I have created a set of flashcards for studying the mandarin vocabulary for each lesson in the Langara College program ‘Mandarin for Adults’. The flashcards are built in Anki and are posted on the AnkiWeb site. You need to download the Anki program to your desktop computer or mobile. Go to Download/Shared Deck and search for ‘langara’ and they will show up as ‘Langara lesson #’. I used the MDGB

The Golden Cage

The Golden Cage, Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kales Press, 2011 Reviewed by Graham Mulligan Shirin Ebadi promised her childhood friend, Pari, that she would tell the story of her family’s great tragedy and the three brothers who lived and died under Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Each brother chooses a different path, one loyal to the old Shah, one loyal to the fundamentalist revolution

Xin nian kuaile

花開 富貴 竹報 平安 Huākāi fùgùi. Zhúbào píng ān This is the Year of the Dragon. Mandarin learning sites Here are some of my favourites: http://www.mdbg.net This is a good word dictionary and can be synced with Skritter.

The Mystery of Capital

The Mystery of Capital, Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else Hermando DeSoto, Basic Books, 2000 Reviewed by Graham Mulligan Capital is an abstract concept representing the potential to create something else. DeSoto and his team examined developing and former communist countries to try and understand why capitalism doesn’t have more than foothold there. In each of these countries there is economic activity and urban expansion but

Suzhou Museum

I.M. Pei designed the Suzhou Museum (opened 2006). I visited the museum in 2009 when I took this photo. It is a stunningly beautiful place, both ancient and modern. Last evening I watched the PBS broadcast on American Masters

Who’s Your City?

Who’s Your City? The critical role of place in the world economy Richard Florida, Random House, 2008 Reviewed by Graham Mulligan In an increasingly urbanized world there are clusters where economic and other advantages occur. Florida has noticed this phenomenon and seeks to analyze how and why it occurs. The book has three big themes: Place and Happiness (location and well-being); the Three Stages of Life (that affect where we


Endgame; The End of the Debt Supercycle and How it Changes Everything John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper Reviewed by Graham Mulligan In the introductory essay the authors sum up the problem, quoting Wimpie from the Popeye cartoon, “I will gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” and Jean Mannet, “People only accept change in necessity and see necessity only in crisis”. The debt supercycle started more than 60 years