2019年01月31日

The colour red and Chinese New Year

Hi bloggers hoping you're well and coping with the very cold temperatures. It's chilly in London but some areas look very warm and glowing, as they are festooned with red for two reasons Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year, which is celebrated later than in Japan.

There are quite a few areas in England where there are large numbers of Chinese communities in London there's soho where Chinatown is situated.

During the festivities ancestors are honoured and traditional ceremonies are held where people get together and welcome the new year with customs that shall bring good luck, good fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness. The new year is often celebrated with dragon dances, lion dances, gift exchanging and fireworks. In Chinatown there is a big celebration of dragon dances which is attended by thousands of people. The colour red is everywhere and there's a reason. According to the legend there's a reason for this.

 It began with the Nian, a ferocious beast that would terrorize villagers on the New Year, eating crops, livestock, and even children.( The meaning of Nian is Year or new year.) But villagers learned that this half bull with a lion head was afraid of three things: fire, noise, and the color red. Nian was defeated, and from then on, the color red was considered to bring good luck and good fortune to all.

Like many cultures food plays a big part in the New Year celebrations, many dishes are eaten for a specific reason; fish and dumplings are eaten for increased prosperity and sweet rice balls for improving family relationships. It's enough to make me want to have a Chinese meal.
I will be having a Chinese meal at the weekend as all the supermarkets have promotions of ready made Chinese meals. 
Bloggers let's hope the wild boar brings us good health and peace. Keep warm over and out London.











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2019年01月25日

Colours

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well this week has certainly been a week where colours have been mentioned frequently. Monday was given over to the colour blue, apparently Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year, based on a calculation of factors such as weather, debt levels, time since Christmas and time since failing our new year's resolutions. In truth, Blue Monday was created in 2006 by PR people to encourage people to spend money in order to feel better.
There has been a tremendous amount of references to the colour red, the red of the blood moon. I did get up twice to try and see the blood moon however no sightings due to the clouds. I was disappointed but the photos have been remarkable.
There is a therapy used in healing, called Colour or light therapy, the theory is that each colour can affect a persons mood, physical and mental health and each colour has a "frequency or vibration" that can be used to affect the energy within our bodies. It is suggested that the colour blue, can have a calming effect, which can then result in lower blood pressure, whereas the colour red might have the opposite effect. Green is another colour that may be used to relax people who are emotionally unbalanced. Yellow, on the other hand, may be used to help invigorate people who might have depression.
It made me realise how many idioms contain a colour reference;

Out of the blue randomly, without warning, surprisingly.
Green with envy– to be very jealous, envious.
Grey area– something that is unclear, undefined.
Caught red handed– to catch someone in the act of doing something. Green fingered to be skilled at gardening.
Black sheep– to be the outcast, odd one out, unlike the others
Tomorrow will be a very colourful event in Scotland as many people will put on their kilts ready for Burns night. In memory of Robbie Burns.
I for one will not be eating haggis but I might have the tatties mashed potatoes and the neeps mashed swede.
Bloggers keep warm and have a good week over and out London.












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posted by MateoES at 00:35| diary

2019年01月18日

Transformation

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers hope you are able to keep warm. Winter feels a long dark season, but there is the hope of spring. In the parks and gardens there are small signs of spring, or the promise of spring, little green shoots appearing. In fact there are some early blossoms out.
There was an inspiring item in the news about two women Claire and Emily they were extremely concerned about the waste caused by buying cheap clothing and then throwing it away. They decided to transform the old clothes into new. They teach mending and ancient Japanese dyeing techniques at the hub, with the hope people will stop buying new. An estimated 235 million items of clothing were sent to UK landfill in 2017, according to a report by Sainsbury's. There is an enormous amount of damage caused to the environment due to the waste. The culture of buying something and perhaps only wearing it once needed to be transformed. So far they have rescued over a tonne of old clothes and given them a new lease of life.
An obese hedgehog weighing in at nearly three times the average weight of a wild hedgehog, needs a bit of transformation and has been placed on a diet. The hedgehog called Jabba is on a strict diet of liquefied dog food, having been overfed by his previous owner. He had grown so large, Jabba was unable to curl into a spiky ball and therefore easy prey in the wild. The diet is going well and when he can roll up in a ball he will be released into the wild.
Well Bloggers that's all for this week. Have a good week over and out London.














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