Caffeinated thoughts

It crept up on me slowly. First, it was a barely noticed, faintly jarring, addition to an otherwise familiar menu of long blacks and flat whites; then, it was a glimpse of a toddler clutching a tiny paper cup that had to have a different use than collecting urine samples, the only thing I could … More Caffeinated thoughts

Back in London

Through the haze of the morning-after-the-night-before, amongst all the channels that I flicked through on my friend’s living room telly, I found myself settling on Dave. There was something about watching a couple of vaguely familiar comedians drive a dusty 4×4 on the “Road of Death”, followed by a loud American eat a gargantuan sandwich … More Back in London

Every day

I’ve been noticing recently that everything around me feels clearer and closer than they did before. I’m finally linking up streets in my head so I have a sense of where the hell I am, I’m remembering almost every time not to flush toilet paper in public toilets, and we’ve located a couple of good … More Every day


I have to say goodbye to a close friend on Friday – he leaves on a long trip and won’t be back before I’m off to Beijing – and I feel blue. We work together and live close by, and we spend a lot of time together. I can’t believe it’ll suddenly go from all … More Friend

Summer love

I came home from work today to find DD lying on the sofa wearing a pair of red swim trunks, a polo shirt and a thin layer of sweat looking like he’d been shored up from the sea. I’ve now left him staring at his Mandarin homework, which forms part of his working day now … More Summer love