‘Are you fellers from Japan?’

Yesterday’s puff piece in the local newspaper about a super rich Chinese business man visiting, and talking up, Manchester echoes the fictional visit of another honorary Mancunian, Monkey‘s protagonist ‘Feng’, whose first visit to Manchester proves quite pivotal to the storyline…


Feng liked to take a taxi in a new country. To tap its pulse. To live again. When he made private journeys, spent his own time, he avoided lifeless limousines and elite chauffeuring. He wanted to meet everyday people. Salt and pepper people. Folks who reminded him of his youth.

He saw a glint in the cabbie’s eyes as they darted back to the road and up again, to engage Feng, through his rear view mirror. Feng smiled. He had always appreciated confident eye contact.

‘I’m not being funny, mate, but you look just like that bloke.’

Feng frowned a half smile. The driver looked back at Yong.

‘Are you fellers from Japan?’




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s