Did Someone Say My Name?

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Sorry about the long silence. What can I say, I am a busy man and the blog doesn’t really provide much reward these days. Even the comments are drying up which was just about the only remaining motivation to keep going (so if you want this blog to continue, you have to participate!).

Apart from the lack of incentive, I have been busy since the US trip, moving house (always a nightmare) as well as more business travel and also quite a few dental issues which are ongoing, but more on that another time.

So how has everyone been? The pollution has been the biggest talking point in Shanghai for the last few weeks and although Beijing suffers far worse, it is indeed the worst in memory for this city. I am normally the one mocking those paranoid health freaks wearing face masks, but I have to admit to wearing one for the very first time (I didn’t even wear one during SARS in Beijing) last Friday.

Some people have talked about having enough and are planning to leave China. I’m not sure if that’s an overreaction or a very smart move, but I’m going to see how persistent the pollution is as I still feel it’s just a particularly bad phase that we’re going through. I do think the government is concerned but it’s not the sort of thing you can fix overnight and let’s not forget the best, clearest, sunniest summer in living memory that we have just enjoyed. So, let’s see how things pan out.

In any case, there’s nothing we can do in the short term, so let’s just see the funny side of it, like this list of 5 “benefits” of pollution that CCTV’s website published (but then quickly removed).

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9 Responses to Did Someone Say My Name?

  1. Robbie says:

    I used to read this a lot when I lived in the UK, as well as your mates; Swiss James et al, so I could find decent places to go as a visitor.

    I now live in Shanghai, and have done for the last two years. I still check your blog, you have given me so many pointers as to where to go.

    So please keep it going, and the foodie one. Mr Harry was a good one.

  2. WoAi says:

    @Robbie – Thanks for taking the time to comment. It really is appreciated and if you follow regularly then please keep the comments coming as this will help keep the blog alive. Glad you liked Mr Harry. They’re doing roast turkey now until Christmas.

  3. Patrick says:

    Nice to see you back! Always enjoy your postings. I am one of those visitors that reads regulary but never comment. Sorry about that :-) Keep it going!

  4. WoAi says:

    Thanks for coming out of the shadows Patrick! I’ll see if I get a second wind. Comments definitely help!

  5. Swiss James says:

    I remember Et Al, Egyptian bloke, great blog.

    Was wondering how you were managing with the pollution- what are locals blaming it on? Can’t you blog from your phone these days? Come on WoAi, step it up. I want to see updates on the hour, every hour.

  6. KimC says:

    It has been a while, but I am happy to see you still blogging. Keep the posts coming, I am now living in the US and miss Shanghai so much.

  7. KimC says:

    BTW – how are HuiHui and Tommy doing? Do they like the new place? can they see out of the window with all that nasty pollution?

  8. WoAi says:

    @Swiss James – The locals blame the government, the government blames “lack of wind”. I can blog from my phone, but I need bi-focals as those damned fonts seem to be getting smaller and smaller!

    @Kim C – Wow, welcome back. Sorry to hear you have left us. How is the US of A? And what do you miss about Shanghai most, other than this blog? Tommy and Hui Hui have settled in surprisingly quickly. Look out for Caturday tomorrow!

  9. JR says:

    welcome back to blogging

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