Tag Archives: china

Victorian dental bills, exotic animals and a marriage (Belle)

It was ‘Victorian times’ and a mysterious stranger gave me £50 to undertake a voyage to Australia to get my teeth fixed. My plan was to gather exotic animals while I was there, transport them back to London and sell … Continue reading

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Displaying a nipple and swimming with baby dolphins in lockdown (Rousse)

Campus was open again. I was there once more attending lectures, and they were even measuring the water levels in the swimming pool. On most days I sat next to my primary school ‘friend’ ST, delighted that I was admitted … Continue reading

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Glow-in-the-dark prayer gloves are the latest daytime TV sensation (Rousse)

Glow-in-the-dark prayer gloves were all the rage, not least due to their practicality for night-time worship. Their provenance was important too. Unlike competitor products they were not made in China by infidels. Belle was making a fortune advertising them on … Continue reading

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AC/DC in concert in China (Rousse)

AC/DC were playing in China. Since I was there on a work trip I decided to go along to the concert. BP made a block booking of tickets and organised for us to reach the venue by coach (which I … Continue reading

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Fine bone china and a Swatch watch (Rousse)

After years of admiring them in the china cabinet, I took my grandmother’s teacups to work. CI and I enjoyed fine Earl Grey tea from the fine bone china while avoiding XY. I was also free and easy with some … Continue reading

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The Emperor of China, Tom Forrest, an absent wife, and a widower (Rousse)

Ancient tradition in China required the donning of a long black robe (similar to an academic gown) whenever the emperor visited. Every day during my imprisonment I was on standby for this eventuality. Meanwhile I joined in with the activities … Continue reading

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Facilities at the best hotel in China (Rousse)

On a recent business trip I enjoyed the facilities of the best hotel in China. Each room boasted: A bathroom mirror that was so sophisticated that it could show you the state of the back of your teeth; A cellophane-wrapped … Continue reading

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Why Diet Coke is bad for you (Rousse)

EH and I plus a couple of others joined the queue at the canteen. My choice of dinner plate was obvious: not the plain white china, nor the bright orange-glazed rough pottery, but the Highland Stoneware Celadon rock pool dish. … Continue reading

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Herman and his (twenty-first century) hermits take a trip to Manchester Airport (Rousse)

“It’s Herman the German” hissed AW when I asked who was at the wheel of my car. Now I understood why WB was chatting away in her native language in the passenger seat. Herman was driving us all to Manchester … Continue reading

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Chinese clamour for Christmas goods (Rousse)

The day before our trip to China I wandered around the warehouse watching the workers select goods for the trade exhibition. Christmas-branded materials were supposed to be very popular amongst the Chinese population. Now I understood why the Chinese cash … Continue reading

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