’tis the season…

There isn’t supposed to be Christmas in China, and indeed there isn’t unless I look very hard indeed, if “Christmas” has meanings like Someone’s birthday, or Goodwill, or general thoughtfulness. Ditto Hanukah and other possibilities around this winter solstice. Thus except 2nd January, there are no school holidays until 9th January when the run-up to … More ’tis the season…

Social contrasts

After dearth of social activities – except for coffee meetings with other expats – suddenly I have had lots to do this week. Carolyn arrived from Edinburgh playing violin with the international doctor’s orchestra. They had a hectic schedule, playing in Beijing last Sunday, then flying to Shanghai to play on Monday at the Shanghai … More Social contrasts

Out and About

Time flies, and it is hard to believe that it is over a week since I last posted. The family news is both bad and good, as Cindy fell and dislocated her shoulder, which is luckily now very nearly OK again, and the good news is a consequence. She did not travel back to New … More Out and About