Xīnnián hǎo! (or Happy New Year!)

This week we enter the Year of the Fire Rooster. The Lucky colour for the year ahead is gold (bullion has already risen 2% since the 28th).  It is however bad news for those born in any previous Rooster year (e.g. Ed Milliband, Donald Tusk and Ivanka Trump) who are (apparently) destined for bad luck in this one. Thankfully for Donald Trump (a Dog) he missed out on being a Rooster by six months. According to a Chinese astrology website: Dogs ‘find it hard to compromise and get off their high horse’. Meanwhile, Monkeys (Theresa May), ‘seldom give two hoots to the opinions of others’. All sounds highly implausible.