Tonight over dinner and a lot of beer and apricot spirit, Mr. Sh and I have given eachother an English and Chinese name.
From now on Mr. Sh will adopt the English name Geordie on the basis that he is from the North East, is hard as nails, loves a laugh, is an honest, hard working fella and knows how to party.
He has given me the name Xianqian which means Forward and was the name of one of Mao’s main Marshalls during the fight against Chiang Kai-shek. He thinks that I’m the sort of person who always goes forward and nevr back. He’s not far wrong. I’m genuinely honoured. I feel a new tattoo coming on.