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).