October 30th, 2008
This post- and indeed my daily perusing of the news- has been greatly delayed by the need to take care of an ill wife. This is an article I would like to translate, but I’m not sure I’ll get the time. She seems to be coming right, and so long as she’s on the phone to her family- oh, she just hung up- I’ll have time to write something. Anyway, Beijing will soon get “motorbike ambulances”. Or, in other words, the relevant people in charge have decided that to beat traffic jams and get easier access into hutongs (traditional lanes which can vary in width from ‘street’ to extremely narrow slit between buildings) they will kit out motorbikes and electric bicycles with first aid kits and what sounds like some pretty advanced paramedic gear (ECGs, handheld computer doohickeys, etc), slap a 999 badge on them, and set them off to work in the 8 city districts.
Oh, I’m being summoned. I guess any translation will have to wait.