News roundup for March 2001
A round up of the months news, compiled by Catherine Redfern
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!
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