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  • 2012-12-27

    In 1974 the first Swedish pop band hit the English language Billboard Hit 100 with a cover of “Hooked on a Feeling”, by Blue Swede. The same year, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with their hit ‘Waterloo’.

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  • 2012-12-08

    Stories in the press of deepening China-Africa ties focus mainly on commodities, corruption, and labour struggles. Alongside these more commercial and economic ties, there are health, education and political exchanges.

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  • 2012-11-25

    Dear Daoshi,

    Nobody forced me to go to China. Rather it was my personal decision. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to go and experience another country. I wanted something different from the usual western countries. Another society. China was the right choice. The choice coincided well as China is increasingly an economic power participating in, leading even, a sudden change of world economic order. 

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  • 2012-11-16

    As a child I was enthralled by the adventures of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. Led by Peter, and together with Janet, Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara, the seven would meet regularly to discuss local problems and adventures requiring their imagination and attention. Their headquarters was a garden shed, entry to which was protected by password and a badge marked SS.

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  • 2012-11-05



    Next week the US election and China's once-in-a-decade transition coincide. In China's case not only will the ruling Party anoint a new President and Premier, a new Politburo and Politburo Standing Committee, but furthermore will also replace a full 60-70% of China’s leadership. Little is known of the incoming line-up or their policies, with the exception of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, future Chinese President and Premier respectively.

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