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The satellite is off the pace

T  You’ve been quiet.

R  Two worlds intercept….

T  What?

R  I’ve been in Beijing for the ResCen event.

T  I know. I said you’ve been quiet, not where’ve you been. So what’s it like coming back in?

R  To Shanghai or the Square Mile?

T  Both.

R  More familiar. More engaged. Great as it was to be in Beijing in the snow I started to miss the obsession with a place, this absorption. Almost felt guilty.

T  For being away?

R  Yes.

T  I understood that you thought ‘everything helps’, as you keep saying to Felix.

R  It does. I mean, seeing a bigger picture, meeting up with Simon, hearing how Artists Links worked, and that Shaw used to work for him, travelling back by train, even seeing that Beijing South Station is also a new-build….

T  Is this about time all of a sudden?

R  Probably. Four weeks from now will be some kind of climax. Thought I’d go to Caobao Road on the Metro this afternoon to do some filming?

T  Why?

R  Walking not cycling, visiting the far side of the zone. I found a green space there on a satellite map that could be promising, sort of wasteland. Would like to check it out.

T  Don’t be fixed on filming. Stills may be they way.

R  OK.

T  Where’s all this heading by the way?

R  Was going to ask you that.

T  Please do. The time has come. How was the ‘company lunch’ by the way?

R  Stunning today, the finest Won Ton.

T  Lucky you. Weather?

R  On the turn it looks. You OK?

T  Always.

Satellite view of Caobao Road showing potential green space

Satellite view of Caobao Road showing potential green space

The potential green space in the here and now

The potential green space in the here and now

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Another kind of 'greening' on the other side of Caobao Road

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