TagCrossed Lines

When the House Is Built, the Scaffolding Can Be Taken Down

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sent as issue 25 of crossed lines, my occasional newsletter. I started my first blog in an internet cafe in Xinjiang. It was early 2004, I was teaching in a language school set up by a man named David, who was younger than I was, smoked a pipe and talked like he’d walked straight out of a 1930s movie version of England. (In fact, he came from one of the English port dynasties, grew up...

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