Not Saussure

March 4, 2007

Was it something I said?

Filed under: Foreigners — notsaussure @ 2:22 am

Apparently this blog is blocked in China, though I’m not sure if it’s me personally or they don’t like.

Via Matt M, whose Insomniac is also blocked. I’m not sure there’s rhyme or reason to this, since they’ve blocked Devil’s Kitchen, Rachel and Queen Minx, but not Mr Eugenides (at least not of ten minutes ago). Cllr Kelly remains similarly unblocked. If I were Mr Eugenides, I’d sue.



  1. I’m outraged! What do I have to do to attract these peoples’ attention?

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — March 4, 2007 @ 3:06 am

  2. It seems to throw up some strange results. The Independent’s website appears to be blocked, but none of the other UK broads sites are. At least the Chinese can make do with Conservapedia, which at the moment isn’t blocked, instead of Wikipedia. Thank heaven for small mercies.

    Comment by . — March 4, 2007 @ 4:48 am

  3. They can view the Snob as well lucky buggers…

    What are Terry Kelly’s views on China, btw?

    Comment by Reactionary Snob — March 4, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  4. In China they can also, I see, get 18 Doughty Street, Iain Dale and Bloggerheads, but not Paul Staines/Guido.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 4, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  5. It’s indeed strange, Notsaussure. Maybe they’re more clever than we give them credit for and they’ve finally discovered that you’re actually an axe-wielding, murdering lawyer.

    Comment by jameshigham — March 4, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

  6. And if it wasn’t for those pesky kids, I’d have gotten away with it!

    Actually, that can’t be right, James, because if a little thing that gets you banned, why’s RS acceptable? Maybe I go up-market and use a Purdey rather than an axe in future.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 4, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  7. Weird. Our archrights blog is blocked, but not the database masterclass one. I remember a while ago writing about the fact that, unlike the UK, China had banned fingerprinting children for school libraries on human rights grounds, and adding an exclamation mark. Maybe it was the punctuation wot did it.

    Comment by archrights — March 4, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  8. It is rather difficult to work out, Archrights. I wonder if the mere fact of having mentioned China at some stage automatically gets you blocked, by a computer, until someone gets round to examining whether you’re acceptable or not; the only time I’ve mentioned that country, as far as I recall, was in the context of Chinese ‘Gaudy Art’, which maybe they don’t like.

    Dunno what they’ve got against Queen Minx, though she does have a Chinese character (completely inoffensive, unless someone’s misinformed her) in her latest post.  A google search reveals that the only reference in the complete works of Cllr Kelly is a reference to someone being ‘my old china’, which presumably doesn’t count.

    Jolly inscrutable, these Chinese chappies.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 4, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

  9. It must have been something you said because China sends me my third most traffic after Europe and America.

    Comment by jailhouselawyer — March 4, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

  10. Snort!

    Comment by notsaussure — March 4, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

  11. It is strange who’s banned and who’s not. They probably have some kind of keyword search – though I’m not sure what for.

    Think I’ve mentioned China in the past though. And if it is that then anyone mentioning that site will soon find themselves on the naughty list.

    Comment by Matt M — March 4, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

  12. I blogged about Google’s cave-in to China a year or so back; with sweary words and everything. Doesn’t seem to have affected the censors too much.

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — March 4, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

  13. That explains it, Mr Eugenides — they’re frightened of upsetting you again because they know what happens when they do.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 4, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

  14. Oh no!!

    I am blocked! Jesus H Christ on a badass bike!

    I thought the symbols I used on my site meant ‘neglect’, now I am wondering if it means ‘sod off China’!??

    In a way, I feel absurdly pleased … I have come over all ‘highwayman’!


    Comment by Queen Minx — March 5, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

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