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2020-07-12: Ok folks, where did I leave my glasses? 👓

2020-07-12: I am going to miss my walks around Hodenhagen once I return to China. Fresh air and tranquil views.

2020-07-12: Take off at Hodenhagen Airfield

2020-07-11: It's a small world! Wednesday was not a great day for me as I found out that I did not get a seat allocated on 15th July …

2020-07-10: 🌟Finally some good news!🌟 Today I found out that I have been allocated a seat on a German Chamber …

2020-07-08: Devastated 😭😭😭 I missed getting a seat on 15th July charter flight to China by about 2 hours! I even …

2020-07-07: Waiting for news about a flight home is torture. I have hardly slept in the last week and each …

2020-07-07: Coronavirus: Pubs close after positive tests - BBC News A number of pubs in England have closed after customers tested positive for coronavirus. At least …

2020-07-03: Mask Testing from Hamburg to Hodenhagen Following my successful trip to Hamburg to obtain a visa so that I can return home to China, I …

2020-07-02: 🌟Visa Award Unlocked! 🌟 Now I need to keep🤞🏻 to get a seat on a special Charter flight back home to …

2020-07-02: Just to prolong the mental torture a bit longer I must return to the Chinese Visa Application …

2020-07-02: Waiting patiently for 9am!

2020-07-01: Just arrived in Hamburg, ready for next phase on my quest to go home! Destination Chinese Consulate …

2020-06-29: One step closer to home....maybe! Previously I have written about my current situation, When can I go home? and Two steps forward, one …

2020-06-28: Shanghai Storm My wife sent me this time-lapsed video she made yesterday from one of the windows in our apartment. …

2020-06-27: I hate heat with humidity. I miss my airconditioned apartment in Shanghai!

2020-06-27: Today’s brew at the BBQ. Good German🍺

2020-06-27: What Mastodon client do you use on iOS?

2020-06-26: Looking up from my seat

2020-06-26: Just boosted the German economy by buying a complete summer wardrobe. I only packed for winter back …

2020-06-25: Today’s garden refreshment in my adopted German hometown of Hodenhagen. 🍺

2020-06-25: 🔗Margarita Pracatan: Cuban singer beloved of Clive James dies at 89 - BBC News Known for her …

2020-06-24: Apologies for the multiple posts but I am trying to understand why Micro.blog posts from Drafts …

2020-06-24: iOS 14 will let you change your default email and web browser apps - 9to5Mac As part of iOS 14’s new features, users will be able to switch their default app preferences for the …

2020-06-22: I stupidly thought I could survive today without coffee. I made it until just after 10am. Large pot …

2020-06-21: When I go for a healthy walk around Hodenhagen I always say hello to my favourite pigs, Bacon and …

2020-06-21: Listening to some lockdown recorded music, April 25th, 2020: An Evening of Songs Performed at Home …

2020-06-20: No longer Live from Here In the late 1990’s I was living in Farmington, Michigan, USA. For the first couple of years of …

2020-06-20: It’s BBQ and Beer time here in Hodenhagen. 🍺

2020-06-20: See How the Apple Watch Ejects Water in Slow Motion - MacRumors The Slow Mo Guys, known for science and technology-related videos that take advantage of slow-motion …

2020-06-20: I am in the zone!

2020-06-19: A few of these raised my spirits this evening! 🍺

2020-06-19: Two steps forward, one step back This week has been a bit of a roller coaster with a crash at the end of it. A few days ago I …

2020-06-19: So Germany has launched its COVID-19 tracker app, but because my Apple ID is linked to the UK App …

2020-06-18: Auzzies might be banned from buying Marmite because people are getting drunk on it The days of Vegemite, the Australian equivalent to Marmite, could be numbered down-under because …

2020-06-18: 🎵 Listening to Americana Essentials on Apple Music

2020-06-18: CSS must have been created by the 👿. I need to find a CSS guide for software engineers who are total …

2020-06-16: Beware! iCloud Backups Deleted after 180 Days - TidBITS I just checked, my iPad which I left back …

2020-06-16: When can I go home? For almost 9 years I have been living and working in Shanghai, China. For the last 6 years I have …

