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Tea House


“This is quite a good teahouse.” Wang said, his willowy girlfriend holding his hand and smiling. “Tea?” I said, surprised. Tea is what you drink before and after socializing, not during. I shrugged, and we headed in, leaving the dark streets rumbling with traffic. The room we entered was light, with dark wooden furnishings, and … Continue reading

New Horizons


Today the temperature dropped down enough that it was not painful to be outside. I sat at the regular eating little and slowly demolishing pint after pint of beer. One of the waiters came over and sat down, and we spent a while discussing his decision to quit his job and become an air purifier … Continue reading

Life in Beijing

Life in Beijing


I wake up in the morning, usually to the sounds of the daily dance about half a kilometre away. I really need to get a video of this, foreigners love this kind of thing. Under the bridge of the nearby junction, a three man band gathers every morning. One on drums, one with some kind … Continue reading

How to Kill a Rat

How to Kill a Rat


Outside a run down shop on a busy road, a man in his thirties stood on the filthy pavement, his young son standing beside him. They were both looking down at three small oblong cages by their feet. In each cage was a rat, and each cage was stacked upon the other. “Stand further back,” … Continue reading

Walk

Walk


Today, the sun hung like a bright bronze penny in the sky. Through the smog it wasn’t painful to look at in the slightest, and I stared at it for nearly a minute, marvelling at its perfect roundness. I turned right and walked through a gap in a hedge in to what here passes for … Continue reading

Taxi

Taxi


A plush black Mercedes, coming from the opposite direction, cut in front of us, and joined the line of traffic to our right, causing the taxi driver to brake suddenly, “Fucking wanker” he said “If you’d have hit him, legally whose fault would it have been?” “His, of course, the arsehole. Even if I’d hit … Continue reading