The Royal County Arbiter

20 April 2006

I'll give as much milk as possible

I was handed this flyer yesterday by a middle-aged Chinese lady:

Quan Yin Alternative Living vegetarianism flyer

Any fool can tell you that a flyer with a drawing of a chicken saying "We Pray for You" on it is worth keeping.

Who is behind this campaign to convert people to vegetarianism? The links at the bottom of the flyer point to which, despite the spooky name, is a sort of Buddhist group led by The Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Being vegetarian is a major facet of traditional Buddhism but Supreme Master Ching Hai has some further explanations about why we mustn't eat eggs:

"We can drink milk, yes we could, no problem about milk because we don't have to kill the animal for milk. About the egg, even if it's no fertilized egg, it still contains a kind of symbol of life and death, born and reborn, and also the egg has the potential of attracting the negative energy. Perhaps you would read or know or heard that many of the magicians, they use the eggs to attract the negative entities from some of the possessed persons. Therefore we do not like to attract the negative force into ourselves, because now we try to reach the positive nature."
"Because egg is a symbol of life and death. In it contains life, yeah. And many of the black magicians or white magicians they use eggs to withdraw some of the negative possessive spirit within some people, yeah. Therefore, if we eat eggs too much we tend to attract this negative force toward ourselves. Yeah, that's one of the reasons why we should not eat eggs, hm."

Here, have an egg-free fortune cookie. I can absolutely guarantee it will not attract any negative entities.


Blogger ben:

That list of It's (It's Peace?!!?)seems to be crying out for an additional "Its Dot Com!" at the end.

I promise not to drink any cows on my way home.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Robert:

I like the way that Supreme Master Ching Hai occasionally loses patience with the Frequently Asked Questions and responds rather irritably: "I am vegetarian because the God inside me wants it. Understand?"

Hey! Be mellow Supreme Master Ching Hai!

12:57 pm  
Anonymous Boonzie:

Isn't the idea of a chicken praying for human lives somewhat blasphemous?

1:22 pm  
Blogger Christopher:

Bang goes my 'eggs with soliders' evening.

Those cadets are going to be dissapointed.

4:50 pm  
Blogger Jan:

unfortunately, I'm eating a chicken salad (with egg) sandwich as I read this. Oh, the dreary bread and the negative energy and the death of the praying chicken...they cry out to me.

woe. is. me.

3:04 pm  

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04 April 2006

The Free Object

My very favourite crafty arty internet person, Sarah Neuburger, has declared it a week of download fun at The Small Object. Huzzah! She'll be uploading a new free downloadable mystery item every day this week, all week.

So far we've had these great envelopes and labels:

free downloadable envelopes and labels to print out and make, created by Sarah Neuburger at The Small Object

I printed some out this morning at work and sat with the glue and scissors making them. I can confirm absolutely without reserve the radness of these designs. And I can't wait for the stationery that I ordered to arrive!

Download from the Small Object Steno Pad.


Blogger Spider-Sam:

Thumb wrestling championship belts!!
At last, something useful on the internet!

1:14 pm  

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02 April 2006

Natsume Soseki Am A Cat

We found this a little while ago on a Japanese imageboard:

Natsume Soseki, money-folding origami cat

It's a folded 1000-yen banknote, featuring the face of author Natsume Soseki. The creator of this piece is sadly unknown.

Try as we might, we have failed to find any instructions on the internet on how to make this particular kind of origami money-folding cat, either for Japanese money or our own trusty British sterling. I can, however, make a lovely Japanese crane. Myrtle says she can make a lily, but this is unproven.

On researching this entry, we've just discovered that these 1000-yen notes were phased out as legal tender just after we left Japan, replaced by ones bearing the countenance of Hideyo Noguchi.

...All this holiday money is WORTHLESS!


Anonymous Steve Jay:

That's fantastic! Soseki is one of my favourite authors, and probably the sole reason why I now own a cat. What Impudence! Foolish Humans! I love it.

If you do find out how to make these let me know.

You know there's a funny little trick that you can do with an australian 5$ bill featuring Queen Elizabeth II - though it's not quite oragami. When folded in the correct fashion you can turn the queens portrait into 'the coming together of the male/female genitalia'- to put it nicely. It really has to be seen to be believed.

12:00 pm  
Anonymous routard:

I googled 'royal arbiter' and got this chap :) I expect you know that?

On paper folding tricks I like to make these using bank notes

1:46 pm  
Blogger Tim Lazyhour:

Steve Jay - You'll have to take a picture of this folded money featuring the 'coming together' of genitalia! Failing that, just send me a picture of the same thing happening in real life.

routard: That is an excellent link! I'm going to try it myself today. And yes, I know all about this 'Dickie Arbiter' fellow. He's on our patch, and you don't want to know what happens to people that muscle in on our patch.

(we send them pictures of the coming together of genitalia.)

1:57 pm  

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