I had my 'Kung Hay Fat Choy, bitch!' all primed for Hilary the stores woman but she pre-empted me with a shril 'You suck monkeys balls!' which is also a traditional greeting for the time of year, but less geographically ubiquitous.
This saying is, of course, usually confined to the South East of China and loses a little something in the translation.
It is more 'Happy New Year' in flavour (if you'll excuse the pun) than it seems.
In her expanding feelings of New Years benevolence Hilary recruited Stan and Jason to also wish me well.
To which I was able to reply by email:
Well, after a busy morning I have finally finished sucking all the monkey balls.
So many monkeys.
All that's left now is the penises and arseholes.
Stan, I have put you down for the penises.
And Hilary, you get the arseholes.
Sir Harry Simspon KA