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by Angel Chu

"To make abstractions hold in reality is to destroy reality." - Georg Hegel


Hi readers! Well, once again, your trusty reporter is out on the town, having a wild time and looking for love! I had my first date with a real hunk of a Hungarian last week, who we'll call "Harry", for the sake of discretion. We went for dinner on a Friday night and I could already tell I was going to like this one as he spared no expense, bringing me flowers when he came to pick me up from my studio flat in a taxi.

Dinner at Pizza Hut was wonderful. He looked gorgeous in his well-ironed pale blue shirt, hair combed straight back and gelled, above limpid grey eyes, truly the windows of the soul. I was going classy that night - green skirt from Giordano, with a flowery blouse and a black cardigan from Bossini (it goes with everything). I loved every second of it! Actually, there was one thing flying in the ointment at first. Somehow, we managed to end up with a very uncooperative member of staff at the beginning. I don't know where they got him.

"How many slices are there in a medium pizza?" I asked.
"Eight," the surly waiter replied.
"OK," I said, "how many slices are in a large pizza?"
"Well, eight," he said.
I could see I was going to get nowhere with this fellow.
"Can I talk to someone else?" I said, and eventually we got the manager, who gave us a proper ten-slice pizza like I wanted.

After dinner, Harry and I went along to one of the most stylish venues in town D-Power, by Chaoyang Park. There we caught up with my friend Kitty, who I must say is starting to look rather frumpy nowadays. The atmosphere was a little off at D-Power, though, so eventually we set off across town to a trendy but largely unknown cafe and bar near Gulou Dongdajie. Kitty knows the area like the back of her head; she's wonderful that way.

There I got chatting for a while to Gunther, a former colleague of Kitty's who now works in music. It was very interesting hearing about his work. He'd just started work on the production of a new "Kraftwerk Unplugged" album. Very exciting.

Kitty and I got down to a little "girls only" chat.

"Harry seems nice," said Kitty. "Is he the one you went off with last week?"
"Yes," I said, "we went back to his place for a few drinks. Three other guys he knows from Europe were there too."
"Oh, was it nice?" said Kitty.
"I think so," I said, "but to be honest, I can't remember everything that happened, as I may have had a little to drink. I'm sure there'll be some crazy photos doing the rounds soon, though."
"Yes," said Kitty, "I think I overheard someone saying something about a video camera too."

At any rate, Harry saw me off with a goodnight smooch and a promise of more dates and other fun to come. Here's hoping, and here's to a crazy summer for everyone out partying in the city!