Taipan - All articles

  • 24/7? Pah! That's nothing to be proud of

    Swanning back into town after a leisurely Easter break in Europe, I thought I'd be able to catch up with some local friends — you remember, the fools who are still wage-slaves — who would surely be twiddling their thumbs in the run-up to the long weekend here.

    • 30 Apr 2014
  • Fast cars and faster women

    I’m a man well versed in luxury so I wasn’t at all surprised when a hand-written invitation to the Beijing Auto Show arrived from my godson Torsten. "Do come," it said, "I’m unveiling the new Rolls."

    • 24 Apr 2014
  • Being the butt of your own jokes

    I’m not a very funny man by nature. And whenever I am funny, the joke is usually on me. But it turns out one of my friends is even more hapless.

    • 16 Apr 2014
  • A group of dragons, looking for gold

    I’ve been meaning to see the cherry blossom in Japan, but something always crops up to prevent me sitting beneath the soft pink petals and contemplating the existence of man and other boring subjects.

    • 10 Apr 2014
  • Best not to be a fool about life

    I’m not one for introspection, but this week has been different. When the heavens opened up on me on my way to the club, I couldn't help feeling my actions were finally starting to catch up with me.

    • 03 Apr 2014