Monday, April 28, 2008

BJ Royally Screws Up Everyone's Plans

Some people call it paranoia. Some people blame Bjork for saying "Tib3t" at her Shanghai concert. Pretty much everyone agrees it's a pain in the arse. The Midi Festival was expecting 15,000 attendants to catch a slew of local and int'l music bands over 4 days, a bunch whom i was keen to see, particularly a band that my friend plays in.

It's only rock'n'roll, but it appears the authorities don't like it. Officials are believed to have postponed China's biggest music festival until after the Olympics, amid a wider security drive.

Other recent curbs include tougher visa restrictions, to the annoyance of foreign business travellers, and extra checks on expatriate residents.

The festival is (was) on a long weekend, so that was great. But now H and i must resign to cruising bars for bands, which is fine by night, but not so great for daytime lounging w/ a beer.

Apparently the above changes are also wreaking havoc w/ business people. So that stinks for them. But mostly i'm just peeved that there's no jolly rock and roll fest to be. If this keeps up, i'll bemoan the odds which sent me from one No Fun City to another.

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