The World is Romantic: Americas

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… ANTIGUA – SKY Songs of the same name by WAYNE SHORTER, SPYRO GYRA and TOM AND JOY BOSSA ANTIGUA – PAUL DESMOND DOWN FROM ANTIGUA – CHARLIE HADEN / JIM HALL THE ANTIGUAN GRAVEYARD – THE TEACUPS ARGENTINA – JEREMY HEALY AND AMOS DON’T […]

The World is Romantic: Africa

  Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on… ALGERIA – JJ72 Song of the same name by GNAWA DIFFUSION ANGOLA – CARL CRAIG AND PEPE BRADOCK Song of the same name by CESARIA EVORA and WAYNE SHORTER HERE IN ANGOLA – AL STEWART CONTOS DE BENIN – ARA KETU PORT OF […]

The World is Romantic: Introduction

  A while back I did a blog called Around the World in 20 Plays and I had it in mind to do another one when I came up with this title and thought, that’s a better idea; not many lists on the internet deal with this subject (that I know of anyway). Of course […]

Guangzhou to Hong Kong: The Through Train

It is more common for me to visit Shenzhen. It is less common for me to visit Hong Kong unless I am doing so for official reasons. It is equally more common for me to travel by train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and that is my intention, until that is I learn of an exhibition […]

Hodgkin in Hong Kong

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my first visit to Hong Kong when the tap water was brown and green and white stripy Tristars perilously glided into Kai Tak. Apparently it is also the length of time some local collectors have been purchasing Howard Hodgkin paintings. Taking that into consideration it is astonishing to […]

Dongguan: Tomorrowland

Disneyland for adults: What kind of imagery does that conjure up? A while ago Dongguan was officially busted for its sex dens and the poor women (whether they chose to work in the sex industry or not) humiliated before the media. So does the city deserve its reputation as nothing more than a seedy halfway […]

Speech Judging in Shangri-La La Land

Earlier this month I was asked to judge an event called the USAD (United States Academic Decathlon) at the very salubrious Shangra-La Hotel in Pazhou. The idea was to judge students from many schools all over China. To break the ice, some of us held a dinner together a few weeks prior in another part […]