23 05 2016

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Sheung Shui hike: along the border

23 05 2016

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Early Summer days

23 05 2016

 

The brilliant flowers of the flamboyant trees have burst into red flame along Pok Fu Lam and in the suburbs.

This weekend I dived into the apartment pool, like a cool blue box, for the first time this season, while the sun set over the Lamma Strait.

Reading by the harbour on a warm evening at the Tamar Garden.

Summer is now underway.





The Vegetarian

23 05 2016

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Korean author Han Kang picked up the Booker Prize in sensational style for “The Vegetarian,” a dark and haunting meditation on mental illness, human cruelty and the crushing pressures of a conformist society.





Flora Sinensis

23 05 2016

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Illustrations from the 1656 book Flora Sinensis by Michal Boym, a Polish Jesuit who also published the first dictionary of Chinese and any European language (into Latin and French).

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21 05 2016

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Pigs and skulls

21 05 2016

This week Aberdeen hit the news twice: once when a pair of wild boars were found sleeping on its main street, near the fruit stall I shop in every day, and once for a human skull found in a claypot under the new rail line to Ap Lei Chau, in an area I walk past on the way to work.








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