You may have seen on the news that large swathes of eastern China were evacuated because of a typhoon. However, we can reveal it was really just in preparation for the arrival of the much-celebrated-in-modern-China, Cumbrian cultural deity, Tony 'Mr Tony' Peart!
|The plucky intercontinental travellers arrive in the far east. |
'Mr Tony' appears, back row, least hair between 6 and 5, skilfully operating his cardboard cutout of Dwayne left handed.
|At the slap-up welcome feed, 'Mr Tony' presents Official Friend of Grillust, Dr. Shen, with a lovely Lucy Hadley print.|
|Another Official Friend of Grillust, Lily, with her print.|
|Changshu students who've studied with us in Cumbria turn out for 'Mr Tony'; others feinted in excitement at the airport|
|Out on the town and it's time for tea - dumplings, hmmmmmmm. All except for...|
|... Dwayne, who eschews all non-meat products or vitamins and kept looking for something to suit his discerning palate...|
|... well, that's Dwayne sorted!|
Well, as you know, the official story is that 'Mr Tony' et al, blew into Shanghai on a tropical typhoon. And, if that sounds like the opener for a Stephen Sondheim musical you're in luck. UoC Dance Lecturer, Zoe Gadd (33), is documenting the visit and will be delivering her report through the medium of contemporary dance - an expressive 'Chicago-stepping' meets 'Cumbrian yokel jig' fusion extravaganza with a little bit of participative dance improvisation. Mambo moves indeed!