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Never-never land

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Never-never land

Nancy Matos

Reader Question: “Ingres has no specific dog in this fight-rather, Burkhardt was just offering some rational and clear perspective on a case that the EC is trying to send into never-never land.”

Could you explain “send into never-never land”?

My comments: Also known as “Neverland”, “never-never land” is an imaginary place or a fantasy land. Saying someone is idling away in “never-never land” implies they are day-dreaming or living in a fantasy world. In the example above, sending something away into “never-never land” is to dismiss it and get rid of it so it will never be heard of or spoken of again.

“Never-never land” is famous for being part of the world of “Peter Pan” by the Scottish author James M. Barrie. The following is from Chapter 13 “Do You Believe In Fairies?” from the book “Peter Pan”:

“Peter flung out his arms. There were no children there, and it was night time; but he addressed all who might be dreaming of the Neverland, and who were therefore nearer to him than you think: boys and girls in their nighties…”

The late great pop star Michael Jackson named his home “Neverland Ranch” after Peter Pan, who was also known as “the boy who refused to grow up”. It was a fitting name as Jackson so famously said he never had a childhood and claimed “I’ll always be Peter Pan in my heart”.


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.