2020-06-16: Due to being stuck overseas in Germany because of the COVID–19 pandemic, I haven’t seen my little …

2020-06-15: Moving my WordPress site to micro.blog For many years now I have been hosting my blog on a self hosted WordPress site. I have not been a …

2020-06-15: Hi! I am Paul Rudkin, a geek who has been living and working in China for the last 9 years. I have …

2018-02-17: Photography Friday: Wang Wusheng: Shanghaiist Wang Wusheng’s (汪芜生) landscape photographs offer a timeless journey through sacred Source: …

2018-02-17: How Apple is paving the way to a ‘cloud dictatorship’ in China | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP By Lo Shih-hung The US-based global tech giant Apple Inc. is set to hand over the operation of its …

2018-01-08: Are All VPNs To Be Shut Down This Week? – Thatsmags.com Alarming new report claims that China may block Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for good as early as …

2018-01-02: Of course we don't spy on our users, giggles China's WeChat • The Register Spoiler: Social media app was fined last year for not doing that exact thing Source: Of course we …

2017-07-21: China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening control over foreign companies’ internet use in a move some …

2017-06-06: Picture In Picture with YouTube in macOS — MyProductiveMac It cannot be denied that a large portion of videos stored on the internet can be found on YouTube. …

2017-05-11: Chinese Government and Hollywood Launch Snoop-and-Censor Copyright Filter | Electronic Frontier Foundation This is an interesting read, I have often said that China is the beta test site for technologies …

2017-04-26: Have you got the bottle for 'beer yoga'? - BBC News A fitness craze from Germany combining yoga poses while drinking beer is gaining popularity in Asia. …

2017-04-18: Toilet paper thieves strike again, 1500 rolls gone in just one week at Chengdu park: Shanghaiist I’ll never understand what is going through people’s minds when they choose to take …

2017-03-08: Beer: AB InBev Buys Into Chinese Craft Brewer Boxing Cat | Fortune.com The maker of Budweiser just bought a stake in a craft brewery in China Source: Beer: AB InBev Buys …

2017-03-01: One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom Apple Pay has finally caught on in the US, but one year on in China and it is still struggling. …

2017-02-26: Seariously Microsoft? No find and replace in OneNote? The other day I wanted to search and replace in OneNote 2010 (the version my employer uses), after …

2017-02-23: A Complete Guide to Chinese Number Hand Gestures – That’s Shanghai If you’re living in China, you’ve got to know these ten simple hand signs. Source: A …

2017-02-17: Windy City - The New Album from Alison Krauss released February 17th, 2017 I have been a fan of Alison Krauss for many years and have her entire catalogue, a unique voice and …

2017-02-16: China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai makes unexpected stop in Siberia due to engine failure Passengers abroad a China Eastern Airlines flight bound for Shanghai were recently rewarded with a …

2017-02-13: Three Chinese passengers have been jailed this year for using their mobile phones during flight: Shanghaiist I find this really interesting, and about time the rules were enforced. I don’t think I have …

2017-01-30: BBC - Future - How East and West think in profoundly different ways Fascinating read. Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our …

2017-01-30: Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet Shanghai is Left in the Cold – Thatsmags.com I’ve often wondered this while putting on my thermals to keep warm despite having the air …

2017-01-28: Mandolinist/Singer Chris Thile and Pianist Brad Mehldau Debut Duo Album Out Now | Nonesuch Records I have just bought this fastastic new album, I simply love everything Chris Thile does, a musical …

2017-01-23: Is VPN Banned in China? - VPNDada.com Some recent China news suggests VPN is now banned in China. Is VPN banned in China? We will discuss …

2017-01-23: WATCH: 19 buildings blown to rubble in 10 seconds in downtown Wuhan: Shanghaiist As much as China excels at putting up buildings, they are they are just as good at taking them down. …

2017-01-21: Goodbye Mint, Goodbye Fever // ShaunInman.com As of today I’m officially suspending sales and support of Mint and Fever. But! As self-hosted …

2017-01-21: Latest Purchase: Karen Jonas - Country Songs Thanks to a recommendation from @Leader_Music I simply cannot get enough of this newalbum by Karen …

