Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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Hanif Kureishi: The Body

What if you could be someone else yet retain your memory and thoughts? I recently bought a secondhand copy of Hanif Kureishi’s The Body at Nijinski. The eponymous novella, which kicks off this collection of short stories, revolves around Adam, a successful playwright in his 60s who has seen better days. Like most people of his age, he sees and feels the…

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Ostuni, Italy

It all started with me reading an article about someone who was photographing affectionate couples in NY. Which reminded me of a favourite photo that I had taken with my Lomo camera some summers ago (2009) in Ostuni, Italy.This trip to Puglia / Apulia was particularly special as it was the first time AB and…

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The Proust Questionnaire

Have you ever completed The Proust Questionnaire? Made famous by Marcel Proust, this was a common parlor game during the Belle Epoque and supposedly unveils the aspirations and thoughts of those answering it. There are two known sets of answers by Proust – the first was from the mid-1880s when he was around 13 and the…

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