of Story : Depiction of : Story, Setting, Dialogue, & To keep
||Mike Brosnan 11-03-1206
am on one of my climbing forays in Britain, mostly on the West Coast
of Scotland, one of my favourite places, but the main reason for this
OS. trip was, to explore, & hopefully work in China
it was important to obtain a visa.
I knew the Chinese Embassy was in London, but fortunately a new
Consulate, had recently been opened in Edinburgh, closer to home as
it were, so I duly made an appointment to meet with a Mr Chu,the
chief consular there, making sure to have all my credentials &
info. to hand.
only problem there was, while in a “doing sense “, I can call
myself a world authority on Dryland Conservation, ( desert
management, ) it is all dirty hands stuff, rather than, university
book learning qualifications.
the main thing I do seem to have is confidence in my real
experiences in this “ doing “ thing. The ability to
create sustenance where it wasn’t before.
my visit to the consular went well from the start. I guess we just
had the chemistry.
sat me down in his plush office, & offered me my favourite
green tea. Ah, he liked that.
wanted a visa for as long as possible & my ploy was to show
lovely little Chinese man, that China needed me, & that I had a
lot to offer about things like growing food with little water.
Mr Chu, at this stage, came right out & said, “ why should we
give you a long term visa ahead of others. What is different about
you ? “
showed him my videos on my work on the farm, the papers I had
written for Organic Conferences, plus the contacts & addresses
from people who had attended the Field Days on the farm.
went away for some time, leaving me, fingers crossed, drinking green
back into the room, ( now the statutory time for a visit to China was
three months ) Mr Chu, with a big smile on his face said, “ I have
talked it over with my colleagues, & we have decided to give
six months in our country “
left clutching that little piece of paper, with a big smile on MY
in China, it was quite common to be asked by Chinese people, “ how
you get a six month visa you have relations here ? ! .
considered this a very successful VISIT.