Yesterday I was asked, at very short notice, to teach a one-to-one lesson with a Kunming banker who needed to know about the British banking system. Apparently she was due to have a phone interview with a British bank manager a few hours after my class about a job in the London branch of the Bank of China! Now what I know about British banking can be written on the back of a postage stamp, but hey-ho! When she arrived 45 minutes late for our hour's lessons I was a bit miffed. And her excuse that "a hotel had fallen onto her bus" seemed unnecessarily elaborate. But it turns out she wasn't lying. A demolition of the Yunnan Hotel went very wrong this morning, spilling onto a busy road and injuring 5 people, one seriously. Thankfully my hastily Googled banking summary was just what she was after and she left happy (and uninjured).
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