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Ho Chi Minh City

December 24, 2012

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Vietnam is catching up.  They’re taking on China in low-cost manufacturing and have clear ambitions of their own. But there’s still a charm about Saigon that has already gone from much of urban China – starting with an airport that feels as though the troops have only just moved out.  Everywhere you turn buildings that […]

Trade Flows

November 18, 2012

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The most often asked question on my fleeting return to the UK was, what’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten, followed (in the frequency stakes) by what do you miss the most? Now assuming that that second question wasn’t, in most cases, simply fishing for compliments (you of course!), I can honestly say I was stumped.  […]

10 strangest foods in China

August 27, 2012

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There are lots of strange things to eat in China. Before moving out here, I read Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop and, whilst I have no real desire to eat the former, I’ll confess something of an addiction to Sichuan pepper already – a lip-numbing, fragrant pepper that I hadn’t come across […]

All the tea in China

June 8, 2012

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For all the tea in China, you say?  Alright then. Now I’ve been here a few weeks, that’s a deal I’m ready and willing to make. You see, I’ve always been very particular about my tea; a fact that any of my family and flat mates over the last few years will attest. In fact, […]

The River Cottage Cookbook

November 30, 2009

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Tremendous stuff.  Really.  This is right up there with one of those weekends when you turn on the TV at 9am only to find it’s wall to wall Whittingstall as far as the eye can see. Don’t expect too many recipes here, they really do take back seat to pages of prep and animal husbandry. […]

The Urban Hen

September 1, 2009

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With piles of books still waiting to be read, there really was no reason to pop into Borders on the way back home this bank holiday on the off chance that I could resist buying yet more. But that’s exactly what I did – pop in, not resist, naturally. Indeed, as many have said before […]

Novel gym membership idea from Waitrose in disguise?

August 26, 2009

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Can’t help but wonder if tricks are being missed all over the developed world.  People are spending large amounts of  pounds (£££) to divest themselves of large amounts of pounds (lbs), largely because they’ve spent too many of the former on eating too many of the latter in the first place. The easy answer is not […]