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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 Rooster 公鸡 (gōng​ jī)

 

Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Rooster  公鸡 (gōng​ jī)

 


Roosters are the most eccentric of the Chinese zodiac. They are full of dreams and romantic ideas. They are colorful and attractive, radiant and dashing, and they are quite proud of themselves. Roosters are organized, precise,and their sharp eyes seek out fine details in everything. They are perfectionists and leave no room for human error. To Roosters, a difficult task is a challenge. They dearly love starting controversies. Roosters express themselves very well both in writing and speech. They are knowledgeable in most subjects you wish to discuss. When you challenge them you must be prepared for a long fight. Their stamina is amazing and they win their point at all costs. Even when they are wrong, they will still be right in one way or another!

Roosters can be blunt and brutal. Their direct approach to life makes them poor diplomats. They speak their minds with little regard for the feelings of others.Why should others be upset? Roosters are right, aren't they?

Roosters are good at handling money and their self-control with keeping budgets is phenomenal. They are not miserly, and in fact, they can be extremely generous and giving. They simply want their finances in complete accord, and yours, too. If you have trouble, Roosters quickly straighten you out whether you want them to or not. Don't be ungrateful either, you should be glad they condescended to help you at all. Roosters are careful with their time and you only deserve so much, so plan things well. Roosters are sincere in their desire to help and no one can carry out important tasks like them. Just be certain your orders are explicit and don't expect them to improvise for you on their own time.

Roosters are ambitious and they reach for the sky. They have a deep passion for their chosen fields, and they are very creative. They usually start out young in life and enjoy success early in their careers. They do well in their own businesses. They are meticulous and competent enough to make things work. When they set out to accomplish something, they leave no stone unturned. They probe deeply with their inquisitive, busy minds. They never remain still. Roosters must learn that some things take time. No matter how competent they are, they can't reprogram the whole world to fit their schedules! They achieve the most amazing things, but Roosters always become eccentric over the final details.

Never underestimate Roosters. They are optimistic and dauntless. They never change their course of action even if the world thinks they are wrong! They are so determined to make some of their wild and idealistic plans work that their plans often do work. With their many splendid talents and eccentric ways, Roosters hit it big!


公鸡 (gong ji) is pronounced g'o'ng, the 'o' as in t'oo'l and ji as in 'gee'

 

    * 22 January 1909 – 9 February 1910: Earth Rooster
    * 8 February 1921 – 27 January 1922: Metal Rooster
    * 26 January 1933 – 13 February 1934: Water Rooster
    * 13 February 1945 – 1 February 1946: Wood Rooster
    * 31 January 1957 – 17 February 1958: Fire Rooster
    * 17 February 1969 – 5 February 1970: Earth Rooster
    * 5 February 1981 – 24 January 1982: Metal Rooster
    * 23 January 1993 – 9 February 1994: Water Rooster
    * 9 February 2005 – 28 January 2006: Wood Rooster
    * 28 January 2017 – 15 February 2018: Fire Rooster
    * 13 February 2029 – 2 February 2030: Earth Rooster

(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