2017-01-18: China slams brakes on construction of 104 new coal power plants: Shanghaiist Thank Donald Duck for that….. Airpocalypses not withstanding, China is continuing to take …

2017-01-18: Chris Thile is laying a new foundation for 'A Prairie Home Companion' - TimeOut I have to admit, when I first heard Garrison Keillor was retiring from A Prairie Home Companion …

2017-01-16: Is Tofu the Answer to Our Smog Problem? This Scientist From Beijing Says It May Just Be | the Beijinger Beijingers are used to seeing soy used to produce all manner of foodstuffs – tofu, soy milk, …

2017-01-16: This Shanghai startup is making it easier to brew beer at home Now I know what I want for my birthday! We have seen a lot of connected coffee machines last year, …

2017-01-15: App.net is Shutting Down - Slashdot This was inevitable, however I am very grateful for it’s existence because I have made many …

2017-01-10: Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success - BBC News This is an interesting piece. I always think China manufacturing is better than it actually is. …

2017-01-08: 16 Things Expats in China are Tired of Hearing Back Home – Thatsmags.com This is so true! ‘So what is China like?’ Source: 16 Things Expats in China are Tired …

2017-01-08: ☠ BANNED! 4 foods you want, but just can't have in China So the many hours trekking around around numerous foreign supermarkets in search of Marmite were …

2016-02-06: Astrill apology? Today Astrill offered and apology, well not really, it’s still the customers’ fault! …

2016-02-05: Chinese New Year holiday brings the gift of an upgraded Great Firewall of China This week has been a frustrating one for those of us living behind the Great Firewall of China. …

2016-02-01: Will I ever know what a good Internet connection is? Today saw the great Internet crackdown of 2016 here in China with most IPSec VPN servers being …

2016-01-06: Just do it my way! Please look and learn my friends!

2015-12-15: Shanghai's Airpocolypse Having lived here for 4 years this is the worst AQI I remember.  However in recent months to protect …

2014-09-05: Is DuckDuckGo the latest victim of the GFW? As many of my friends and colleagues will tell you that I have been using DuckDuckGo as my primary …

2014-02-04: 5000 Firecrackers So, just for you all I risked life an limb to show you 5000 firecrackers being set off in the …

2014-01-29: Now is the time to visit Shanghai! My normal commute to the office in Shanghai is often a battle. I rarely get a seat on the bus or …

2014-01-02: 2013 Shanghai Expat of the Year! Well what can I say, it’s well deserved! ;) From the Wuxi China Expatdom blog it appears that …

2013-12-28: MacBook Air broken screen?..no problem, this is Shanghai! On returning from a recent business trip my wife showed me a fault on the right hand side of the …

2013-12-28: Traditional English Christmas Dinner in Shanghai Sorry for posting this late! I am sure that most expats will tell you stories of things they miss …

2013-12-26: FaceTime Audio in China - Inconsistencies Last month I wrote a post after I discovered that FaceTime Audio was disabled on the iPhone 5s that …

2013-11-28: He who pushes, wins! My commute to work over the last couple of days has been a somewhat unpleasant experience. Anybody …

2013-11-17: WTF? FaceTime Audio disabled on devices sold in China! Friday evening a friend tried to call me using FaceTime Audio, a new feature in iOS 7. Strangely my …

2013-11-14: Healthcare or Healthscare? This last week has been a week of worry because I inherited the worry gene from my mother). Last …

2013-11-07: Falling out of love with Taobao Two years ago when I first moved to China I had never heard of the online market place called …

2013-10-28: iPhone 5s...Got It! Well OK, I didn’t get the Space Grey, but I now have my gold iPhone 5s that is now busy restoring …

2013-10-27: Will I ever be able to get an iPhone 5s? After 4 weeks working in South Korea I had hoped to return to China and buy an iPhone 5s. But so far …

2013-10-19: Where has all the deodorant gone? I have been travelling to Asia for over 13 years now and back in 2000 when I first visited China …

2013-10-17: Bringing this blog back to life! As the second anniversary of moving from the UK to China is rapidly approaching I realise I have …

2013-06-20: Here's a posh sign for a toilet!

