Tag Archives: China

Jazz legend

Acker Bilk died today. Apparently the bowler hat he always wore was left over from an Edwardian photoshoot. The rest of the band ditched their outfits afterwards but Acker loved the hat so much that it became his ‘thing’. John … Continue reading

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Yutu

It was announced this week that the Chinese are going to land a rover on the moon. The first thing to soft land since 1970. It will land, on Saturday, in the Bay of Rainbows. Ages ago, I wrote a … Continue reading

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Ships in the city

“…they discovered a steady two-way stream of traffic, with cars jammed nose to tail. There were little vehicles squeezed between big ones, and motorbikes tagging along behind little cars, the whole like a flock of ostrich chicks being taken for … Continue reading

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The end of Beijing

Well, I’m finally sitting on our lounge, Radio 3 playing some classic music I’ve never heard before and Mirinda fast asleep upstairs. It was a longish, uninteresting flight home (though appeared to be full of tour groups rather than individuals … Continue reading

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The drums! The drums!

Firstly, can I just say that one of the things I REALLY like about China is the fact that you can’t access Facebook or Twitter. It’s so nice to not have to keep logging on to see what people are … Continue reading

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Cucumber? Really?

Here’s the latest from the China Daily: I’m surprised about the banks. They seem to have enough people for all the other tiny little bits of bureaucracy. I’m sure they could spare a few thousand people to count some tiny … Continue reading

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Curried chicken and coconut

Every morning, hanging on the door handle of our hotel room, there’s a copy of the China Daily newspaper. It’s an English language paper that collects stories from all over China and prints them in a small, easy to read … Continue reading

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Bludge Day in Beijing

Today I found a little slice of heaven in the heart of Beijing. And it only cost me 3 yuan. Mirinda and Sarah set off early for the conference this morning, the one that started this whole trip. When we … Continue reading

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Heaven in a hotpot

The amazing hotpot was introduced to Beijing by the invading Mongols (after they managed to hop over the wall) in the 13th century and it’s been here ever since. And I can see why. It’s great fun, delicious and interactive. … Continue reading

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Now that was odd…

The photograph I took of the remains of my duck has somehow appeared on one of the hotel TV screens in the lobby. No text, just the image. It looks quite weird. I have no idea why or how they … Continue reading

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