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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days

The taxidermy school days ended as they began: just plain weird. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams On day seven, Teacher Liu defrosted four squirrels, patchy black and white rodents frozen together in a block of ice.  They looked a little like they were caught spooning in an ice storm.  But…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six

Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams Mr Zhou’s a generous man. He loves to hand out smokes. As Michelle and I were working on our sheep heads, he shoved pre-lit cigarettes in our mouths. “Smoke,” he insisted, in his thick northern accent, then pounded from the room. There we were: fags…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three

Day One started with flaying a dog, and Day Two started with flaying a baby dog. So when day three started with Teacher Liu saying, over breakfast, “I think you’ll do a sheep’s head today,” I cheered with glee. I almost spilled my bowl of fresh soy milk & nescafe. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day

That first day was a trial. We’d flayed a dog’s legs, and worked the bones from the feet.  But that was nothing compared to the second. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams “We’ve got two squirrels for you this morning,” Teacher Liu said at breakfast.  I was thrilled — a squirrel…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day

“Was he killed?” asked Xiao Li, as he was carefully slicing around the ear, trying to get at the tendon inside. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams “No,” said Teacher Liu.  “He just died a few days ago.” “Died of what?” “I don’t know.  Don’t ask me.” “He must have died…

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Off to Taxidermy School The Taxidermy Diaries 

Off to Taxidermy School

Woo and I have long shared a love of stuffed animals, so it’s time to make it true. This morning, we’re driving off to Songzhuang Artists Village with two lads from Harbin for a 10-day taxidermist training workshop. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams A couple of Woo’s preview snaps, from…

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Philadelphia CheeseSteak Ice Cream Our Recipes 

Philadelphia CheeseSteak Ice Cream

“That’s possibly the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” Michelle didn’t use these words lightly. She didn’t say this when I’d suggested we fly across the country to a park staffed by 108 dwarfs, or we hand-feed live animals to hungry tigers, or we train to become professional taxidermists. But evidently Michelle has her limits, too. She draws a line at Philadelphia Cheesesteak Ice Cream. We were about to watch Rambocky X, the legendary double-feature pairing of Rocky VI and Rambo IV. (You know: “When a 60-something fighter comes out of…

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About AsiaObscura

Dean Pickles is a writer, blogger, and novelist. Andy Deemer is a product manager, photographer, filmmaker, blogger, novelist and videogame creator. Together they are AsiaObscura.

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