Rural life has changed enormously since Country Calendar first went to air in black and white in March 1966. To celebrate Hyundai Country Calendar’s epic milestone of 50 Golden Years, Jim Hickey presents a special hour-long programme, revisiting farming families filmed in the past to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. 50 Golden Years shows people in New Zealand’s rural heartland continue to face challenges, but they have what it takes to overcome them and enjoy the journey along the way.
A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver, a local resident, expounds on the history of the churches while the wife translates. The photographer becomes jealous of his wife's bonding with the driver. In a series of flash-forwards, the photographer stages identical dinners with several women, who pretend to talk on the phone while he writes. His wife, now estranged from him, leaves repeated messages on his answering machine, asking why he never contacts her. Yet another thought-provoking look into strange, intertwined relationships from the always enigmatic Egoyan.
The characteristics of Xingyi Qi Qiang (Rare Spear): Qi Qiang is one of the excellent Wushu weapon routines, which was introduced to Tangshan from Sun Shi Men (Sun-style Wushu School) in Baoding, Hebei. Its theory is similar with Xingyi Quan, also called Xingyi Zhuan Huan Qi Qiang. When practicing, you need to stick the spear to the body, with neat movement, and entire strength, many changes. The routine is continual, the spear technique is changing all the time. Move with the spirit, energy and strength together, very fearfully. Turn over up and down, straightly come and go. Twine, grab, snap, hook, chop, parry, smash, cover, drill, wrap, stir, and prick, fearful techniques. Practice frequently, it can strengthen your Kungfu.