The North American and Western European fascination with girth is being picked up in the People’s Republic of China. No one should be surprised that the anti-obesity agenda, based as it is on coercion, fraud and propaganda, will prove to be a big hit in the world’s largest totalitarian nation. Anti-fat crusaders in the western democracies are green with envy at the power social engineers in China have to boss around and bully the people. Common ground between the "free" world and the dictatorships are due to the pre-eminence both societies give to Big Health. Eating, smoking, drinking and "appropriate" leisure time activities are no longer personal choices but must be regulated by the state to maximize what it imagines to be efficiency and social cohesion.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."