Boy was not the worst of the things that Jon Snow had been called since being chosen lord commander. He ignored it.
“Snow,” the voice insisted, “Lord Commander.”
This time he stopped. “Ser?”
The knight overtopped him by six inches. “A man who bears Valyrian steel should use it for more than scratching his arse.”
Jon had seen this one about the castle—a knight of great renown, to hear him tell it. During the battle beneath the Wall, Ser Godry Farring had slain a fleeing giant, pounding after him on horseback and driving a lance through his back,
then dismounting to hack off the creature’s pitiful small head. The queen’s men had taken to calling him Godry the Giantslayer.
Jon remembered Ygritte, crying. I am the last of the giants. “I use Longclaw when I must, ser.”
Countless stories are told of them. They are the pendants ofthose “vicious”, “bloodthirsty”, “depraved” animals that inflamethe ire of the maniacs I have
just mentioned, who vent theirspite on them with walking sticks and umbrellas. In both caseswe look at an animal and see a mirror. The obsession
withputting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane notonly of theologians but also of zoologists.
I learned the lesson that an animal is an animal, essentiallyand practically removed from us, twice: once with Father andonce with Richard Parker.
It was on a Sunday morning. I was quietly playing on myown. Father called out.
“Children, come here.”Something was wrong. His tone of voice set off a smallalarm bell in my head. I quickly reviewed my conscience. Itwas clear. Ravi must be in trouble again. I wondered what hehad done this time. I
“Ravi, Piscine, I have a very important lesson for you today.””Oh really, is this necessary?” interrupted Mother. Her facewas flushed.
I swallowed. If Mother, normally so unruffled, so calm, wasworried, even upset, it meant we were in serious trouble. Iexchanged glances with Ravi.
walked into the living room. Mother wasthere. That was unusual. The disciplining of children, like thetending of animals, was generally left to Father. Ravi
Iron Emmett’s lads were well at it in the yard, blunted swords slamming into shields and ringing against one another.
Jon stopped to watch a moment as Horse pressed Hop-Robin back toward the well. Horse had the makings of a
good fighter, he decided. He was strong and getting stronger, and his instincts were sound. Hop-Robin was another tale. His clubfoot was bad enough, but he was
afraid of getting hit as well. Perhaps we can make a steward of him. The fight ended abruptly, with Hop-Robin on the ground.
“Well fought,” Jon said to Horse, “but you drop your shield too low when pressing an attack. You will want to correct that, or it is like to get you killed.”
“Yes, m’lord. I’ll keep it higher next time.” Horse pulled Hop-Robin to his feet, and the smaller boy made a clumsy bow.
A few of Stannis’s knights were sparring on the far side of the yard. King’s men in one corner and queen’s men in another,
Jon did not fail to note, but only a few. It’s too cold for most of them. As he strode past them, a booming voice called after him. “BOY! YOU THERE! BOY!”
Just beyond the ticket booth Father had had painted on awall in bright red letters the question:
DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOSTDANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO?
An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so manyeager, curious hands
that pulled at the curtain that we had toreplace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror.
But I learned at my expense that Father believed there wasanother animal even more dangerous than us, and one thatwas extremely common, too,
found on every continent, in everyhabitat: the redoubtable species Animalus anthropomorphicus,the animal as seen through human eyes. We’ve all met
one,perhaps even owned one. It is an animal that is “cute”,”friendly”, “loving”, “devoted”, “merry”, “under-standing”.
“Three corns and one roast raven,” said Dolorous Edd. “Very good, m’lord, only Hobb’s made boiled eggs, black sausage, and apples stewed with prunes. The apples stewed with prunes are excellent, except for the prunes. I won’t
eat prunes myself. Well, there was one time when Hobb chopped them up with chestnuts and carrots and hid them in a hen. Never trust a cook, my lord. They’ll prune you when you least expect it.”
“Later.” Breakfast could wait; Stannis could not. “Any trouble from the stockades last night?”
“Not since you put guards on the guards, m’lord.”
“Good.” A thousand wildlings had been penned up beyond the Wall, the captives Stannis Baratheon had taken when his knights had smashed Mance Rayder’s patchwork host. Many of the prisoners were women, and some of the
guards had been sneaking them out to warm their beds. King’s men, queen’s men, it did not seem to matter; a few black brothers had tried the same thing. Men were men, and these were the only women for a thousand leagues.
