Sunday links

17th April 2016

Next Saturday, 23 April, I am one of the producers on the Royal Shakespeare Company-BBC collaboration Shakespeare Live! From the RSC. It is going to be a great show, and you can see it at 8.30pm on BBC more

Three things 19.

25th April 2015

Each day I try to highlight just three things. Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not. • The wonderfully elusive Chinese novel: a fascinating discussion from The New York Review of Books in which Perry more

Postcard from China, 9

28th July 2013

Stupidly, I seem to hurt the a tendon in my left leg, and this has meant that I have been hobbling around Shanghai for these final two days of our holiday. We have nonetheless been up a very tall building, more

Postcard from China, 8

24th July 2013

If I push the point a bit I can make this post a tale of two movies. Monday night we watched White House Down in a state-of-the-art cinema in Hangzhou, while last night we saw part of a classic black-and-white more

Postcard from China, 7

22nd July 2013

Saturday we spent in Ningbo, another major city in southern China that very few tourists visit. We came here because our son Nicholas has been studying here over the past year for a MA in International Business. He has been more

Postcard from China, 6

20th July 2013

Thursday afternoon we flew from Xi'an to Wenzhou, which is a southern port city that's not on most tourist itineraries. Indeed it does not even rate so much as a mention in the Rough Guide to China, but more

Postcard from China, 5

18th July 2013

We spent Wednesday in Xi'an, partly because we wanted a quieter day with less travelling than we have enjoyed over the past week. I'm also struggling with a head cold which seems a bit unfair, but nonetheless our time continues of more

Postcard from China, 4

17th July 2013

So is it permitted to acknowledge that one is just a teensy bit underwhelmed by what is reputed to be one of the great sites - and sights - of the ancient world? We have been in Xi'an since Monday more

Postcard from China, 3

14th July 2013

Since Saturday afternoon we have been in Pingyao, from where we leave on Monday morning to fly to Xi'an. Pingyao is quite wonderful and like nowhere else I have been before, as is the Yide Hotel where more

Postcard from China, 2

14th July 2013

Friday afternoon, towards the end of the first week of our China holiday. We are in Datong in the north of the country, not so far from Beijing. In the late fifth century CE (around the time of the last more