News roundup for March 2001

A round up of the months news, compiled by Catherine Redfern

, 18 March 2001

Just window shopping?

Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, are famous for

their amazing and innovative window displays, but have they gone too far this

time? Their latest effort, in collaboration with Stringfellows(!), featured

women pole-dancing in the windows wearing Selfridges clothes. When not

performing at specific times, videos were shown in the wall of the gyrating

dancers. Who needs Amsterdam?

“Do you have the smallest waistline in Britain?”

This is, unbelievably, what the Daily Mail were asking in an advertisement on

March 1st. “Enter our competition and you could win £1,000, only in the Daily

Mail today”. A competition for the smallest waistline in Britain? Have they gone

insane? Do they aim to be irresponsible or are they just plain stupid? The mind


Women just can’t help it, poor dears

A recent study has supposedly proved that women just cannot help

flirting and leading men on while conversing with them, whether they fancy them

or not. Apparently we do this unconsciously, sending out flirtatious signals to

every man we meet. Ahem. So… if I said you have a beautiful body would you

hold it against me? Oops sorry – dont know where that came from!

Wonder if they make one for Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream?

Chocolate cravings? Now theres a cure for this ‘addiction’. “Crave Control

(tm)” is a new product shaped exactly like a nicotine patch that you wear on

your hand and sniff throughout the day. Coming soon to a Superdrug near you, the

boxes are easily recognisable with purple and white packaging and a golden,

italic logo, looking very suspiciously like a Cadburys Milk Chocolate bar.

Cynical? Me? Nah. You think I’d mock these “Little Patches of

Willpower(tm)” – only £19.99 for 21 days supply? Darn. You know me too


No sex please, we’re men!

Subject Magazine website

Next time you go into WH Smith, wander over to the mens

lifestyle section and you may get a pleasant surprise. Just recently I walked

past and my eye was drawn by a magazine with a black cover with this text on


“The first rule of mens lifestyle magazines: YOU MUST PUT SEX ON THE


That was it. No bikini-clad women,

just that, in huge red lettering. Revolutionary! The magazine is called

Subject, uses the slogan “Question Everything”, and is apparently published

without major backing of any kind. I really hope it does well; anything with

that sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek attitude deserves to. However, judging by the

fate of other publications that aimed to break the mould, it looks like Subject

might have a rocky road ahead of it, to say the least. Never mind, at least

the men are getting something different. What were the women offered this

month? ‘In-Style’ and the novelty handbag-sized ‘Glamour’. Vive la


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