From 2017 to beyond

‘Tis the season, or so the saying goes. And so, another year ends. I was reading how I summed up 2016 here, and I described it as ‘interesting’. 2017 has been, if anything, ‘more interesting’ and certainly more depressing. Brexit seems to be spiralling aimlessly out of control, with the Brexiteers seemingly hell-bent on leaving …

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The word of the year is …

Feminism. That’s according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. It’s rather apt that this is the most searched-for word of the year, given all the issues women have faced this year, from the election of Trump, to Wonder Woman, to my colleagues’ attitude about International Women’s Day, to more recent announcements such as the new Doctor in Doctor …

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Review of 2016 – part 2: Reasons to be hopeful

I am trying to find the right way to describe 2016. Facebook statuses yesterday didn’t help; many shared my sentiments but used language I would rather not use here. Needless to say, the words used to describe last year were not positive. I can understand why. First Brexit, then the US election. Last year was …

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Review of the Year 2: The good and the bad

Looking back over the past year a few things stick out as being both very good and bad. Starting with the negatives, the air is certainly one of the worst things about Beijing. It is often smoggy, though the air is getting better. Still, it is never nice to have to 'mask up' when you …

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