For some time, I have been writing blogs - recording some of the many sights and sounds I have come across in my travels across China, the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Although they can be found on my real blog site, I am reproducing the main ones here as well since Blogger is blocked in certain countries such as China.
Some are unashamedly "un-PC" – and if you are easily offended, may I respectfully suggest you move on to other pages on the web?
China & HK / Philippines / UK / Middle East
CHINA & HK
Residence of a Contradiction… Mao Dun's house
Seeing Red in Downtown Beijing – HongLou
Is this Beijing's most dangerous toilet? ... Dong 'An Men
A fitting – if abbreviated – memorial to Lao She
A Rare Temple – that Isn’t – in the Heart of Beijing... PuduSi
The most ‘sprawling imaginable kitsch’ museum? I don’t think so! – China Red Sandalwood Museum
If it’s fake antique furniture you’re after, you’ve come to the right place!
An almost totally forgotten museum in Gaobeidian... Imperial exam plaques
Something in Xi'an that is definitely worth seeing... (its fountains!)
Warrior Fatigue Soon Sets In at Xi’an’s Greatest Museum
More than just a load of old rocks… Beijing's Geology Museum
Tongzhou's ancient... or not-so-ancient... pagoda
Breasts and beasts in West Beijing – BJ's International Sculpture Park
HKIA features Cheongsams in its third temp exhibition
Now it's the turn of foodies at HKIA
Rubbing shoulder to shoulder with Shanghai’s City Gods
It’s Tea Time at HKIA
How are the Mighty Fallen – Has Cathay-Dragon fallen on hard times?
Pornography in the heart of Shanghai? – World Expo Museum
A Blaze of Glory – China's Fire Museum
The First Temple Under Heaven – Baiyunguan
iPhone Frustration Tempered By Autumnal Leaves – Cishousi
Why is this temple so little known? – Tianningsi
Shanghai's Amazing Little Museum – Propaganda Posters
A Shrine to the CPC still Pulls in the Crowds – 1st Party Congress museum
Baijiu, baijiu everywhere... but not a drop to drink, tra la la
A Mid Autumn Generation Game – Making mooncakes in the office
The 18 museums that never were at BaoGuoSi
Beijing’s Diabolical Cephalostachyum Museum
A trip down memory lane at the FinTech Museum
A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the City – Beijing’s Planning Exhibition Hall
Five years for refurbishment and this is the best they can do? Military Museum
Chinglish is Alive & Flourishing in W. Beijing – CCTV Tower
In memory of the ‘Father of Chinese Railroads’
Digging for dirt in Wangfujing
Men in tights; and a distinct lack of lactating tits
BJ's Tibetan Culture Museum
Catawauling in Wuzhen? Must be Chinese Opera night!
A night to remember – Wuzhen’s Wedding Museum
Water, water everywhere. Welcome to Wuzhen!
Railway Graveyard, Or Culture Park? Subway Cuture Park
Avoid Mondays at Badaling! – Great Wall Museum
Numismatists look no further! China Numismatic Museum
Beijing's best car museum
And Beihang makes Three... Yet another aerospace museum
Remembering Beijing’s Hutong Way-of-life
When staying in bed is best – Jiaozhuanghu Tunnel Museum
Beijing's BEST museum – the China (Military) Aviation Museum
CCAM Revisited – Civil Aviation Museum three years on...
A memorial to Qi Baishi with no thanks to TripAdvisor
Don't overdose on fun – at the Science & Tech Museum
What's in a name? -– BJ's Surname Family Tree Centre
A Dimension goes missing in Olympic Park – earthquake exhibition
Around the world in 80 … minutes – Return to The World
Just a pile of old bones – Beijing's Paleontology Museum
Yet again it’s time for some more research – NBeer Taproom
A Cute Museum in Hailar – Ewengki Ni Muzei
Mongolian nuptials in the heart of the grasslands
Hailar’s National Park – where misbehaving is NOT allowed!
Rah-rah grannies and Manila-style lighting – An unplanned trip to Inner Mongolia
Waste Not Want Not – BJ’s GLB Beer Festival
Great museum - shame about the maths! – Chinese Overseas History
Leaping Greatly to yet another Taproom
It’s tulip time again in Zhongshan!
Isn’t this Beijing’s most amazing up-market mall? – ParkView Green
Jing-A… It’s all about the beer!
