Visit to China – Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and Beijing

In April I travelled to China for a two week trip, which included attending the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, visiting the Great Wall in Beijing as well as relaxing and taking in the environment and culture.

The Grand Prix was amazing and I even had a behind the scensles look at the McLaren garage.

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Grand Prix in Shanghai

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After the Grand Prix weekend I flew to Beijing where I stayed at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, a very good hotel and the room was excellent.
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I visited the Forbidden City which absolutely amazing and full of significant history.
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The Great Wall of China was an extremely inspiring part of my visit to Beijing. You’re on average 3,500 ft above the town below. The purpose of the wall being built is in itself very interesting.
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After Beijing I then flew back to Shanghai for the weekend where I stayed at Hilton Shanghai.
The view from Hilton Shanghai at night was rather special.
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Though in arriving at the airport the taxi queue was ridiculous.
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I saw a couple of friends who were also in Shanghai and took in some of the iconic architecture of Pudong right next to the Bund.
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I will share more of pictures soon and some of the interesting things I saw.

Just need to sort through the images and video still!

Racism in Munich

I felt the need to write something on this blog after a long lack of attention. The reason? Well, what I perceived as racism in Munich, Germany.
This was a friends stag weekend and amongst the group were a couple of black guys. Firstly, hardly any bars or clubs would allow English people, even in small groups, into the bars. This was a mindless thing and I can’t quite rationalise it in my brain.
Secondly, the black members of our group were the only people on a couple of occassions who were not allowed into bars we got into. How can our whole group be allowed in apart from the black people? I will name one of the places, a rather Ropey bar called Americanos and Q Club at Kultfabrik

I have friends who are German and certainly have no issue with Germany or the people. I am purely sharing my experience and utter shock at what I saw as racism from these clubs and discriminating based on nationality.

Super Bad, Super Cool

I listened today to a really insightful and impactful radio show called “Super Bad, Super Cool”, presented by actress Pam Grier.  Super Bad, Super Cool looks at the impact by black actors, actresses and musicians on 1970’s cinema. Jazz and Soul music genre’s were the big contributors during this era.

Find out more by clicking on the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00przy5

Zouk is beautiful music – Vini by Nichols and Marisa

I’ve known this song for a while, “Vini” by Nichols and Marisa.

Zouk is a beautiful genre of music, extremely rythmic, wonderful dancing. Cultural.

Zouk is actually from the French West Indies (Guadeloupe  & Martinique), Haiti, St. Lucia, Dominica  and is also now shared with cultures from, South America (Brazil) and Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Réunion, Mozambique).