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Golden Week

February 7, 2013

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Knowing when to get away for the bank holiday has always been a matter for discussion in the UK – leave on the Friday night and risk the traffic?  Take a half day?  Or go on the Saturday. In China, it’s on an altogether different scale.  Golden Week at the start of October saw something […]

The Pace of Change

November 12, 2012

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After a few weeks out of China, it’s always exciting to see what has changed, and how much. When I previously spent a week in Xian, I came back to find all of the road between Sanlitun and the office had been dug up.  By the time I came back from England, they’d all been […]

By the people, for the people…

November 5, 2012

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It won’t have escaped the attention of even the most casual political follower that the coming weeks see potential changes in the leadership of both China and America.  The Chinese leadership is certainly changing hands and whether or not the US also ushers in a new leader, there is no doubt that those who emerge […]

Olympic Legacy

July 30, 2012

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People talk a lot about legacy when they talk about the Olympic Games.  In London’s case, the word has never been far from the spotlight – and casting a glance over the previous two host cities can be telling in determining what that legacy for London might be. Athens has not fared well.  Amidst the […]

Majority of young women in university

March 31, 2010

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It seems the relentless march to 50% university participation has passed a couple of new milestones with new figures showing total participation up to 45% with 40% of men and 51% of women now going to university. This news will no doubt be received with a heavy heart by the AGR who last week published […]

A virtuous cycle

October 30, 2009

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The key to encouraging more people to take up cycling to work lies in getting employers to ensure that bike parking, changing and showering facilities match up to the Government’s cycle-to-work scheme, according to the Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis. In his launch of a new and improved scheme, Lord Adonis wants large employers to improve on the […]

Identifying value in free Higher Education

October 28, 2009

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It makes me somewhat uneasy reading Seth Godin’s thoughts on the future of education, especially when his conclusion is that an education system that tends towards the free doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of making money. What he seems to have overlooked is not the concept of cost but of value in the kind of […]