Cute Pandas… Shame About the Brews
Arrow Brewery – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
Xiamen – A surfeit of old loos and a museum that has done a runner…
Solidarity Lake Park – an oasis in BJ’s CBD
A Dose Of Nostalgia In Tai Po Market – HK Railway Museum
Is this Beijing's tackiest market? Don't you just love Tianyi?
Zhengyangmen Museum – Another Must-Visit Attraction off the Tourists’ Radar
Fengtai's Curate's Egg – Garden Expo Park
Slutty Mermaids and a Monkey’s Fist? Welcome to Slow Boat!
History or Transport? You decide! – Ming City Walls Park
Disappointment in Fuxingmen – Palace of Nationalities
At One with Nature in HK – HK Wetland Park
An Oasis of Tranquility in HK – Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery
You mean, that's all there is? Iced boredom at the Workers' Stadium
Capital Museum – Where they show what they didn’t have room to display elsewhere
A long way to see very little – A visit to the Ming Tombs
And they think I’m Colour Blind? Beijing's new subway lines
¥€$ to This Museum! – Tianjin's Museum of Finance
In the Best Possible Taste? – Tianjin's China House
An iPhone in the family way… And disaster in Candy Town!
Red Leaves, Stone Flowers and a Dead Cat – ShiHuaDong
BJ's Most Disappointing Temple Museum? – Zhihuasi
A Little Gem in Beijing – TongJiaoSi
An Exemplar Of What Some Museums Can Be – Lu Xun's BJ Residency
How come this temple is not on everyone's list? – Lidai Diwang Miao
Not a Single Red Scarf in Sight – Beijing's Honglingjin Park
A Load of BS in the Centre of BJ – In search of Beijing's elusive gardens
Numbskulls or Artists?
You Decide… Graffiti in Beijing
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat – Meow Hotpot Restaurant
Watching Paint Dry, Chinese style – Beijing's CIFTIS expo
Return to YMY – YuanMingYuan rediscovered
Beauty, Boredom and Criminality at Forest Park
Time For China To Introduce A Trades Descriptions Act? – BJ's Coin Museum
Turning somersaults in Tsinghua – Yet another acrobatic show
Is this BJ's most boring museum? – Guo Shoujing Memorial Hall
Out for a Duck – A pig-out at Tianwaitian Roast Duck Restaurant
A Worrying Time in S.W. Beijing? – Beijing Garden of World's Flowers
How to save a small fortune in Beijing – ShuangXiu Park
Are There Any Antiques Left In This Antique City?
Is this the worst named attraction in Beijing? – Working People's Cultural Palace
Here be Dragons! – Longtan Park
Can One Ever Get Fed Up With Gold? – Hong Kong's 10,000 Buddhas Temple
God Bless the Man who Invented Nature! – Hong Kong Park and Zoological Garden
The Sounds of Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth? Goodbye BJ!
BJ's Biggest Branding Disaster? Or just clever marketing? You decide!
The Way of Tea – How can I ever look a tea bag in the face again?
On a clear day you can see for miles – Baiwangshan Forest Park
A peek into BJ's Salacious Past – A walk round Dashilan
Congratulations! – Ignore your waistline and be happy!
BJ's Spring: – all it is cracked up to be... and more!
Ink stamps, Concubines and a Chinese Parrot – Ji Xiaolan's Residence
A Feast for the Eyes as well as the Stomach – But ShanXi or Shaanxi?
Gaobeidian – A severe case of Over-inflated Hype
Want a prescription?
Try the Dentist!
Pounding the mountains for a slice of history – Cuandixia Village
Why Bother with the National Museum? – when you have these artefacts on display
Discovering Yet Another Chinese Invention – China Printing Museum
Better Than Paint Drying! – BJ's Agri Museum
Red Dreams in BJ – Da guan yuan
Three into Two Does NOT Go! – BJ's Ethnic Park
Beijing’s Metro Improves in Leaps and Bounds
Strutting the flesh on a cold winter’s day – BJ's latest dance studio
Coming Face to Face with a Scholar and Thinker – Jintai Museum
Is Purple the new Black? – Beijing's Zizhuyuan
China’s Biggest and Best? Or simply a Bai Da Xiang? – Beijing's new car museum
Which is more stunning... Nature or Chinglish? – Taoranting Park
How Come I Am The Only Visitor In This Extraordinary Place? – The Ancient Architecture Museum
A long overdue pilgrimage to Beitang – Beijing's northern cathedral
Following in the Footsteps of the Spermatozoa – BJ's Natural History Museum
Discovering two nice places – in one day!
