A Chinese Banquet

Dinner at the Geisha Restaurant with the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland. An eighteen course menu prepared by a team of chefs specially flown in from the city of Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province of China. But wait. The Geisha restaurant? Is that not Japanese? On enquiry it turns out to be a fusion restaurant specialising... Continue Reading →

The Incredible story of John Kirk: the man who ended the East African slave trade

I bought this book out of curiosity about the role of the British consular service in the emerging colonial development of Africa. I had just finished reading Mario Vargas Llosa’s fictionalised account of another British consular official, namely Sir Roger Casement who was consul to Congo Free State port of Boma in the African Congo... Continue Reading →

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