Beijing: Slow Train to Winter

  A while ago I posted a blog called Bangkok: Bladerunner by Daylight. Well as you probably guessed Thailand didn’t work out and I instead ventured forward to China. December marks my fourth year in this vast and fascinating country so here is an excerpt from the upcoming book about my first port of call, […]

Travelling Without Moving (The Home Comforts of Chinese New Year in Hunan)

Being in Chenzhou during Chinese New Year reminds me a lot of my great travel drought in the eighties (and a good proportion of the nineties).┬áNone the less despite the obvious obstacles I chose to conserve my funds until summer but mostly to explore my immediate surrounds here in Hunan as I haven’t had much […]

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 […]

Winter Marches On

Coming Soon…

Season’s Greetings…

What happened to Travel?

As you can see the music writing is coming thick and fast at the moment, particularly with the colour-sound song lists taking up much of my time. Other than that, I teach English and Western Culture in China and as I’m the only writing teacher with 415 students, thinking up lesson plans and marking takes […]

Farewell Queen of the Skies

Feeling very old and quite sad for the final long-haul flights of both Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand’s beautiful 747’s, nicknamed the Jumbo Jet or the Queen of the Skies. I never flew with Air NZ’s version though I did fly with CX on its LHR-HKG route (now taken over by the Boeing 777) […]

Back to the Red Abyss

Two days, a plane, several buses, 2 tube trains and a high speed rail. All of this for a sticker in my passport! If not for that I could have flown it (Taipei to GZ) in a couple of hours. None the less I am back in China and the people are as warm and […]