How very Chinese. Seen them fix rigs with bits of baling wire and sticks and then carry on as normal. Distinctly skewed concept of mortality, not far off the Inshallah thing found in parts sandy.SOP is piss on the ground first, insert earth spike, then keep it wet by pissing on the ground around the spike at every opportunity to ensure continued earth continuity.
I agree, it seems to be inviting a visit from his eminence, but I've never seen or heard of it happening.
The earlier mention of dynamite sources reminded of the time, about 10 years ago now, when I went to visit a crew operating our kit in China. On the Chinese coalfields, they always use dynamite sources, as they can't easily get vibes into the villages and fields in the East of China.
I spotted a bashed up dynamite controller set lying in the corner, and asked what happened to it. Nobody would talk about it until part way through the traditional mautai session in the evening, when one of their observers told me (with our agent translating) the tale of the Emperors visit to the crew.
They had been operating somewhere in Shandong province which has lots of villages, lots of agriculture and lots of curious kids. The Emperor had made two visits that day, first he suggested to the drillers that they could get to their stewed veg and pigs eyelid quicker if drilled the shot hole to 5m instead of 20m and nobody would bother. He then suggested to the dynamite shooter that the easiest way to keep curious, Darwin-bait kids away from the shot hole was to stand at the shot hole and shoo them away, and furthermore, retreating the proscribed 25m from the shot hole was a waste of time and energy as they rarely blow out.
What the shooter's last thoughts were as he detonated 2Kg of dynaseis and the shot hole blew out into his abdomen we will never know, but the observer did report a distinct smell of sulphur.