Monday, January 9, 2017

The Trump Chicken

Workers inflating a giant chicken resembling Donald Trump in front of a Jiaxing factory in China, January 06, 2017. AFP Photo

A factory in Jiaxing, China is hatching giant inflatable chickens resembling Donald Trump to usher in the Year of the Rooster.The five-meter (16-foot) fowls sport the distinctive golden mane of the US president-elect and mimic his signature hand gestures with their tiny wings. 

The balloon factory is selling its presidential birds for as much as 14,400 yuan (RM9,297) on Chinese shopping site Taobao for a 10-meter version.

The cartoon balloon appeared to be based on a sculpture designed by US artist Casey Latiolais – unveiled last month in Taiyuan in the Chinese province of Shanxi.

Factory owner Wei Qing told AFP he was not aware of this – and adding that “there are some differences in the facial expression. And that one is glass. Ours is inflatable”.

In any case, Trump has captured the Chinese imagination and riled its authorities, threatening to get tough on trade practices he says are unfair after taking office on January 20, 2017.

English League Two high-flyers Plymouth Argyle put on a dogged defensive display against a much-changed Liverpool side to draw 0-0 on Monday in a FA cup tie and forced a third-round replay.

Jurgen Klopp couldn't resist taking a dig at their approach.

"I don't know how many people live in Plymouth. But it felt like the whole of Plymouth was in the 18-yard box".

A day earlier, I was in Petaling Jaya to take up three roles at the Sai Masters Toastmasters meeting. I was a speaker – CC#6 titled “Blood and Gore” – as well as the Table Topics Evaluator and General Evaluator.

My CC progress is as shown below:

It is inching towards completion. Only seven speeches remaining.

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