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The Triple Jeopardy of a Chinese Math Prodigy
Before he was denounced as a thief and cast out of the hedge fund industry, before he was a Goldman Sachs banker or a math prodigy, Ke Xu was a little boy in…

He then offered a series of bizarre explanations for why he couldn’t return the devices he’d sent to China. One had been loaned to a relative and subsequently stolen, he said. His parents had thrown others in the Yangtze River. When he explained that one computer had been cremated alongside a deceased uncle, the courtroom erupted in laughter.
story  london  wealth  finance  crime  ip  china  young  hubei  uk  prison  genius 
november 2018 by aries1988
A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America
Rebecca Mead on the wrenching choice, after decades in New York and securing U.S. citizenship, to return to Britain.
story  british  london  newyork  american  son  culture  uk  immigrant 
august 2018 by aries1988
Udon noodles: meet ramen’s quieter sibling | Financial Times
Buckwheat soba had been the predominant cheap noodle for the working class since the Edo period (1603-1868) so the younger generation saw wheat-based ramen (thin round noodles made firm and yellowish by the addition of alkaline salts) and udon (fat, soft white noodles) as exciting “foreign” food, in much the same way that postwar Europeans were attracted to the glamour of the American hamburger. More importantly, ramen cooking — still retaining a certain Chinese cultural “otherness” — was free of the rigid rules of traditional Japanese cuisine. Young cooks felt able to open noodle bars, to play fast and loose with new combinations and flavours and, in doing so, participated in a national wave of culinary creativity.

as in most Asian cuisines, texture is as vital a component of flavour as smell is to westerners. The ideal udon noodle must have koshi. There is no completely satisfactory translation into English, but it means something like “strength” or “firmness”. The noodle must have bounce, resilience, it must bite back.
explained  japanese  cuisine  udon  restaurant  london 
july 2018 by aries1988
Le « monstre » de graisse qui bouche les égouts de Londres pourrait finir au musée
Quelle meilleure façon d’interpeller sur les conséquences de la pollution que d’obliger le visiteur à regarder la boule de graisse et de lingettes qui obstrue les égouts sous leurs pieds ?
wc  london  museum  city 
september 2017 by aries1988
Goodbye to the rudest restaurant in London - Wong Kei is finally ditching the bad attitude
Zoe Williams: The London restaurant has long been known for its grouchy staff, but I never found it amusing. Rudeness ruins more than just lunch
london  restaurant  fun  politeness 
september 2017 by aries1988
The Natural History Museum’s new hall of wonders
Although gigantism on land reached a peak with dinosaurs, today’s blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever lived on land or sea. Evolutionary studies suggest that baleen whales, and the blue whale in particular, have grown to this scale within the past three million years in response to the availability of huge concentrations of krill, which they can catch and eat through their specialised filter-feeding mechanism.
london  museum  moi  biology  animal  dinosaur  history  2017 
july 2017 by aries1988
Collecting the World by James Delbourgo — the life of Hans Sloane
An erudite biography of the botanist and doctor whose vision led to the British Museum
history  london  museum 
june 2017 by aries1988
Migratory Models
They’ve flocked to London in search of success.
london  photo 
october 2014 by aries1988
Here Is London
Scenes of London’s youth, commuters, fans and more.
photo  london  today 
october 2014 by aries1988
My European Ritual

I call this outing my monthly “bulle de bonheur” — “bubble of happiness” — unscheduled time and as many books as I want for free.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month, a group of retirees takes over a corner of the Rue des Martyrs in my neighborhood in the Ninth Arrondissement. It’s time for Circul’Livre, a volunteer operation dedicated to the preservation of the book. Circul’Livre was created in 2004 and now operates in about 20 locations throughout Paris. Used books are classified by subject and displayed in crates. They are not for sale. Customers take as many as they want as long as they adhere to an informal code of honor neither to sell nor destroy them. They are encouraged to drop off their old books.
paris  secret  discovery  local  travel  idea  london  budapest  granada  italia  buy  athens  amsterdam 
april 2014 by aries1988
Ta-Ta, London. Hello, Awesome. -
He asked me a million questions: Why? Where was I going to live? How about my family? How did I feel?

He considered the whole thing for a moment — me, the move, New York, life.

“Awesome!” he said. And I think he really meant it.
london  expat  usa  comparison 
september 2013 by aries1988
艺术留学生,一群理想主义的年轻人 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
student  london  young 
may 2013 by aries1988
RETRO POST: On the Shoulders of Giants | Jamie Todd Rubin
Then, coming down some steps I most unexpectedly came across the tomb of Henry V, or as he was referred to in Shakespeare’s play, “Harry the King”. Seeing his tomb there in front of me really gave me the chills. This was the man who led the small English army to victory of the French at the Battle of Agincourt!
googlereader  london  history  england 
august 2012 by aries1988

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