Virginia Barton

1 January 2014: Happy New Year!


1 January 2014





We never were ones for seeing in the New Year. Except in Hong Kong. There, everything from St. Patrick to the Moon was reason for festival. That city parties like no other, but come daylight all are at their desks and counters, cleanly shirted, ready for a new day of business. There never was such an appetite for work.

We saw this at first hand back in the Fifties and Sixties – to judge by results, nothing has changed. Here in the U.K. we have another “Bank Holiday”, i.e. day off.


Whatever you are doing today, be it nursing a sore head, or filling in for a friend so that they may do so, or enjoying an extra day of rest, may 2014 be a happy, peaceful one for you and your family.

If you are in Hong Kong you’ll have to wait a little longer, till January 31st in fact, for Chinese New Year. Then there will be a wow of a party, to welcome the Year of the Horse no less!



P.S. What I SHOULD have said comes from Numbers 6:22-27:

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you,
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.



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