Still behind the VPN and if there are a lot of reasons for having no desire whatsoever to come back to mainland China, the crap internet must be one of them.
BBC World is available and being exposed to that rubbish is almost enough to have you voluntarily watch CCTV. Over three hundred thousand getting terribly upset about the shooting of a gorilla in Cincinnati and, as much as my heart goes out to the poor creature, is this real news? Still, they don’t let go and apart from politically biased stories on the freed Ukrainian pilot, who after all is a convicted murderer, and some ISIS shenanigans in Iraq, there is the usual mind-boggling jingoistic drivel on the royal family, the long time ago battle of Jutland in World War One, and a cheese rolling competition.
Enough is as good as a feast, over to CCTV 9, and, surprise, surprise Yang Rui is still there. Yes, in the battle for hearts and minds the Brits have competition and on to the tube and there they all are, staring into their iPhone 6s. Did I say “hearts and minds”? ….. yes, of course, “mindless” would be more appropriate. “Panem et Circences” gone viral, gone mad, and on we go, here, there, and everywhere, tottering towards the edge and Armageddon, or, at least, towards that dystopian future that capitalism might have mapped out for us.