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Pirates and Sailors in Tasmania

April 11, 2012


Pirates and Sailors, Tasmania, 1 April 201 Sailors at the bar: “Don’t eat alone, nah don’t be stupid, come and join us…” I take the opportunity for a first-hand social anthropology study of local crewmen. They are from Tasmania, in their 50s I’d say. The bosun has a bristly moustache. The other is slender and […]

Rubbish and the Poor

February 19, 2012


I’ve not been feeling very well this week. I had to go home Friday morning and take the day off sick. I’ve spent most of Friday and Saturday lying on the sofa. I went outside yesterday evening, but still the air smells bad and has a choking quality. I don’t want to go outside. The […]

Abused Air

February 13, 2012


This is not a good day. The air is a disgrace. I decided to check the air quality reading from the US Embassy Beijing Air Quality Monitor – the only reliable source of information: 02-13-2012; 22:00; PM2.5; 332.0; 382; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level) 382 is the index. Anything above 100 is a […]

Weekend Special Edition

February 4, 2012


This morning I woke from a dream about Kate Adie. If for some reason, you don’t know her, she was a BBC war correpondent from Northern Ireland to Yugoslavia to Beijing to the first Iraq war. Several years ago I read her book The Kindness of Strangers and loved it so much that I really […]