Frontpage words - February 1, 2010

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Rituals on the street and the Net as 17 families remain homeless

by Austin Chiu

SCMP, page A1 February 1, 2010


1. Relatives and friends ... performed roadside rituals yesterday to pacify his soul
- actions performed on specific occasions (here the death of Tobias Tong) in a ceremonial manner -
- to give peace to -

... and mourned his death in the virtual world
- expressed sadness and sorrow for -

2. They burned paper offerings ... and scattered hell's banknotes
- dispersed, threw around them -

3. at one point the mother became so overwhelmed that she wailed and fell to her knees
- cried loudly -

4. Fan Fung-ting lamented his death and described him as good-looking, modest, polite and diligent
- expressed sorrow for -
- hard-working -

5. Fan said his life was spared because he left the rundown building an hour before its collapse
- saved -

6. the only thing that had lifted his spirits was his great-grandson saying ...
- comforted him -

7. ... saying the interim housing is in poor condition and remote
- temporary home -
- far away -

8. workers were welding steel bars together to form reinforcements
- joining with heat -

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