Part One Back from my travels. Jet-lag more or less out of my system. What a strange journey it has been. Let me tell you how it came about. Book Fair and Opera House It all began some months ago when my friend David Tang invited me to the Hong Kong Book Fair. He made […]
Biffing busily about Beijing on a bike: Explaining the journey from pictograms to ideograms to the modern and simplified Chinese characters That's enough brushes, ed. Where the brushes are made ... Goodness ... Brushes in a calligraphy shop ... Beijing Centre for the Performing Arts - again taken from a car. Joy. 2 hours with…
Welcome The hooplah that surrounds the release of a new Apple product is enough to make many otherwise calm and balanced adults froth and jigger. That some froth with excited happiness and others with outraged contempt is almost irrelevant, it is the intensity of the response that is so fascinating. For the angry frothers all […]
Your Royal Highness, Your Grace, My Lord Bishop, Your Excellencies, Honoured President, Academicians, Lords, Ladies, Gentlemen, artists, art lovers, friends, trustees, donors, distinguished guests and assorted media scum.
Wherever and however you are reading this, welcome. It might be that you are, like me, the kind of early adopting sillyhead who has already got their hands on an iPad and, having naturally rushed to download FryPaper the App, is now reading this on your new slidey-smooth device. Perhaps you have an Android or […]
Hermeneutics One of the most puzzling features of the current unstoppable wave of political punditry that is flooding all channels and outlets at the moment (including this one of course) is the peculiar propensity of commentators to feel qualified to extrapolate from the election results the Manifest Will of Britain. “The people have voted for […]
It’s none of your business. How you will vote is none of my business. This country cannot proceed along any lines that make sense or promise hope unless we can all get along no matter how we vote and unless we respect the primacy of the secret ballot. Having said which, open and free discussion […]