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How Much is that Doggie on the Menu?

I can’t count the number of times that people have asked me about the Chinese eating dog. It is often amongst the first things people want to know when asking about my life in China: ‘have you ever eaten dog?‘ … Continue reading

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No smoking in Beijing

From today the most draconian anti-smoking legislation comes into force in Beijing.  There have been months of propaganda leading up to today, and after many attempts to control smoking in China (all of which have failed) the Beijing authorities hope … Continue reading

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Grabbing the future

Tomorrow is my younger grandson’s 1st birthday, a time for fun and rejoicing at having this special little chap in our family.  Alas, because we live in China and he lives in India, we will not be with him on … Continue reading

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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! – especially the Cote d’Azur!

Company outings never sound much fun do they?  A few coaches (char-a-bancs as they used to  be called in the UK) picked you up and you start off with a sing-song as you headed to Brighton or Blackpool for a … Continue reading

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Waving a Little Red App

Funny how history seems to repeat itself – often in the most unexpected way. Way back in January 1964 the first copies of a book called ‘The Quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-tung’ were published. The book became known as ‘The … Continue reading

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Authentic China?

Seated on the shuttle train taking passengers who had arrived in Beijing through into the main airport terminal I overheard two Americans talking, and was so intrigued that I am ashamed to say I blatantly earwigged their conversation. The exchange … Continue reading

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Hen duo shijian bu xin boke – Long time no blog!

By now you may have decided that I have disappeared for ever as it is a helluva long time since I wrote a blog post. However I am still here, and the reason for the long blogging silence was the … Continue reading

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