From April, 2015

History of China in photos

One of the things I enjoy about London are the galleries and exhibitions, such as the one I visited yesterday. The Chinese Photobook at the Photographers Gallery explores aspects of China’s history from the Empire and Peoples Republic of China (1900 to 1949) to the present. It’s beautifully laid out and worth the trip. Having said that I happily stumbled on it whilst visiting Oxford Street. The exhibition is open until 5th July this year. It was free entry when I went – a Saturday – but I don’t know whether there’s a charge for other days. I personally enjoy…

Summer’s coming

I’m being a bit more mindful of my diet these days. No ‘fad’ diets – yet. It’s more about healthy eating. I found this bottle of red wine in Sainsburys yesterday, reduced to £3.50. With 55 per cent reduced alcohol, and 35 per cent less calories, what’s not to like? Okay, granted there could be a lot not to like, but I reasoned that it’s from Australia so it can’t be that bad. And actually I do like it. It’s like watered down wine, but very nice watered down wine, fruity and sweet. I may be doing a lot of…

A United Nations for these modern times – part two

I don’t have children of my own, but I do have a delightful (usually!) nephew and niece, five and two respectively. As I age and watch others do so too, I increasingly realise that we have two legacy options (conscious or unconsciously): a devil may care attitude that says ‘I’m old and going to die anyway. I’ll just leave a trail of destruction behind, just as long as I’m alright.’ Or, to look at my own kids or those close to me and think: how can I leave this world a better place for you? The United Nations and its…

A United Nations for these modern times – part one

Whilst waiting for my next assignment – wherever that may be – I’m making the most of home time in England. So on Thursday, 9th April, I attended Helen Clark’s Commonwealth lecture at the Guildhall in London. Ms Clark, UN Development Programme’s current chief and a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, is tipped as a potential United Nations Secretary General. So her views could speak volumes about the future direction of the organisation. The theme of her talk was Youth, Innovation and Sustainable Development: the Commonwealth in a post-2015 world. Apt considering that “three in every five Commonwealth citizens…