Sunday, February 13, 2005

Wished out...

Rarely has this blog been so topical.

The Wishing Tree is on the front page of the newspaper today after its largest branch snapped off yesterday, injuring a 62 year old man and a 4 year old boy. It was the same branch in which I managed to land my first successful wish. I'm not sure what that means for me.

It's no great coincidence that a branch should fall during the Chinese New Year period when branches are laden with requests for the coming year. When we went last week, the branch in question was heavy with oranges tied to wishes for prosperity, health, love, new mobile phones and Hello Kitty bed linen sets.

The newspaper interviewed a prominent astrologer who gave a priceless interpretation on the occurrence:
'Astrologer Gladys Mak Ling-ling said the incident was particularly jinxed as it happened in the Lunar New Year period.
"But if we look at it in a positive way, this could mean that something old has gone and new things are about to come", said Ms Mak, adding that the tree had survived other tribulations in the past, including a fire in 1998.'


dsd said...

oh no! the poor tree!

pip said...

you were spot on with this one, Joe. The wishing tree even made the English newspapter in Cambodia.

pip said...

You were spot on with this one, Joe. The wishing tree made the English newspaper in Cambodia too!