Possum drinking game has staff spewing

In 2006, Keith Richards fell out of a coconut tree.

The Rolling Stones guitarist was hanging in Fiji during a world tour, and subsequently had to be flown back to a New Zealand hospital for observation after suffering a concussion.

Maybe Keith was playing possum.

According to Fairfax NZ News, possum involves a group of people drinking a 24-pack of beer while up a tree. The first one to fall out from drunkenness loses the game.

Dunedin City Council gardens and cemeteries team leader Alan Matchett said people, believed mostly to bestudents, played the game at the gardens in the afternoons and early evenings, during the week and at weekends.

Staff were fed up with the mess left behind, which included glass, food scraps and cans – and vomit.

"It’s been occurring fairly regularly for the last two or three years. We don’t usually see them, but police and Otago University campus watch staff have had to move people on from the park and told them to clean up their mess," Matchett said.

"What they drink has to come out again, so they do throw up and urinate from the trees. Obviously, it’s not nice to have that left behind."

Hubbell writes: Business French in a Communicative Context

While it may not get the gushing reviews of Keith Richards’ Life, Amy Hubbell the French professor published a business French textbook the other day.

Entitled, Fou da fa fa, the book promo proclaims, “Finally an ‘extraordinary and refreshing’ French Business Textbook!”

With no tales of heroin addiction, the origin of killer guitar riffs or taking a couple of years to figure out who that Johnny Depp dude was hanging out at the house, Dr. Hubbell’s book — À la recherche d’un emploi is designed for students at the intermediate, or third year-level of French, who are seeking to develop their vocabulary and cultural knowledge in preparation for working in an international environment. This text focuses on communicative and contextualized activities, and uses authentic materials and examples to prepare students for their careers.

It’s not known whether William Thompson , an associate professor of French and assistant dean, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Memphis, is a Rolling Stones fan or not, but he did say,

"[This text] definitely fills a tremendous void in the field of business French. With a wealth of information and activities, this textbook provides students and instructors with an engaging and in-depth introduction to the major aspects of using French in a professional context. Of particular interest is the incorporation of la Francophonie and the European Union, two critical topics rarely presented in other business French textbooks. Anyone intending to seek employment in a French-speaking country or region will benefit greatly from the content and guidance that this text provides."

As a Keith Richards fan (especially the riffs from 1968-1972), I have to say, Hubbell’s book rocks.

And so does she.