Social issues

A future without autumns

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Toothpicker

The title of this blog entry came up because of an article I read recently on BBC magazine regarding the effects of climate change. Higher temperatures and droughts across the globe are having big impact on the entire ecosystems, including the reduction of leaf pigments production and causing leaves to fall from [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Nature, Social issues, Climate change and was tagged with nature, autumn, climate change

BFI London Film Festival 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

I am not sure how other film buffs pick their choices at the BFI London Film Festival, but usually by the time I finish 'studying' the brochure, all the films that I intend to see would sell out!
Like always, I would pick the less popular films or films that are less unlikely [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival

Sahara soul at the Barbican

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, music, Barbican, world music

Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Hong Kong's future is depicted in the photo above... foggy & unclear
Originally I was going to publish further posts on the London design festival, but what has been happening in Hong Kong has prompted me to write about the city where I consider as my second home.
I was shocked and saddened by [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with Hong Kong, umbrella revolution, politics

Street life in Paris

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

This summer, a few overseas friends who visited both Paris and London told me that they enjoyed London much more than Paris. When I asked them the reasons, they said that the streets of Paris feel unsafe and chaotic, whereas London feels more vibrant and safer. I wasn't surprised by this as [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Paris, Markets, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness and was tagged with paris, Markets, graffiti/ street art, short films, cycling, street life, homelessness

Help save Smithfield market!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The beautiful interior of Smithfield general market
I never intended to use this blog to advocate for a cause or an issue, but the more I write, the more I realised that there are many issues that matter to me (and to many others) and I simply cannot ignore them. I feel [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Social issues, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, Smithfield market

London festival of architecture: Balfron Tower

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

The month-long London festival of architecture this year was full of interesting tours and activities. I took the opportunity and book myself onto a tour to visit the iconic Grade II listed Balfron Tower in East London by British Hungarian architect, Ernő Goldfinger. (believe it or not, Ian Fleming did name his [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Social issues, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, architecture, Brutalism, London festival of architecture, social housing

Hong Kong's new street art scene

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Graham street mural
Hong Kong has never been regarded as an art and creative hub, but in recent years things are changing... aside from the annual Art Basel, new galleries (including international ones) are opening all the time, and the city will finally have its first world-class visual culture museum in 2017 ( [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Social issues and was tagged with Hong Kong, graffiti/ street art

Shanghai: Beyond the façade

Posted on March 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

A more authentic Shanghai can be seen near Lu Xun Park in the Hongkou distric
I first (and last) went to Shanghai 12 years ago to visit a friend who had just moved from NYC to the city. I had always wanted to go to Shanghai before the trip, so I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Shanghai, Street life and was tagged with architecture, Shanghai, street life

The Aokigahara suicide forest

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

A blog entry about suicide seems rather odd especially weeks before Christmas, but perhaps it is precisely THE time to write about it because there are many who may not be feeling the festive and joyous mood during this period. And for those people, the festive seasons can also be the most [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Anything Japanese and was tagged with documentaries, Japan, Aokigahara forest

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