Archive for November, 2010

Heigh-Ho, Hyderabad and Hello, Delhi

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Flying Air China up from Shanghai to Beijing to connect to the flights to India, the business class service was superb.  New Airbus 330 (with GE engines), super reclining pod seats, elegant hostesses, open bar and excellent food.   Imagine how surprised I was then when Air China’s international service to Delhi barely came up to […]

Once More into Shanghai

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A friend with whom I taught at the International University of Monaco a few years ago has just visited China, perhaps for the first time.   Here are his impressions: http://wslightfoot.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/beauty-and-the-beast%E2%80%A6and-other-ramblings-on-the-%E2%80%98new%E2%80%99-china/ A lot of us Western laowei remark on the same things – the scale of everything here, the incredible speed at which the nation is […]

Oh, Oh, Orlando 3

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Friday morning the unenviable slot of first up (after a lot of the attendees had hydrated enthusiastically the previous evening) went to Ted Ward, CMO of the car insurance company Geico, and John Adams, President of the Martin Agency, the agency that does all their distinctive advertising.  They explained the rationale for what appears to […]