Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


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A note: Green Dragon. Chinese Character: “Fa”. The true name of this tile is represented by the Chinese character “Fa” which means to commence. The “Fa” character is a stylized interpretation of a bow being drawn with an arrow about to be fired. The meaning of this tile is therefore – proceed, start or begin.
Source:Mah Jongg – Worldwide Web Site – Symbolismhttp://www.mahjongg.com/dragons.htm

Biography: I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it’s all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, “been there, done that”.

A note about Place Names throughout this Site:Where possible, I have included the Name of cities, rivers and places that were given by earlier settlers such as the Celts, Romans, Saxons and the Normans. This has been placed after its common English name.

A note about this site’s Header Image: The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 (which later becomes Dodd Road) across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans.

One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge view which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. Two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864. It was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

 I Don’t Think That I Am Very Creative:I have never considered myself to be a very creative person. And, over time I have started blogs in the hope that I could and eventually would become a good blogger. To that end I have given a lot of thought as to how I might achieve my goal. I reached a conclusion that blogging needs to be a few things. My major concern is to ensure that what I write has some relevance for my reader. I thought too that consistency in posting is also very important. Blogging it seems must almost become a habit. They say it takes three weeks to develop  or rid yourself of a habit.

Looking back on the blogs I have started and not pursued, I realized that I had not created a habit and often it came down to that I simply forgot to blog that day.

The first step therefore in my strategic plan to become a good blogger is to write something everyday. Hence you will notice that there is a daily posting about Chien Tung – or Chinese Fortune Sticks. While I realize this may not have a lot of relevance for my readers, it is helping me to create a habit.

My next step now is to find topics which prove to be interesting. The question now arises whether this should be narrowly focused appealing to people with a specific interest or should it be broad, almost haphazard appealing to some here and there?

I’ll leave this question to float about in the ether or cyber-space and return to it later after my subconscious mind has had a chance to work on it.

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Frank, thank you for your kind comment. I am new to blogging sand have not quite figured out how WordPress works. I hope to get better and more productive. Your comment is very encouraging

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  2. Many thanks for visiting my blog and following. About what to write, I think what interests people is something you really care about that also lets readers get a sense of the person you are. Your About does that nicely. Good luck. 🙂

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  3. The best thing you can do is write what YOU want to write about, because of the sheer volume of writers on the site you will quickly find other writers that appeal to you. Also I think it’s important to try and post something everyday. The daily word prompt is inspiring. I wish you the very best and I am sure your writing will go from strength to strength 🙂🙃🙂😉

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  4. Appreciate it! This is an remarkable web-site.|

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  5. Err where is your blog everyday? Tut tut remember write for yourself not others, that way you will attract the right people to you. What a life you must have led yet you have not said what line of work you were in. Possibly bridges 💡what lessons you must have learnt throughout your life (not saying your old ha) but you know what I mean. 📸 what photographs you must have taken of various places, are they still in the garage too 😉

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  6. Ha! I forgot to hit Post comment!! Never mind, I like what you say in your blogs. Personally, I don’t think we should agonise over writing something every day. Wait until you have something to say – like your poem on Uluru or opening up on personal things. I’m an ex-pat (England) like you with more cardboard boxes in my history than I care to remember, more addresses than I can remember. (and then I wonder why I ‘lose’ people along the way!). Your/our experiences can open windows for people who will never have the opportunities to do, or see, or smell the things we have.
    Thank you for liking my blog – and I’ll remember to hit Post Comment this time

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  7. Good day!
    I’ve flipped thru a few of your posts and enjoyed reading… so welcome to my reader 😉
    I have been blogging for almost 5 years now, with at least 3 posts a week (hard to write about plants in the dead of winter). Yes, it is a habit now. If you truefully want to write daily, you always have to have your writer’s brain working in the background. See an odd photo opportunity? Take the shot! The words will come. I find Haiku is an easy filler post 😉.
    If you have questions about WordPress, I can try to help. The only suggestion I’d make now, is to moderate your comments. You’ve got some spam above me 😣
    I’ve not pulled out my fortune sticks in a long time. Maybe it’s time? 🎉

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  8. Thanks for your follow. I’ve travelled a bit and contributed to many a packing, but I was only helping my parents in small ways.
    What I learned was different, and so I look forward to reading yours soon, since responsibility teaches at a HI-Q level!

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  9. Well CC, thanks for following Tubularsock, “. . . first hand coverage, second hand news.”
    Tubularsock appreciates it.

    Tubularsock will take some time and return to review your work so until then, Cheers.

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  10. What if you were just blogging for yourself?
    You don’t need to have a maximum of followers, a few platform neighbors are enough 😉


  11. Good day!! Hey!! Thanks for stopping by “It Is What It Is” … and the follow. Hope you enjoy your visits there!! Hugs … Peace!!’


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