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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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Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Dog 狗 (gǒu)


Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Dog 狗 (gǒu)


Dogs are honest, straightforward and friendly. They are extremely protective of themselves and their loved ones. With a passion for fair play and justice they never fail to rescue you time after time. They may rant and rave but they never rest until they right the wrong. They are true humanitarians and suffer with the world. In spite of their concern for others, social graces and fancy parties do not impress them. Having sharp eyes, they will see through people's motives. They are quite private about their personal lives and someone prying into their affairs make them secretive and withdrawn. Once you gain their confidence, they open up freely.

Once dogs classify you, they rarely change their minds. There are few in-betweens. Dogs perceive things either in black or white. You are either friend or enemy. Luckily, they are good judges of character and have superb insight into human nature. Dogs are tolerant of their friends. Before they approve of you the friendship must develop slowly with a variety of meetings and conversations. If they look you over and decide they can trust you, then you remain in their hearts forever. If you need them, dogs will be there.

When the time is right, dogs work long and hard but they know how to relax and enjoy their home and loved ones. Dogs have playful moods and a great sense of humor. They have quick emotions and if you offend them they will snarl and insult you with expertise. They forgive with the same speed. Dogs are intelligent and well-balanced. With their stable minds they make good counselors or psychologists. They endure during any crisis situation. They are trustworthy people and know how to keep a secret. Being efficient and very diplomatic, they can hide their prejudices well. Most Dogs have a comfortable home and do well. Dogs always defend what is theirs and have a high sense of value. Home and family come first and dogs will work to see that they have the best!

 狗 (gou) is pronounced 'go'


    * 1898 – 2 February 1899: Earth Dog
    * 10 February 1910 – 21 January 1911: Metal Dog
    * 28 January 1922 – 14 February 1923: Water Dog
    * 14 February 1934 – 25 January 1935: Wood Dog
    * 2 February 1946 – 21 January 1947: Fire Dog
    * 17 February 1958 – 8 February 1959: Earth Dog
    * 6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971: Metal Dog
    * 25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983: Water Dog
    * 10 February 1994 – 30 January 1995: Wood Dog
    * 29 January 2006 – 17 February 2007: Fire Dog
    * 16 February 2018 – 4 February 2019: Earth Dog
    * 2030 – 2031: Metal Dog

(Every 12 years)



Read about the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac



Year of the Rat 老鼠 (lao shu)

Year of the Ox 牛 (niu)

Year of the Tiger 老虎 (lao hu)

Year of the Rabbit 兔 (tu)

Year of the Dragon 龙 (long)

Year of the Snake 蛇 (she)

Year of the Horse 马 (ma)

Year of the Sheep 羊 (yang)

Year of the Monkey 猴 (hou)

Year of the Rooster 公鸡 (gong ji)

Year of the Dog 狗 (gou)

Year of the Pig 猪 (zhu)




In China, we have an old saying, “your life is decided by twelve things”

One is when you are born; Two is luck; Three is Feng Shui; Four is the accumulation of merit by doing good deeds; Five is study; Six is your name; Seven is your looks; Eight is godliness (your respect for your god); Nine is who you meet; Ten is your health; Eleven is which course you choose; Twelve is which spouse you choose.

The first five are the most important: Birth, Luck, Feng Shui , Merit, Study



Feng Shui  风水