“Two more wildlings turned up to surrender,” Edd went on. “A mother with a girl clinging to her skirts. She had a boy babe too, all swaddled up in fur, but he was dead.”
“Dead,” said the raven. It was one of the bird’s favorite words. “Dead, dead, dead.”
“Religion will save us,” I said. Since when I could remember,religion had been very close to my heart.
“Religion?” Mr. Kumar grinned broadly. “I don’t believe inreligion. Religion is darkness.”Darkness? I was puzzled. I thought, Darkness is the lastthing that
religion is. Religion is light. Was he testing me? Washe saying, “Religion is darkness,” the way he sometimes said inclass things like “Mammals lay eggs,”
to see if someone wouldcorrect him? (“Only platypuses, sir.”)”There are no grounds for going beyond a scientificexplanation of reality and no sound
reason for believinganything but our sense experience. A clear intellect, closeattention to detail and a little scientific knowledge will exposereligion as
superstitious bosh. God does not exist.” -Did he say that? Or am I remembering the lines of lateratheists? At any rate, it was something of the
sort. I had neverheard such words.
“Why tolerate darkness? Everything is here and clear, if onlywe look carefully.”He was pointing at Peak. Now though I had greatadmiration
Jon pissed in darkness, filling his chamber pot as the Old Bear’s raven muttered complaints. The wolf dreams had been growing stronger, and he found
himself remembering them even when awake. Ghost knows that Grey Wind is dead. Robb had died at the Twins,
and his wolf had perished with him. Bran and Rickon had been murdered too,
beheaded at the behest of Theon Greyjoy, who had once been their lord father’s ward … but if dreams did not lie, their
direwolves had escaped. At Queenscrown, one had come out of the darkness to save Jon’s life. Summer, it had to be. His fur was grey, and Shaggydog is black. He
wondered if some part of his dead brothers lived on inside their wolves.
He filled his basin from the flagon of water beside his bed, washed his face and hands, donned a clean set of black
woolens, laced up a black leather jerkin, and pulled on a pair of well-worn boots. Mormont’s raven watched with shrewd
black eyes, then fluttered to the window. “Do you take me for your thrall?” When Jon folded back the window with its thick
diamond-shaped panes of yellow glass, the chill of the morning hit him in the face. He took a breath to clear away the cobwebs of the night as the raven flapped
away. That bird is too clever by half. It had been the Old Bear’s companion for long years, but that had not stopped it from eating Mormont’s face once he died.
I was more afraid thatin a few words thrown out he might destroy something that Iloved. What if his words had the
effect of polio on me? Whata terrible disease that must be if it could kill God in a man.
He walked off, pitching and rolling in the wild sea that wasthe steady ground. “Don’t forget the test on Tuesday.
Studyhard, 3.14!””Yes, Mr. Kumar.”He became my favourite teacher at Petit Seminaire and thereason I studied
zoology at the University of Toronto. I felt akinship with him. It was my first clue
that atheists are mybrothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word theyspeak speaks of faith. Like me,
They had free folk drifting in most every night, starved half-frozen creatures who had run from the battle beneath the Wall only to crawl back when they realized there was no safe place to run to. “Was the mother questioned?” Jon
asked. Stannis Baratheon had smashed Mance Rayder’s host and made the King-Beyond-the-Wall his captive … but the wildlings were still out there, the Weeper and Tormund Giantsbane and thousands more.
“Aye, m’lord,” said Edd, “but all she knows is that she ran off during the battle and hid in the woods after. We filled her full of porridge, sent her to the pens, and burned the babe.”
Burning dead children had ceased to trouble Jon Snow; live ones were another matter. Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the
son, so both die kings. The words had been murmured by one of the queen’s men as Maester Aemon had cleaned his wounds. Jon had tried to dismiss
them as his fever talking. Aemon had demurred. “There is power in a king’s blood,” the old maester had warned, “and better men than Stannis have done
worse things than this.” The king can be harsh and unforgiving, aye, but a babe still on the breast? Only a monster would give a living child to the flames.
He spoke again. “Some people say God died during thePartition in 1947. He may have died in 1971 during the war.
