A skyscraper photo essay

It had passable beaches, a large shipbuilding industry and a lot of impressive skyscrapers; from the top of any of these you could see the port and in the other direction the green hills marking the end of the urban sprawl. At that stage of my…

A review of South of the Clouds by Seth Faison

South of the Clouds, Exploring the Hidden Realms of China by former New York Times reporter Seth Faison is a balanced and interesting China expat memoir. Why? Because the book includes the background to the stories he reported on and…

Experience of free healthcare in Argentina

Lying in bed my eye felt like it was going to explode, finally, after hours, aqueous fluid and pus squirted out relieving the pressure. The pain subsided, but only for fifteen minutes. …

Chiang Kai-shek sobre la Puerta de Tiananmén

Chaing Kai-shek sobre la Puerta de Tiananmén, Wikipedia

En 2016 en el Salón Conmemorativo de Chiang Kai-shek en Taipei, Taiwan, ví una foto que mostraba el mismo Generalísimo, Chiang Kai-shek, sobre la Puerta de Tiananmén de la Ciudad Prohibida.

The ups and downs of the infamous Peruvian President and his family

William H. Prescott was a student at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1811 to 1814. In his time there he got caught in a bread-laced snowball fight. A piece of bread crust entered and blinded his left eye…

Politics, education and crime in Buenos Aires

Corina, a forty-seven year old teacher, was walking home when a beaten-up burgundy car pulled up beside her. Two men got out, grabbed Corina, forced her inside and put a bag over her head. Corina, fearing the worst, struggled wildly as her shirt…

Axel Kaiser reminds me of the wealthy students I taught at the Grange School in Santiago, Chile in 2005. Some good kids among them but a sense of superiority from many. One of the richest guys in Chile, if not the richest, Andrónico Luksic, sent his sons to the Grange…

The becak drivers of Solo were some of the most destitute looking guys I dealt with in Java. Sure, there are people worse off in a slum somewhere in Jakarta — but not the ones I’ve been to. The people in marginal neighbourhoods I’ve seen didn’t look as malnourished as…

F E Beyer

Writing — history, reviews, fiction, policiales. Interested in Asia, South America and NZ. @FrankVeyer https://frankebeyer.contently.com/

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