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  • Just not cricket in India

    It seems churlish to talk about traffic jams at a time when Hong Kong's streets are thronged with the politest protesters one could ever hope to meet. But just before Hong Kong turned upside down I had been chatting to a chum about clogged streets of a different kind in a recent trip of his to India.

    • 30 Sep 2014
  • Shaken, and a little bit stirred

    I don't get to travel on someone else's account much these days — who wants to invite a grizzled old has-been like me anywhere? So I was gratified, to say the least, to be invited to host an event in Tokyo recently.

    • 25 Sep 2014
  • The dull before the storm

    Hong Kong's first typhoon of the year finally arrived this week, so I was sure many of my pals would be settling themselves into the Captain’s Bar for an extended stint. The mere hint of a typhoon would always guarantee a mammoth drinking session into the early hours, as even if the warning was lowered the next day, there would be little risk of having to do any real work.

    • 18 Sep 2014
  • When on tour, be careful what you eat

    To readers familiar with Chinese culture, happy mid-autumn festival. Once again, it’s that time of the year when sanity gives way to cultural wisdom and children are allowed to roam the streets with paper lanterns, otherwise known as fishing rods that are on fire.

    • 11 Sep 2014
  • Issuers: can’t live with 'em, can’t live without 'em

    You’ve got to love a good mutiny. As you’ve no doubt seen from this week’s front page story, a bunch of bond bankers have been very vocal in their upset with an issuer because it didn’t listen to their advice. As a result, they say, the transaction did not go as well as expected.

    • 04 Sep 2014