Category Archives: Writing

Healing Properties of Chinese Food

Of all the things that happened in Australia, the below was definitely the most spiritual:

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Friendly Fire From Former Friends

Like so many others of my age group, class and education level, I used to be a diehard screaming radical lefty, but in a nice way. I had a picture of Mao on my wall and thought it was really … Continue reading

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Trousers With A Twist

This photo is from a door in the Lo Wu Shopping Centre. Closed for selling fake goods? What’s happening to the world??? I had some trousers made in Shenzhen and they were great, but after an hour’s wear and non-tear … Continue reading

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Down With Simplified Characters

The simplified characters menace is growing. Businesses all over Hong Kong are falling over themselves to accommodate mainlanders only, showing in a not very subtle manner that they’re not interested in local customers: by using only simplified, ‘crippled’ characters. Only … Continue reading

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That’s More Like It!

Ah, I have to say it’s quite satisfying to go into some bookshop in Prince’s Building and suddenly see one’s own book on top of the big pile! I think you should buy it (from me). Why? Because 1: One … Continue reading

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Hong Kong and Norway – Almost Identical?

So I have this new book, right? Don’t Joke on the Stairs (available from www.happyjellyfish.com and Dymocks etc) In it, I describe how Norway and China are almost identical. Both are situated on the edge of a continent. The inhabitants … Continue reading

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Flog Flog Flog Your Book Gently Down The Stream

So I have this book, right? Don’t Joke On The Stairs. The title is based on a sign I saw in Gansu once, in the staircase of a language school. “Avoid the exchange of jokes while using the stairs, and … Continue reading

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Hono Begging For Your Patronage! (Writing Course This Saturday)

I’m not kidding! After my book launch on the 6th of October where about 60 or 70 people descended, drinking hundreds of bottles of beer in the quiet time of the restaurant, the owner of Honolulu has begged me twice … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Authors

Hi people, everybody everywhere! Don’t know if I have mentioned it before but I recently published a new book, see above. If you like this blog, you will also find the book to your liking, but longer and a better … Continue reading

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Well And Truly Launched

So yesterday was the launch of my new book Don’t Joke On The Stairs. It’s about the stuff in the film above, and more. It has a glossary for easy travel in China and some snide historical references. It completely … Continue reading

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