CHINA - hair band scam

Article adapted from one of my junk mails ......

Beware when you are traveling to China , just try to be careful when you are buying hair bands down the road who knows what it is made from?

Be careful of hair bands at open markets around the city too - they are probably from China since they are purchased in bulk and very very cheap !!!!
Take a good look before buying hair bands in future - especially like the following kind.....

BEIJING (AFP) - Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday

In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province , China Daily newspaper said.

'These cheap and colorful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ..... threatening the health of local people,' it said.
Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

'People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,' the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying. A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 sen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said.

A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal. China 's manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals involving shoddy or dangerous goods made for both domestic and foreign markets.

In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.

Check your kids hair bands and make sure they do not put them in their mouth while trying to plait or tie their hair.

Pudgy, Portly and altogether Pumply ....

Lately I was inspired  by a friend (SarahP who adores Mr Darcy from Pride & prejudice- and yes it was written by Jane Austen ) to read on Jane Austens' books. I used to read her books but as time passed, I kind of lost my touch with English literatures. Perhaps maybe I find literatures a little wee bit boring.^_^

I think everybody knows Jane Austen.Her famous work ,"sense and sensibility", pride and prejudice", "emma" ....Okay I only know 3  of her works.Don't get me wrong coz I love my Jane Austen.It is just that  I am just not the biggest enthusiasts in the world on her . I do admit that I have not even read every single book she had written. In short, I enjoy her observance,details, wit and her ability to have readers (like Sarah P) feel as though they have infiltrated a world that has long since passed.

(this is for you Sarah ... ya!)

She writes in a way that I can picture the stiffness of Mr Darcy and  that I can reach out and touch Anne's pain or suffer with Eleanor's shyness. I'm just as annoyed with Kitty and Lydia as if I had lived in the Bennett house and had to suffer with their nonsense. 

If you would really wanna read more (its a very good book ) you may go to this website

"Mrs Musgrove was of a comfortable substantial size, infinitely more fitted by nature to express good cheer and good humour, than tenderness and sentiment; and while the agitations of Anne's slender form, and pensive face, may be considered as very completely screen, Captain should be allowed some credit for the self- command with which he attended to her large fat
personal size and mental sorrow have certainly no necessary proportions. A large bulky figure has as good a right to be in deep affliction, as the most graceful set of limbs in the world. But, fair or not fair, there are unbecoming conjunctions, which reason will patronise in vain, - which taste cannot tolerate, - which ridicule will seize. "

Is she implying that the pudgy, portly and altogether plumply do not do solemness and sadness and indeed - that when they DO do it, they look ridiculous and funny?

Is she implying that the pudgy, portly and altogether plumply should stick to loud guffaws and determined streaks of happiness with the sole intent of promoting other people to be happy and merry and perhaps engage in a little jig around the drawing room?

So my question is: Is Jane Austen a sizeist? 

I think I shall go for a turn about the room and recover my senses.I think I am being overly sensitive. Anyway it's just one of my random thoughts while reading it.

P/S no 1 : If you're reading this and you feel that I am feeling pudgy, portly and altogether plumply ... don't be...^_^ I am not sad or hurt or angry. I just happen to come across the text and feels that it would be interesting if I share it out in my blog. ^_^

See... I'm not ^_^

P/S no 2 :  I am having a hectic cycle this month. So I will not blog and comment as much as I want but I will keep continue reading blogs.^_^