Nighthawks

I love this painting so much we shipped it with us to New York. It’s not the most fresh or original piece of art to have on display, but I love it. And I’ve fallen back in love with it anew over the last few months, because it captures one of the things I’m missing …

Tianjin

I’ve been chased down a rural Kenyan road by children shouting Mzungu at the first white person they’d ever met; I’ve had selfies with half the young people at an Indian historical site; and I’ve needed a personal security guard in suburban Nigeria. China’s indifference isn’t that bad. And China isn’t unwelcoming to travellers, it …

UK General Election

I’m currently awake with jet lag in China. The local time is 5.47 and I have a long day of briefing and groups ahead of me. So, this seems a good time to give my Qual researcher “take” on the recent election. More precisely, this is why I think Labour lost (so badly), and I …

Warsaw

I arrived in Warsaw at lunch time and right next to my hotel was a “traditional restaurant, so I wasted no time. Pierogi are traditional fried Polish dumplings. They can be filled with meat, cheese, vegetables. They’re fried and then served covered in a very oily bacon “gravy”. I ordered the mixed portion. They looked …

Chengdu

At first glance China seems to be bewildering, impolite and culinarily disappointing. No one speaks English; the signs aren’t even in a familiar alphabet. People are impatient, pushy and sound like they’re locked in a constant battle with their phlegm. The food on the hotel buffet looked grey and gloopy. But, this is all bollocks…. …