Cardiff: The Break-Up For Real

Do you ever get the feeling your life is nothing but a continuous loop of repeated patterns, deja-vu? Didn’t I do this before? Didn’t I go back to New Zealand, to Turkey, Taiwan? Was it any better? Umm… no. But let’s face it, even a year of subbing at schools is better than nothing in Planet […]

Travel: Are AMERICAN TOURISTER Bags Worth the Money?

‘American Tourister products are rigorously tested to ensure that the travel products you trust meet stringent standards.’ from American Tourist website. Now I don’t know what their rigorous tests involve but they can’t do too much where the wheels are concerned or they need me to conduct their rigorous tests. Granted the beautiful wheely bag […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Chinese Restaurant with No Rice

Yes.. you read that right. Allow me to explain. The other day I was out and decided on lunch at a classy eatery. It’s a little nippy outside – when you live in 35 degree heat for most of the year 19 feels cold – so although I had that horrible feeling I should move […]

Notate and the autumn of 2000

  Nostalgia makes the autumn of fifteen years ago seem a serenely magical place yet it was if anything fraught with frenetic tension combining nowhere to live, a non-career and turning 30. I was just back from Italy and needed to finish my second book with only four days to do it. I did but was […]