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Baozi | Chinese Dumplings

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One of the things I love about big cities like Los Angeles, New York or London is the food. London by far has been my favorite. Almost every imaginable food is available, and generally within walking distance. One of the foods that I haven't found in this area (yet) is the Chinese Dumpling (which I  is called a Baozi). (Apparently I'm to look for a Dim Sum restaurant.) I've been longing to try one since Anthony Bourdain stated it was the "have-to" Chinese food. I was falsely advised that the English translation of Jiaozi means "heinous excursion", but Tanner Brown in Bejing laughed at what could have been a good band's name:

"Jiao literally means dumpling (specifically the non-round, smaller one made of a ravioli-type skin -- as opposed to the breaded skin). Zi meanwhile is merely a noun suffix - it might be translated as 'thing.' Zi does have other meanings, such as 'master' or 'son' but in these cases the tone, and ther…

Saint Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Square - Giving notice to Seriousness.

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Perhaps one of my greatest weaknesses, what could even be my hubris, is my inability to let go of things. On vacation, I not only take my baggage, but also my "baggage." I'm someone who takes on a project and focuses solely on the task of finding a way to make it work. I won't insist I'm a perfectionist, (because that's a hard label to live up to) but I do tend to have the inability to set things aside as failures. If it doesn't work one way, I'll try and try and often futilely try again until either I succeed or destroy everybody and everything around me in the process.

You may wonder why I would post such an ugly truth about myself, however it came about as I thought about the perplexing style with which we apply for jobs here in America. As if some covert, and very un-creative group managers, within every company in America, got together and decided the most important question that they could ask of you to confirm you're eligibility for the job …

In the BBC with John Barrowman's American Accent

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Someone once told me the secret to succeeding in America is a British accent. Our dialect is perceived as "uncouth and rather unpleasant" according to several of my friends around the world who have chosen to be brutally honest with me. So much so, that most Americans might unknowingly prejudice their own dialect for the more melodic British version. One only needs to watch the twenty-four hour news channels to realize that this is true, and that we're slowly being invaded by their cheeky enunciations. So why would John Barrowman, a Scottish actor choose to speak in an American accent?

Of course you're probably wondering who John Barrowman is if you're reading this from North America. An actor, and singer, a part of the longest running (since 1963) science fiction franchise in television history, the shows "Doctor Who", and "Torchwood", have a small, but growing cult following in the U.S. Let's put it this way, if you saw John Barrowman on …