April 2, 2021

The Beijing Zoo

I’m not a big fan of zoos, seeing animals caged up or living in concrete enclosures is depressing, so I wasn’t looking forward to visiting Beijing Zoo. But as it is the oldest zoo in China and a major tourist attraction, I need to see it myself.
March 1, 2021

Chinese Food

My mother used to say ‘the only thing of a pig you cant eat is its squeak’ The Chinese seem have taken that a step further and applied the adage to the whole animal kingdom, there doesn’t seem to be anything that isn’t eaten.
February 17, 2021

Covid: 1 year on

As Spring festival approaches, it reminds me of last year when news of Covid19 suddenly broke. I knew nothing then, in 12 months we've all learned the new language of lock down; but have we learned anything else?
December 25, 2020

Christmas in China

This year, Chinese authorities have reportedly cracked down on the celebration of Christmas. But with all the westeners stuck in the country and the money it generates, its not going away soon.
October 1, 2019

70th Anniversary award

Making a simple video for fun becomes a target of censorship, and thereby elevates it to an example of insecurity.
July 26, 2019

Looking for Britain

Searching for a taste of home I find the only thing available is nostalgia.
October 18, 2017

Maximum Security

Now I've got my visa renewed for another year, it's probably ok to write about life in a security clampdown. But I'd feel better if it didn't have my name on it.
September 29, 2017

The Great Chinese Wall

The Great Wall is an ever present symbol and metaphor for China.
August 12, 2017

The School Run

A day trip to see some schools and families living in the countryside
July 15, 2017

Green and Red

The Chinese attitude to the environment is shaped by their history of hunger, their love of order and external appearance.
May 13, 2017

Disabled in Beijing

Moving around the crowded city of Beijing is tough. What's it like for the old and less able.