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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 Rabbit 兔 (tù)

 

Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Rabbit  兔 (tù)

 


Rabbits fall under a most fortunate sign! Their sign is the emblem of long life and they possess the powers of the moon. Rabbits are very sensitive to beauty. They are gracious and soft spoken. Rabbits are the diplomats and the peace-makers. They enjoy a tranquil life and love a quiet evening at home. Rabbits are reserved and very artistic. They are thorough and good scholars. When rabbits are moody, which is often, they will appear totally indifferent to the world.

Rabbits are lucky in money matters and great at finding a bargain. They may look easy-going, but they are actually quite cunning! Being a strong-willed person, they go quietly but determinedly towards their goals. They don't like making waves and find other means to get their way.

Rabbits are well-mannered and seldom use harsh words or foul language. Instead they cater to your every whim until they get their way. Before you know it, you have been won over! Although rabbits appear slow at times, they are actually practicing caution. They read all the fine print before signing their names. Their uncanny abilities to correctly assess people and situations leave them quite conceited. Rabbits are considerate, understanding, warm, friendly, and easy to be with. They know how to relax.

When everyone is rushing around, rabbits remind you that there is still tomorrow. Their motto is "live and let live". Hares would never embarrass you in public and they know how to save face. If rabbits can spare your feelings, they will. For this they are well liked.

Rabbits make few enemies and rarely get into serious trouble. No one is more understanding. Rabbits give you all the sympathy you need. Just don't expect them to go out and do battle for you.If the going gets too rough, Rabbits may make a quick exit. They can't stand suffering and misery. Rabbits are experts at passing the buck and may hedge over difficult issues. When they feel too threatened they are unpredictable. If you push them too far they will simply get rid of you! Rabbits were not born to be fighters. They have their own ways that are very effective. Having good sense they know how to take care of themselves. They protect their own environment from strife at all costs.

Rabbits are good entertainers and hosts. They have good words to say about everyone. Although they often know more than they will say, they are discreet in their choice of friends. No matter what happens to rabbits, they land on their feet and easily leap obstacles in their path. Rabbits believe in themselves and are at peace within. They will find success and contentment.

 

兔 (tu) is pronounced 'two'

 

    * 29 January 1903 – 15 February 1904: Water Rabbit
    * 14 February 1915 – 2 February 1916: Wood Rabbit
    * 2 February 1927 – 22 January 1928: Fire Rabbit
    * 19 February 1939 – 7 February 1940: Earth Rabbit
    * 6 February 1951 – 26 January 1952: Metal Rabbit
    * 25 January 1963 – 12 February 1964: Water Rabbit
    * 11 February 1975 – 30 January 1976: Wood Rabbit
    * 29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988: Fire Rabbit
    * 16 February 1999 – 4 February 2000 Earth Rabbit
    * 3 February 2011 – 22 January 2012: Metal Rabbit
    * 2023 – 2024: Water Rabbit
    * 2035 – 2036: Wood Rabbit
    * 2047 – 2048: Fire Rabbit

(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)

 

 

寿

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