Lest We Forget

Well, we are heading into the retail season – Singles Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas – but it has been a long time since I have seen a mood less exuberant. Almost everywhere one looks it seems that the inmates have taken over the asylum. In Hong Kong, the protesters are doubling down with increasingly strident demands underscored by unabated violent behaviour … Read More

Canadian Thanksgiving

It is very hard to believe that we have already hit 30 editions/episodes/epistles– hopefully you believe that it has been quality as well as quantity 😊 First and foremost, a shout-out of thanks to the reader (yes, there are some!) who brought to my attention that GG#29 gave the impression that I am in favour of the protestors’ directed violence. … Read More

Stand With Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is not just a city – it is a state of mind. It is hard to believe that just 74 years ago this modern beautiful of Hong Kong city was, for the most part, rubble and bok choy fields populated by the emaciated survivors of the Japanese Friendship (sic) Sphere. Just 4 years later it was over-run with … Read More

Who’s Laughing Now?

It’s now the day after China’s National Day – 70 years since Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung) oversaw the raising of the flag of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, at the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) in Beijing. So much has transpired in this iteration of China that for me to even attempt a synopsis, less … Read More

Language Lessons

I hope that everyone is having a nice weekend – the fall weather is starting and leaves are starting to turn. Luckily, the weather service was wrong yet again and today is supposed to be a nice day weather-wise. Far be it for me to complain either way. If I get up and both feet hit the floor unassisted, I … Read More

Yugely Sadly

The news is ‘in’, so to speak – the US economy was down in August and actually was less than every single prediction provided by professionally accredited Bloomberg contributors. And Hong Kong’s was far worse – ‘yugely worse’, to paraphrase an American cheese-coloured hair ‘friend’ (sic) of mine. At least, though, Hong Kong’s leader-in-public today made history by doing the … Read More

Whoosh

No, please don’t think that I’m in any way doing an infringement on Nike (FYI, they use Swoosh)…this is WHOOSH ie. the sound the toilet makes when you’re flushing. Ever since Mike prevailed upon me to write the ‘occasional’ column, it has morphed into a regular (almost) weekly dealio – I’m not complaining but just saying that, in the beginning, … Read More

Lost in Translation

Is it me or has the world gone totally off on a tangent? When I was a child, leaders were supposed to be these erudite, polished statesmen who seemed to have learned (most of the time) from the example of WW II that discussion and consensus were far more likely to achieve positive outcomes for all concerned. But now it … Read More

Truth, Sanity & Reason

It has been an interesting week. The Donald labelled China, “a currency manipulator”. Leaving aside the fact that every single country ‘manipulates’ (sic) its currency to some degree, overtly and/or covertly, China has been adroitly and expensively (to it) manipulating its currency to maintain its level to NOT FALL. So they showed Donald and withdrew a degree of support…in 2 … Read More

The People Are Singing But is Anyone Listening?

So, at long last, Boris Johnson is now, as Ivanka Trump put it so cogently, Prime Minister of The United Kingston. Notwithstanding his previous adamantly categorical assurances of a No-Deal Brexit being “one in a million”, he has less than 100 days to get a deal done and his demands that the EU reopen its previous agreement and that the … Read More