The Year of the Rat

It’s Chinese New Year we’re talking about, by the way …

The story goes that in old China, the Jade Emperor threw a party, saying the order of zodiacal signs would be decided by whoever got there first.

You’ve guessed it.  The crafty Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. At the finish line, the quick-thinking Rat jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox, becoming first.  We all know some rats.

Suffice to say my sign, the pig came last, but apparently, pig people have some pretty great character traits and are lovely people …!


Just for a bit of fun (or seriously if you actually know anything about Chinese astrology) let us know your predictions in the comments, as apparently rat years are a wee bit radical.

Let us know what you expect to happen in Bude – and beyond in 2020. Or if you are celebrating as a business, let us know about it. 

On a safety note … 

Oh, and if you are celebrating Chinese New Year, a period of good luck and starting afresh, just be fire-aware.


Follow these safety tips to celebrate to safely:

  • Fit working smoke alarms on each floor level in your home. Consider buying an alarm with a ten-year battery; otherwise, change the battery every year alarm and regularly test your smoke alarm.
  •  At all times, keep flames from candles at a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations. Long hair and clothing are also very flammable. Keep the flame out of reach of children and animals.
  • Children should be supervised at all times near flames.
  • When cooking deep-fried food, dry it before you put it in the hot oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool. Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil. Never throw water over the pan.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on – like your freezer or DVD for example.
  • Avoid overloading electrical sockets. Try to remember, one plug – one socket. If you must have more plugs connected always use a fused adaptor.




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