Culture: Home Truths on Returning Home

*This piece is mostly aimed at someone of my age bracket (approaching middle age), for a twenty something the outlook may be different with a variety of help from a multitude of business sources or other agencies. The recent scandal with the Windrush generation has drawn attention to that particular clutch of immigrants but they […]

Culture: Is the BBC too Arrogant?

It can happen to an individual or to a corporation, when success propels either to dizzy heights it can be too easy to lose sight, judgement becomes cloudy and before you know it you’ve become officially ARROGANT with a capital A. ‘Look at us, aren’t we great, we can do what the we like with […]

Newport: Jigsaw Falling into Place

It is not often I get to blog about the hometown (technically speaking somewhere between the M4 and Caerleon), so rare in fact it’s never been done, so here goes… It’s fair to say that Newport doesn’t exactly conjure up positive imagery; even Lonely Planet has previously referred to it as ‘a bit of a […]

Xmas 2017

Wishing all my friends, followers, students and associates a peaceful xmas, and harmonious 2018 – the year of the dog in China. Apparently it is bad luck to be there during your own zodiac year so that was another reason for my exit, though I do miss the Chinese. However for the moment they are […]

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, […]