Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy Was Never Meant To Be Heard, In Bigger Than The Sound [MTV.com] “If the reports are true — and given that W. Axl Rose is involved, there’s a very good chance they might not be — then Chinese Democracy is coming, and its release would be an event unlike any other in the history of rock music. The sun would be blotted out, the gates of heaven would open, and we’d all be reduced to grunting, screaming primates.”
No such thing as ‘made in China’ [The Guardian] “Public displays of affection can be awkward. Snogging lesbian teenagers on the Beijing subway may be something one wants to take a photo of and put on a social network site for the world to see. But the reality is you see this kind of thing in any big city in the world. Does the fact that this happened in Beijing make it more shocking, because of the conservatism and strict social control in China?”
Bridging the cultural divide [The Guardian] Nicky Harman of The Guardian says there is a need to bring more of China’s literature to British readers, but publishers need to understand Chinese fiction better.”
Shanghai eyes merging two big taxi firms -sources [Reuters] We didn’t believe it when a taxi driver told us about this, but looks like it’s true after all that the municipal government is considering the merger of Dazhong and Jinjiang taxi companies.
Shanghai seniors ‘generally’ happy: Survey [China Daily] “Although senior citizens would be happier if their family visited more often, they are generally satisfied with their lives in the city, a survey by the Shanghai Quality Association revealed on Monday.”