Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hard Rock Cafe hits rock bottom in Beijing

I am old enough to remember the first ever Hard Rock Cafe started by two American ex-pats in central London way back in 1971. It was the only place you could get a decent burger and fries, and had a … Continue reading

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Filial Piety for the 21st Century

One of the comments on my last blog piece, which was about the ancient book by Guo Jujing called The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety,  asked whether the Cultural Revolution destroyed all Confucian thinking  as regards family values and filial piety.  … Continue reading

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The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety

People in the UK often ask me if it is true that the Chinese treat their elderly better than we do in the west.  Well, from my limited experience they do, particularly if the older person is a member of … Continue reading

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Cricket matches in China – the battle of the bugs

It’s the last day of September and the Chinese cricket season has just come to an end – the Cricket fighting season that is. Cricket fighting is very, very popular here.  It is an ancient ‘sport’ going back over 1000 … Continue reading

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