Or he may have died yesterday here in Pondicherry in anorphanage. That’s what some people say, Pi. When I was yourage, I lived in bed, racked with
polio. I asked myself every day,‘Where is God? Where is God? Where is God?’ God nevercame. It wasn’t God who saved me – it was medicine. Reasonis my
prophet and it tells me that as a watch stops, so wedie. It’s the end. If the watch doesn’t work properly, it must befixed here and now by us. One day we will take hold of themeans of production and there will be justice on
earth.”This was all a bit much for me. The tone was right – lovingand brave – but the details seemed bleak.
Recently, a Dutch court ruled against a lawsuit by Fujian villagers of China
against Dutch Tibetans for reclaiming the statue of Master Zhang sitting in the body of Buddha, on the grounds that it was unclear whether the villagers’Committee of China had the right to file a lawsuit.
A lot of Chinese people are angry when news of the verdict comes out. This is the logic of robbers. The Buddha is ours. It also says that we have no right to appeal to the law. That’s a wonderful reason.
Maybe some netizens don’t know what happened. One night in December 1995,
the guard of Lin’s ancestral temple in Yangchun Village, Wushan Township,
Datian County, Fujian Province, fell asleep and the ancestor Zhang, who was enshrined in the ancestral temple, disappeared.
Zhang Gongzu, known by villagers in Yangchun Village, Fujian Province as
“the benefactor of Kaishan”, is a Taoist monk. Zhang Gongzu sat down and
became a Buddha. The ancestors of Yangchun Village in Fujian made it into a
body sitting Buddha, which has been enshrined in Lin’s ancestral temple.
In October 2014, the Hungarian Museum
of Natural Science held an exhibition “Mummy World”, where a statue of Chinese Buddhist and monk’s body,
labeled about 1100 A.D., was also displayed.
Some people are surprised to find that this Chinese Buddha statue is very similar to the body treasure of Zhang
Gong-liu Quan, who was stolen in the Song Dynasty in 1995. Moreover, there are some words on the Buddha cushion,
such as “this hall’s general seal of Zhang
this Buddha statue on display is the stolen Buddha statue in Yangchun Village.
So the villagers of Yangchun Village, Wushan Township, Datian County,
Fujian Province, submitted evidence to the Dutch court, saying that the
mummies in the exhibition were the Buddha statues they had lost.
According to Dutch media reports, the owner of the Buddha statue is an
architect in Amsterdam. He said his collection of Buddha statues is indeed very similar to those lost in Yangchun
Village, Fujian Province. However, the Yangchun village Buddha statue in Fujian Province was stolen in October of the Lunar calendar in 1995, and his
collection of Buddha statues was earlier than this time, that is to say, the possibility of the two Buddha statues
being the same is small. However, such collectors claim
The latest issue of Feng Wei has three guests, Zhang Yishan,
Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan. Xie Xian seldom participates in variety arts.
This time, he and his friend Wang Mingquan are guests. They can say that they are very
supportive of Tse Tingfeng’s food cause. In the program, 82-year-old Xie Xian surprisingly appeared.
Xie Xian wore a white suit with a white high-collar shirt and a
golden necklace. He was very young, handsome and tasteful. He was not like a man in his eighties, but like a man in his forties.
Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan’s “The King of Thousand Kings”
is very popular. They are also good friends for more than 30 years. Once they meet again, they can’t help
talking about past interesting events. Wang Mingquan also mentioned that when making this play,
it happened to be a very meaningful memory of Tse Tingfeng when
he was born. Tingfeng Xie listened to Wang Mingquan and his father talk about his birth interesting,
Tingfeng Xie said that often listen to his father mentioned the
story, what is it, Wang Mingquan and Xie Xian restored to Tingfeng Xie interesting memories at that time.
When Xie Xian and Wang Mingquan were filming, Xie Xian received a
phone call from the hospital and told Xie Xian good news: your son was born. Xie Xian talked
and imitated the situation at that time. When he heard that his son was born,
Xie Xian was happy to leave immediately. He pushed Wang Mingquan aside and ran to
the hospital. Now mentioning this, Xie Xian is still excited, happy to say that he
came to the hospital, waiting at the door for 15 minutes, Tingfeng Tse was finally born, Xie Xian is also very excited.
