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Sweet osmanthus in the air

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I don’t know if you notice this is 桂花 sweet osmanthus season again. On my way to work, I can smell it. Such as this one (on Changning Rd. near China Merchants Bank). I liked 桂花 because in my primary school, we used to have one or two trees, and we can smell it during the fall season. Of course the dried 桂花 is an important ingredient to make “Jiu Niang Yuan Zi” too.

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Unrelated, the NBA guys are coming, so called King (Lebron James) and Orlando Magic are playing in Shanghai tonight. To me this is just a show from Nike. I can care less.

Also, I read an interesting article from 21世纪经济报道, the title is “Mutual fund heaven”. It talked why Edinburgh (Scottland) is the world center of mutual fund. One important factor: the peacefulness there. I copied a few paragraphs here.


爱丁堡是个神奇之地。

  这个苏格兰的首府建在七座低矮的小山坡上,一条天然壕沟把城区分成新旧两边。从皇室旧居爱丁堡城堡出发,顺着狭长而弯曲的皇家麦尔大道到达新皇宫荷里路德宫,不长不短恰好是一英里地,所以这条街又叫“皇家一里”。

  就是这样一个人口不足50万,沿石子路走过来踱过去都不过几英里地的弹丸小城,如今每分钟都牵动着全球金融市场的脉搏——这几年,在这里集中了全球最多的基金公司和最庞大的基金经理群落。

  来自世界各地的基金经理们就住在小街两边那一座座苏格兰传统建筑风格的独栋小屋里。他们直接管理着超过5300亿英镑的资产,以及全球超过10500亿欧元的保险金和养老金。巨大的财富和资金的洪流奔涌在小城和世界市场之间。

  “这大概是因为我们苏格兰人对自己的钱都比较小气的缘故吧,我们很会管钱。”在小街上的酒吧里,每一个苏格兰籍的基金经理都会向外来者夸耀这一点

You can read the full article here. I hope to visit Scottland in the near future.

But for now, starting tomorrow we will visit Lan’xi, see my wife’s families there. Until next time…

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