Year of the Metal Ox

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The Chinese Year of the Ox begins on 12 February 2021

Ox people, like their animal sign, are placid and easygoing. They have the rare gift of inspiring others, and their self-assuredness can help them to become successful. They are extraordinarily good with their hands. Though naturally quiet, Ox people can be eloquent when asked to speak in public. In family relationships they are often misunderstood because of their cool attitudes and unemotional responses. Surprisingly, they do anger easily and can be petty and mean.

Other Ox years are 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

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Talk on John Thomson and China

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Date:  Tuesday, 9 February. Speaker : Betty Yao
Time:  7:30pm — please join before 7:25pm – the talk will start promptly at 7:30
How to join:  A Zoom link will be sent out a day or two before the event

Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off for Hong Kong in 1868 and in the next five years he undertook several major journeys photographing regions of China – from the Pearl River and the Min River to the Yangtze River, from Fuzhou and Guangzhou to Beijing. Photographs taken on these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region of China taken in the 19th century. The range, depth and aesthetic quality of John Thomson’s photographic vision mark him out as one of the most important travel photographers. 

We are most fortunate to have Betty Yao, MBE to speak to us about the Victorian photographer John Thomson. Some may remember the wonderful exhibit of his photographs at the Burrell in 2011 and we are looking forward to another exhibition, arranged by Betty, in Edinburgh in the future. Please join us for her talk about Thomson and his legacy. 

September 2021 commemorates the centenary of Thomson’s death and discussions are under way to exhibit his China photographs in Edinburgh.  

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