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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Putting up the Spring Scrolls


Spring scrolls were originally called 'tao fu' .  Commencing with lunar December some scholars began to write these scrolls under the eaves of the market stalls to earn some extra money. New scrolls were gradually posted, after the ceremonial sacrifices to the Kitchen God, on doors house after house, giving the neighbourhood a fresh look.

Fucha Dunchong (Qing Dynasty) from the Annual Records of the Capital


Putting up the spring scrolls - In the lunar new year, it is a custom to post couplets written on red paper on doors. This is practised in all parts of China. It originated from the custom of writing charms on peach wood.

'Tao Fu' - In ancient times, during the Spring Festival, people hung up two peachwood plaques on their doors. On the peach wood were either a pair of portraits of the Door God or a couplet. Both were intended to drive away evil spirits. After the Ming Dynasty these were written on sheets of paper which were called spring scrolls.











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