Tag Archives: China


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading

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Mr Chitqua, an Ingenious Chinese Artist

I can state with absolute conviction that until 10 a.m. or so on the morning of Friday 26 September 2014, I had never heard of Chitqua. Then I received a tweet from the ODNB (@odnb) announcing that one of the … Continue reading

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Sir Aurel Stein

I came face to face the other night with a portrait of Sir Aurel Stein, which was a coincidence, given that I am currently reading his Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan. Actually, I have to confess that the coincidence was not … Continue reading

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From The North To The East

One of the most touching (and certainly the most unexpected) displays in the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is a glass cabinet full of knitted hats.

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On A Mission

A notable bicentenary in 2013 is that of the birth of David Livingstone. I wrote about Livingstone almost exactly two years ago (without noticing at the time that his birthday was on 16 March). Since then, we have published more … Continue reading

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