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Vintage Burgundy Amber Barrel Beads
Bumblebee Yellow Amber Mala Necklace
Chunky Green Amber Chip Beads
Large Brandy Amber Flower Beads
Deep-Red Cinnabar Buddha Beads
Deep-Red Cinnabar Coged Barrel Beads
Unusual Carved Half-Moon Aqua-Blue Turquoise Beads
Faceted Antique-Burgundy 10mm Agate

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MrBead Moving to the UK

Now MiMi has her UK residency papers, the MrBead store will be moving from HongKong to the UK after Christmas. Between Mid-November and Mid-December we’ll be filling a 20-foor container and sending it to Norwich. It’s a lot of work, but we’ve already started packing the 300 plus boxes.

Last month we closed down our Mainland China apartment/store rooms, and sent over 80 boxes of 1.2 tonnes to HongKong. Lots of beads! We’ve had a place in Guangzhou for over 16-years – now we’ll have to stay at a hotel.

MiMi and I have been in HongKong for over 25-years. However, it’s not as nice there as it used to be. Very slowly after the hand-over from British rule, everything changed. ‘Mother tongue’ teaching, where lessons have to be in Chinese rather than English, has resulted in the latest generation not understanding my McDonald’s order.

Another problem is population swell. People moan in the UK when a million extra arrive - but in HongKong, smaller than Greater London, there are over 3-million Mainlanders visiting every month, on top of a 10% rise in 7-million residencies over the past decade. It’s hard to get a seat in a restaurant or on a train at any time. Everywhere is crowded.

No wonder property is at Central London prices and petrel at £1.30 a litre. Although a 20-mile train ride is only about £1, a pint of milk will set you back £2. I pay £1.80 for 6-slices of soft bread, because I don’t like the sweetness of cheaper types. Heinz baked beans are £1.30 a can, but beer and wine is cheap. No VAT or sales tax. Of course a lot of this is imported, rice cost next to nothing, but vegetables are about the same as in Britain.

Then there is the pollution. At one time, blue skies were the norm – now you can’t see the top of the Peak across the harbour from Kowloon most days. Everything in the distance is grey. Face masks aren’t just for germs.

This isn’t helped by the heat. Global warming has resulted in the usually extreme weather, getting even more so. Last month in Fanling, the 37c sun left my shirt as wet as in a heavy rain storm while pushing bead boxes to our pad. Picture is one of the deliveries from our Guangzhou flat - 600kgs.

So there you have it. It’s still fun in HongKong with great food and beaches, but Norwich is a fine City with almost a millennium of culture, and I love taking my boat out on the Norfolk Broads. At least in the UK you’ll get your beads faster!

MrBead UK Bead Fairs

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All Our 2016 Bead Shows

Sat & Sun 13th & 14th August Harrogate Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ - 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sunday 21st August Scottish Bead Fair, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ - 10.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 11th Sept Norwich MrBead Bead Show, The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA - 11am to 4pm
Sat & Sun 17th & 18th Sept Newark Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Notts NG24 2NY - 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Saturday 24th Sept Kentish Town MrBead Bead Show, Kentish Town Community Centre Main Hall, 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP - 10am to 4pm
Saturday 1st October Luton MrBead Bead Show, Stockwood Hotel, 41-43 Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS - 11am to 4pm
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th October Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY - 10.00am to 5.30pm Except 7pm Thursday
Saturday 15th October The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park Racecourse, High Street, Esher, London KT10 9AJ - 10am to 5pm
Sat & Sun 22nd & 23rd October Newton Abbot Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 3AF - 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sat & Sun 29th & 30th October Cheltenham Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Pittville Pump Rooms, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3JE - 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun
Sat & Sun 12th & 13th November Kempton Park Gem 'n' Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ - 10am to 5pm Sat 10am to 4pm Sun

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Full list of: our 2016 UK Bead Fairs

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