The rain has been pouring down steadily and the air has turned grey and fuzzy. But when I look out of my window I see red hot pokers standing up brightly against the dark green bushes beyond. How defiant they are! And the flame tree too, flaring above them. Who thought to plant such fiery colours in this place, I wonder?
Chinese know that the colour red brings good luck and prosperity. Why? I imagine because it lights up the heart and energises the body. Seeing red in the rain brightened my mood and encouraged me to take my [red] umbrella and go for a walk. I returned refreshed and ready to tackle a list of tasks once more.

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