Golden Oldies 5

Two Chinese characters that reveal a lot about how Australia was viewed during the 19th century gold rushes. They translate as “gold mountain”. Australia was called “New Gold Mountain” in Chinese, and Bendigo was “Big Gold Mountain”


Year of the Dog 1

Happy New Year! In the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. China uses the lunar  calendar and Chinese New Year isn’t until 16 February, so it is still the Year of the Hen there.

However Japan uses the western (solar) calendar, so today is the first day of the Year of the Dog in Japan. Here are two origami dogs to mark the start of the new year.