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BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat

keberoxu 07 Jan 20 - 06:51 PM
Donuel 07 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM
Senoufou 08 Jan 20 - 07:51 AM
Mr Red 08 Jan 20 - 08:22 AM
Senoufou 08 Jan 20 - 08:32 AM
Dave the Gnome 08 Jan 20 - 08:34 AM
Senoufou 08 Jan 20 - 08:53 AM
keberoxu 08 Jan 20 - 12:25 PM
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Subject: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Jan 20 - 06:51 PM

Here comes the Chinese New Year ... 25 January 2020
... not just any old alley/sewer rat,
but a Yang Metal Rat.

The Year of the Yang Metal Rat


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM

The biggest rat in north america is the beaver who is an architect and landscaper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 07:51 AM

That's interesting keberoxu. I realise that rats bring disease and eat our stored food etc. But I've always quite liked their little cheeky ways and resourcefulness, and in your link it says the Chinese feel that way about them too!
While I'm terrified of spiders, I think rodents, especially mice and rats, are sweet little things. I can't understand daft people who jump onto a table when one enters the house (my mother did this, much to my amusement)
Hope the Yang Metal Rat brings us all good fortune in 2020. God knows we're going to need it, as Australia burns and Trump starts WW3 !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:22 AM

The biggest rat in north america is the beaver who is an architect and landscaper.

Pardon me for being British and not really understanding all the nuances but: I can think of a bigger rat, a damn (pun intended) nuisance.

The great ginger comb-over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:32 AM

Quite agree Mr Red. Warfarin anyone?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:34 AM

Hey! It coincides with celebrating Robbie Burns this year. Means we can have a Chinese Burns night :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 08:53 AM

Hee hee Dave! Very good!


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 12:25 PM

Yes, Jack Campin and I were
speculating about this on a different thread.

Chinese restaurants serving haggis?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM

You may not be aware of the UK meaning of Chinese burns


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 05:15 PM

The article in the OP says
it will be a rough year for
those born in the Year of the Horse.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: robomatic
Date: 08 Jan 20 - 05:57 PM

This put me in memory of the Metal Munching Moon Mice


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 09:59 AM

I have a great memory of our dachshunds shaking a mouse out of the curtains and dad, in plain sight of ministers and architects and other important diplomatic guests, *leaping* up onto the coffee table, and immediately back down again and pretending that he hadn't. Everybody adult pretended to have seen. I must have been around 6. Could not understand why only I was dying laughing...


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 12:31 PM

I ying, I yang, I have yung.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 02:12 PM

I've just looked up my year and it appears I'm an Ox. Husband is apparently a PIG!!! hee hee

With regard to the same date for Burns night and the Chinese New Year, can one eat a mutton pie with chopsticks? Or enjoy haggis chow mein?
Perhaps I could design myself a tartan cheongsam?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 02:20 PM

Ah, robomatic,
my childhood memories are irrationally selective.

Why would I block any recall of
memories of metal moon munching mice?
After all, I proudly watched those
Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons on Saturday television.

And yet, it is as if
I had never ever watched them, as
I have no recollection of
mental moon munching mice ... I must be deficient ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: robomatic
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 04:32 PM

In my first high class engineering job, we had a real gonzo chief engineer. He was smart, quick, good natured, and went home everyday during lunch to watch Rocky reruns.
But my memory of metal munching moon mice goes back all the way to that wonderful show, Fractured Fairy Tales, Boris and Natasha and Mr. Big, Wassamatta U. Lower Slobbovia, Dudley Do-right and Nell, etcetera etcetera, the mind wanders...what were we talking about?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:18 AM

Not to have seen, I meant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 10:49 AM

Rocky&Bullwinkle was the most hopeful time of the week.
Scott Keith was an associate of J Ward and wrote recent very boring book about the production of R&B.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 12:06 PM

Senoufou moi aussi! Oxen unite!


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 02:31 PM

Ah excellent Mrrzy! Selon les Chinois, comme oxen nous sommes honnetes, stables, traditionels et nous perseverons! (C'est a dire tetus!)
Mon époux était étonné d'entendre qu'il est porc!! Et pour un musulman c'est un peu difficile!

I wouldn't mind at all being a rat. After the excesses of Crimbo though, I look more like a blooming elephant...


