A Very Long Engagement

Blows dust off keyboard. Good morning. How have we all been? Some of you may have noticed a bit of an absence from this blog, and a long… very long… delay in producing episode 4 of my podcast. Episode 4 is partially recorded, but incomplete.  I haven’t posted on here, or replied to most other…

The typewriters of Singapore

Early in September I had an opportunity to visit a country I have always been quite fascinated by. While its colonial past seems relatively peaceful, Singapore became a major flashpoint during the Second World War that had huge implications for the region, including Australia. It is an island that shares a waterway with the south…

Shenzhen – The wild frontier no more?

My relationship with Shenzhen dates back a decade or so. I first visited here in the early 2000s which was back before the Chinese Olympics. Back then it was a city that  was exploding almost out of control of the government, and was a pretty wild place. For those who are unfamiliar with Shenzhen, it is…