OK, the great firewall of china has blocked facebook amongst other things so keeping in touch with everybody and creeping on photos has become a darn sight harder! So I’ve managed to start a blog, which might not last long as they’re clamping down on blogs as well – too many opinionated sorts out by the Himalayas see (I dare not say the T word as digital Mao might be watching) but I will continue with this while I can. The more important bit is that you can leave comments on this page so I can hear what you’re all up to, and if any of you fancy a wee trip out here (recommended for 1.cultural mind melt and 2. Thirty pence beers) please state your intentions so I can excited! I’m just getting started on a teaching job out here and have the contract for 12 mopnths. The money is pretty good and the accommodation is free. I however, am in constant battle with the city of shanghai, trying to eat something decent, buy something simple like a pen or navigate my way to a bar are all things that most foreigners out here manage with casual aplomb. This is me though. Versus 19 million apathetic locals. So please keep in contact as I’ll need all the support I can get!