Moulton: a quintessential English village

Moulton village green

I always enjoy taking a stroll around the Moulton whenever I stay here – even when being battered by the chilly fenland winds. By many standards it is a quintessential English village, with its twelfth-century church overlooking a neatly-mown village green which is surrounded by charming old houses that testify to the place’s enduring wealth resulting from the rich agricultural land in the area.

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Cautiously optimistic

Only Humans Need Apply

Hat’s off to China Airlines! I certainly enjoyed my dalliance with them on their new non-stop service from Taipei to London. Naturally the five-hour time saving compared to the Eva route was the main reason for this, but I would also add that the facilities in Premium Economy were a notch above those of their competitor (probably not surprisingly given that it was a new plane.)

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AI and the Beijing hot pot experience

lamb hotpot

One of the great pleasures of visiting Beijing in winter is going out for a spicy lamb hot pot to fight off the freezing cold. The hot and noisy atmosphere in the restaurants helps to raise the spirits further. This is the China that I love to experience, with everybody sat round the tables merrily chatting, eating, and drinking after a hard day’s grind at the office. Nothing can beat it!

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VPai Home Turnkey Solution for Wireless Home Security & Video Monitoring Systems

VPai Home Turnkey Solution

We have enjoyed considerable growth with our family of VPai turnkey solutions for 360-degree cameras that we launched last year. Our customers have found it a fast and efficient way of testing out this new market with minimal product development times and costs.

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Emerging from turbulent times: the origins of the Analects and the Daodejing

Dao

The Daodejing emerged at a time in Chinese history that was every bit as turbulent as the one we live in now.

During the five centuries that comprised the Spring and Autumn Period (771 to 476 BCE) and the Warring States Period (403 – 221 BCE), rulers of a veritable patchwork of feudal states and fiefdoms vied with each other for supremacy while the traditional culture and civilization of the ancient Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 771 BCE) collapsed around them. Wars were waged, armies were slaughtered, and alliances were broken almost as soon as they were forged, while the common people were left to lead miserable lives of endless poverty, back-breaking labor, and relentless suffering.

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Situational leadership in the Analects and the Daodejing

The main reason for my interest in the Analects and the Daodejing is that they focus on providing practical solutions to real-world problems.

Unlike many of the works in the Western philosophical cannon, they don’t feature any agonized searches for a universal “truth” or any promises of eternal salvation for ascribing to the “right” set of values or behaving in the “correct” manner. Instead, they are concerned with dealing with the challenges of the here and now, exploring how you can improve your character to make a greater contribution to the stability and prosperity of your family, community, and society overall.

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