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This is China Daily’s special coverage of the Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands dispute

You would think they could at least maintain the charade of pretending to be balanced and having some shred of journalistic distance, but no – straight out cultural-revolution-style incitement seems to be the plan today. Yes, everyone knows it’s a … Continue reading

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Treason

Last month, during our trip to the UK , I visited Chinatown in London and took the opportunity to loudly proclaim a series of uncomfortable truths about China . Now I’m back in Beijing I feel like doing the same … Continue reading

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City Weekend and the 21st Century Colonialist (Updated)

In June last year, while flicking through Google reader, I came across this post on incidence of tuberculosis in Beijing. Something about it seemed a little off, see if you can spot it: Luckily for the average expat, exposure to … Continue reading

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All Change

I’ve been watching the British election results roll in from my office, and on the whole it’s been a pretty depressing day. The only chinks of gold in the heap of shit are the greens finally winning in Brighton, even … Continue reading

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The NHS

This morning I had to go without breakfast as I was having a blood test as part of the usual Doctors’ registration medical process. It’s a half hour walk there, but since the previous nurse told me to get more … Continue reading

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Bernard Manning

Yesterday the old, racist British comedian Bernard Manning died, leaving a media unsure what to say about him. Though he’d been off TV for nearly thirty years he still made a fortune touring working men’s clubs where his behind-the-times humour … Continue reading

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Communist joke

Q – Why did the chicken cross the road? A – Attempting to ascribe motives to chickens is a bourgeois act of intellectual elitism.

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Why I don’t write a “political blog”

Today I’ve been mainly reading the talkboards on the Guardian website, which are filled with accusations and willful misunderstanding, then various political blogs, the writers of which are piling out essays with opinions by the bucketload. It always goes the … Continue reading

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So I stayed up most of the night on Thursday to watch the election, first in the living room, then in Liam’s room as he’s got a wide-screen TV and there was added entertainment in that he’d taken a blue … Continue reading

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It’s been a life of leisure for me these last few days, off work with another throat infection making me barely able to speak, let alone tell people why it’s £6 for a copy statement. I’ve spent my time fairly … Continue reading

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