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Happy Metal Rat Day!

Metal Rat on a Wooden Stand


You may recall, a few weeks ago, all sorts of announcements to the effect that this year, 2020, is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. The calendar has a 12 year ‘animal’ cycle and last year was a Pig year. Next year will be a year of the Ox, next the Tiger… and so on.

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Will you be a 2020 ‘First-footer’?

Do you know this tradition? If your roots are in Scotland or Northern England, and you are of a certain age, you may know of the practice, or have even been a first-footer yourself. Traditions come and go, of course, and, though I remember our house being ‘first-footed’ a couple of times when I was a kid, it isn’t something you hear about much anymore… at least here on this side of the Pond…

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