HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Chinese – that is.)

Chinese NY

So it seems it’s time to monkey around! Not simply because the weekend is just about upon us, but because Monday 8th February marks the Chinese New Year, and this year it’s the Year of the Monkey!  The date varies from year to year according to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, and each New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals meaning that each animal makes an appearance every 12 years.  The celebrations in London are said to be the largest outside Asia and there is plenty going on.  China Town in Soho will be heaving this weekend and all of next week, with parades and celebrations abound.  Opposite our office in Margaret Street we have the pleasure of the London Guang Shan Temple also known as the International Buddhist Progress Society; it’s housed in the stunning building at 84 Margaret Street and they have their decorations up in preparation!


A tip for a favourite restaurant of mine in Greek Street, Soho is Y Ming, it’s small, friendly and serves authentic northern Chinese food, rather than the Cantonese food one usually finds in London. However, if you fancy some Peking Duck you will need to give them 4 hours’ notice as this is apparently the time authentic Peking Duck takes to prepare!

If you happen to be born in the year of the monkey you might well have some of the following characteristics: sociable, enthusiastic, cunning, self-assured, witty. Lucky signs for the Monkey include the colours blue, gold and white, the numbers 1, 7 & 8, the chrysanthemum flower and alliums.  You also share your sign with Tom Hanks, Leonardo da Vinci, Halle Berry, Miley Cyrus, and Daniel Craig!

I have been having a little look at the signs under which employees of Davis Brown estate agents were born under, and unbelievably they all seem to create the personality of the perfect Estate/Commercial Agent – who’d have guessed?!

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