Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 118
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July 27, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 118

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PAMIE'S 5PEC1HI MHllflH by LLOYD SHEARER BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. Great Britain will do a gross gambling business this year of approximately |7 billion, including bets on everything from horses to bingo, A large share has already been wagered by the oil-rich sheiks from the Middle East. In fact, London's gaming clubs have never seen anything like it. Says one croupier: "The Arabs are exhibitionists. They spend as if there were no tomorrows. I saw one the other evening who dropped half a million dollars in less than two hours. The girl he was with was going into a state of shock,but the Arab chap took it all in stride." Exaggerations are-rife, and employees at Crockford's, the Clermont Club, the Playboy Club,the Curzon House and other London gambling centers gossip for hours about the Arabs and their astronomical sums. "Some nights," one manager told Intelligence Report, "most- of the people gambling at our tables speak no English. They come from Saudi.Arabia or Abu Dhabi or Iran, and they seem almost compulsive in their style. The amount of petrodollars they wager simply staggers the imagination. I am told that one Arab minister spent half his nation's treasury in two weeks. lot true, I'm sure. "These Arabs," he continued, "don't use $100 chips, either. When they cover, a roulette table it's with 11000 oblongs. I've been around a long ' time. Jaded you might even say. But this high- stakes gambling takes a man's breath away." R The gambling Arabs not ^ only like London where they now own property but 2 Monte Carlo where they've *, gambled for years and | seem usually to have a t flock of blondes in tow. According to market analyst Louis Cheskin, a woman's underwear is a good indicator of her. 'character. Women who favor pastel- · colored lingerie, Cheskin asserts, want to attract masculine attention. Emancipated women on the other hand, wear beige or white. Cheskin claims also to have corroborated the old story that black undergarments make a woman more sexy or at least make her think so. He aaya 9056 of the women he polled are firmly convinced of that. Cheskin also maintains that older women prefer white because it is the traditional color of innocence, a stage to which they return in old age. About 94 million women live in the nine nations which make up the European Economic Community. Of this total, more than one- third are -employed. Denmark has the largest number of employed.women, 41.2J6, because it has the greatest number of'all-day schools, kindergartens and · mothers who care for working mothers' children. The Netherlands has the lowest percentage, 25.9J6 of working women, because Dutch women prefer to devote themselves to family and children. Herewith a list showing the percentages of female- employees by country: Denmark 41.2J6 Great Britain 37.2 France 36.9 West Germany 36.9 Belgium . 34.5 Italy . .27.8 Luxembourg 26.9 Ireland 26.0 Netherlands 25.9 CHOU EN-LAI HOSTS HENRY KISSWGE* AT PEKING BANQUET. The People's Republic of China is the world's largest Communist country, but banquet nights'in Peking are conducted on a level that no't even absolute monarchy can touch. For state banquets, the Chinese employ a cast of thousands who work ceaselessly for two-and-a-half hours during which they serve a nine-course meal punctuated by dozens of toasts and speeches. They also employ a hundred or so technicians whose job it is to control the lighting and spots on the various speakers and interpreters. While the hundreds of waiters thread their way between the circular tables, the People's Liberation Army band, dressed in khaki, gives out with music. Banquets in Peking start early, always at 7 p.m. Dress is informal--no gowns _OT dinner jacket's-and the hosts always wear Mao suits. The guest list runs into four figures, and a large Chinese flag hangs next to the national flag of the guest-qf-honor. Until his recent"illness, Premier Chou En-lai was host at all state banquets. That job has.now been taken over by Teng Hsiao-ping, the senior vice premier and China's No. 3 man. Each table seats 10; there are three basic 'menus at state banquets; and unless you know how to use chopsticks deftly, you'll find that you miss several courses since the plates are put down and . ' whisked away faster than _ most Americans are accustomed to eat. The food, of course, is exotic, beginning with long pan, a series of cold hors d'oeuvres containing green bean noodles, then 50-year-old eggs followed by a succession of hot courses and a Chinese white wine potent enough for "passing out" purposes. A state banquet represents the pinnacle in Chinese gastronomy.-

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