2013-05-03: My shiny new bicycle! Sometime last year I had my bicycle stolen here in Shanghai. It wasn’t an expensive bike but …

2013-04-21: A beautiful day in Shanghai

2013-04-17: Photos from the 2013 F1 Chinese Grand Prix Despite having lived most of my life only a few miles from Silverstone Circuit, the home of the …

2013-04-17: Video From The 2013 F1 Chinese Grand Prix I have no idea if YouKu works outside of China, you will have to let me know!

2013-04-11: The 10th China International Adult Toys and Reproductive Health Exhibition Yesterday I had to go to the Korean consulate in Shanghai to pick up my passport, on on the way I …

2012-10-15: Taking the pet birds out for a walk!

2012-10-12: Today's funky sunset in Shanghai

2012-10-04: Moving scaffolding Shanghai style!

2012-10-01: Boris Bikes have been found in Wuxi, China!

2012-10-01: Night time shot of Nanchan Temple, Wuxi, China

2012-09-29: Beautiful blue sky in Shanghai for our 11th Anniversary!

2012-09-29: Moon above the apartment buildings as we head out to our anniversary dinner.

2012-09-29: The flags are flying at Lujiazui, Shanghai ready for National Day! ))

2012-04-22: Tai-chi or Terrorists? The other morning before I met my boss for a ride to work I saw these elderly women enjoying their …

2012-02-22: And then the heavens opened... Today has probably been the most ‘British’ of days since I relocated to China. The …

2012-02-22: Have you seen Lily's friend? In recent weeks Lily has found a new friend in the gardens around our apartment complex. She used to …

2012-01-07: Always listen to your husband! So let the story begin…. Today we decided to return a few items that we bought from IKEA last week …

2012-01-02: New Year's Day In Wuxi New Year’s Day was spent feasting with our family in Wuxi. The meal has kept me going for a …

2011-12-28: Trying to master the language! Since we have moved into our apartment, on the way to work I occasionally pop into the local coffee …

2011-12-20: Morning balcony shots Tomorrow we move out of our temporary accommodation to our apartment in Longyang Road, so I thought …

2011-12-08: So far so good! A few days ago I passed the one month mark of being in China, although I have stayed longer on …

2011-11-26: Time zones I used to be really good at knowing what time it was in various places in the world, but since …

2011-11-20: Man's Hell I think I have discovered Man’s Hell here in Shanghai. It comes in the form of the Shanghai …

2011-11-10: House hunting in Shanghai The last week has flown by and I have been left with little time to write about my experiences. But …

2011-11-04: Will my desk ever be this tidy again? Probably not!

2011-11-03: Another day in the office! Today was day 3 in the office and I am settling in well. I am slowly remembering all the new names …

2011-10-31: We have arrived! After a long uneventful flight from London to Shanghai we arrived without issue at our temporary …

2011-10-30: Here we go... About 2 months ago I accepted a new job based in Shanghai during which time I not only prepared for …

2011-10-18: It all starts here.... Today is a big day as it marks the start of our big move to China. Although we are still very much …

2011-01-03: Overloaded? When travelling around China there are often sights to be seen that you never see at home. At first …

2011-01-01: Shanghai Apple Store Since I was last in Shanghai Apple has opened a superb store in the Pudong District of Shanghai. So …

2010-12-31: Nanjing Road Shanghai - New Years Eve Some photos of the crowds on Nanjing Road in Shanghai this New Years Eve!

2010-12-31: The Bund - New Years Eve Some shots from The Bund, Shanghai. Just over 1 hour until 2011! Location:Jiangxi Road …

2010-12-30: Breakfast: Rice Cooked in Bamboo A culinary speciality of Guangxi for breakfast: Rice Cooked in Bamboo! It takes a while to prepare …

2010-12-30: Panorama of the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces I have no idea what this will look like on my blog, but here is a panorama of the rice terraces I …

2010-12-30: The hike down from the Rice Terraces Here are some photos from the hike down from the rice terraces. Next stop is the train station to …

