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Mickey Mouse teaches Chinese kids English

May 15, 2011


While we’re sending our children to after-school Mandarin classes and demanding that headmasters and mistresses put mandated Chinese learning on curriculums, Chinese parents are doing the exact opposite. They still seem to believe in the value of knowing English to survive in the world, and they’re sending their children to supplemental classes run by Disney. […]

The beneficial side effects of a Napoleon complex

April 6, 2011


It used to be that the French were shirkers of duty. If you ask those US navy personnel at the fifth fleet base in Bahrain eating their breakfast, they’ll tell you that. They only eat Freedom toast, not French toast. Anything else would be insulting. But strangely the French now are leading incursions on two […]

Five leaders sitting less comfortably post-Egypt

February 11, 2011


UPDATE 26 April 2011: I’ve since finished work on my latest book covering the revolutions sweeping the region, called ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’. If you’d like to find out more about the downfall of successive dictators in the Middle East and North Africa, or more details on how to buy the book, simply visit […]

African Lions vs. Eastern Tigers in the battle for oil

February 8, 2011


Tonight on BBC Two Justin Rowlatt is travelling to Africa as part of a series on the domination China is wreaking over the world. The Chinese Are Coming seems to take a personalised, microcosmic view of what’s happening: something television does best, by taking the individual stories and telling them. However it’s worth also looking […]

African Lions: Terrorism in the Niger Delta

January 26, 2011


The following is an extended excerpt from chapter two of African Lions, ‘Nigeria, Cameroon and the Niger Delta’. African Lions will be published in mid-February 2011 and available at Amazon and other online booksellers – subscribe to the blog using the link on the right to be kept up-to-date when the book arrives. Alternatively you […]

A sneak peek at what I’ve been doing

January 14, 2011


Well, this is a tiny sneak peek at what exactly I’ve been doing for the past month or two. I’m going to be excerpting a little bit of the book (not all of it, but just enough to hopefully interest people into buying it) as I put the finishing touches to the whole thing. Don’t […]

The world’s about to get bigger

January 9, 2011


I used to have a giant A0 atlas when I was about 5 that I remember poring over intently. The ‘pages’ were eighth-inch thick cardboard and all the maps were printed in bright bold colours, and it was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I also had a GeoSafari (if Educational Insights, who make […]