June 1st. The beginning of the Great British summer is surely here, with the harbourside covered in people enjoying the rare appearance of the sun. Those boats - ah, of course, classic British rowers, surely? But why all the costumes? And why does that boat look like... a dragon? The last few days have marked China's … Continue reading Imperial Racing
Despite Chinese not being quite creative enough to think up a new word for coffee, they've given it (and practically everything else!) a good go. But what happened to my Cuppa Cha?
Quiz shows and neat little trivia cards will like to tell you that the Chinese greet each other with '吃了吗?' or 'have you eaten?'. It seems neat, and the little explanation in smaller font will tell you that this is due to the importance of food in Chinese people's (and indeed everyone's) lives. Except, well - … Continue reading Have You Eaten?
Picture the scene. You walk into a Chinese restaurant with your new Chinese friends, your head full of the clever phrases you're going to say in Mandarin to delight the waiter. Maybe it's not the most... foreigner-friendly restaurant, and so you sit down to eat and you realise there is no knife, no fork, no spoon … Continue reading World of the Chopstick