Researchers match marriage survival with compatibility when a couple cry “bottoms up”

February 9, 2013

Ah, so The Grumbles perhaps have a mystery to sort out.

Mrs Grumble, you see, tends to be a very modest consumer of liquor who disapproves of those who get – how shall we put it? Let’s say slightly tipsy.

Alf, on the other hand, is an enthusiastic devotee of good scotch, but he will settle for bad scotch if the good stuff is not on tap, or for most drinks containing alcohol, although he has steered clear of methylated spirits and his Uncle Bernie’s home brew.

Mrs Grumble likes to stay at home watching Coro Street, and stuff like that. Alf would rather mosey down to the Eketahuna Club and scuttle some suds with his mates.

So how come he and Mrs Grumble remain happily married?

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A simple way of avoiding a messy divorce and marital property dispute – just marry yourself

October 23, 2010

How to avoid becoming a beaten wife.

Alf is perplexed by the prospect of the idea catching on, after reading of Chen Wei-yih’s wedding.

The Telegraph reports on how the woman posed for a set of photos in a flowing white dress, enlisted a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall for a marriage celebration with 30 friends.

Uninspired by the men she’s met but facing social pressure to get married, the 30-year-old office worker from Taipei will hold the reception next month.

“Age thirty is a prime period for me. My work and experience are in good shape, but I haven’t found a partner, so what can I do?” Chen said.

“It’s not that I’m anti-marriage. I just hope that I can express a different idea within the bounds of a tradition.”

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Divorce, death and media demonising

May 13, 2009

Following up on the fuss over Christine Rankin’s appointment to the Families Commission, David Farrer at Kiwiblog was critical of journalists who have been “demonising Rankin”.

He rightly observes that Rankin is a polarising figure, and her appointment to the commission always would be “a bit controversial”. Even better, he thinks the commission should be abolished, although he muses that “Rankin may do some good there.”

Then he became indignant with political hacks like those who reported:
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