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Say hello with a magpie

Rhyme celebrates the greeting

THE black and white bird is the inspiration behind Symetria’s latest card range, Morning Mr Magpie.

Always elegant in its appearance, this iconic member of the Corvidae family is believed to be one of the most intelligent and expressive of all birds and animals.
Chinese culture regards the magpie as a symbol of happiness and good luck, and is even considered a sacred bird in some areas.
In British folklore, however, the lone magpie is associated with bad luck, sorrow or grief so we’re encouraged to salute the bird with the traditional greeting “Good Morning Mr Magpie” as a mark of respect and to ward off misfortune,
At Symetria they like to view this incredible creature with a less sombre association, celebrating the magpie as one of the only birds people actually take the time to greet.
In celebrating this greeting, and in keeping with the occasions when people send cards they feel this version of the well-known poem is an apt choice:
One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret ready to be told, Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a time of joyous bliss.
The blank cards are 125x125 mm, and cello wrapped with a recycled brown-fleck envelope.

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