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In the current issue of Intelligent Life, Nicholas Shakespeare writes about visiting China with his father John, who lived in Peking as a boy in the 1930s. It was John's first trip back in 75 years—during which time the small walled city of Peking has become the vast sprawl of Beijing.
In mid-February Colin Baker, from The Economist's multimedia department, and I took a train down to Wiltshire to make a short video with John, who is now 83. It's the first in a series of videos we'll be making for our apps and website. Samantha Weinberg, our assistant editor, met us off the train in Salisbury, and the three of us drove to John's house in the countryside, stopping to ask directions at a little farmhouse where you could buy milk at the front door. Sitting in his sunny living room, surrounded by memorabilia from his childhood in China, John looked back on picnics at the Summer Palace and his search for the school he left behind in 1937.