11/14 in The Guardian’s grammar test.

What would a teetotaller know about making cocktails?


We read the news so you don’t have to sums up  what  The New Zealand Week does.

The weekly digest provides a comprehensive round-up of major news stories of the week which brings you up to date on anything you might have missed.

It also has a few off-beat stories like this one on holy sex from the Guardian.

Headlined Sex and God do mix – according to ‘Catholic Kama Sutra’ it says:

The correct Roman Catholic sexual position is not, as many might imagine, missionary, infrequent and with the lights out, but “saucy, surprising and fantasy packed”.

The bleak traditional view was St Paul’s injunction to the Corinthians: “It is better to marry than to burn with passion.” However, a Polish priest who has written a surprising bestselling sex manual dubbed the “Catholic Kama Sutra” believes it is better still to marry and burn with passion.

The first edition of the book by Father Ksawery Knotz, a Franciscan from a monastery outside Krakow, titled Seks (in very large letters) and “for married couples who love God” in rather smaller type, has sold out and is being hastily reprinted in Warsaw.

And how does a celibate monk get his information?

“I talk with a lot of married couples and I listen to them, so these problems just kind of sit in my mind,”

Wouldn’t that be a bit like someone on a diet listening to people talk about banquets?

And wouldn’t the resulting book be a bit like one of cocktail recipes written by a teetotaller?

How many babies have died?


Have you noticed anything more on the number of babies in China who’ve died or become ill after being fed baby formula made from milk poisoned by melamine?

I’ve been checking the web for stories and haven’t found any updates since last week’s report of four dead babies and many thousand others who are ill.

Does the absence of news mean there have been no more deaths, or that more babies have died but authorities have clamped down on the media so it’s not being reported?

Update: The Guardian  reports:

The government is now playing down the scandal and Chinese lawyers and advocates who have promised to help the families of sick children seek redress say they are facing pressure to abandon the efforts from officials in some provinces.

“About two dozen of the lawyers have called these past days to say they want to quit the volunteer advice group,” Li Fangping, a Beijing lawyer who helped organise the group, told Reuters.

“Some of them said that they or their offices were told they’d face serious repercussions if they stayed involved.”

Even if the media did report numbers, could we believe them?

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