I am a British ex-pat who lived in the United States for 13 years. I immigrated in 2000 and lived in Arlington, Texas, which part of the DFW Metroplex, located between Dallas and Fort Worth. When my wife landed a position with a law firm in Jacksonville, we upped sticks and moved to Florida and that was when things began to unravel. Jacksonville is a city with a small town mentality and despite my qualifications and experience, it proved impossible to find suitable employment. My marriage subsequently ended in divorce.

I went back to the UK for a time to reconsider my future and was on the point of returning to the United States — plane ticket booked, removal firm scheduled and utility companies contacted — when I received the offer of a job with the China Daily in Beijing. A job in China trumped no job in the United States. I had to cancel all my arrangements regarding moving back to the United States and two months later arrived in Beijing, working in a job I love doing and enjoying being part of a vibrant and major city.

I am a former journalist with The Birmingham Post, England, and had a short spell, as a reporter, with Adweek in the United States.

My roots are in Stoke-on-Trent, where I was born and raised; hence my life-long support of Stoke City.

I attended Manchester University and began living in Manchester permanently in 1973. I completed my doctorate in geography in 1977.  It never quite brought me the rewards I envisioned but it did provide me with the ability to spot a charlatan at 50 paces and a loathing of cant and hypocrisy.

I am not a political animal.  I do not see the world in terms of black and white but rather as a spectrum of colours, some of which I prefer more than others.  However, I do believe in truth, justice and fair play.

I hope people visiting this blog may find some amusement, perhaps even some good old-fashioned common sense.

And so, “Cry ‘havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war!”


E-mail: calpalUSA@gmail.com

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22 responses to “About

  1. Hey up duck. It’s been an education and a pleasure meeting you over here in Jax. Today at the Five Points coffee shop flew by, a sign of good company. Welcome to the world of the blog, hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to your postings. Hopefully meet up again in the coming months.

    Up the Potters! All the best Andy

  2. Stephen Foster

    Pulis Out!

  3. OS.

    “Cry ‘havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war!”

    Methinks The Bard would have a field day on The Oatcake. That phrase would sum it up pretty well. 🙂

    I’ve added your blog to my ‘favourites’ and along with winger’s and Andy’s, it will become my pre-school run read.

    I’m impressed with your doctorate…it puts Ligeia’s two degrees to shame. 🙂

    Pulis Raus!


  4. Greetingsh and Shalutashuns!

    “Cry Ecky Thump and let slip the whippets of war”

  5. I think you should apply for a job with the BBC. In the last two days I have seen the following errors on banner headlines on BBC News 24…

    Hooligan plural shown as “Hooligan’s”
    Financial spelt “Financail”.

    Shocking, the country is going to the dogs. Probably the one that tripped up Liam Lawrence.

  6. Catherine

    I really like your blog. Keep up the great work.

  7. hey, how did you get that map of flags in the right hand column? that is SO COOL!

    I’d love to have one on my blog.

    how do I install it?


  8. calvininjax

    Go to flagcounter.com — http://flagcounter.com/ — and just follow the instructions.

    Glad you liked it.

  9. I grew up in Florida…
    but, like you, I also moved to another country from the one I was born.

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  11. I love your site. Keep it up !

  12. thomclarke

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    I hope to hear from you shortly and if not apologies for contacting you.


  13. zelda

    I don’t like your blog.It is simply a matter of too much negativity.NOOOOOOOO………I don’t have my head in the sand.If you need to label me I am very much a “realist”.However, you ferret out the worst of humanity . Any item that causes a knee-jerk reaction or a sick stomach response.Yesssssssss…..I know, I know…the horror goes on. It makes me wonder as to your character.These sordid and horrible issues seem to fascinate you enough that this blog exists.
    Hmmmmmmmm……I think this actually feeds the sickos.
    Oh well I can just push delete.

  14. Glen P

    Zelda worries about Calvin’s character? You keep coming back for more. Maybe you should worry about your own obsessive bent concerning these admittedly sordid stories. No one is making you read them.

  15. zelda

    Dear Glen P ,
    I am aware of your point. It is a blog on which people can express their opinions …..yes?
    You are quite correct in that I do not have to read Calvin’s posts if I so disagree with them.
    You are wrong in assuming I am obsessed with the negative dark side of things in the news. On the contrary. My point to Calvin was that I am looking for something more positive to focus on.Eh?So I can do as you suggest and just not participate.Not being a pollyanna I do like to be in the know of the real world even if I sometimes disagree.So I will no doubt peek in here from time to time.
    I appreciate your view and understand your point.

  16. I just discovered this site and i love it. i think it brings about stories that indeed cause outrage at times but in a way that makes me want to “act” – not feeding into any sicko behavior b/c i’m not one! i can be so passionate about our world today and as you i see so many gray areas. never in black in white. nothing is. thank you for taking the time to do this!

  17. Don’t you mean Kant and hypocrisy?

  18. mannyinhartford

    Hello Calvin Palmer,

    I wrote an article on Pastor Terry Jones, but I am not certain we are speaking about the same Pastor. The pastor who I met was a humble Christian gentleman in Hartford CT.

    Either way, I like your blog, and will be adding you to my blog roll. I hope you can do the same for mine, as I am a new blogger and seeking to get a broader audience. I seek not an auto blog roll invite. Only do so if you so happen to like what I have to say.

    God bless you, and check my link below:


  19. Dave Minshull

    Hello Calvin,
    You dont know me my name is Dave Minshull I am 53 years old and have just come across your blog I am a huge Stoke City supporter and still live in the city, along with the FA cup final plus the semi final and coming across your blog I have had a really enjoyable few months reminiscing about going down to the old victoria ground with my dad and uncle Bill for the 3 15 ko to watch the likes of yourself (before you defected to Sunderland) Dobing, Ritchie,and Harry Burrows (my favourite) , just to ask the question what was your favourite game down at the old Vic Cheers Dave Minshull

  20. archive

    For “crying out loud” For “pete’s sake” PLEASE Unsubscribe me, Calvin and WordPress.com !!!

  21. Nice meeting you here in Beijing!
    -Nate from Detroit, Michigan

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