PATRIARCH Deng Xiaoping wants to break a Guinness world record if it still stands in eight months - a swim in Beidahe when he turns 90 this August. Mr Deng was recovering from the flu last summer and heeded the advice of doctors not to take a splash into the scenic waters. He said at that time: ''I'll try again next year. . . Look at the Guinness World Record on whether there is a record of people swimming at the age of 90. If there is none, I'll try.'' Quoting mainland reports, The Mirror monthly magazine said the health of the patriarch remained sound in spite of speculation that it was deteriorating. ''Apart from his easy mind and optimism and habits such as a stroll after taking meals, playing bridge and swimming, his diet is an important component of his longevity,'' it said. The report said his diet mainly included vegetarian food and rice wine. ''Although he has taken some maotai and white wine occasionally he drinks rice wine most of the time,'' the report said. Rice wine figured prominently in the patriarch's menu in the past few years, it said. Mr Deng has had a glass of rice wine or white wine with his breakfast, lunch and dinner. The report said Mr Deng has often had a drink with his wife, Zhuo Lin. The patriarch once told his friends: ''I like a bit of rice wine. It's simple and can be made on your own easily. [The wine we had] are all made by us.'' The report said Ms Zhuo was a good wine-maker and could even brew it in accordance to the health conditions of the patriarch. It said warm rice wine was helpful in raising the level of blood sugar of the patriarch. that has dropped considerably over at times in the past.