Author Archives: haonowshaokao

In a Pickle

We are, like everyone else, isolating due to the coronavirus. V has started making pickles – lots of pickles This is sauerkraut, with caraway seeds, juniper berries and bay leaves This is Sichuan-style – cabbage, Chinese radish, swede, runner beans … Continue reading

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Centuries of Sound

Things have been a bit quiet around here for a long time. It’s not that the site is dead ( I will still post here on occasion) but more that another project is a priority. Centuries of Sound is an … Continue reading

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I probably have to write something about the bizarre Princess Diana statue garden in Nansha

The news that William and Harry are planning to have a statue of their mother built in Kensington Palace gardens has reminded me of the entire garden full of Princess Di statues I happened upon in Nansha, a distant suburb … Continue reading

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75 Tracks From 2015

Yeah, I know it’s a bit late, but here’s my regular overview of my favourite tracks from the last year, in a single easily-digestible post this time. MP3 download (1-19) MP3 download (20-41) MP3 download (42-60) MP3 download (61-75) Spotify … Continue reading

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The Floor

For nearly two years we’ve been living in a small apartment in a suburb of Guangzhou. It’s a fairly typical Chinese flat, with a small kitchen, a smaller bathroom, two bedrooms and a lounge / dining area at the front. … Continue reading

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Chinese Condom Brands

The thing you always have to remember about Chinglish is that we are not the intended audience. English is used generally as a signifier of cosmopolitan modernity, and the vast majority of the people who see an English word will … Continue reading

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Britpop Nuggets Part Three: Long Live The UK Music Scene

Spotify Playlist (missing Mantaray, Pullover, Perfume, Laxton’s Superb, Gyres, Shiner, Ruth, Teen Anthems) Youtube Playlist (complete!) 1. The Divine Comedy – Something for the Weekend A lot of groups around this time used Britpop as a springboard to expand their … Continue reading

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