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Pulling a cart loaded with bricks? Put on your blazer. Running with buckets of concrete? Only with a jacket. Repairing a broken down bus on the side of the road? Make sure you’re wearing a collar

Our act includes getting people to do traditional American barn dancing with us. To my suprise, people gamely navigated the narrow rice paddies and tethered bovines to join in

Back home in Europe the pace of change is so snail-like that you barely notice it happening. Not so in Beijing. The rapid pace of development keeps you on your toes

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Back home in Europe the pace of change is so snail-like that you barely notice it happening. Not so in Beijing. The rapid pace of development keeps you on your toes

The realization that some malignant force is brewing comes late one night when I accidentally knock a pair of once-black shoes off the rack to find them a new shade of dusty green

I’d gone from simply going about my daily life in England with only the occasional glimmer of national awareness when renewing my passport or going on holiday, to announcing my nationality up to 50 times a day