23 05 2016


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


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


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).


21 05 2016


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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