Paris and Peter K

This blog was originally scheduled for the 15th just as news of the recent terror attacks reached me. When I first visited Paris as a fresh faced and naive 21 year old art student in 1992 it shocked me when we were herded out of the Pompidou Centre due to a bomb threat. Surely this […]

Guangzhou: OCE Cafe @ One Link Mall

Spread over three floors, OCE (Original Color Edition) takes its cue from what it calls the Nordic style but lets call it Scandinavian; clean, fresh, simple. It is not just a stylish clothes shop but also a cafe, bookseller and gallery located in one corner of One Link Mall; not Guangzhou’s biggest mall though perhaps […]

Guangzhou: The Food From UNCLE

Cheap eateries in the glittering wealth of far eastern cities are gold dust; think Saizeriya. As previously mentioned in another blog, my kitchen is the size of a shoebox, so I’ve been steadily building up places to dine. In recent months I’ve come across a place called UNCLE – why it’s called that I don’t […]

Culture: Playing Boule with the Chinese

Even within the grounds of the campus I live and work the Chinese night is a hive of frenetic activity with people jogging, kids riding bikes, canoodling students, you can even get a haircut at 10pm should you need. Over the last few months I’ve witnessed all manner of sports taking place: basketball, tennis, volleyball and […]