However, when the children came out, Xie Xian said that he looked at the newly
born Nicholas Tse, but instantly abandoned him. He could not help but Tucao at the
scene in front of Nicholas Tse: so ugly. Ha ha, Nicholas Tse heard Dad Tucao himself
ugly, but really did not expect, a face can not believe. Zhang Yishan on the other side
also mended the knife “Say you are ugly”. Nicholas Tse was tucking up by his
father, and couldn’t resist laughing back at him: like you!
Haha, the dialogue between father and son is funny, but Xie Xian hasn’t finished
yet. Then Xie Xian said that although he saw Xie Tingfeng was ugly when he was born,
Xie Xian still couldn’t help crying with his new born Xie Tingfeng. Xie Xian is
also full of love from his father.
I can’t help recalling it again. When he heard that his
father was crying for his birth, Tse Tingfeng’s expression became
tearful and smiled in his emotional eyes.
Nicholas Tse was ugly by his father’s vomit. It was surprising, but it seemed
ugly when he was born. Xie Xian, 82, is still so young and handsome. His son, Tingfeng
Tse, is becoming more and
Zhejiang woman Alan (a pseudonym) was arrested 11 times by the
police for drug abuse in the past eight years, but each time because she was pregnant, she escaped legal punishment and turned to community drug treatment.
On December 29, Peng Mei News learned from the Xianju County Public Security Bureau in Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province that Alan was arrested by the police again
recently for drug abuse. She had not been pregnant or breastfeeding since her last abortion. At present, the public security organs have sent her to a drug rehabilitation center to enforce compulsory isolation and detoxification for two years.
“This is an angry and distressing case. Alan is unmarried and has no children. For years, it has been impossible to figure out how many pregnancies and abortions she has
had in order to avoid drug abuse. How did she keep pregnant? Is it accidental pregnancy or intentional pregnancy? She has been reluctant to answer us. But she once
said to a poisonous friend that she never wanted to be a mother, but she knew there was a baby in her stomach that could save her, so she kept getting pregnant. Xianju police officers told Peng Mei News.
Alan, 29, from Yongjia County, Wenzhou, has lived in Xianju for many years.
According to police officer Chen of Zhuxi Police Station of Xianju County Public Security Bureau, in 2010, Alan left the record for the first time for drug abuse, when
she was 21 years old, at that time she adopted administrative detention penalty. Since then, she has been caught frequently for drug abuse. Civilian policemen working in the
Xianju County Public Security Bureau have basically dealt with her.
Relevant provisions of the Drug Rehabilitation Regulations promulgated by the State Council stipulate that if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding her infant under the age
of one is addicted to drugs, compulsory isolation and detoxification shall not be applied.
Police said, I do not know when, Alan heard that drug abuse during pregnancy will not be punished even if arrested, so she chose to use pregnancy to avoid compulsory drug
treatment punishment. Since 2011, she has been arrested 11 times for drug abuse, but each time she is pregnant, the police have to change the compulsory isolation and detoxification measures to community detoxification.
The most ridiculous incident was in early March 2013 when Alan was arrested for drug abuse. When she went to the hospital for examination, the doctor found that her baby had died in the abdomen. The doctor and the police urged her to abort the abortion,
but Alan refused to listen and even sat on the ground and played a lark to let the police
let her go. Ultimately, the police could only impose administrative detention for 15 days without executing the penalty. Less than a month later, Alan relapsed and was
captured by the police. At this time, the stillbirth was still in the abdomen. This time, she refused to have an abortion. At this time, the child had died in her abdomen for
more than two months. Unfortunately, the police only changed the compulsory isolation and detoxification against her to community detoxification. Moreover, Alan
often uses pregnancy to evade public security punishment as a capital to show off in his circle of friends.
In July this year, Alan was again seized by Xianju police for taking methamphetamine. The public security organs decided to isolate Alan for two years. As in the past, when
she was found pregnant again, the police could only change their measures and order Alan community to give up drugs for three years.
In early December, Xianju police learned that Alan had not received drug treatment in the community of his hometown in Yongjia County, but had quietly returned to Xianju
and taken drugs. After several days of squatting by the police, they were caught on the spot while taking drugs. This time Alan was not pregnant.
