Series. Puntopia.

Title: Red, White & Blue. R. de Fat San, Macau.

©richard mark dobson

There’s a lot of red around Puntopia. Red lights. Red Flags. Red cognac flushed faces. Not much white. Things of that hue tend to turn yellow or a dull orange after exposure to the smoke and mildew that is prevalent around sub-tropical Puntopia. Blue is uncommon too, for the skies on most days are a dirty grey.

Gobbledygook is the term some apply to the nonsensical language that greets the ear around here. But then those who speak it, don’t give a damn about those that can’t understand it.

You see, Mandarin is the lingua franca. Cantonese the most commonly heard. English and other languages, hardly spoken and even less understood. Punter parler is raucous, noisy and not easy on the ear. Shouting is common. Shouting at each other. Shouting at their phones. Talking with a mouth full of food is usual. Loud speak with cigarettes too. Dangling from moving lips. Most can’t hear what they’re saying. It doesn’t really matter. It’s only about money matters anyway.

Men and women smoke a lot. While they eat, drink and throw the dice. They puff in bed too, and have a habit of using the hotel carpets as ashtrays. Ask any hotel chambermaid about the burn stains on practically every conceivable piece of furniture.

There is talk that the authorities might ban smoking and shouting in public, but many doubt it will ever happen. It’s too much to do with the psychology of the punters than keeps the law from been passed. Take away their freedom to be loud, brash and smoke where the hell they so please, will discourage their allegiance to the state. In other words the punters, they might stop coming to Puntopia, and that is one thing the authorities want to discourage.

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Written by Richard Mark Dobson / The RMD Gallery

The Existential Artist. “There is light and darkness, all and nothingness”