During lunch today
Preparations had been taking place allmorning: chairs set out for VIPs, tea served, and extra tight security aroundthe airfield perimeter. A quick check revealed that in Chinese astrologicalterms today is good day for big things: signing contracts, moving house,commencing renovations, and launching super fighters.
Then, after lunch, there were reports ofthe twenty minute flight, a few low level passes above the crowd, a landing,and the pilot waving from the cockpit.
The photos and ecstatic postings convincedme: I’m a believer.
“Viva to my motherland!” was one Twitterpost that struck me. “It is a glorious day for our country!” said another.
Glorious day possibly, but fascinating daycertainly.
The manner in which this news firstappeared (grainy, amateur photos) and the timing (