Monday was a public holiday in China, to celebrate Qing Ming, the Chinese tomb-sweeping festival which also happily coincided with Easter. I spent some time explaining to my Chinese friends the Easter story, and how in recent times there have been other interpretations involving bunnies and chocolate eggs. China has been busy hatching some of…

A couple of weeks ago in France my wife and I looked for a new barbecue. The French salesman encouraged us towards the expensive French made barbecue on the basis that the cheaper ones came from “abroad” (another European country), were made by a company he hadn’t heard of and were probably barbecues they couldn’t…