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We now have an exclusive update on the chinese family who refused to leave their home, even after it looked like this:

China House
(if you haven’t seen the original story, you can read it here)

Turns out that the local Chinese government has decided to turn up the heat. Here is a photo that we just took at daybreak this morning:

China Island Home Evacuation

I also had the rare opportunity to interview a local Chinese government official on the developing story. Here are his responses:

Anita: Sir, this photograph makes it look like you are trying to bully the owners out of their home.
Official: Not at all, we are trying to help them.

Anita: Huh? That’s seems rather far fetched, can you clarify?
Official: Oh yes, sorry. Two nights ago, after the news slipped past our censors, err, I mean … after the world learned of this family’s honorable stand, a large dam malfunctioned and flooded the work site. The family almost drowned.

Anita: It ONLY damaged this work site? And that’s why you installed a 50 foot deep drainage pipe in their exit path?
Official: Yes, it was quite a unique accident. Due to family ties, the government would not allow us to move the family, so we installed the drainage pipe. Our non-government affiliated contractors chose the location, there were no ulterior motives.

Anita: Then how do you justify the shark?
Official: Again, for their protection. The unprecedented media attention drew large crowds of people who were swimming to the family’s island to offer assistance. We cannot allow such disruption, so we flew in a Great White shark to fend off the crowds.

Anita: Wouldn’t this put the family’s lives at danger too? Why not at least give them a sturdy boat, or build them a bridge?
Official: Those are excellent questions. I’ll ask my superiors once we finish installing the electrified steps down to the row boat.

Original pic via Spluch

11 Responses to “Update: Chinese Island Home Becomes Real Island”

  1. on 13 Mar 2007 at 1:41 am Bunk

    Anita, you beat me to it! I wanted to write a story about the homeowner creating a moat to fend off aggressive magazine salesfolks.

  2. on 13 Mar 2007 at 3:13 am Spluch

    Hey, the 2nd picture is really funny! Did you create it yourself or did you find it somewhere else? Just curious!

  3. on 13 Mar 2007 at 5:05 am libragirl

    Is there a whirlpool in the yard. And is that really a shark

  4. on 13 Mar 2007 at 7:10 am Anita Bath

    Spluch – yes, I created that myself … I’ve been fooling around with Photoshop the past couple weeks.

    Libragirl – a yes to both! 😉

  5. on 13 Mar 2007 at 10:28 am Anthony

    Nice work Anita… :)

    I mess around in photoshop but doubt I could pull something like that off.

    Journey Through Divorce

  6. on 13 Mar 2007 at 12:21 pm bobbarama

    Wow. Congratulations on your Bloggie! Soooo cool. And I’m soooooooooo happy for you!!! Wear your button proudly. You earned it.

  7. on 13 Mar 2007 at 2:04 pm Oriole Magic!

    On the plus side, the lake makes it a lot easier to get to and from the house by boat! That climb down the dry hill into the pit and them back out of it each was must have been murder.

    As for teh shark and whirlpool…..just call it a security system and charge more for people to rent the place.

  8. on 13 Mar 2007 at 3:03 pm Diesel

    Woohoo! Beachfront property. Stubbornness pays.

  9. on 13 Mar 2007 at 11:20 pm Tisha

    outrageous! everyone’s fantasty to own an island but the land probably belongs to the government over there!

  10. on 15 Mar 2007 at 3:01 am Marvin

    Once the sharks start moving in, there goes the neighborhood.

  11. on 29 Mar 2007 at 2:42 am Saskboy

    Bah! The shark doesn’t even have a laser.

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