Monthly Archives: March 2012

Waiting for Josh and Subway: Wednesday 28th March

I managed to get about 5 hours sleep in the airport, waking up every 20 minutes or so to change my body position and shake out the cramps and pins and needles which seemed to penetrate to the depths of … Continue reading

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In Flight Entertainment and $100 Taxis: Tuesday 27th March

Today was the final day in Japan, and my first on the long trip home, via the trans-Siberian express. Saying goodbye to Yukon at Narita was a pretty tearful event, but thankfully I had the happy Japanese customs officers to … Continue reading

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Changing Contracts and Smiling Because it Happened: Monday 26th March

This afternoon Richard and I attempted to transfer my mobile phone contract to him. This is supposed to be a relatively easy procedure, but the people at Softbank (my mobile phone operator) had obviously taken a great disliking to us. … Continue reading

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A Possible Lapse in National Security and Shredding My Emotions: Sunday 25th October

I tried to temper another incredibly early 5am start by telling myself that it was really 6am in Tokyo, and so not that early, but it didn’t really work. The taxi drier obviously sensed that I was weary, as rather … Continue reading

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Staged Thai Chi and a Becoming Less Rigid: Saturday 24th March

This morning I got up very early and took the subway to the (reasonably) nearby ‘Summer Palace’, and I am so glad that I did. Unlike the (at times) repetitive splendour of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and its … Continue reading

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Pretending to be Italian and a Chinese Brechtian Alienation Device: Friday 23rd March

As there was no official University business until late this afternoon, I had most of the day to go and explore Beijing at my leisure. After observing the oppressive majesty of Tianaman Square, I entered the nearby Forbidden City, which … Continue reading

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Taking Control and Making Friends Without Facebook: Thursday 22nd March

This morning, after tucking into what can only be described as a hearty breakfast, I was informed that the plans for the day had been changed slightly. This meant that I was left (theoretically at least) in charge of the … Continue reading

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