The people in this picture are nationalist-Maoist protestors demonstrating against Southern Weekend. The older guy in the foreground is a fantastic embodiment of the older Chinese "leftist" - set jaw, angry eyes, perpetual scrunch of resentment. I've had occasional encounters with them, and while some of the younger men - and they're almost all men - are either idealistic or misguided, the older ones give off an air of frustration and rage which is quite frightening. They'd be pitiable if they weren't so nasty, but having seen them yell at, abuse, and threaten young female reporters on several occasions, I have no sympathy.
Anyway, if this chap was in the West, he'd spend his time writing furious letters to the local paper about immigrants. Which suggests an cross-cultural reality show. Zhang, 56, from Zhengzhou, believes Chairman Mao was history's greatest hero and that China's problems are all caused by foreign agents. Andrew, 43, from Maryland, thinks the UN wants to take away our guns and that Democrats are traitors. Paul, 32, from Kent, believes that England is being "flooded" by immigrants and that Muslims are all terrorists. Mikhail, 53, from Vladivostok, believes in Russia for the Russians, kicking out the "blacks," and that Gorbachev was a CIA agent. Terry, 26, from Queensland, thinks that AFL is for Melbourne pansies and that boat people are taking his money. Adil, 45, from Sindh, holds that unveiled woman are sluts and that apostates should be killed. John, 39, from Kampala, wants homosexuals to be executed under Old Testament law and thinks that women need a good raping sometimes. And Pierre, 56, from Brittany, believes that Dreyfus was guilty and that Freemasons and Algerians run Paris.
Sparks - and romance - fly in Dickhead Mansion.