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?’