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Picture Book: Chinese wins, Beijing, China, August 2005.

Twins, squeezing a friend for a picture

Twin girls were running at a younger friend to greet him. I asked them to stand still for a picture, their pink pants standing out.

Instead of lining up with their hands down as most children do, one girl embraces the other two. Their smaller friend gets squeezed, he look a bit unhappy.

In the background, the typical Chinize bikes. When I drove such a bike on the Red Square, passing Chairman Mao's picture in a no stopping zone a few days ago, the front basket fell off as all the screws got loose. Bikes were cheap in China in 1995 but you had to make sure all the screws remained tight.

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