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BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat

07 Jan 20 - 06:51 PM (#4026909)
Subject: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


07 Jan 20 - 07:20 PM (#4026913)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel

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


08 Jan 20 - 07:51 AM (#4026980)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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 !!


08 Jan 20 - 08:22 AM (#4026989)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mr Red

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.


08 Jan 20 - 08:32 AM (#4026990)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

Quite agree Mr Red. Warfarin anyone?


08 Jan 20 - 08:34 AM (#4026992)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Dave the Gnome

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


08 Jan 20 - 08:53 AM (#4027000)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

Hee hee Dave! Very good!


08 Jan 20 - 12:25 PM (#4027044)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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

Chinese restaurants serving haggis?


08 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM (#4027049)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Dave the Gnome

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


08 Jan 20 - 05:15 PM (#4027129)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


08 Jan 20 - 05:57 PM (#4027144)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: robomatic

This put me in memory of the Metal Munching Moon Mice


09 Jan 20 - 09:59 AM (#4027277)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

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...


09 Jan 20 - 12:31 PM (#4027323)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

I ying, I yang, I have yung.


09 Jan 20 - 02:12 PM (#4027351)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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?


09 Jan 20 - 02:20 PM (#4027353)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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 ...


10 Jan 20 - 04:32 PM (#4027558)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: robomatic

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?


11 Jan 20 - 06:18 AM (#4027627)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

Not to have seen, I meant.


11 Jan 20 - 10:49 AM (#4027668)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel

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.


11 Jan 20 - 12:06 PM (#4027687)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

Senoufou moi aussi! Oxen unite!


11 Jan 20 - 02:31 PM (#4027707)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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...


11 Jan 20 - 02:34 PM (#4027709)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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


25 Jan 20 - 08:19 AM (#4030110)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

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


25 Jan 20 - 12:19 PM (#4030138)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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.


25 Jan 20 - 12:30 PM (#4030141)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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


25 Jan 20 - 01:17 PM (#4030153)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: WalkaboutsVerse

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


26 Jan 20 - 01:50 PM (#4030330)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


26 Jan 20 - 02:36 PM (#4030349)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel

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.


27 Jan 20 - 07:06 PM (#4030640)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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.


28 Jan 20 - 12:56 PM (#4030810)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Nigel Parsons

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 ;)


28 Jan 20 - 03:39 PM (#4030845)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Donuel

r u welsh ?


28 Jan 20 - 04:11 PM (#4030852)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Nigel Parsons

Yes, I'm Welsh.


28 Jan 20 - 05:05 PM (#4030860)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: WalkaboutsVerse

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.


05 Feb 20 - 12:43 PM (#4032379)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


08 Feb 20 - 09:48 AM (#4032952)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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.


09 Feb 20 - 03:21 AM (#4033122)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: mg

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.


09 Feb 20 - 05:49 AM (#4033135)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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.


09 Feb 20 - 10:43 PM (#4033295)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: mg

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.


09 Feb 20 - 11:39 PM (#4033297)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Joe Offer

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


10 Feb 20 - 08:44 AM (#4033355)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Senoufou

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?


12 Feb 20 - 08:04 PM (#4033921)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

refresh


14 Feb 20 - 07:20 PM (#4034319)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


16 Feb 20 - 10:46 PM (#4034550)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

And now we have a retrograde of Mercury in force.

Rats, in reverse?


19 Feb 20 - 03:03 PM (#4035058)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


21 Feb 20 - 10:08 PM (#4035453)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

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


23 Feb 20 - 12:57 PM (#4035683)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

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


02 Jan 21 - 10:30 PM (#4086206)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: keberoxu

It isn't new any longer, of course.

In fact, at the moment, this is still
the Old Year of Yang Metal Rat.

The Chinese New Year is next month ...

doesn't it give you the creeps, though, to look back
at the earlier series of posts to this thread?


03 Jan 21 - 10:13 AM (#4086253)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Mrrzy

Ayup!


03 Jan 21 - 03:52 PM (#4086307)
Subject: RE: BS: Chinese New Year of Yang Metal Rat
From: Bonzo3legs

Last year was year of the chinky covid!!!