2010-12-29: Hiking to the Rice Terraces I’ll be totally honest and say I have no idea where I really am, all I can say is we hiked for …

2010-12-28: Yulong River Cruise(ish) Today’s main adventure was a trip down the Yulong River, the scenery was even more stunning …

2010-12-27: Breakfast Alfresco Well as much as I would love a good ole fry up right now, instead I tucked into spaghetti style …

2010-12-27: Journey down the Li Jiang River We are still heading down the Li Jiang River toward Yangzhou. The views are simply jaw dropping, …

2010-12-27: Taking a Boat to Yangshuo Today we are heading to Yangshuo by boat! The scenery looks stunning and we haven’t left yet! …

2010-12-27: Yangshuo - Impressions Liu Sanjie Lily Told me that tonight me that tonight we were going to see a show that was directed by Zhang …

2010-12-26: Boxing Day Dinner Well Boxing Day Dinner consisted of Black Beauty Hot Pot, can you spot her in the photo? No prizes …

2010-12-26: Dozycat Hostel We have arrived in Guilin and are staying at the Dozycat Hostel, this is a bargain place to stay …

2010-12-26: Leg #2 - Shanghai->Gualin We made it to Shanghai without issue and are now waiting in the Shanghai South Railway Station so we …

2010-12-26: Seven Stars Cave Some shots from around the Seven Stars Caves and Scenic Spot

2010-12-26: Technology on the Shanghai -> Nanning Express Welcome to the Shanghai -> Nanning Express! We are now well into our journey to Guilin only …

2010-12-25: High Speed Trains In China Over the years I have seen the train system in China evolve into an experience I would love to see …

2010-12-25: Leg #1 Wuxi->Shanghai The first leg of our Christmas Day journey begins at Wuxi Railway Station. Just a normal Saturday …

2010-12-25: Santa Spotted in Wuxi While heading to Nanchang Market to get our Christmas Brunch, we spotted Santa…. For the …

2010-12-24: Santa's Cookie Grotto While out wandering the streets of Wuxi this Christmas Eve I was struggling to find anything that …

2010-12-23: China Construction I have been coming to Wuxi for over 10 years now and each time I come it looks different. I was last …

2010-12-23: Chinese UGG Boot Clones I spotted these while out shopping today. Even though they are copies (can you spot the difference?) …

2010-12-22: Christmas Travel Chaos Back in September we decided to spend Christmas away from the UK for the first time ever. This …

2010-05-31: Shanghai World Expo 2010 Today we made an attempt to visit the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the problem was so did the rest of …

2010-05-26: Lingshan Buddah This morning we visited the Lingshan Big Buddha as we were told that the 26th May was a good day for …

2010-05-23: On the railroad back to Wuxi Well the Tibet leg of our holiday is mo over and we are now 31 hours into the 48 hour journey back …

2010-05-21: Snow stops play! Today was a little bit of a disappointment as we travelled about 4 hours north of Lhasa to visit …

2010-05-20: From Bomi to Lhasa The last couple of days have pretty much been spent on the road heading back to Lhasa from Bomi with …

2010-05-18: Heading further east Today was a long day. We left Bayi City around 8am and headed further east on the G318. After a …

2010-05-17: On the road from Lhasa to Bayi Today we left Lhasa and headed east on the G318 national route. This eastern part of Tibet has only …

2010-05-16: A day in Lhasa After getting up and having a poor excuse for breakfast we headed out to the streets of Lhasa. For …

2010-05-14: Noodle Dinner After scoffing huge dumpling things for breakfast and lunch, I tucked into my duck noodles for …

2010-05-14: Papers please! A short time ago the Police came round and checked everybody’s ID and I my case checked …

2010-05-13: On the railroad to Tibet 9pm Thursday night we boarded a train for Lhasa making a few stops en-route. I had intended to keep …

2010-05-13: Preparation for Tibet 21 hours after leaving my home in UK I arrived at my in-laws without event. On unpacking I realised …

2010-05-11: Watch out Wuxi, here I come! Today is the start of what will hopefully be a holiday of a lifetime, for tonight I will fly from …

2010-05-10: Welcome to my Travel Blog For many years now I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world both on business and …