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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 Pig 猪 (zhū)


Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Pig 猪 (zhū)


Pigs are self-reliant, very sociable, dependable,and extremely determined. Pigs are peace lovers and don't hold grudges. They hate arguments, tense situations, and try to bring both sides together. In life they make deep and long-lasting friendships. Pigs enjoy social gatherings of all kinds, and look for parties to attend. In fact, pigs must watch themselves so that their incessant pursuit of pleasure doesn't interfere with other aspects of their lives. Pigs belong to clubs and they make terrific fund raisers. They have a real knack for charity and social work. Pigs always listen to problems. They won't mind getting involved and try to help. Pigs have big hearts. A problem that pigs have is that they are too innocent and naive. Being honest and trustworthy themselves, they have a hard time understanding the motives of those with less scruples.

Pigs do not dazzle or shimmer. They possess the old-fashioned chivalry that grows on you until you totally depend on it. It is so easy to trust pigs. They have a calm expression and a sincere manner. They are blessed with endurance and work steadily at tasks with great patience until completion.

Once pigs arrive at a decision nothing stops them. Of course, before they reach that decision they weigh all the pros and cons. They definitely want to avoid complications. Sometimes they ponder so long they miss the opportunity altogether. But never mind, a pig always believe in miracles, and miracles always happen to them. Fortune favors pigs. They always find someone to help them without having to beg.

In romance, if not careful, pigs may be taken advantage of. pigs trust everyone and believe everything they hear. They are unselfish and enjoy helping their friends. Although they are gullible, they are actually quite intelligent and know how to take care of their own. If you hurt their feelings, pigs often carry the pain for years. They have a hard time saying no to those of concern. Often they wish they had said no.

Pigs will always be looking for ways to work off all their extra energy. They work and play hard. Even if they lose everything, pigs manage to bounce back. Their life path supply them with all they need. The Chinese believe pigs own the Horn of Plenty.

猪 (zhu) is pronounced zh as in j and u as in ew in 'j'ew'elry


    * 3 February 1899 – 31 January 1900: Earth Pig
    * 30 January 1911 – 17 February 1912: Metal Pig
    * 16 February 1923 – 4 February 1924: Water Pig
    * 4 February 1935 – 23 January 1936: Wood Pig
    * 22 January 1947 – 9 February 1948: Fire Pig
    * 8 February 1959 – 27 January 1960: Earth Pig
    * 27 January 1971 – 14 February 1972: Metal Pig
    * 13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984: Water Pig
    * 31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996: Wood Pig
    * 16 February 2007 – 6 February 2008: Fire Pig
    * 5 February 2019 – 24 January 2020: Earth Pig
    * 2031 – 2032: Metal Pig
    * 2043 – 2044: Water Pig
    * 2055 – 2056: Wood Pig

(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