The straight-talking timekeepers of the zodiac

In case you missed it, today is the Chinese New Year and we are now embarking on the Year of the Rooster.


I bought this hand-painted tile in Portugal in 2002

According to the December issue of Director magazine (which I was flicking through yesterday), Roosters are uncomplicated and straightforward. The website also claims that Roosters are “almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work”.

I am an absolute stickler for time-keeping, loyalty and keeping my word (and expecting you to keep yours too!) so it is probably no surprise to you when I say that I am a Rooster.

Anyway, in conducting a bit of research for this post, I learnt that the Chinese Zodiac also assigns one of five elements – fire, earth, water, gold and wood – to each lunar year and that 2017 is a Fire Rooster year.

However being born in 1969 makes me an Earth Rooster. Continue reading

Laugh out loud at Spamalot!

A busy bank holiday weekend was capped off with a visit to the world of Monty Python last night. In deference to my partner’s love (read wittering on) of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, I thought this would be a winner of a birthday present for him (despite the fact my only association with anything MP-esque is John Cleese in Fawlty Towers).

Well I grinned from ear to ear the whole way through – that is when I wasn’t laughing out loud. Loved loved loved the twisted end to the quest and thought that the understudy last night did a fab-tastic job as King Arthur. Def. a must see partic. if you are a Monty Python fan…