Category Archives: Reading & Writing

Time to Say Thank-You’s and Goodbyes on New Year’s Eve

This past week began with Christmas 2015 and the year of 2016 is just around the corner, ushering in another 12 months of new beginnings, new hopes and dreams. Many of my blog readers know that I have a habit … Continue reading

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Becoming an #Interpreter in the UK, Land of Hope

It was a long story: how Dr Pearl Church, formerly known as Zhenzhu Zhang – her proper Chinese name prior to her marriage to Andrew Church – became a professional interpreter. How did it all begin? If her career could … Continue reading

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#Life Is Temporary, So Get On With It

Time and again, I am reminded how temporary and fragile life is. One moment, you are full of vitality with a whole life ahead of you, the next moment, you are gone, for good. I am not talking about Hollywood … Continue reading

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Shuichi Yoshida’s Villain: #CrimeFiction at Its Best and a Kaleidoscope of Modern #Japanese Society

“Crimes as serious as murder should have strong emotions behind them.”  – George Orwell Crime fiction, especially the Nordic Noir type, has been my favourite genre of reading for a number of years. Every time I go to a book … Continue reading

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