On Taxis, Trains, Buses and Planes

(Ed. note cum Side note: Since I have now officially taken over the writing of this blog, it is no longer appropriate for the asides to be known as Ed. notes, so I have changed it to Side Notes. These are still critically important, yet mostly irrelevant asides which should be shared with you, butContinue reading “On Taxis, Trains, Buses and Planes”


In light of the horrific weekend in Paris and Beirut, here are some interesting statistics and some articles on terrorism. Children dying from hunger/poor nutrition/water-related issues: on average 1 child dies every 10 seconds, all day, everyday or 3,000,000 per year In Canada, the 2015 projections indicate that 214 people will die of cancer everyday or 100,740 thisContinue reading “Perspectives”

Living In a World We Can’t Grasp

(Ed. note: 3 disparate perspectives today) DESTITUTE SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN AND LEBANON MAY RETURN TO WARZONE Sam Jones, Kareem Shaheen in Beirut Friday 11 September 2015 As neighbouring nations struggle to cope with scale of crisis, agencies report that Syrian refugees stranded in exile may go back to war-ravaged homeland. Conditions for Syrian refugees in the MiddleContinue reading “Living In a World We Can’t Grasp”

Dangers of Visceral Reactions

(Ed. Note: My original thought was to continue to be a glib, flippant observer of societal ills and, in fact, I was all set to publish my first post in that vein, when a friend sent me the following after an evening of discussion and wine. I will definitely be my old where did thatContinue reading “Dangers of Visceral Reactions”

Final Impressions

Well this is it. Our final blog from Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. (Ed. Note: Not necessarily to be interpreted/confused as the final blog posting.)  I debated a long time about what to call this – The Final Chapter, #342 In The List, The Last Hurrah, The Last Good-bye/Blog/Picture Show,  (Ed. note: Strangely enough, the last two times IContinue reading “Final Impressions”

I An bhfuil Tar, Been buailte Chun Mo Glúine agus Tite i Grá – Ah Ireland*

(Ed. note: I started this post on Sunday while cruising on the River Shannon. After 31 hours of wakefulness from Monday morning to Tuesday night, 10 hours of sleep and a visit to the office, I will continue from our soon to be vacated home in Jiaxing.) Last week I told you about the firstContinue reading “I An bhfuil Tar, Been buailte Chun Mo Glúine agus Tite i Grá – Ah Ireland*”

From Outfits to Shoes and All the Sights in Between

Hello. How have you all been since last we chatted? We have been well, thank you. You may have surmised that we are leading quite a sedate life here in Jiaxing, given the increasing infrequency of blog postings, and you would be correct. It now takes a couple of weeks for enough TIC moments toContinue reading “From Outfits to Shoes and All the Sights in Between”

He’s Not The Man He Once Was

We are glad to hear that people are starting to read the French series – we know you will enjoy them. It has been quite a few days here in Merry Olde Jiaxing. Geoff had his final day of teaching on Tuesday. It has just been too tiring to go into Shanghai three days a weekContinue reading “He’s Not The Man He Once Was”