hapiness


I saw this print in Hong Kong and I just loved it! So of course I had to take a photo. It is a print of a painting by Beijing artist Yue Minjun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Oh and for those here in Canada - happy Canada Day eh! And even if you are not in Canada I wish you a day that is at least as happy as the men in this photo seem to be having!

天坛大佛


The Tian Tan Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The Buddha is 34 metres (110 ft) tall.

temple incense


Spiral incense coils burning in a Hong Kong temple

temple prayers


A shot from inside an old Hong Kong temple.

mountain women


Local women walking in the rice fields high in the mountains of Guilin.

桂林


I am now back in Canada - but will be posting shots I took in China for a while - like this one taken last week sailing down a river in Guilin.

四川菜


My favourite place to eat – the place in the center who this photo – which although in Guangdong Province serves Szechuan cuisine (sometimes spelt Szechwan or Sichuan cuisine). Very spicy, very nice!

I love HK


I did not buy this t-shirt - but it is true - I do love Hong Kong!

on liberty


During this trip to Hong Kong and China I presented a child welfare paper at a conference held at Hong Kong’s City University. Here is a scene of someone else presenting at the same conference – this particular presentation was truly brilliant – the conference theme was world peace and harmony and the presenter is reminding us of Mill’s work “On Liberty.” I am not a fan of Mill’s thoughts on utilitarianism but his thoughts on the potential for a tyranny of the majority are very important.

Many of the presentations were good and inspiring – by some inevitably rubbed my the wrong way – like the chap who asserted that it is unethical for social workers to do anything that can’t be measured (a throwback to the logical positivism of the First Vienna Circle) and the person who claimed that social workers were the “fighter pilots” of justice working on the margins of society (an analogy that has some tensions at a conference with peace and harmony as a theme). Even so the ideas these presenters exposed me to were well worthwhile and the entire conference game me much to mull over.

But anyway, let me leave the last words of this post to Mill:

"When society is itself the tyrant – society collectively, over the separate individuals who compose its means of tyrannizing are not restricted to the acts which it may do by the hands of political functionaries. Society can and does execute its own mandates and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates in at all in things which it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself."

mountain man


I met this man while hiking in southern China by the river Li but high in the hills above the forests of Sweet Osmanthus in the region where the "minority people" live. The man said he was 90-years old!

the peak


This is the classic scenery shot of Hong Hong - taken from "The Peak."

summer rooftop


A rooftop in the Summer Palace (颐和园), Beijing. You can find out more about the palace here

bird garden


A shot from the "Bird Garden" in Hong Kong. This garden is a bird market and also a place where men (it mostly seems to be men) take their birds for a walk (in their cages) and they sit can chat (about birds I assume). Anyway - it is a very nice place to visit.

hk police


HK has a 12-hour time difference from Toronto so I found myself getting up every early. I tool this shot about 7am just as the HK streets in this area were begining to come to life for the day.

flower market


The Hong Kong Flower Market very early on a wet morning.

kong kong sidewalk


My photoblog has been posting older photographs on autopilot for a while because I have been away in Hong Kong with no Internet connection. I now have internet so expect some recent shots over the next few days.

refreshments


I took this shot way back in about 1980 in a Shadwell (London UK) park.

tornado


A shot from back in the day - air support - lucky one of ours!