Archive for October, 2011

Fun with IPR @ Shanghai ‘Grand’ Carnival 2011

October 13th, 2011 1 comment


I was in Shanghai over the National Holiday and while I was there some friends suggested I check out the Shanghai International Carnival. After researching online ( and reading some press releases, I decided to give it a go. Happy Valley in Beijing and Shenzhen, though permanent fixtures, are good fun so logic dictates this carnival couldn’t be that bad.

Ah, logic, I remember you…

The well known cartoon duo "Tom and Garfield"


We found almost no signage from the subway station to the front gate. No people queuing outside for tickets. This should have been a clear indication to turn around and head somewhere else, but as we’d already made the journey, we thought ‘what the hell’ and went in anyway.

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Travel Geography: A lazy man’s National Geographic?

October 10th, 2011 No comments

Spotted this on the train from TangGu/Tianjin to Beijing.

I should point out though, there are legitimate Chinese language versions of Nat Geo to be found all around China.

Nevertheless, I thought this was a pretty shameless attempt to cash in on an iconic brand and image that another mag has honed and used since 1888.

Travel Geography - National Geographic

Paying 'homage' to National Geographic? Pretty sure there's another word for that...