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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Socialism and the first nudist colony – the queer tale of naturism, a Fabian fairy and a kinky judge

April 25, 2010

Should you wonder what’s queer about Socialism, take a gander at a report that caught Alf’s eye during his morning web wanderings.

It’s about the world’s first nudist colony being established in Thane, located on Salsette Island to the Northeast of Mumbai in India.

The reporter, one Vishwas Kulkarni, writes:

The satellite city of Thane may have been the unlikeliest of places for such a recreation, but the world’s first-ever nudist colony, The Fellowship of the Naked Trust (FNT), was set up there in 1891 by Charles Edward Gordon Crawford, a District and Sessions Judge in British India.

This was proved by four letters – copies of which are with Mumbai Mirror – written by the founder to Edward Carpenter, English socialist, philosopher and gay activist, between August 19, 1891 and June 5, 1892.

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Rankin appointment fires up the muck-rakers

May 17, 2009

Alf would rather see more media focus on the need for a Family Commission than the rationale behind the appointment of Christine Rankin as a commissioner.

They should examine its purpose, its resources, its costs, its accomplishments, and so on, so we would be better able to judge what sorts of people would make good commissioners.

His thinking is reinforced by the Sunday tabloids’ delving into the suicide of the late Margo McAuley, whose widower, Kim MacIntyre, became Rankin’s fourth husband.

The Sunday News brays:

Today Sunday News can reveal the mother-of-two hired by the National administration to bring families closer together has been accused of being instrumental in the demise of a marriage of around one year, which ended last year with the lonely death of a prominent real estate agent.

The Sunday News goes on to salivate:
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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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