A Bookish Birthday

You might well assume that I’d had enough of being busy doing nothing over the Christmas holidays. That’s certainly not the case. Over the last year I have embraced ‘down time’ like never before. Perhaps it’s my age, or The Beau’s positive influence; maybe it’s simply having the time to entertain periods of relaxation instead […]

Read More

Rare Beauty – Hangzhou West Lake

And so, on the penultimate day of my business trip, I finally found somewhere of genuine beauty in China. This vast country sometimes feels so wedded to progress that history survives at best as a pastiche, at worst not at all. However the West Lake in Hangzhou appears to have survived relatively unblemished, becoming a […]

Read More