Indirect and direct are the key to the door in warfare, the pivotal force in gaining victory. They revolve in an inexhaustible circle. Breaking that circle means defeat.
Indirect is also direct: direct is also indirect. In their infinite permutation they give rise to one another, like a circle that has neither beginning nor end; [...]
R I couldn’t shake it off, Tania, didn’t want to. Held on. And as Yong was with us I thought it could happen, thought he was the key.
T No-one was asking you to let it go. This was your thing, clearly, plants on the move.
R Yes, but it wasn’t really an intervention, more [...]
It would be easy to miss. Three entrances set back amongst shop fronts, like thresholds, the odd moped driving in and out. It looks like nothing. Then there were the rumours coming through from Yin Yi and other Saturday visitors, “we found this market around there as well. It must be for the migrant community.”
From a UK perspective, recycling is endemic in Shanghai in a way that we crave in the west. Some people, mainly migrant workers, actually make a meagre living from their collecting and gathering. Money is exchanged. Everything moves on. Bicycles are even specially adapted to carry large plastic vats of food waste, strapped [...]
Gaining deeper insights about the Bus Station South was, as it turned out, simply a matter of negotiation and patience. But could we be seduced by it in a way that would parallel the temptations of the Railway Station South?
The official at the Information Desk, who spoke no English, referred us to the Director [...]
R I’m feeling badly about the time lag, a bit disconnected.
T What? Like here? This?
R Well, things got busy so now this is retrospective.
T It always is retrsopective, and even was at the start in Norway, when this talking text kicked off, before blog was the terminology. That’s the nature of it. [...]
We should buy a couple of packs of cigarettes to give to the head man. He can make it happen. Watch.
It’s much less expensive to come and buy hot water here, filling up thermos flasks, than to heat it at home.
I don’t think they’ll understand. They’re just doing a job, making some money.
A feature about my work in the Square Mile appears in The Shanghai Daily, the only English language daily newspaper here.
The photo they choose to illustrate the article is of the toilet. This was an unexpected and exciting choice. The toilet is now famous. This must be shared with Ms Guo and the rest [...]
By Shilong Road Metro Station
Humin Road close to Caobao Road Metro Station
Is another hub and major carrier of people from the south to Shanghai. A near neighbour of the station, it deserves some quality attention. Architect unknown and unfound.