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We did Beijing and the Great Wall. It was hot. We got very sticky. The photos can tell the story. Now for home…
Beijing! But not before we clear up a bit of business from last night… Our evening routine is well established. We return after a concert and have 30 minutes with our phones to call our wags and play games. The staff gather in a comfortable area on the ground floor of the hotel to discuss … More China 2018: Day 17 Sunday 5th August
A bucket load of contrition later and we have ‘our’ Mr Swinson back! We set about a two-pronged attack: the carrot and the stick. First, the stick – we unleashed Mrs Martin. It was her birthday today and she said being given the opportunity to tell Mr Swinson a few home truths was the best … More China 2018: Day 16 Saturday 4th August
Brookman is back! The visit of Messrs Bishop and McKee has really done the trick and Mr Brookman is much more his old, cheerful self. Actually, we don’t use the word ‘old’ anymore as we realise it is insensitive. To celebrate his return, we asked him to explain to us the (revered) art of page-turning. … More China 2018: Day 15 Friday 3rd August
A difficult day with a happy ending. It’s hard to see a great man in tears – broken, even – but it appears that the Xiamen waitress who had seemed so taken with Mr Brookman was not, as we had assumed, attracted by his rugged good looks, charm and status (page-turning is a revered art … More China 2018: Day 14 Thursday 2nd August
Shanghai baby, yeah! As we enter a new month we are suddenly aware that the tour is nearing its final stages. This provokes mixed feelings but we have certainly been looking forward to today as we have our sight-seeing and shopping trip to Shanghai. The day started with a three hour coach journey from Taizhou … More China 2018:Day 13 1st August