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A kiss is not a kiss

Hope Rouya and Danny Salfield from Byron Bay above Tallows Beach, Byron Bay.
Hope Rouya and Danny Salfield from Byron Bay above Tallows Beach, Byron Bay. Patrick Gorbunovs

IF YOU'RE offended by PDAs (public displays of affection) avert your eyes now. It's Danny Salfield and Hope Rouya locked in the most easterly embrace in Australia.

The romantic sight at Byron Bay lighthouse yesterday appeared to stir the passions of at least one passing whale that breached on cue, but the local couple, who are due to marry in Bali in October, normally don't indulge in public smooching.

"I don't mind a cuddle or holding hands but not like pashing on the street or anything," said Danny, an entertainer and writer.

Surprisingly, Aussie men are more comfortable with PDAs than Aussie women, according to a survey conducted on International Kissing Day - July 6 - with 60% of men having no problem with kissing in public compared to just 40% of Aussie women.

Southern Cross University psychology lecturer Desiree Kozlowski said it appeared to contradict gender stereotypes but research suggested that women used kissing to unconsciously assess the quality and suitability of a mate.

"Kissing is more serious business to women. With men it's more recreational," she said.

The survey, conducted by romantic social network Zoosk, also found that the French kiss associated with grand passion is even more popular among Australians than the French.

The survey confirmed that the "hello" kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity in Australia with 66% of Aussies now using it to greet their nearest and dearest.

The most memorable public pash, according to the 13,000 online respondents, was Prince William and Kate Middleton's post-royal wedding kiss last year.

Controversially, Scott and Charlene's post-TV wedding lip-lock on Neighbours failed to rate a mention.

Topics:  byron bay lighthouse, kissing, lismore, survey



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