NOC, Graham Street — Calm amid chaos

It’s a cutie. From the small street side bench to the peaceful interior, NOC Coffee Co. is a find worthy of the navigation involved.

Artful coffee in the Aussie style, with the requisite alternatives for non-coffee fiends: the chai and green teas, not to mention the passion fruit. And who wouldn’t mind a bit of that now and again? The traffic, a mixture of joggers, backpackers who frequent the aforementioned seating, and the occasional suit who’s clearly strayed from their prescribed working zone.

What sets this place apart is the interior. Petit though it is, it provides a sense of space in the minimalist style. Perfect for a discreet tete-a-tete, against a backdrop of soulful music. A place to begin, or indeed end, an affair, perhaps.

NOC Coffee, 34 Graham Street, Hong Kong

Modern History Related Reading (Summer 2018)

A mix of modern history related reading (some of which are actually novels set in modern historical context), that have enjoyed:

  1. The Churchill Factor – How One Man Made History, Boris Johnson. A rumbling romp of a read. (Amazon)
  2. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, Herbert P. Bix What was surprising to me was just how involved he was in operational details.  (Amazon)
  3. 1944 – FDR and the Year that Changed History, Jay Wink.  A fantastic book. Absolutely gripping. (Amazon)
  4. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kay Bird. The story of gifted, sensitive, complex man. (Amazon)
  5. The Dead Hand – The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race, David E. Hoffman. How close we came to oblivion on many occasions. This is by far the most detailed book of the Soviet side of the arms race in technology terms.  (Amazon)
  6. Churchill’s Hour – A Novel of Defiance, Michael Dobbs. Dobbs has done an adequate job telling a fantastic story, with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Perhaps one for the beach. (Amazon)
  7. The Railway Man, Max Lomax. A remarkable tale. (Amazon)
  8. The Doomsday Machine, Daniel Ellsberg. What really comes through here is not just the Mathematical detail of the thinking, but the sense in which they have built this state-machine, which is way out of control. (Amazon)
  9. Yalta – The Price of Peace, Serhii Plokhy. A heavy read but well worth it for those interested in the origins of the Cold War. (Amazon)
  10. The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman. That we know how it ends makes it all the more painful from the first page onwards. (Amazon)

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