With over 500 houses, the village used to be home to more than 2,000 fishermen and their families. In the early 1990s first rich and powerful families started to leave, locals said, due to issues not unknown to such remote islands - education and food delivery among them - and the appeal of a better life away from the island. Others followed in droves and by 1994 almost everyone else had gone. Now just a handful of people still live there. Sun Ayue, one of the remaining residents, invited me to his very basic home. A single room with a wooden bed and no mattress, one chair to sit and another serving as a table. on the bare floor are a few candles, while a half-torn poster of the Chinese God of Fortune is on the wall. The old man recounts his life full of sorrow with amazing calm. Soon I don’t hear his words anymore, only focusing on the tough face, wrinkled and bewildered. Time stood still and nature started reclaiming what is hers. The village now looks not unlike what I’ve seen in Chernobyl and other similar forsaken places. Vegetation climbs walls, breaks through doors and windows covering all in green. narrow paths become even narrower and more dangerous to negotiate. Parts of the village are permanently inaccessible, adding to the mystical feel. Three more people live in the village: an old lady further away in the next bay and a couple with a pack of wolf-like, half mad dogs who moved long ago into an abandoned school. That, plus maybe an occasional visit by former residents, was all the village knew for twenty years. Inside the houses all is covered by fine moss and colours fade away. Tiny branches, like veins on old man’s legs, spread all around, decorating the emptiness. In one building, children’s clothes are tidily folded, as if someone wanted to leave a sign of hope that life will come back one day. And then, a few years ago some strangers started coming. First very few and then more and more ever-curious tourists climbed over the hill from a town nearby. Naturally they all had cameras and were happy to share their pictures. The word, or better say picture, of a beautiful ghost village spread fast. All of a sudden a small invasion of visitors started and has never stopped. Nowadays, several hundred people visit the village every day, making it difficult for Mr Cheng to control. He doesn’t seem too worried. Former neighbours accompany him every day, selling. Source: widerimage.reuters.com
July 17--PRINCETON -- The bond between pets and their humans is a strong one, and being home alone can get boring for four-legged friends. Just ask Julie. When her adoptive "mom" had to leave for surgery in Charleston last week, Julie got lonely. "I left on Wednesday for a heart catheterization in Charleston, and my caregiver was checking on her twice each day," Ruby Walker said, with Julie laying contentedly at her side on a porch glider this week. "She got into everything while I was gone. She had gotten into one of my pocketbooks. And, I guess she must have thought I was in the bed. She got up on the bed and pulled the blankets down, just like she was going to bed, and messed the covers all up. ". After that fun was over, Ruby's caregiver reported that Julie decided to let her frustration be known by wetting on all the puppy... And, when she had expelled all the water she could drink, Julie decided to do a little investigating. "I have a folding chair in one of the rooms inside," Ruby explained. "Behind that chair, I keep a table with a lot of my medical equipment and things on it. ". Ruby had left her Life Alert necklace on that table when she departed for the brief trip to Charleston. Julie managed to jump, unencumbered by her toenails and the slippery metal surface of the folding chair, onto the seat portion of the chair, balance with her front paws on the medical supply-laden table and her back feet on the seat of the chair... Somewhere in the supplies, she landed a paw or her nose just right, or wrong, on the lifeline necklace, pressing the alarm button that immediately alerted Mercer County 911 that there was an emergency happening inside the home. When dispatchers tried to communicate with the person they believed to have pushed the button due to an unidentified emergency and didn't hear anyone respond, they dispatched Princeton Rescue Squad and Princeton Fire Department personnel to the home. Responders became even more concerned when they couldn't get any response to their attempts to rouse anyone inside the home. Finally, they made contact with a neighbor across the street, who happened to have a key, in the event of an emergency. He readily agreed to open the door, but advised the. Source: www.firehouse.com
The streets of downtown Austin are stirring blearily to life as the turducken street taco that is SXSW—a weeklong tech expo wrapped inside a film festival and finished off with a music showcase—shakes off the previous night’s revelry. But backstage at the Austin Convention Center, where he is due to deliver the film festival’s keynote address, director-producer-writer-actor Mark Duplass is rested and alert. His father is here, and so is his agent, and so is a tray of pastries, which Mark eyes warily. Mark is a 38-year-old former athlete—he ran track in high school—and he possesses that strain of shticky carb anxiety common to the contemporary middle-aged male. His Twitter bio reads, “Resisting donuts, daily. ” On December 18 he tweeted , “I want a donut so goddamn bad my heart hurts. ” Tomorrow he will give an interview to Salon in which he refers to them as a source of “extreme joy” followed by intense regret: “With years of therapy, we’ve been able to extend that doughnut joy from the 12 seconds of eating to another three... ” The point is, Mark is used to regulating his impulses for his own protection, and that’s why he eschewed yesterday’s industry parties and screenings in favor of a couple of miles on the treadmill and eight hours of sleep and why now, while the... Judging purely by his résumé, Mark is a fitting keynote speaker for SXSW’s maximalism. As an actor, he has securely attained oh-hey- that- guy status. You might recognize him as the smirky Pete from FXX’s fantasy-football comedy series The League or the competitively sensitive midwife Brendan on Fox’s The Mindy Project or the tightly wound, undersexed Brett in HBO’s Togetherness. But to the people filing into the auditorium, he is better known as one half of the Duplass brothers, an indie-film juggernaut that has written, directed, or had a hand in producing 24 movies over the past 19 years—including four new films... Beyond their prodigious output, Mark and his brother, Jay, 42, are celebrated for creating an entirely new model of DIY filmmaking, one tailor-made for the Netflix era of digital distribution. Twenty years ago every young director dreamed of becoming the next Quentin. Source: www.wired.com
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