In Search of BJ's Elusive Bees
Travelling Through Shanghai's Time Tunnel
A Visit to Jing’an – a Mecca for Leophiles?
Searching for Peace in Shanghai And Eating Lunch Through A Straw
First Visit to Shanghai – But mind what you drink!
Back to Nature ... Again!
Back to Nature in BJ's BG
Move over Dante! – A visit to the Taoist Underworld
"Give peace a chance" – A visit to The Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression
Return to Tianjin
Is This What Chinese Heaven Is Like? – Yuan Dadu Chengyuan
Chinese Exercise: The best way to get over a trauma is to meet it head on
If Confucius had been Catholic, he’d surely be a saint by now!
Everything about China told in Miniature – BJ's Philately Museum
Playing Peekaboo with the Red Caped Enlightened Ones–Houairou's Hong Luo Si
How did artists cope in the days before Photoshop? – A visit to the National Art Museum of China
Discovering Wu Ta Si’s Stone Carvings Museum
Breaking in to Peking Uni's Campus
BJ's University Theme Park?
Catching up on Y2K – Beijing's Millennium Monument
Spare a thought for Beijing’s millions of homeless flies
So Who Needs Disney? – Inside Shijingshan Amusement Park
Dazhong Temple Museum
The Museum that Wasn't – mind you don't sneeze!
A meeting with the Chairman
In search of the Flying Watermelon
Police Museum – not suitable for the faint of heart!
(Warning: contains some disturbing images)
Liaoning Cookery Part 2
Cooking Liaoning Dumplings – Beijing Style
The Great Hall of the People – Lots of halls, lots of people, but not so great
Time for Another Comeuppance – A brush with China Unicom
Who turned the heating off?
Who Pinched All the Trains? (Beijing's other China Railway Museum)
Beijing's Flight of Fancy: The Civil Aviation Museum is closing after only six months? (updated August 2013)
How Come Qatar Airways is Still in Business? – How have the mighty fallen!
The Unkindest Snip of All – Beijing's Eunuch Museum
Stargazing in Beijing – The Ancient Observatory
China through a lens – The National Film Museum
A new marketing ploy for KFC?
Beijing's Tap Water Museum (yes, it really does exist!)
Hitting back at BJ's Bus Whingers
Enter the Dragon – Part 2
Enter the Dragon – Spring Festival in Beijing
Santa jostles with the dragon
Making tracks with Mao – China Railway Museum
Toasting the Dragon – It's party time!
At home with Sung Qing-ling
The World – Beijing's copywriters should visit Shenzhen!
Xmas in Beijing
A visit to Prince Gong's Pad
Exploring the Hutong
Gobbing for China
Juggling with destiny … or crashing the diplomats’ party
“I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.” (Oscar Wilde)
Summer Palace – Best viewed in Autumn
Being single on 11.11.11 is not all it's cracked up to be
Judge not others... lest ye be judged yourself!
Telling the Time in Beijing
The Hills are Alive with the sound of ... Bullshit!
In search of vintage paint stripper – or what the Chinese refer to as "wine"
Jackie Chan, Chateau Laffitte and a Jar of Penises
天鹅湖 Makes a Splash in BJ
You don’t have to be a philistine to enjoy 798 – but it sure helps!
Special Me is a Suave Dude
Searching for that Moon Rabbit on Mid Autumn Day
Patience has its rewards
It's Lotus time in YMY
Brian Sprints his way around Olympics-ville
BJ's Fierce Creatures – or lack of them!
Overcoming the Pain Barrier – submitting to Chinese tortures
Following in Nixon's Footsteps – A visit to the Great Wall
A transport of delight – with plenty of distractions
Window on the world from my Beijing apartment
An amazing day out in Tianjin
Start of a new chapter in Brian’s autobiography
China Visa Red Tape –- Battling with Officialdom and landing a job in Beijing
Beijing Tarts – over the hill at 30
Flying HMMOG Airways – and living to tell the tale
An Underwhelming Museum in Cebu? Archdiocesan Museum
Searching for Plants and Butterflies in Cebu’s Fort
Cebu’s Mad-King-Ludvig-style Church in Sibonga
Saint or charlatan? Who knows? - Padre Pio Shrine
A Super-hero in Calamba - Rizal museum
FloristManila.com – Incompetent or Dishonest? You decide!
