One of the places that I visited the year before last while researching my forthcoming book ‘The Cat’s Travelogue’ (which to my delight is deeply mired in all sorts of dreadful litigation) was China, and then after that Tibet which as you may or may not know is really a sort of Chinese colony and the place where the Chinese demonstrate their international relations prowess and manners so badly.
Just in case you, dear reader, don’t understand why I’m so happy to be up to my neck in litigation with the bad boy countries of the world that I visited while researching my wonderful new book allow me to let you into a little secret. I sent copies of the relevant parts of my Travelogue manuscript to the embassies of the relevant countries and then sat back and waited for their usually outraged replies.
My plan is simple every country that is ‘concerned’ over what I have written can ‘sponsor’ me to exclude their country from my unputdownable thriller of a book, this has been describe by some of the more outraged countries as “blackmail” but to my way of thinking blackmail is such a dirty word and I prefer sponsorship.
This plan of course means that the book is growing and shrinking more than an Accordian playing the Star wars theme, it also means that if the countries in question stop providing their generous sponsorship my wonderful forthcoming book ‘The Cat’s Travelogue’ may well be one of very few books to actually get bigger with each imprint as my sponsors have been warned!
Having said that the word ‘sponsorship’ is nicer than ‘blackmail’ I have to say that the Bush administration truly knifed the word ‘sponsorship’ in the ribs at the rear didn’t it, when they started to describe countries as sponsors of terrorism. Odd really that you never saw a car bomber or indeed his car emblazoned with the logos of their sponsor countries!
Still I digress and I like to do that all to often, here below is the topic of this blog which has more to do with beverage dispensers than what I may or may not have said about the Chinese overlords in Tibet.
How do you like your water, cold? Or boiling? In Tibet you can have both from the same tap – now that is advanced! Who said that the brutal Chinese occupation and repression of the country was all bad?
Mind you if the appliance in question was made back home in the imperial country it probably doesn’t work – like all products made in China.