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 […]

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 […]

Australia Day

Earlier this month I wrote about Back to the Future and that seems relevant to this post too. The choices that our parents make can affect us for life. I fancied Australia but my father opted for its neighbour. A decision I am still paying for in that, at the time of writing, a Kiwi […]

USA 1000

A bit of a special one today/tonight (depending on where you are) to give a BIG thanks to those tuning in from America or via America. You’ve now hit 1000 hits which is amazing and appreciated. Hope I continue to write things of interest to you. As I may have written previously, it’s a long […]

14th of July: In Praise of France

Salut! To those of you tuning in from France. Currently my 5th ranking country (according to the stats anyway). And long may that continue! I have been very fortunate to visit France on no less than 6 occasions, the last of which (to Paris) was coincidently 6 years ago in the autumn of 2008; shooting […]