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The Week July 23, 2010

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Flush this!

Here’s a news flush! And you thought the toilet was only for, well, you know. However, the big hit this summer is a toilet-themed restaurant. The chain called Modern Toilet features Western-style toilet seats that you sit on in this restaurant, and it serves up food in miniature replicas of Chinese-style squatty potties. My question is, if you want to call a waiter to come to your table. Do you just flush?

Rage cage

Sometimes, life just makes you want to break things. That’s the idea behind a “rage cage” at a shopping mall in Shenyang. Only women are allowed. They are handed baseball bats to break up old furniture, TV sets and other appliances. It’s not men they’re mad at the most. According to the mall manager, it’s frustration over trying to find a job that ranks at the top of what makes them want to break things.

Antique drinks

The world of champagne fans is excited this week about the discovery of a bottle of what’s being called the oldest drinkable champagne. The unbroken bottle of the bubbly stuff was found in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. It’s believed to be more than 200 years old. But wait a minute; I’ve seen my colleagues drinking coffee and tea older than that. Come along with me, and I’ll show you.

Kung fu food

This is the month for kung fu show-offs in China. The Internet is buzzing this week for the news about the haircuts given by a kung fu barber in Hunan Province. When he cuts hair, he also stands on his head. Then there are the kung fu soccer monks, whose kung fu kicks really move the ball. They’re student monks in Dengfeng, a city in central China’s Henan Province. China has kung fu chefs, too. How do they do it? The Week investigates …

Let’s Go Expo!

Have you been to the 2010 World Expo under way in Shanghai? There’s so much to do, and so much to see. So let’s go Expo! One of the fun ways to get around the Expo is on a free ferry that carries you across the river from one set of pavilions to another.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

The Week July 23, 2010

About the broadcaster:

The Week July 23, 2010

Renee Haines is an editor and broadcaster at China Daily. Renee has more than 15 years of experience as a newspaper editor, radio station anchor and news director, news-wire service reporter and bureau chief, magazine writer, book editor and website consultant. She came to China from the United States.