A handful of manners, virus and disease

Say hello with your elbow

A polite greeting like, 'Pleased to meet you!', is almost always followed by a handshake. In business, when two people agree on a course of action, a handshake seals the deal.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am

Unholy row exposes lack of humour

Why is the Vatican getting all hot under the collar over Benetton's fake photo of the pope kissing Egypt's leading imam? It's certainly provocative, but it carries a nice message: reconciliation. Isn't that the Bible's teaching - love your enemies and bless those who curse you?

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Brothers get best of both worlds in the village

Northern Irish brothers Paul and Andrew Dineley have got it all figured out. They plant themselves in the Sevens Village every year and get the best of both worlds.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

As the democrats squabble, Beijing smiles

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

No easy pass

'Pass' is a simple word that we use quite often. For example, when we receive our exam results, we may cry out excitedly: 'I have passed!' Or, during a game of cards, we may say 'pass' if we do not have a good hand.

But we should not 'pass' an opportunity to help others.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Modern Indian woman: a kiss-and-tell story

Kissing can damage your career and reputation. This is the lesson that India's most famous actress and one of its well-known female politicians have learned in recent days.

31 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Stolen kiss costs $7,000

A stolen kiss is not always a crime, but in this case it was, a magistrate said as he fined a chef $7,000 for kissing an MTR passenger.

Pawan Kumar Kukretti, 31, said his lips brushed the 20-year-old receptionist's cheek when he accidentally fell against her on an escalator in Taikoo station on September 18. Kukretti, who represented himself, denied indecent assault.

5 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Is A Kiss Sexual Harassment?

No It takes more guts to kiss someone for the first time than to have sex with them, don't you think? I'm not talking about some kiss when a hostess inclines her hawkish face towards you for a Mwa Mwa kiss the air my social life is sad beyond belief kind of kiss.

6 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Don't leave your shark without one

I DON'T know about you, but I'm not much of a touchy-feely person. I have been known to kiss my wife, but I generally draw the line at men. A handshake is sufficient. With members of the immediate family I might stretch to one of those clenched-fist embraces Tom Cruise dispensed in Top Gun.

18 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Touching on the British greeting

THE stiff upper lip and the formal handshake used to be about the only thing tactile about the British in public. Now every one of those lips is puckered up as if overdosed on collagen for the ubiquitous kiss of greeting and we hug and slap each other on the back sufficiently to make an Ivy League baseball team wince.

11 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

No place for kissing games

I DO not oppose youngsters dating as long as they can encourage and support each other in their studies.

But I cannot accept them kissing and cuddling in public.

Is this kind of behaviour really necessary? I don't think so. It shows that they are merely curious about the bodies of the opposite sex. PRISCILLA YIP Kowloon.

6 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Kissing cousins to the animal world

IT first happened more than a million years ago. Today people all over the globe do it at least once a day - and there's no sign of a let-up.

It is, of course, the kiss - the activity that adolescents around the world anticipate and agonise over, which film directors now dismiss as passe and which advertisers still use to sell anything from perfume to cooking oil.

7 Feb 1993 - 12:00am