Monday, October 12, 2009

Midnight-blue dwarf delphiniums

A couple more Mongolian snippets.  The first is a rather quirky piece by Tim Harcourt, who's apparently the chief economist of the Australian Trade Commission and who writes interestingly about some previously unheralded aspects of Mongolian life.  I suppose it's obvious that, in one sense, Chinggis Khann (or Genghis Khan) was the father of globalisation.  But it's less obvious that he was the father of free trade.  The second is a rather more conventional travelogue from the Daily Telegraph, which describes rather beautifully the extraordinary diversity of wild flowers in the northern mountains. And, just to support Tim Harcourt's broadly optimistic view of Mongolia's economic prospects, here's news that Louis Vuitton are to open a branch there. 

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