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Sunflower Movement

The last two or three weeks have seen the world’s media focused on the Ukraine crisis as it has unfolded. We have watched as protest and demonstration led to the collapse of the Russian friendly Ukraine government. A geopolitical dance

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Nantou County

I have recently returned from a long weekend in Nantou with Trinity, so I once again have something interesting to share with friends and passers-by to this blog.  In due course I will also put up some photos from the

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And so time in Taiwan goes on

I have been studying Mandarin Chinese at Shida University’s Mandarin Training Center for two months now and I find it difficult to recollect my level of Chinese prior to the course, and therefore the progress that I have made.  That

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A Busy Weekend in the Mountains

Work  kept me very busy all the way to August, and I am only now finding some time for myself again.   Recently I have started studying Chinese.  Part of my homework is to submit a diary of my weekend

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Wet room

Life in Taiwan has highlighted a few things that are different from living in the UK, one such difference being, bathrooms.  For starters, I haven’t seen a single bath in any of the apartments I’ve been to here.  Even in

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Tax lottery

  Here in Taiwan as in many countries there is a Goods and Service Tax on most things you buy day-to-day.  Living in the UK I never really thought about VAT and just accepted it as a fact of life. 

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Tropical Taipei

Seven days here in Taipei now and I’m slowly acclimatising to the place.  Can a blog post from a Briton go by without reference to the weather?  Not this time.  The humidity here almost knocked me off my feet when

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