Source: The Mercury, Tuesday, September 22, 1998, p.11
HOBART has been voted Australia's least sexy city in a new survey. With just l% of the vote, its only rival is that staid centre of bureaucracy, Canberra which finished equal last. Sydney received 49% of the national vote for sexiest city followed by Melbourne with 32%, Brisbane with 10% and only 2% of respondents rated Darwin or Adelaide as the sexiest city. Nationally, Australians have raised their form in bed from fifth place to first to tie with French and Americans as the world's greatest lovers. The survey, conducted by condom manufacturer Durex discovered the shower was Australia's biggest fantasy venue for sex. The beach, your parents' bed and the boss's desk were the next best fantasy venues in the global survey. The survey quizzed 10,000 men and women in 14 countries in ages ranging from 16 to 40-plus. Lovemaking for the aver age Australian lasts 22.6 minutes, five minutes longer than the global average of 17.7 minutes. And that excludes foreplay. But pressure to perform is on from the first date, with 10% of Australians and Russians rating a close second to the French (12%) as the nationalities most likely to go home together. The global average for expecting sex on the first date is 7%. Most Australians (85%) expect sex with their new partner to happen within the first three months of a relationship. The only area where we appear to be hitting the global average is in how unfaithful we are-37% of Aussies surveyed admitted to carrying on more than one sexual relationship at any one time. Australians lose their vir- ginity at 17.1 years old, compared to a world average of 17.6 years. Countries participating in the survey were America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. The Latin lover image came in for a battering with Spain and Italy stumbling home in ninth and tenth place, bettered by Britain - hardly known for amorous adven- tures-which knocked South Africa out for second place. Last on the list of top lovers by nation were Thailand and Hong Kong where people make love the least, for the shortest amount of time and with the least care for their partners.
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