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Parish notice No. 2

The Last Ditch: Parish notice.

Thank you for your votes and your comments on the new banner for The Last Ditch when it moves to China. The vote was not particularly conclusive. My own preference was option 3, but in responding to the suggestion that I needed a lofty overview in the style of the current banner, I seem to have lost the Chinese aspect altogether! Not that the blog will be about China. As a mere guest, that would be rude. Still, there should be some reference to my new home.

For this round, I have eliminated Option 1 (which no-one but me likes). I have taken the text from Option 2 and applied it to the Shanghai skyline of Option 3. And I have added a new one (in photo and poster versions) which is a picture of Hangzhou, showing the old China against the background of the new.

Just click on any picture to enlarge it. Am I there yet? Comments please! Then I promise I will resume normal service.

Option A


Option B


Option C



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Young Mr. Brown

Personally, I like A. But I guess I'm outvoted.

Fay Levoir

How about using the nice pagolla? over looking the lake. I saw that picture someplace

Account Deleted

Not a criticism of your writing, but a criticism of China, maybe you should choose a picture from this site -

Pollution in China

Lord T

Pity there was not something with a particularly Chinese skyline or even a Chinese junk rather than that piece of junk. :)

btw : Interesting methodology you are using to select these titles.


Option 1 please but whichever wins would you bring the smaller text over to the left margin?

English Guy

A is too tall. Won't see much of your blog without a scroll.
B is excellent - my choice
C is using red text which just puts off readers, IMO.


Thank goodness, finally much better choices.

I shall also weigh in number two. I don't mind the effect in option three but I hate the red lettering even though red is my favourite colour. I could be persuaded to number two lettering with number three image as it makes the water and the skyline clearer. But then we all know about the foggy pollution haze which envelopes the cities there so perhaps it is best to be authentic.


N2 - go for it!


I guess would go with option 2. I know three is more lucky being red from a chinese point of view, but it does carry political freight from a western one... and i figure your readers are mostly western.

Andrew Duffin

B gets my vote.

A doesn't seem to feature anything "traditionally" Chinese, and C is too garish and discordant in colour.


Option B is very tasteful.

Mr Eugenides

Certainly not C, I'd say - I find the red lettering a little jarring and the effect you've applied on the photo a little jarring.

B is probably the nicest, but as I said before it depends what image of China you particularly wish to emphasise.

It's probably worth noting, in passing, that B is instantly recognisable as Chinese in the same way that your current banner is instantly redolent of Russia. A, by contrast, is much more generic, and could easily be Hong Kong, Seoul or Singapore at a casual glance - or, for that matter, Melbourne or Dubai - to those who hadn't been there.

Thomas Byrne

BBBBB please.

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