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Six AM in Soho, Hong Kong

November 24, 2012


For some reason I woke up at 4 o’clock this morning, Even Fran Kelly’s dulcet tones weren’t enough to get me back to sleep, so at 6 AM I gave up, and decided to head out and see what Hong Kong was up to. What did I discover? A lot of pork, mainly. Oh – and it’s […]

The Exodus

November 10, 2012


It’s not just in Australia where the words ‘illegal immigrant’ make people uncomfortable. It seems the Chinese hate queue jumpers as much as the average Australian. To borrow the articulate words of Thai street sellers, the situation in China is “same same, but different” (anyone who has been to Bangkok will know what I mean […]

World Food Day

October 25, 2012


World Food Day is one of the 15 United Nations Observance days in October alone. That’s one every two days.  It’s one of several throughout the year. In fact, I stopped counting down the list when I got to 50, and I hadn’t even made halfway. My point? There’s a lot of commemorative days – […]

Morning Beach Walk

October 8, 2012


For my first assignment in my online journalism class, I was instructed to tell a story with 12 pictures. Mine is the story of an early morning walk on Friday October 5th. My walking concomitant is my good friend/surrogate sister/wife Sam. Chandler’s Smith Beach is near Yallingup, Western Australia, in the Margaret River region. We had spent the previous day […]

Mainly About a Cat

July 29, 2012


For today’s post I take inspiration from a weekly column that features in the South China Morning Post, entitled “Six Degrees of Separation”. The author starts with person or place who has featured in the week’s news, and moves through six people/places that are somehow related (and often surprisingly so) to arrive back at his […]

A New Look and Another Attempt to Explain Why I Love China

July 26, 2012


Recently I’ve decided that pink is no longer the new black. Oliveinbigchina has had a makeover. It’s been a while coming, but recently I’ve been incited to act because I’ve been inspecting the blogs of my soon to be cohort in the Masters of Journalism at Hong Kong University. Mine is sorely lacking. It’s time […]

I Saw a Woman Murdered On My Way Home from Work Today

June 7, 2012


It’s not often one comes across riot police on one’s way home from work. The uncommon and unexpected, however, is much more common when living in China.   As I turned the final corner of my walk home this evening, a mass of over fifty, less than a hundred people appeared. This being the south […]