Villamore beckons – Manila's air museum
Hungry? Fancy some Ants' Eggs?
So what do YOU think that Ferdinand Marcos and Mao Zedong have in common?
Searching for true paradise in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur’s Time Capsule City – Vigan
Sagada – Where the Dead Are Hung Up on Display
Caterwauling at the Catholic Karaoke
Manila – Where Patience is a virtue ... nay, a necessity!
Strolling Between the Walls in Downtown Manila - Intramuros
The National Museum of the Phiippines - a bit of a disappointment
Coron: A Phoenix rising - after being struck by Typhoon Yolande
Elections peaceful – only 30 killed. Oh well that's OK then!
Where Chanticleer Meets his Match (or his Maker) Cock fighting in the Phils
Fighting for your meal and watching soldiers dance? Welcome to Baguio!
Bureaucrats? Puh… Who Needs Them! Getting a residents visa and driving license
Inspecting the Bells in Parañaque
Anyone for a duck foetus? Fried or boiled?
To Cruise, Perchance to Dream... - Island hopping in the Phils
Did GBS Ever Visit the Philippines? - A food lover's paradise
Time for Philippine air companies to pull their socks up?
Manila Sauce Getting ripped off on a Jeepney
The State of Democracy in the Philippines
Organise a Piss-Up in a Brewery? Ask the expert!
Serenading the Floozie With a Little Light Music BPO Concert in Birmingham
Where did they put that Spit? RAF Cosford Museum
Overkill in Leeds? Just how many weapons can you stomach in one day?
How come British Airways is still in business? - Yet another BA disaster story
The Arrogance of Serenata Flowers
Did Black Adder really go to Hogwarts? - Alnwick Garden & Castle
Do Roses And Beautiful Women Float Your Boat? - Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Steaming into York for a Unique Celebration - The National Rail Museum
Grotesque Behaviour in the Yorkshire Dales: Oxenhope Straw Race
Giving Away The Bride - No Refunds Permitted!
Sun and Sea and a Super-yacht that Isn’t - QIBS 2014
Karwa Taxis: Qatar's National Disgrace
I Hate Saying Goodbye - time to leave the Middle East
Dance Bars in DXB - BS catches up on his education
Dubai’s RTA site needs a good kick up the *%^$#@*!, if you ask me
Selling my baby - Dubai-style
It's ATM time ... yet again again again
Emirates Airline - now I am beginning to understand why they are so expensive
Kate & Wills - a Proud Day for Britain???
Bangladopian Maid Arrested - for Doing a 'Bobbitt'
Emirates Bank - A Case of Incompetence, Stupidity or What?
Change is Needed - Rounding up in the Emirates
Spamming the Spammers - Getting my own back on these low life
Falling out of love with Qatar Airways
It's that time of the month - No I don't mean that!
Abandon Hope - All Ye Who Enter Caribou
Callserve - No Calls and No Serve
Now this is what I call service! You'll never find this in the UK
Should we pass around the begging bowl for Géant? Ramadhan shenanigans in Ibn Battuta's favourite store
It's not easy being a dad: when you have to buy a dress for your daughter!
Screwed Again! Sometimes you simply cannot win
Lowlife in the Gulf - Brian's fall from grace
Dubai's Metro Madness: Do the decision makers ever use their own transport system? Yes. Today they did!
It's ATM time again as Dubai gears up for the tourist trade
Murdering the English Language: I love it!
Of Tigers, Hearts and Little Red Lai Sees When Valentine's coincides with CNY
Moving house is no fun in the UAE especially when dealing with Emirati red tape
Getting an Indian Visa The trials and tribulations of getting through Indian red tape
Delhi Diary Having got the visa, it's off on Air Arabia...
Alex Beckons Thanks to Gulf Air I actually make it to Alexandria
Middle East International Film Festival Hobnobbing with the stars
Chatting up a Filipina: Who needs a dictionary?
Culture in the UAE errr... well that's what it says!
For the love of a Kia Maybe not everyone's idea of a babe magnet....
Immigration Officers One of the worst jobs in the world?
Immorality in Riyadh Naughty Brian!
Saudi TV The joys of working as an anchor on KSA2
The Day You Hoped Would Never Happen: Explosion in Riyadh
Driving in the Gulf Smuggling and officialdom