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China: Shopping Experiences
Had some time to go around a couple of shopping malls today and, again, an interesting experience. Supermarkets are very much like they are here, except with some local differences....

posted on: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Chinese Hosting
So far this week I have found the Chinese to be warm, friendly and very hospitable. They are genuinely interested in talking to you, finding out about western culture and discussing their own....

posted on: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Chinese KAPping
I took the Dopero 125 kite out with me to Wuhan to demonstrate KAPping to our hosts at the China University of Geosciences (yes, a whole university of over 25,000 students just doing geoscience!)...

posted on: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

China: First Experiences
I wasn't sure quite what to expect of "China". Stepping off the plane in August you are immediately hit with the heat....

posted on: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Heathrow Security
An interesting experience on a flight to Beijing today. Not having travelled internationally for a while, and with the heightened security after terrorist alerts in London, I wasn't sure what to expect....

posted on: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

OS Reveals Secret Locations
An interesting article in The Guardian today reports that the OS will be putting the locations of "secret" government facilities on their Landranger maps. With the availability of aerial imagery from firms such as Getmapping and their increasing availability through services like Google Earth, much of this information was readily available anyway. Perhaps the interesting aspect of this is how many features will be added and what will be left missing out?? One assumes that this data is already in Mastermap and that there must be "Top Secret: Don't Show Anyone" flag in the database which makes sure its ommitted. Anyone know. Ed maybe??

posted on: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry