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Just when I was beginning to think it might be quicker to conceive a child and wait till it was of reading age than try to deal with this unexpected hurdle, a member of staff inside the library saw me in the doorway and came to see what was going on

This is where confusion really sets in: surely as a collectivist society the sense of community should mean everyone is constantly sticking up for each other, but on the subway you’re met with dozens of people who live by the motto “I come first”

When I first arrived in Beijing in 2004, lemons and limes were only obtainable in the froofiest foreign-oriented supermarkets, at astronomical prices. No, when the average Chinese chef wishes to add a splash of sourness to a well-balanced dish, they reach for a bottle of vinegar.

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Falsified poverty alleviation

They have everything easy.When I was a child we didn’t even have proper shoes, and we walked to school. So of course when they come to the mountain, they expect it to be easy too. They don’t want to go all the way up on foot; they want to ride to the top as if Buddha himself was lifting them up in his hands

Gifted with an abundance of money, rather than sense, my friend, a local fuerdai had decided that it would be a good idea to invite not one, not two, but three of his former girlfriends to his engagement party.