In addition, the police confirmed that Alan still has evidence of drug abuse,
Towards the end of recent years, it is also about to usher in
a small tourism peak. It should have been a happy moment for the hotel industry. However, following the “Towel Gate” incident, a few days ago, the hotel industry has collectively fallen into the “Bed Gate” – News exposure, the “violent steaming white”
of the hotel bed sheets, the mixed washing of bloody linen and club underwear, exposed washing companies and 7 days, such as home and brocade. Jiang and other well-known hotel chains have had business.
First Financial Reporter interviewed many people on December 27 to learn that similar “bed sheet door” incidents did not happen for the first time. Most economic hotel chains and even some three-star and four-star hotels will adopt outsourcing washing mode,
because the cost of self-built washing system is too high, usually only five-star hotels adopt self-built washing system. Under the
outsourcing mode, supervision and hygiene safety are difficult to control. Hotels only check the qualifications and spot checks of washing companies. Whether bedsheets are cleaned or not depends almost entirely on the conscience of washing companies.
How much do you know about cloth washing?
In the hotel industry, cloth is a professional term, referring to almost everything related to “cloth” in modern hotels, including
hotel bedding: such as sheets, quilts, pillowcases, pillow cores, quilts, decorative fabrics, etc; hotel bathroom products: such as towels, towels, bathrobes, etc; hotel restaurant textiles: such as table cloth, mouth cloth, chair covers, etc.
A hotel has a lot of used cloth to clean every day.
“Think about it, a hotel has at least 100 rooms (a small boutique hotel may have dozens of single project rooms). Some hotels have hundreds of rooms, each room has sheets, quilts, pillowcases, bath towels, etc. It used to be changed every day. Now it pays
attention to environmental protection, so it is necessary to produce a lot of cloth and grass to be cleaned every day. Therefore, if the hotel has to clean itself, it will cost a lot to buy washing equipment and maintain it. Therefore, in the hotel industry, economic hotel chains,
as well as many three-star hotels, even four-star hotels with relatively low prices will take cloth washing outsourcing. Only luxury five-star hotels will adopt self-built washing system. Zhang Jun (not his real name) has been a manager of a large hotel chain for many years,
he told the First Financial Journalist.
After interviewing and consulting the public information, the first financial reporter learned that there are many washing companies on the market. Usually, the business scope of these washing companies will include washing Hotel bedsheets, quilts, towels and customer
service washing; washing restaurant tablecloths, mouth cloths, kitchen clothes and chair covers; washing bathroom towels, bath towels, bathrobes and bathrobes; washing towels, bath towels, gowns and beauty parlors. Beauty sheets; gym towels, bath towels; factories:
group uniforms, work clothes dry cleaning wet cleaning. Namely, there are hotels, hotels, baths, restaurants, beauty parlors, gyms, factories, resorts, business clubs and so on.
According to the relevant requirements, different types of cloth should be washed separately, and professional cleaning products harmless to human body should be used. Clean and polluted cloth must be placed separately. According to public information, there are
three kinds of commonly used washing products: one is block, such as soap, transparent soap, composite soap; the other is powder, such as laundry powder, natural soap powder; the third is liquid, such as detergent, liquid soap, bath milk, shampoo, etc. The products of
regular enterprises have specific fragrance, transparent liquid products, no suspended matter (non-transparent uniform, non-stratified); block products have uniform organization and pleasant color; powder products have uniform color and no impurities. The average net content of liquid and powdery products is up to the standard.
However, as can be seen in the video of the washing company that was exposed, the washing company mixed different kinds of cloth, even mixed bloody cloth and club underwear with mixed washing, clean and polluted cloth. The worst thing is that the washing
products used by the washing company belong to the “violent whitening” of chemical products, which are not really clean, but appear to be white on the surface. It is also harmful to human skin.
The battle of outsourcing
First Financial Journalist contacted relevant hotels, such as Home and other hotels, said that the exposure of the above news and facts are different, the specific situation is being processed.
This is not the first time that the hotel industry has been exposed such incidents. Years ago, seven days ago, Huazhu and other washing companies were also accused of problems with their cooperation. At that time, seven days ago, the hotel said that there was a regulatory loophole in the implementation of the hotel, requiring the hotel concerned to immediately replace the designated large-scale washing supplier
Six younger children finally responded to the various “black material”