Hong Kong taxi

Hong Kong has a super-efficient and very cheap taxi service. The drivers are very Cantonese and rarely speak more than basic English.

It was something of a surprise when my driver started talking,in excellent English,about fishing. He was thought-rich, he told me, but money-poor - so he had to drive for three days a week to keep the wolf from the door. He didn't gamble; not even the lottery.

His big love was fishing and he described in detail the pleasures of angling on a summer's evening by the side of the Thames at Hampton Court - and the never forgotten excitement of the line being stripped from his reel by a five pound brown trout on a loch in Scotland.

The incongruity of where we were and what he was describing was absolute.

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