I think I probably became familiar with Benjamin Zephaniah‘s work while I was an undergrad; that was a long time ago, and while I certainly can’t say that I’ve kept up with what he’s been doing in the meantime, I respect the guy for sure.
Via a couple of recent profiles in the Guardian and the Times, I’ve discovered that he spends a lot of time in Beijing these days. It seems that he came to China to study kung fu at the Shaolin Temple: “he wanted to train with the monks of the Shaolin temple in Henan province who he believes practise the purest form of kung fu“. Hehehe, well, that’s a view that might generate some debate, but anyway, good for him. It seems he’s been doing a fair bit of voluntary work while he’s been here.
One of the article also mentions that he reckons the best vegan restaurant in the world is right here in the ‘Jing – I wonder which one he means..? Well, perhaps I’ll see him in the street one day while I’m out and about on my bike, and ask him…
Anyway, I like this picture from his web site: