Giordano Bruno turns detective: a review of S. J. Parris’ Heresy, Prophecy, Sacrilege and Treachery

S.J. Parris, the pseudonym for Stephanie Merrit, is writing in the fairly crowded market of the historical/religious murder mystery, which brings with it both a potentially very loyal group of readers, or a series of comparisons to such writers as C.J. Sansom, creator of Elizabethan sleuth Matthew Shardlake (with a 6th book ,¬†Lamentation, scheduled for…

Of wandering in the Forbidden City

In an earlier blog post about the Great Wall, I mentioned the Great Wall as one of the items on my bucket list. Well, guess what? The next item on that bucket list of mine is the Gugong, the Forbidden City, Beijng’s legendary Imperial Palace and Court until the eviction of the last Emperor, Puyi,…

The Great Wall of China

For many people, me included, a trip to the Great Wall of China is an item on the Bucket list, and probably one that is listed very close to the top. Having the opportunity to walk the Great Walk, on a stop over in Beijing on a work trip, between a leg at the University…

Green tea

Of Tea. And a bit about China.

Tea may just be China’s single most significant contribution to art, culture, cooking and civilisation. No, seriously, bear with me on this one, because it may all make sense. This blog post came about because of a visit to Hangzhou, Marco Polo’s Kinsai, for long the cultural capital of Renaissance China, an extraordinary place in…