Here the emphasis has to be on the “paper”! When I was in China one of the things I longed for was a hard copy of a daily newspaper something that I had only after the occasional visit to the Bookworm, the even more occassional visit to Hongqiao Airport and the two or three flights a year into China from elsewhere. So there was me yearning for the day when I could sit down with my papers and my latte and skim and scan and indulge myself in an orgy of news. However, it doesn’t work out like that. Well, I do buy the ‘Guardian’ most mornings and sometimes, like today, I find myself wandering around with a couple of papers. Nevertheless, today was indicative of what the “couple of papers” actually implies; the ‘Guardian’ from today, still unread at 8 p.m. and the ‘Financial Times’ unread from yesterday and with the cafes closing at seven p.m. it is actually difficult to find somewhere to sit down and read them. Therefore, what did I do this evening? For the first time in a long time I accessed the news online as soon as I got home and there was me looking at the “New York Times” and the ‘Haaretz’ and thinking, if only there were a little cafe somewhere, with a wireless connection.
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