Tag Archives: China

the best democracy money can buy

a disturbing (but strangely niche) read for anyone interested in what we settle for when accepting that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. Haven’t come across much that added anything to this eye-opener that entered … Continue reading

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smartphone life in China

There are plenty of short videos around about the effects of smartphone addiction on behavior. But nothing much yet from China (on youtube that is). Film maker Xie Chenglin,  is a student at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts and is … Continue reading

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as the world’s a stage anyway, why not make it fun

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environments as palimpsests

The title of this post pays homage to the writer and photographer, Teju Cole, whom I just came across in my daily grazing of the digital pastures I use to hook up with the rest of the world (here for another, running-related … Continue reading

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mellow Shanghai, so different from Cairo?

My first impressions of Shanghai focused on the build environment. I didn’t mention another distinct impression, equally based on where I come from, but more immediate. Even walking the incredibly busy Pearl Tower area of Lujiazui, and the central shopping … Continue reading

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the political journalist’s Mustang

There are travellers and arm-chair travellers and those that combine both pursuits. I would imagine that the majority of travellers these days are in the last category. Holidays for most are very short escapes from normal life, and arm-chair engagement … Continue reading

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