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 02:34 PM

(My blooming keyboard doesn't seem to have circumflexes or graves.
Makes me look like a beginner in French and not an MA!!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jan 20 - 08:19 AM

Happy New Year of the Yang Metal Rat! Fat Choy (or Green Dragon) all around!


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Jan 20 - 12:19 PM

hey, I don't care what color the dragons are.
As long as they have a spectacular head,
lots of pairs of human legs and feet,
and do a funny dance.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM

Gung hey fat choy!
Loved the two little dragons outside no 10. Boris did the traditional 'dot in the eye'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 25 Jan 20 - 01:17 PM

My poem, from WalkaboutsVerse, "China and India in 1988"


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Jan 20 - 01:50 PM

Well, it's underway now, like it or not …


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Jan 20 - 02:36 PM

Metal Rat and Metal Jet Jaguar battled against Godzilla and Mothra in a Japanese 1960 film. It was more of an antimetalic racism plot than a radioactive theme. (or maybe anti Chinese technology?)

Even Mystery Science 3000 would reject the movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Jan 20 - 07:06 PM

The USPS is selling first-class stamps with
the Chinese New Year on them. Didn't buy any,
but I had to collect a delivery at my post office,
and the Year of the Rat stamps were on display behind glass.
They are pleasing.
Head, no tail; frontal face with little round ears;
the rat's head is blue,
and it wears a shiny little crown between its ears.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 12:56 PM

Apart from Burns' night, 25th January is also the feast of St Dwynwen, the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

And, for the year of the Metal Rat, let's raise a glass to 'Slippery' Jim DiGriz ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 03:39 PM

r u welsh ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 04:11 PM

Yes, I'm Welsh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 28 Jan 20 - 05:05 PM

Just caught up with the first 2 episodes of Michael Portillo's Great Asian Railway Journeys on BBC2; they were both in Hong Kong visiting, in summer, some of the same places I photographed for the above-linked poem last December.

And others - a walled village in the New Territories looked great.

Pleased that he also detailed the truth about the disgusting opium-led British imperialism.

Next to my budget hotel in Wan Chai (rather than the pricey Peninsular Hotel MP and the BBC stayed at), was a small shop selling jade with tiny representations of all the zodiac animals, form which I chose a dragon rather than a rat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

They just had Chinese New Year parades in Chinatown,
this past weekend,
even though the first day was a little while ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Feb 20 - 09:48 AM

This New Year stuff can make February confusing.

The Chinese New Year is said to have begun
on Robert Burns Day, which was January.

But then there is the Lunar New Year which is a bit later.
So the celebrations have stretched out for a couple of weeks now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: mg
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 03:21 AM

poor chinese are having a very sad time in this year of the rat. hope it subsides soon. they say, and i doubt it, but they say the virus might have peaked.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 05:49 AM

Yes, let's hope so mg. I feel so sorry for them, it must be dreadful living in fear in a country that's more or less shut down.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: mg
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 10:43 PM

some are having square dances in their homes to pass away the time. their strength to put up with this all is amazing, if accurately reported in what i have read. we must prepare, and the world, especially parts of the world that can least afford it, must prepare. africa is getting scared and has lots of ties to china now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Feb 20 - 11:39 PM

Having been born in the Year of the Rat (1948), I'm feeling all fuzzy right now.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Feb 20 - 08:44 AM

That's quite true mg. My husband was only saying this the other day, that Chinese investment in West Africa is everywhere, and this epidemic could have an effect.
I read this morning that there is a mysterious outbreak of some weird illness in Nigeria. Could it be the Coronavirus but it hasn't been correctly diagnosed?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 08:04 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Feb 20 - 07:20 PM

Look who was born during Year[s] of the Rat:

George Washington
Richard Nixon
George Herbert Walker Bush
Marc Zuckerberg
William Shakespeare and Galileo, during the same year


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Feb 20 - 10:46 PM

And now we have a retrograde of Mercury in force.

Rats, in reverse?


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Feb 20 - 03:03 PM

I hope that the Yang Metal Rat energy
favors the big step I am about to take
in my healing/therapy process ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Feb 20 - 10:08 PM

It just occurred to me that all rat years are yang.


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Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM

All of the Rats are Yang Rats?
That ought to tell one something.


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