Category Archives: UK, USA & Europe

#Dubai: A Modern City Where the East Meets the West

By John Kirk Dubai is a symbol of the modern world, energy hungry, multinational and dedicated to consumerism and the pursuit of luxury. Thirty years ago it barely existed, a minor port in the Arabian Gulf; one of the less significant … Continue reading

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From Freelance to 9 to 5

It’s Monday again and time to commute to work, by train. It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned to full time work, following a long stint of freelance work, as a professional interpreter, translator, cultural consultant and author … Continue reading

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The #Ghost of #Halloween, the Past, the Present and the Future

We always remember the first time, don’t we? I do. At around this time 33 years ago, to be precise, in the autumn of 1981, while I was a student at Chongqing University in southwest China, I first heard of … Continue reading

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#China’s Great Wall No Longer Stops Invaders.

By John Kirk A fat business man parked his Range Rover right across the pedestrian crossing as we approached. I pointed out the selfishness of this as we detoured around his two tons of expensive male jewellery, but he just smiled … Continue reading

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