Day of Ire.

Nicholas Quirke was experiencing another technical setback with his filming on 12 March 2021 with a part of his GoPro breaking. He was used to things working smoothly now and found the current problems frustrating and filled him with ire. Whilst it was intriguing and fun to look at old photos and footage he felt like he was wasting time and could be doing something more productive. Peng’s business had procured new office space and he had to go and liaise with the designers. The office was in the north and Nicholas agreed to go with him find somewhere to have tea until he was through and they could go for lunch at Bestease which had been closed the last time they had attempted to eat there. It was raining lightly when they left but fortunately the new workplace was on a direct line from Xuanwumen and they did not get damp. They parted ways at the subway and Nicholas walked to the Tea rooms only to find himself right outside the next subway station. It had been an uninteresting walk, he had got damp and he was again irked the circumstance. The tea rooms were the sister branch of one he used at the Galaxy mall and he had a discount voucher and the teas only cost him the equivalent of £6 rather £16. The tea was Pu’er and an expensive leaf too and its taste did much to cheer him up. Once Peng had finished his work they met at the station and made their way to Bestease. Unfortunately he had an online class at 13.00 with his friend Terry’s business and as it would be inconvenient to eat and work they decided instead to go to a nearby cafe and then eat afterwards. They settled in the cafe and he messaged Terry to advise he was ready to go online. Peng was hungry and ordered a sandwich and some chips and once they arrived he got a message from Terry to say he had got the timers wrong. Now, not only was his level of irritation with the day rising but it had infected Peng too. They ate, packed up and moved on quickly to the restaurant. Food as always was a great leveller and the noodle dishes as well as the faux fried eggs, which he still found a marvel of cooking wizardry, were delicious but filling. The rain continued to pour and he was worried about the exposed part of his go-pro and filming was very limited. They found another quaint cafe to go to, passed some interesting and rare graffiti, some cheeky sculptures and settled down for a couple of hours to work. The food, the tea smoothed out the days frustrations and his mood had improved considerably by the time they left. Even more efficacious in lightening his humour was watching ‘Moxie’, the story of one girls struggle with the inequalities of her sex, race and identity. It promised a generation dedicated to fighting for a better, fairer more equal future and he found its message uplifting and inspiring. He had noted that China under Mao and State feminism policies sought to make Chinese women legally and socially equal to men, with the Communist government attempting to challenge Confucian beliefs and to promote gender equality. The Party promoted the slogan “Women hold up half the sky” to illustrate the importance of women to China’s economic success. In practice, however, wage inequality still existed during this era due to occupational and industrial segregation by gender. While women were entering the labour market, they were still expected to look after their homes and families. As a result, women were said to bear “a double burden” of work. Since the economic reforms began the gender equality gap has widened considerably and now China ranks 109th out of 157 countries. He still took the mood of hope with him to his bed and sleep.

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