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The event that I had been targeting for my return to Hong Kong was the presentation that I needed to make at Senate about the Faculty’s response to the review panel’s report. This occurred on Tuesday – so the six week (plus) journey was well timed in that regard at least. It does feel like…
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The end at last

As you know I have been in quarantine for the last three weeks. It has not been easy to be totally alone and confined in a single room. But it has come to an end and finally I can emerge into Hong Kong. I cannot recommend putting yourself through this! This is the collection of…
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Almost there!

I will have to admit that the last week was hard. The middle week of quarantine, and it has been two weeks since I last saw a person in three dimensions. But today the final countdown to some sort of freedom begins. In a week from today I will be free to walk in Hong…
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Another week of quarantine and some old stories

It has been a week of quarantine, I arrived in Hong Kong a week ago and negotiated the immigration hurdles at the airport. I counted over 20 separate stations to fill in some form, provide some piece information or perform some duty. Everything from providing the samples to be tested, to having your phone number…
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Under Mount Kenya

Now two weeks into the trip back to Hong Kong, I have taken up residence in the house of one of my oldest friends. I am lucky that this sits just below Mount Kenya and everyday I can see the mountain sitting splendid not far off. As Kenya has now gone into its own lockdown…
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The odyssey continues

After a week working in Nairobi I have taken 2 weeks leave for the remainder of my 21 days in Kenya. This has meant that I could travel out of Nairobi to the area near Mount Kenya and can stay with one of my oldest friends. George is one of a tiny number of Kenyans…
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Trekking back to Hong Kong

With the latest cancellation of my ticket back to Hong Kong and the need to be in Hong Kong in early May to present the response to the Faculty review to Senate, I decided that some alternative action was needed. Hong Kong requires UK travellers to spend 3 weeks away from the UK before entering…
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Covid hits Faculty

It had to happen eventually. The Faculty has had two confirmed cases of Covid-19 both assistant professors, several other people in quarantine waiting further tests. These are all connected with the latest cluster of cases among people who used a gym in Sai Ying Pun. We have cleaned the buildings and just now have to…
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Response to the review

HKU can be amazingly bureaucratic. The Faculty was reviewed last year, which is a good thing. Getting some external insights into the Faculty is very helpful indeed. And so we have the report from the review panel with recommendations. To which we have to write a response, and an action plan which will both be…
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Early starts and shortlists

Working in Hong Kong but being located in London can be very trying. The worst aspect for me are the early starts, generally speaking I am an early riser but getting up at 12:30 for a meeting starting at 1am is very tough. I had three such meetings this week, and ended Friday feeling like…
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