的,如狗鱼的食物,以及如何捕食及其凶猛程度等。

满足了口欲,自然缺失了必要的东西,后果,有常识的人都知道。科普,是应该详尽介绍每一点科学知识,但不是用尝的办法去了解其味道,这不是我们的目的。引导人们保护动物,爱惜植物,不要去误导,动植物有多好吃,即使是生物学家,剖析动植物、微生物,不是用嘴,而是用眼睛、耳朵、鼻子、大脑去观察、研究。没有哪位动物学家是用烹饪了动物尝味道的方式进行科学研究的,即使是专业书本也不会做讲解,更何况是大众读物,所以科普读物对味道的介绍根本是不需要的,毕竟它们不是食谱,不必介绍怎么烧或多好吃。

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紫金山 

临近毕业,才发现,南京这个美丽的城市,都没有真正欣赏过。南京有悠久的历史,充满文化底蕴的人文景观,更为重要的是其得天独厚的自然美景。南京是个慢节奏的城市,在这里生活,心情放松,没有紧张压力带来的烦躁与难耐。
爱上山,自小。家乡在扬州,一望无际的平原,渴望绿山。梦想,自己有简洁明亮的小屋,坐落于山脚。每日清晨,林鸟清脆的叫声唤醒睡梦,一束束阳光从窗外撒入屋内,在木地板上照出块块光斑。然后望向窗外满眼的绿,深深地伸个懒腰。
情不自禁地爱上了这座城市,爱上了在这里可以回忆一辈子的记忆。南京,是我的第二个家。从懵懂到成熟,看到了很多,也学会了很多。这里的四年,应该会是一辈子最快乐的四年。忘不了,南京大道两边特有的高大梧桐。这是一个城市不可缺的生命,有了它们,这里充满人性与生机。一个城市,不仅仅是由一座座高楼搭建起来的积木,更重要的是其人文气息。人,应该生活在自然里,而不是自然勉强在人类的夹缝里可窥见;城市,应该在树木中隐约可见,而不是树木在城市里依稀可见。南京,将自然与人文重合,山水环绕。南京没有杭州的温婉,没有上海的繁华,没有北京的严肃,也没有扬州的细腻。可是,南京有其他城市所没有的魅力。
选择了紫金山,这个大自然的杰作。有蜿蜒的山道,郁郁葱葱的树木,可以一览众山小的山峰以及远处明镜般的玄武湖。顺着铺满石块的栈道,绕着山坡,悠闲地往山上攀登。栈道两边覆盖着茂盛的树林,且有零星野花点缀,散发着清香。深呼吸,清新的空气,伴着淡淡的花香,有些菊花茶的味道,闭上眼,想象着,水中,淡黄色的菊花花瓣慢慢舒展开来,打几个转,慢慢下沉,透明杯底,簇拥着一朵朵“盛开”的小雏菊。
山顶,一阵阵山风,伴着草木的味道,扑面而来,吹乱了头发,却吹得内心更加安宁与平静。这是陶冶性情之地,使人心平气和,心胸开阔,一切烦恼,抛开。

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