Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mount Hua: Gold medals and a gun

I met a Shanghai girl called Amy on the stone steps of Mount Hua. She was quite something. Her climbing outfit was a fur neck coat, a pink sweater and shiny leather boots. “I always climb mountains dressed like this” … Continue reading

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Xi’an: Breaking Bread in the Muslim Quarter

I arrived in Xi’an stiff and smoky. My bunk on the 15 hour train ride had been cramped, and the smoke and snores of nearby Chinese inescapable. Not even a chocolate biscuit breakfast had cheered me up. I needed fresh air … Continue reading

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Nanjing: Blood and Disorder

On Saturday afternoon, I took the Nanjing subway. Cheap, clean and chaotic, it was a memorable experience. When the train arrived, I was in a scrum of people trying to board. There was no ‘after you’. We had to force our way through the people trying to get off. It was a … Continue reading

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Shanghai Ladies

The women of Shanghai can’t stay away from me. To be fair, I haven’t given them much chance. Immediately after arriving at Pudong airport I went straight into the Ladies, accidentally of course, a disastrous start which I have been trying to make up for ever … Continue reading

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Toilet College

In a smoky Kichijoji cafe yesterday, I tried to catch up with some of the news that I have missed recently. There’s normally something so puzzling I spend the rest of the week wandering around shaking my head muttering to myself. I have to … Continue reading

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Jesus and Buddha: Flatsharing in Tokyo

“You’re not still refrigerating your underpants, are you?” Buddha asks. “Once you’ve worn them chilled, there’s no going back”, Jesus replies. 

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Inhaca Island, Mozambique

Inhaca is a small island in the Indian Ocean, population of around 2,000.  It’s a 2 hour boat ride from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Last month, two friends and I took the 8am ferry from Maputo port for an overnight stop on … Continue reading

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