Category Archives: Portraits

An attempt at a more literary description of things I see, experience. Embellished so as to better capture the mood of the moment, not just the actuality.

GG 2013

I am sitting on top of a hill. The sun is warm on my back and a wind is playing with my hair. Blue, green and orange tents dot the hillside, voices murmur. A robins-egg blue sky arches over the … Continue reading

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Manchester, England

Manchester. What do you think of when you hear that word? Manchester United? Manchester, hive of industry? Manchester, breeding ground for rock music in the 80s and 90s? Manchester, skies of grey? Like any city, Manchester has its own soul. … Continue reading

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Signs that I’ve lived in China for too long

Signs that I’ve been in China too long: I almost got my nail-clippers out on the Metro train It’s “okay” for someone to hawk their lugie into a bush, just not onto the road I have, on occasion, actually spit … Continue reading

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Communal Toilet

Chinese public toilets truly exemplify the word “public”. Going to pee has never been more public than when there are no doors on the stalls, and only a short wall divides you from your neighbour as your pee splashes jovially … Continue reading

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Identity, Lost

[This is a portrait of me, during a darker time during this year abroad. It is not an easy thing, living in such a strange, foreign land. You get so wrapped up in all the new things, that unawares creeps … Continue reading

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Campus Couples

Nothing screams, “I have no boyfriend!” like running like a madwoman late at night around Fudan University’s campus. Apparently. As I zoom past couples cuddling on benches, overtake couples strolling along holding hands under the romantic street-lights, and in turn … Continue reading

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Impressions of a Village

  Spring had finally come to the valley. The mountains had changed from the dry golden yellow of winter to a lush, verdant green. Everywhere was bursting with life. The rains had come, and the fields that the villagers had … Continue reading

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