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So I am just curious of everyones comings and goings...

Personally I leave Melbourne on July 23.

First stop is SIngapore and then onto Kota Kinabalu where I am spending a week having a look around Sabah and Serawak before heading into Brunei.

July 30 I'll arrive in Shanghai before jetting to Xian on August 3.

August 6 I leave Xian and arrive in Beijing until August 22.

During this period I will also be heading to Tianjin and Shenyang for Olympic football though.

August 22 its onto Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat before heading home at the end of August.

I did look into visiting North Korea for Arirang at the end of August but I dunno - conflicted... I want to visit but not under their conditions.

So what are your plans? Are you tying it into a bigger trip?

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Bugger! I was so pleased with myself for quitting work and moving on, but I got a BIG downside this week.

Phone rang at work, and I answered. It was the PR from Pa ..., well, one of the consumer electronics sponsors of Beijing. Offering a junket to the Games. Basically a few days in Beijing watching events and also watching how good those events look like on High Def flat panel TVs!

But alas a month after I've left the employ of Uncle Rupert's Evil Empire!

Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!

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Lie! Bribe an editor or subby to say you are working there (unless you are an editor or subby?) and go if you can!

Oh, don't you worry. I'm scheming! I've referred the invite on to my editor (who will basically be deskbound once I've quit). Same editor has also offered me freelance work after I've gone. We do sometimes pass on junkets to our freelancers. I will put in a pitch.

Main problem is, my editor's also a prick! One of the reasons I'm leaving.

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Oh, don't you worry. I'm scheming! I've referred the invite on to my editor (who will basically be deskbound once I've quit). Same editor has also offered me freelance work after I've gone. We do sometimes pass on junkets to our freelancers. I will put in a pitch.

Main problem is, my editor's also a prick! One of the reasons I'm leaving.

Arent all editors pricks? thats what they get paid to do isnt it?

I don’t work in the media just the perception I have. I was in an airline lounge the other day and listening in on a few journalists from Adelaide and they were bitching about there editor

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Exactly, Puppy.

Honestly, in 26 years, most of them as a deputy to a successsion of section editors, I can honestly say there's only been, perhaps, two I haven't got on with. The very best I've considered true mentors, most others I've considered friends, but only two have I been glad to see the back of.

Even most Editors-in-Chief, nearly every one of which has probably given me a kick up the arse at times, I can usually respect their decisions and judgements. But sometimes you also just end up working with arseholes who are arseholes for the sake of it. I expect every workplace is the same.

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So I am just curious of everyones comings and goings...

July 30 I'll arrive in Shanghai before jetting to Xian on August 3.

Too bad you are not in Shanghai the sunday evening.

I could invited you to join me to watch the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at Malone's (sports bar with lots of giants screens)

Me, I will arrive in Shanghai on Saturday August 2th in late afternoon. Rest a little bit (because of the 13 hours flight) and visit during the night the Xintiandi area (near my hotel) and probably go lunch at Din Tai Fung.

Sunday : visit of YuYuan Garden Bazar in the morning, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Museum of Comtempory Art in the afternoon, experiment lunch in a food street and go watch the F1 race in the evening.

The next two days will be Pudong, Huangpu River Cruise, a visit of the Shanghai F1 track, and of course exploring Nanjing Lu street. Got reservation for the two top Shanghai restaurant, Jean-Georges and M on the Bund.

My flight for Beijing is Wednesday August 6th in the morning. Have to go pick Phase 3 tickets at the Cosport office, and probably will pass the evening in the Sanlitun area.

Thursday August 7th is the day I choose for visiting the Great Wall (at Mutiany) before a visit to the Wangfujing night market in the evening.

Friday August 8th in the morning will be my best time to visit the Olympic Village if the invitation by NOC is still working. Visit also of the Canada House (between the Olympic Village and the Bird Nest) because I got a lot of my extra tickets to leave there and finally watching the OC in a park (probably Behai Park)

The 15 next days will be full of sports events with somes free time in my agenda to visit Olymphilex, Forbidden City, 798 Art District, etc...

Of course, lot of nice restaurant on my list.

I have to find a place to watch the F1 Grand Prix on the night of the 24th. Pretty sure that everywhere they will show the Closing Ceremony instead.

The next three days will be to visit some vineyards around Qingdao area (I'm in the wine business)

My return flight for Montreal (with a stop in Toronto) is Thursday August 28th.

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Sounds like there may be at least a few of us who won't be inside the Birds Nest on August 8, but will be watching the OC from one of the park live-sites. Anybody interested in getting together for this? Maybe meet up for dinner beforehand at some convenient location before proceeding to one of the parks?

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Sounds like there may be at least a few of us who won't be inside the Birds Nest on August 8, but will be watching the OC from one of the park live-sites. Anybody interested in getting together for this? Maybe meet up for dinner beforehand at some convenient location before proceeding to one of the parks?

I had that idea too. I heard there will be giant screens also in Beijing. I don't know it it is also near the stadium. But it will be very cool if for example we can see something when the athletes are marching from (I think) the National Indoor Stadium to the National stadium, to see the fireworks live, to hear the music and sounds live from near the stadium etc.

Great idea.

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As I'm resident in Beijing and will already be here, I'm willing to scope out the designated centrally-located sites to determine relative pros and cons, and to communicate same either by open board, or email, to GB'ers. We can then make a joint last minute decision either on or within a couple of days of August 8th. I'm sure the Chinese will be getting the live sites set up at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Beijing Duck dinner beforehand?

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As I'm resident in Beijing and will already be here, I'm willing to scope out the designated centrally-located sites to determine relative pros and cons, and to communicate same either by open board, or email, to GB'ers. We can then make a joint last minute decision either on or within a couple of days of August 8th. I'm sure the Chinese will be getting the live sites set up at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Beijing Duck dinner beforehand?

Maybe it's easier to decide before the beginning of August. I don't know if there are a lot of people who are there a week before the start of the Games?

I am. Because first I'd like to see a lot of Beijing.

Why not a dinner? :P It's one big party that day

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