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Aug. 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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Sociologist promotes infidelity

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A French sociologist said in her new book that many married British couples are miserable due to their "sour and rigid English view" of infidelity.

Dr. Catherine Hakim said in her book, "The New Rules," that the "sour and rigid English view" of infidelity leads couples to wind up in miserable "celibate" lives, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Hakim describes monogamous husbands and wives as "caged animals" who need to explore a "wild side" with extramarital affairs.

"Sex is no more a moral issue than eating a good meal," Hakim wrote. "The fact that we eat most meals at home with spouses and partners does not preclude eating out in restaurants to sample different cuisines and ambiences, with friends or colleagues. Anyone rejecting a fresh approach to marriage and adultery, with a new set of rules to go with it, fails to recognize the benefits of a revitalized sex life outside the home."

Queen's dogs injure princess' pooch

ROYAL DEESIDE, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A British royal source told The Daily Telegraph Queen Elizabeth II's corgis badly injured an 11-year-old Norfolk terrier belonging to Princess Beatrice.

The source told The Daily Telegraph the corgis were out on a walk with the terrier, Max, at Balmoral castle in Royal Deeside, Scotland, when the animals began to fight and left Max with a torn ear and several bite wounds, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

The source said the dogs were with the queen's walker and no royals were present for the attack.

The attack came just days after another of Beatrice's dogs died of natural causes.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment on the incident.

Artist puts toilets on the beach

HENLEY BEACH, Australia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An Australian artist's beachfront installation employed sharply dressed volunteers to sit on toilets to highlight a local restroom controversy.

Andrew Baines said his Saturday installation in Henley Beach, which was titled "Coalition of the Constipated" and involved several volunteers in black suits and bowler hats sitting atop a row of toilets placed at the beach, was inspired by a local debate over whether to put a restroom on the beach, The Advertiser reported Monday.

"I've been a long-time resident of Henley and Grange and what I didn't realize, brooding in the background, is there has been an ongoing debate amongst residents, the local council and the cafes about the building of a toilet on the beachfront," Baines said. "Some people want it, some people don't. Hopefully by doing this today, we will highlight the issue and the wider community will come forward and we'll have a solution."

Baines said it is his "job as an artist to bring these things to the forefront."

Fight starts at senior-citizen meeting

PORT ROWAN, Ontario, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Ontario said they were called to a retirement village after two men began fighting during a public meeting.

Officers said they went to the village in Port Rowan Thursday after the men started scuffling during a debate about a possible expansion to the clubhouse at the complex, which consists of 326 housing units, the QMI Agency reported Monday.

The two men grappled and fell to the floor, continuing their struggle in front about 140 people, the report said.

"Can you imagine this, a bunch of senior citizens?" said resident Beryl Barton, who watched the fight, with the men rolling up near her feet.

Police said the alleged aggressor in the confrontation, Dan Steeves, 61, was arrested and charged with assault.

Residents said the potential clubhouse expansion, which would require the complex to take out a mortgage, has been a controversial subject in the community.

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