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How many people does it take to post a letter?

November 27, 2012


Four, if it’s going to Mauritius, it seems. You see, I have no idea what ‘Mauritius’ is in Chinese, much less in Chinese characters. None of my colleagues have ever heard of the place (despite a burgeoning Chinese community right at its heart, it would be a little unfair to expect them to) and the […]

Two changes in Chinese leadership?

October 24, 2012


It’s become increasingly clear over the past few weeks that something fishy is going on with Google in China. It’s not generally the most stable search engine and can often hang and even drop off entirely; many’s the time I’ve had to rethink and even use Baidu to get what I need.  But as we […]

Chairman who?

June 1, 2012


Beijing is something of a popular spot for visiting dignitaries. Last week Jeremy Browne MP came along to the British Chamber of Commerce for a roundtable discussion about the current economic climate for doing business in Beijing.  More green than brown as he listened to the latest survey results from BritCham, he seemed most impressed […]

Everything’s dangerous here!

April 12, 2012


“Everything’s dangerous here!” said Joely, leaping to safety just in time to avoid the small, energetic bundle of fur that was the captain’s Jack Russell as it made its way to the back of the boat docking outside the restaurant. Perhaps this time, her worry was unfounded – but with tales of shark attacks and […]

China: Day one…

March 27, 2012


…I’ll be honest, expectations weren’t high on moving to Beijing.  But they weren’t low either.  Because somewhere in the swirl of last minute meetings, with clients and friends, baby Leo being ill and trying to sort out all the practicalities of the move, I’d somehow managed not to set any real expectations at all. That […]

Personal Branding Online

January 22, 2012


Reputation matters, it’s why large organisations spend so much time and money to build, manage and maintain theirs and why the results can be so devastating for companies and individuals when the tide turns against them. Once tarnished, a reputation can be incredibly difficult to rebuild. Whilst it’s always been like that, the advent of […]

The boy who cried unique

June 3, 2011


I read the words this morning, “Company X is truly unique…” and immediately stopped reading. It’s not the only word or phrase that seems to elicit that response these days.  Strong visceral reactions (or, conversely, complete apathy) often accompany the sighting of “truly global”, “innovative” and other such platitudes – especially when appended with “truly.” […]