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Tintin and the Mysterious Snowman

I found this little probably-not-genuine Tintin book on a stall in Jixi Longchuan a few months ago. The original story is obviously “Tintin in Tibet” but the Chinese title – which I read as 柛校的“雪人” – was initially a bit of a mystery. 雪人 literally “snow-man” is clear enough, but what is 柛校? The only […]

Nick the Art Collector

I’ve been decorating my home recently! These two oil paintings I bought on canvases from some student art market. The framer was a bit snooty about the quality, and actually I paid more to get them framed than the paintings cost originally, but they liven up the walls and I’m no art critic… This one […]

Coats Without Hanging Loop

There’s an alarming trend among clothing manufacturers recently, particularly those in the “outdoor” sector, to make coats without the little loop used to hang it on a coat hook. Seriously! WHY??! This is a £130 Berghaus “Light Hike” jacket. How am I supposed to hang it on the coat hook, eh? By the hood or […]

Snow Day

Something very strange happened this Tuesday afternoon. I’m pretty sure it’s nearly May so why is it snowing??

Sneaking Sign

While I was in Norway I noticed something very alarming. They have two kinds of pedestrian crossing sign! The left-hand one looks like a normal crossing sign with the gentleman going about his business in the regular manner. But the one on the right is a sinister crossing. That guy is a) wearing a hat […]

Youtube Comments

This is the most succinct summary of every Youtube discussion ever:

Where to buy tea in Taipei

The last time I was in Taipei I bought some Oolong tea from an old lady on a market stall near the Longshan temple. When I got home and tried it it was sooo good. It’s a lot lighter than normal Oolong tea and tastes kind of… buttery. The tea is rolled up into tiny […]


On Monday night I finally fulfilled my dream of going for a walk on the M25. The atmosphere was surprisingly jovial. By chance the guy in the blue mini had stopped just behind his driving instructor. Definitely looking forward to having a five minute walk to work.


Oh noes! Vegetable scrubbing carrot’s eyes have fallen out! No need to panic though as I performed emergency surgery using some glue.

Advances in toilet technology

So my work trips have taken a turn for the exotic and I’m in Taipei all week visiting a contract manufacturer (more on this later). The hotel has the very latest innovations in toilet technology! Looks like a normally toilet at first glance but behold the highly complex electronic control panel! Thankfully full instructions are […]