Monthly Archives: March 2012

Galloping horse for sale

When I was a small girl growing up in what is now Zambia,  I  remember there was a picture of a horse, a galloping horse, hanging in one of the rooms of our house.  It was a print, bought by … Continue reading

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Say Cheese! – Le Fromager de Pekin

A question I regularly get asked when I am in the UK is ‘do the Chinese eat cheese?’ and my answer is always ‘not really’. This is because many Chinese are lactose intolerant, and dairy produce does not feature in … Continue reading

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Counting on one hand

Its the little things that catch you out in a foreign country and yesterday I discovered a  difference between the west and China that caught me unawares. I went to the market to buy food for the weekend, and after … Continue reading

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Women hold up half the sky – so China needs more of them!

It was the Great Helmsman – aka Mao Zedong – who first coined the phrase ‘Women hold up half the sky’, and so it seemed appropriate to quote him today as it is International Women’s Day.   Especially as China together … Continue reading

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Don’t be cruel to plants – Signs in China Lost in Translation

In the UK we are used to having orders barked at us – No Ball Games, No loitering, Don’t Walk on the Grass…etc. Here in China the authorities are far more touchy-feely, judging by these signs. It breaks your heart, … Continue reading

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