On the road again

It is off to China today, having spent much of last week going into and out of Paris to sort out suitable visas for China and Russia. This was dull, but it seems that global insecurity means that we must get more and more visas each year. The good news is that, unless laws change, this will be the end of most of the visas for the rest of the season, although we do still have to learn how the system works for Azerbaijan. The good news is that the fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, about 250 miles to the west of Baku, has now stopped after several days of quite intense fighting. This will, no doubt, mean that security at the event will be tight. The weather over the weekend in Shanghai is likely to be changeable, which should add to the excitement. It is always an experience to be in China, so the next few days should be fun. I’ll get back to you as soon as I have tunnelled under the Great Firewall of China, a government security operation that is designed to stop people in China from telling the world what it is like there, and to stop dubious western influences from causing problems. Still, they buy more cars than any other nation, so it is deemed by the relevant authorities that we should ignore questions of freedom of speech and so on…