History of China in photos

IMG_0585One 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 looking at early period photographs and thinking about the development of the genre (film too. I miss the Museum of Moving Image).IMG_0581

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 adding ice to my drinks this summer, including wines. Please don’t write back and tell me what a Philistine I am.

Nice light wine

Travels with the UN – Liberia (2012-13) and Sudan (2014)

A change of scene and an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the United Nations (including of its volunteers): I served as a UN Volunteer first with the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia, then with UNDP in Khartoum, Sudan.

Visiting children who have been sexually abused
Visiting children in Liberia who have been sexually abused
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UNMIL peacekeepers

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UNDP Sudan
Breakfast @ Ozone, one of the best cafe restaurants in Khartoum. The capital city itself is a bit of a bubble, with conflict in Darfur and other areas.
Breakfast @ Ozone, one of the best cafe restaurants in Khartoum. The capital city itself is a bit of a bubble, with ongoing conflict in Darfur and other areas of Sudan.
Vanessa Curney