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A Polite Warning    

By Paul Fox
2103 Views | 22 Comments | 1/3/2020 1:14:10 PM
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#2020-01-06 14:52:10 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


It's Scottish。 I read it as ‘again’。 Of course, in that context it makes about as much sense as Mel giving 500 dollars to that fake charity

#2020-01-06 16:20:50 by melcyan @melcyan


My hospital treatment in Shanghai in 2013 was very cheap if I avoided hospitals that specifically catered for westerners. Has that situation changed? I hope not.

#2020-01-06 18:45:05 by melcyan @melcyan


In my previous comment, I was responding to your comment "The same sacrifices are required and add to that the loss of social welfare security legal and health services without the shenfenzheng (Chinese identity card)"  I also forgot to mention for the benefit of other readers that it is unwise to use Chinese hospitals (that are only set up to treat Chinese people) as a Westerner unless you have a Chinese person alongside you who is protecting you all the way. I realise that you may not be very familiar with Chinese hospitals but I had to ask the question in the hope that you were. In fact, I welcome input from anyone who can answer my previous question.

#2020-01-06 21:14:10 by oldghost @oldghost

maybe I should add spellunker and spelleologist, not that I'm caving in of course...

#2020-01-07 16:10:25 by oldghost @oldghost

@meicyan I have only one live experience of a public Chinese hospital, last century, in Hangzhou or Ningbo not sure which.  For marriage in China blood and urine specimens were required and I was more or less the star with a long snaking line of observers. The blood (but not the urine sample!) were given in public under the public gaze of the 50 or so who had crowded into the small room to watch the spectacle, and I noted the unlabelled specimens rolling around in the tray whilst making a simultaneous mental note to avoid return visits.
Later when bitten by monkeys in Emeishan I refused advice to present at hospital, probably unwisely given the possibility of rabies.

#2020-01-07 16:25:56 by oldghost @oldghost

@paulfox1 agin as I have heard and seen and used it, is dialect for against, opposed to, contra; not a 'spello' as you surmised.  'I have nothing agin you so long as you maintain the distance of many barge poles.'  If you look less cursorily you will see it is so. agin: an informal, facetious, or dialect word for against fits the bill exactly, since the usage was indeed facetious, and perhaps 'a tetch (sic) derogatory'.

#2020-01-08 10:50:24 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


I have a good friend who is Scottish. I have heard him use it in context such as, "I'll not be going there agin', so I guess it has colloquial meanings too.

However, as I said before, when I first saw it in your comment I saw it as a mis-spelled 'again'. My mistake.

#2020-01-08 11:40:14 by melcyan @melcyan

Just when you think CLM has overcome high levels of absurdity Paul calls out "hold my beer!"

#2020-01-08 11:59:23 by melcyan @melcyan



I have been to two hospitals for treatment for myself in China. The one that was for westerners was 10 times more expensive and the standard of care was the same. My partner went once to a hospital and we visited friends and relatives many times in hospitals.


I was surprised how family members were allowed to stay with a patient 24/7. Family also supplied all the meals. "Thank you gifts" to doctors also surprised me. Surprises aside, I found the care given to me and to others to be high in standard.

#2020-01-09 14:44:10 by oldghost @oldghost

@melcyan having seen and often stayed with or hosted the in-law family I have always been amazed at just how close they are as a family.  Two sisters and four brothers all raised through the harshest days of the cultural revolution and the famine before, they and their children and grandchildren all live (with just one exception) within a 10-minute radius in Beilun Ningbo and without exception on a nightly basis hop house to house sharing food yarns shopping stories business smoke.  Coming from a dysfunctional Australian family as an only child whose grandparents visited perhaps twice a decade and then under duress I was very aware of the closeness just as I was aware how little my parents wanted to see their grandchildren.  I can certainly attest to the closeness of the one and the remoteness of the other.

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