Celebrating Anglo-Chinese Relations; 21st October 2015 is Double Ninth Day, Chongyang 重九節

The Hamlet of Scarthin within Cromford, where this blog is based, leads the way in Anglo-Chinese relations, and here are some photographs from the narrative (which also involved the hamlet of Upperwood within Matlock Bath).

IMG_6088R. soon changed into traditional RED.

OliverPiggyBackingWith niece and Ma and Pa … in the country.

ChinaFamilyPlus2015With sister and son … in the city.

RuthShezhenHospitalA student at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford visits Beijing University Hospital, Shenzhen

北京大学深圳医院

..and there’s lots more where those come from (in fact I give illustrated talks).

This blog post is being assembled on 21st. October 2015 which this year is the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, Double Ninth Day or Chongyang. Yang means nine but also denotes the masculine as opposed to Yin which is feminine  and ‘chong’ in Chinese means double, hence Chongyang.

(In addition, the state visit of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic, is today in full swing. Can he lend us some of our money back?)

I am told that on this day, the tombs of ancestors may be visited and swept and a mountain climbed for protection against the dangers of such doubled masculinity. I recommend Lantau Peak (thanks, Wikipedia) which is a Monroe (3000 ft+, 914.4 m+). Chrysanthemum wine is a traditional drink. But treat this webknow with scepticism.

Lantau_Peak,_Hongkong

Finally, of course a Lattice Labyrinth Tessellation, The two odd numbers, nine and nine generate  Serpentine Lattice Labyrinth (9,9), and here it is. Maybe the snakes could be transmuted into dragons. The colours are of the Chinese flag superimposed on England’s Green and Pleasant Land.

Serpentine (9,9) ChonyangFinal

An inexpensive how-to-do-it  Lattice Labyrinths workbook  is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

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About davescarthin

After a brief academic and local government career, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, now also has time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling/paving and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as was the MathsJam Annual Conference in November 2016. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. An 8 ft square tiling design was part of the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail 2016. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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