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Fruity Cocktails Count as Health Food

According to a recent study by US and Thai researchers, fruit cocktails count as health food.

By adding ethanol, which is a type of alcohol found in spirits such as rum and vodka to the fruits such as strawberries and blueberries, boosted the anti-oxidant nutrients.

“Any colored fruit or vegetable is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that can cancel out the cell-damaging effects of compounds called free radicals.”

Finally, something we can all enjoy that is good for us. 😀

I wonder if fruit cocktails will be introduced to hospital menus now that we know it is really good for you. Or maybe they could leave a chocolate mint on our pillow and hand us a fruit cocktail on arrival. 😀
Link to Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds from Yahoo! News

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Italian becomes official language … of Italy?

Who else is confused that Italian was not the official language of Italy? Or is it just me? This is bizarre – I always thought the official language of Italy was Italian. After all, that’s what they taught us at school. But it seems all that learning at school was wrong. Italian has become the official language of Italy on either the 29th or 30th of March, 2007.

According to Yahoo! Odd News, the Italian language has only been put through as part of the Italian Constitution. And 75 Politicians opposed Italian being the official language of Italy in Parliament. The Tuscan dialect is what is known as modern Italian. Other dialects can be incomprehensible compared to the Tuscan dialect.

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Meet Kylie Kwong in Perth

Australia’s most famous Chinese tv chef, Kylie Kwong, will be heading to Perth this April to promote her latest book, ‘Simple Chinese Cooking’. If you’re a Kylie Kwong fan, head to these places to find her at:

Amano Cookware Store and Cooking School in Cottesloe will be hosting Kylie Kwong. Their meet and greet event is on Tuesday the 11th of April, 2007. You get a glass of champagne (because it’s never too early to drink) and a sweet treat. To book or to find out more details, call Catriona on 9384 0378.

If you can’t make it to this lunch time/morning tea appointment, you can also have Dinner with Kylie Kwong at the Dymocks Literary Events – Leeuwin Estate event which is the next day, on Wednesday the 12th of April. Kylie will be a guest chef with Beaumonde Catering. The evening which consists of a 4 course dinner with wines is $120.00. To book or to find out more details, call Dymocks Literary Events on either 9385 6820 or 0401 671 849.

Avril Lavigne, the global Girlfriend

Avril Lavigne, the “punk princess”, has decided to record and release her new song, “Girlfriend”, in 8 different languages. The song “Girlfriend” is purely a pop number – but then again, was Avril really a real ‘punk rocker’ anyway?

The 8 languages Avril Lavigne has decided to record “Girlfriend’ in are English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. I’m sure the marketing technique here is to globalise her songs to the local languages was an interesting one. But it just makes for extreme hilarity, with her shocking accents, tones, and even using incorrect sentences.

It was reported that she was going to sing “Girlfriend” in Hindi. Fortunately for the Hindi speaking community, “attempts at Hindi proved too difficult. We tried Hindi twice but the diction and the meter of how you sing Hindi versus the western rhythms just didn’t match and we just couldn’t pull it off,” said her manager, Terry McBride.

They should have gotten her a speech coach or something before unleashing the songs onto the world and ruining the major world languages.

The one that really made me laugh so much was the one in Mandarin Chinese. My friend thinks that Avril is using both Mandarin and Cantonese in the song. Meanwhile, all I can say is, “Mum, at least I can speak Mandarin better than someone famous!”

Avril Lavigne’s Mandarin efforts:

Her other linguistic efforts available on YouTube:
Japanese: http://youtube.com/watch?v=c6YhaDA6fNc
German: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AFbkIrilZyI
Spanish: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gV18mZtToP
Portuguese: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0-8Kq2wkdk
French: http://youtube.com/watch?v=erQjjiBKx-Y