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May 12, 2010


Last night after wandering around the funeral district I ended up walking into a Chinese theatre in what wasn’t much grander than a car park I guess. No-one spoke English, but even so I was invited behind the stage with the rickety floor watching the make-up costumes and getting my picture taken on their mobile phones. Dinner was outside sitting on rugged plastic children’s furniture. While I ate my congee, the old old audience of toothless people with scabs on their legs and no teeth watched the noisy old opera. There was a strong scent of incense from the temple in the corner. If I had the nerve I would have asked if they could make my face up. So awesome.

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