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“Out with the pigs, in with the dogs!” This is how one of my lecturers recounted the way in which her landlady in Taiwan had explained the transition from Japanese occupation to Nationalist rule, during the 1940s. In addition to her native Hokkien, this old lady had been brought up to speak passable Japanese, but…

My Anaconda Don’t…

‘Please be aware that the fries may contain some small bits of bone.’ This is not what I had expected. Closer interrogation revealed that said fries may have also contained rather large bits of duck tongue too. But then, one doesn’t go to a Chinese restaurant in search of chips, does one? Chinese steamed buns…

The Towers of Afrasiab

“The spider has wove his web in the palace of the Caesars, and the owl hath sung her watch-song on the towers of Afrasiab.” Last week, I met with La Belle Japonaise to ascend the hothouse of corporate ego that is 20 Fenchurch Street. This building, better known as the Walkie-Talkie is perhaps the most…