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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

Hockey and George "Ice" Gervin come to Beijing

Posted below is my Sports Talk column for the March That’s Beijing, which is out now. It is the first time I have ever written about hockey. Sometimes when you don't know what you're talking about, it pays to just keep talking. The game was…

Sara B news update

Below is a letter from Sara Blumenstein, Becky's youngest sister. She is a senior at the University of Chicago and the acceptance letters from architecture school are rolling in.As you can see, she recently began adpoting an architecture school…

Tangential -- Cheerleader breaks neck, keeps cheering.

I found this story to be pretty damn warped. It also made me remember going to Pitt basketball games as a kid and my dad screaming at the cheerleaders, “That’s dangerous! Someone is going to break their neck!” It was sort of embarrassing,…

First hand Dixie skiing report

Brother-in-law Jon Kessler writes:I know I don't contribute much to this forum(something about sharing your private thoughts withany stranger who happens on the site is a littleunsettling) but a recent occurance has prompted thisshout out. …

Brave man

Sorry but this is funny. Thanks your honor.

“You’re Fired!”

First, the good news. I am feeling much more confident today that Eli is going to be okay. Dixie examined his wound this morning thanks to the miracle of Isite and is convinced that the wound is indeed superficial, which is to say surface based…

Early reader response to column

You know I love this one:Alan,As a Chinese living in US, I read most of news about China from all sorts of US papers and magazines. Now, every morning, the most enjoyable thing for me to do is to read your column while sipping my green tea.…

New column, up today

THE EXPAT LIFEBy ALAN PAUL The Backstreet Boys LureAn Unlikely Fan in BeijingThough I wouldn't cross the street to see the Backstreet Boys back home, I recently trekked from one end of Beijing to the other to see the past-their-prime boy band…

Eli update

We are not out of the woods with Eli quite yet. His leg is about 85 percent well healed, but the remaining 15 percent is infected and looking pretty nasty though I have been assured it is a superficial infection requiring nothing more than cleanliness,…

Classic British School Memo

Jacob is year 3 so this applies to him. Pretty funny, methinks.To fully appreciate it, you'd have to see this guy, who looks exactly like you thik he looks. The "best dressed" is the tie and blazer. To: Parents of Students in Years 3 and above…