Shenzhen: Making a Pig’s Ear of Spring

After kicking off the year with many visits to regional Guangdong it was time to re-aquaint myself with the one and only Shenzhen, the city that still holds a special place for me even though I’ve now lived longer in Guangzhou. This time I try something different which is to catch a bus. Having discovered the joys […]

Shenzhen: The Gentrification of OCT

Before now I have spoken of my concerns for the future of Shenzhen and in particular my favourite haunt, the OCT and its older rustic apartments (where the local Chinese communities reside). On my most recent visit it seems this process has indeed begun albeit with the pavements. Does this mean that the days of […]

Shanghai: No Room for Foreigners!

Shanghai is the biggest city in China and hence its most multi-cultural. It feels like New York with Chinese subtitles. I survived one freezing day there in early 2012 on my way down to Shenzhen. With Japan eluding me yet again it seemed Shanghai was due a second glance. So I picked a date, the 9th, […]

On the Irony of Brexit

Oh the irony that so many of the UK’s football teams are engaged in the Euro tournament on a day we as a nation choose to leave Europe (albeit a close run thing). For me the biggest question is, is it still possible to live in Europe? (This being if I continue as educator). Other […]

Education: Will Careers Like Eno’s Ever Become the Norm?

In the sixties there was a band who made pleasant jingle-jangle guitar pop. Toward the end of the decade they decided to experiment and came up with The White Album and thus the rule book of popular music was re-written. The myth that has grown up around The Beatles since is as staggering as it […]

Shekou: The New Monaco?

‘I’ve seen the future and it will be, I’ve seen the future and it will be…’ Prince In China ‘boomtown’ is most definitely a byword for Shenzhen. Whenever I return my time is habitually spent re-visiting places of interest. Trying to fit everything in is sometimes a logistical non-starter and usually something is omitted (this […]

After Zaha

  When the infamous row over her Cardiff Bay Opera House project was raging, I’d never heard of Zaha Hadid. Admittedly I wasn’t too enthralled with her design either. It was 1995 and Hadid’s prize winning work was poorly received and eventually shelved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Bay_Opera_House It seemed insular of Wales to choose one of its own […]