Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Recommended Posts, April-June 2007

A Guided Tour - recommended posts from the second quarter of '07

1) In Hankou, without watches - 28th June, 2007

Remembering my first visit to China

2) The allure of the barmaid - 25th June, 2007

A favourite cartoon, and some musings on why we fall for barmaids

3) HBH 35 - 22nd June, 2007

One of my better 'drinker's haiku' - honouring the life-changing phenomenon that is Tequila Rapido

3) Why we drink (or why we shouldn't) - 17th June, 2007

A hastily improvised poem on the melancholia associated with drinking

4) Ideal job?? - 8th June, 2007

More evidence of why I would make a very unsuitable careers adviser

5) The Queen is dead - 29th May, 2007

Celebrating one of my favourite (demised) Muslim restaurants in Beijing

6) The world's simplest bar joke - 28th May, 2007

Remembering two great jokes from the late British comedian Tommy Cooper

7) Happy birthday, 2K!! - 27th May, 2007

Some pics and comment on the 2nd anniversary party for my favourite little music bar in Beijing (also celebrated here)

8) Singin' in the rain - an 'Adventure Bar' moment - 22nd May, 2007

One of my quirkiest, most blissful recollections of my time in China

9) That's not DRUNK - 21st May, 2007

A great line from Dean Martin!

10) So, farewell then... - 15th May, 2007

Remembering one of Beijing's most useful 'networking clubs', on the occasion of its demise

11) The ultimate 'Unsuitable Role Model' - 14th May, 2007

Maudlin reflections prompted by watching again, for the first time in many years, a favourite film - 'Cool Hand Luke'

12) Virgin loos - 12th May, 2007

A review of a promising new live venue and of one of Beijing's most idiosyncratic musical talents, Xiao He

13) Bliss - May 4th, 2007

A new favourite bar - and the two very cool musician friends who entice me there so regularly of late

14) D-22 - May 2nd, 2007

Some people seem to like this pretentious music bar; the place gets on my tits!

15) The Muslim succession - April 30th, 2007

A lament for the rarity and the ephemerality of decent Xinjiang restaurants in my neighbourhood... and the beginning of the quest to the find the next

16) Concept - April 27th, 2007

My idea for a Beijing bar.... one day

17) Centro - the worst bar in Beijing? - April 26th, 2007

A long overdue hymn of hate to the most overrated bar in this city

18) Wingmanship - April 25th, 2007

Analysing a crucial concept in the art of pursuing women, and in male friendships

19) Fidelity - or fatigue? - April 23rd, 2007

Am I really more loyal to bars than to women?? A brief but disturbing philosophical musing...

20) Beware of Tequila! - April 20th, 2007

As if you need to be told

21) What is it about the French? - April 19th, 2007

An unanswerable question, of course - more thwarted romantic longing (and stern interrogation from Tulsa in the comments)

22) Amnesia, a friend indeed - April 18th, 2007

A rare bon mot of my own

23) Huxley's - the 'Haiku Bar' - April 17th, 2007

My 'local', my Lost Love, my poetry-writing - it's all linked!!

24) 'Tired & Emotional' explained - April 16th, 2007

More classic drinking anecdotes retold

25) The Adventure Bar - April 14th, 2007

The story of my first year or so in China (this one always makes me cry)

26) Post 200 - time for another poem! - April 11th, 2007

Another milestone on the blog provides the pretext for publishing one of my most depressive and personal poems

27) The breaking of the Fellowship - April 8th, 2007

The story of The Three Amigos, the unholy alliance of drinking academics which was the focus of my life during my first two years here in China

28) The Invisible Barrier - April 4th, 2007

One of my more ignominious - and life-threatening - drinking experiences

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