Monthly Archives: June 2013

Shanghai Skylines – March 2013

It seems appropriate that we’ve left Shanghai for last. This feels like a city more concerned with its future than its past. Western involvement has been substantial since treaties following the First Opium War in the 1840’s resulted in Concessions … Continue reading

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The lighter side of China: March 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever actually fallen asleep at work.  Certain meetings or training courses have taken me to the brink, but I’m sure that I’ve never drifted off. A friend who taught in Hong Kong told me how the … Continue reading

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Musical micropause: C

Four more memories….this time from the C artists: John Cale: Venus In Furs (live) In my previous job a few years ago, I told my boss one day that I would be working out of the office. I didn’t tell … Continue reading

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Biting the Bullfrog – Shanghai, March 2013

I know Kermit wasn’t a bullfrog, but I need to get his voice out of my head if I’m going to get through this dinner. I’ve seen some interesting meals listed on menus on this trip. If you’re squeamish, you … Continue reading

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Cruising on the Li River: China, March 2013

Really? No striding? Striding may not be everybody’s idea of fun, but there is a certain distance – more than a pace, less than a jump, where a stride is necessary.  It makes me want to stride right now, but … Continue reading

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Musical micropause: B

Four more of my favourite songs…. Beck: Mexico A cautionary tale of the dangers faced by McDonalds night shift workers everywhere. I think it’s hilarious, but I don’t work at McDonalds.   Blue Nile: Happiness When I was driving from … Continue reading

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Dragons, Tigers and Kenny G: Ping An Terraces, China 2013

I wasn’t planning on dying today, but the odds of surviving aren’t looking great. Decidedly poor in fact.  As a general rule, I don’t think about my own death much. My only wish is that I’ll be very old when … Continue reading

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