Gone Fishing

The Chinese have a new year greeting- “May There Be ‘Fish’ Every Year”. As greetings go, this translated greeting may have non-speakers scratching their heads. No, not all of us have fishermen roots or an insatiable appetite for seafood. In Mandarin, the word “fish” is also a homonym for “surplus”, and this greeting should therefore be interpreted as wishing somebody a year of prosperity and abundance.

So to everyone who celebrates the Lunar New Year, may the fish be ever overflowing, spilling out, (exploding?) from your larders, fridges and shopping baskets.

My big fish must be somewhere.
― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
― John Buchan



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