Overwhelmed by Love

TranslatorI am not easily moved to tears but there have been occasions when that has happened – almost inexplicably. It was the morning of the day I was due to leave Manila to go back to UK. My purpose was to find a house for our family. It was in April 1991....

Russia Opens Up

TranslatorThe incredible had happened! The old Soviet Union had fallen apart and the new Russian state was emerging. The dateline was 1991. We watched our TV screens in amazement as Boris Yeltsin stood on a military tank in Moscow and waved the flag of the new Russian...

Doing China

Translator(Following on from Cliffhangers in Hong Kong and Volcanic Disruptions) Safely on the train from Hong Kong we began to relax and breathe sighs of relief. But not for long. It was a warm afternoon for hauling suitcases and we soon found that the main railway...

Cliffhangers in Hong Kong

Translator(following on from Volcanic Disruptions and The Snow that Didn’t Melt). By time we reached the YMCA in Hong and checked in it was around 2.30am on Sunday morning. We had a big day ahead of us so I told the family they should not expect a lay-in. Top of...

Volcanic Disruptions

TranslatorLittle did we know that the massive eruption of Pinatubo would affect us until well into the following week. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila was closed under a layer of ash that was deadly for jet engines. Our BA flight to Hong Kong...