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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-10-18 17:08

A training error has been blamed for a meeting invitation email containing a photo of a pyjama-wearing cat, sent by the US Department of State.

>'Cat pajama-jam' error email
The US embassy in Canberra has apologized for a "training error" after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a pajama-wearing cat. The email, titled "meeting", featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies, beneath the title "cat pajama-jam". The email also contained a section of Latin and recipients were given the option to hit an RSVP tab. US Mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall kept his apology lighthearted. "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email. "It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform." Sundwall said "strong new management controls" would be added to prevent a repeat of the mistake.



>Cam to split tour groups
Tourism bosses in Cambridge are to encourage Chinese tourists to visit the city in smaller groups to curb congestion in its narrow streets. Thousands of Chinese tourists are drawn to the city each year to see its sights, such as Cambridge University. Visit Cambridge and Beyond, the city's official tourism service, has said that large groups of up to 50 people are making parts of the famous university town "impassable". The tourism body said it was developing strategies to "combat the potential problems of over-tourism" in the city, including insisting on splitting tourists into smaller groups. According to Visit Britain, there were an average of 17,000 overnight stays in Cambridge by Chinese visitors between 2015 and 2017. And the latest figures available state that 267,000 day visitors from China came in 2016.



>Tea with cream cheese topping
Say hello to "cheese tea", the newest Asian drink taking Instagram by storm. "Cheese" and "tea" aren't two words that you'd often find together, but it's worth seeking out. Two integral components make up the drink: whipped, airy foam made from milk, cream cheese and salt, and a clear fragrant tea upon which the froth floats. The drink originated in Taiwanese night market stands in 2010.



>Tax on trying out clothes?
A regional minister in the Spanish province of Castilla y Leon has come under fire for proposing that brick and mortar clothing stores charge a fee for customers to try on clothes. Maria del Pilar del Olmo made her controversial idea known at a recent Retail Industry Conference. She argued that nowadays too many shoppers tend to first visit brick-and-mortar boutiques just to try on clothes, and, having figured out which items and sizes fit them best, leave empty-handed only to buy the same clothes online, at lower prices. The regional minister proposed a fee for trying out clothes to discourage this "unethical practice". An online poll showed that 91% of respondents were against the idea, believing that shoppers have the right to see if something fits them properly before deciding whether or not to buy it.

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