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[Apr. 30th, 2009|10:49 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
The Today programme this morning played an extract from the new government commercial advising us how to prevent the spread of the evile flu. It was fairly straightforward stuff, just talking about the need to kill all the chihuauasuse a hankie when we sneeze. I wonder how long it will take for this to be described somewhere in the press as "the nanny state gone mad" despite the fact that it's essentially the same as the "coughs and sneezes spread disesases" campaign from the 60s as featured in Hancock?

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I saw an advert this morning advertising laser eye surgery, "from £395 per eye". Is it only me who finds the word "from" slightly troubling there? Leaving aside my general views on laser eye surgery (which can be most succinctly expressed in the phrase "You can fvck off if you think you're coming near my eyes with a laser.") if you were having such a process done, isn't it reasonable to think that you'd want the best, rather than some bargain basement option? What do the ones that cost more than £395 offer? It doesn't sound to me like an area replete with optional extras.

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oursin linked to todays entry in the Guardian's Secksual column (Mildly NSFW if your employer fears THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF WORDS). Even with my admittedly limited experience of relationships, this is an issue that's always seemed to me to be something that really isn't all that big a deal. Perhaps it's just me. Let's find out with a prurient poll.

Are you especially bothred about the shape of your partner's pvbes?

Yes
3(7.5%)
No
37(92.5%)

If you have a preference, and you don't mind sharing beyond the call of duty, what is it?

Let it all grow wild
11(50.0%)
Just a bit off at the sides
7(31.8%)
Topiary to the max
2(9.1%)
Get rid of it all
2(9.1%)
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2009-04-30 09:54 am (UTC)
....and you can leave the armpit hair on too!
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2009-04-30 10:03 am (UTC)
> "You can fvck off if you think you're coming near my eyes with a laser."

Yes, exactly!

The 'from' price probably depends how rubbish your eyesight is, therefore my eyes would probably cost a couple of thousand each.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2009-04-30 10:09 am (UTC)
this subject annoys me. When I was younger the most 'adventurous' people got was trimming their pubes neatly into a nice shape like Mary Quant did. Now, for some reason, having an adolescent or even prepubescent style fanny is fashionable. Slightly dodgy more like.
This also applies to men removing all their body hair - WTF? Stop it!

And, every time I go to have my legs waxed the women says "I is going to give you a brazilian next time". No you isn't, love.

It is worth listening to her eyewatering tales of men coming in for a BSC. Why men, why why? Why would you do that to yourselves?

Edited at 2009-04-30 10:16 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: spoonrefuter
2009-04-30 10:26 am (UTC)
"You can fvck off if you think you're coming near my eyes with a laser."

IAWTP - what I don't get is that my prescription is changing; I'm long-sighted, but over the last 5 years, my sight has been slowly "improving" - but this is simply due to me aging. At some point in the next 20 years, I suspect I shall be back to near perfect vision, and then start getting short sighted. I don't see how laser surgery can cope with that.

having an adolescent or even prepubescent style fanny is fashionable. Slightly dodgy more like.

IAWTC

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[User Picture]From: ozgirlabroad
2009-04-30 11:06 am (UTC)
No one is ever coming near my bikini line again with hot wax. I don't care if it makes people cringe when I wear a swimming costume! It HUUUUUURRRRRRTTTTSSSS.

But to be contradictory my lower arms look like they belong to an ape and I think I might just get them done this year.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2009-04-30 10:38 am (UTC)
Barbers often ask if I want my eyebrows trimming.
NO!
Dennis Healey was cool!

Less often, they ask about the nasal hair. My trimmer seems to be bust... Pulling them out makes me sneeze, sometimes for half an hour!
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-30 10:46 am (UTC)
Eyebrow trims? Rly? I'm boggling slightly, is this a new service or something barbers have traditionally offered?
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2009-04-30 10:50 am (UTC)
You're not old enough yet, in a couple of years they'll be down to your ankles and the man will start to offer. And your ears.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2009-04-30 10:52 am (UTC)
It's been happening to me for a good few years at several places.
Maybe I have especially verdant (or just untidy) eyebrows or something.
I do often have several sticky-out hairs in there.
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[User Picture]From: shereenb
2009-04-30 10:58 am (UTC)
As my 40th birthday fast approaches I become more reliant on my tweezers. I have 3 eyebrow hairs now that would Denis Healey on me if I wasn't merciless.
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[User Picture]From: demiabeille
2009-05-01 09:36 am (UTC)
You've made my nose all tingly just thinking about it.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2009-05-01 09:37 am (UTC)
Well, it turns out all those "are they really dead?" batteries really are dead, and the trimmer's working again, so everything's hunky dory in the nasal hair department just now
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[User Picture]From: demiabeille
2009-05-01 09:40 am (UTC)
That is good to know!
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2009-04-30 10:16 am (UTC)
Was the article (which I am not clicking on) inspired by the new advert for bikini line razors where a woman confidently walks past a number of small shrubs that are magically topiarised? Best advert ever, even if they don't actually use the words TRIM YR BUSH anywhere :)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-30 10:29 am (UTC)
No, it's just Pamela Stephenson's secks agony aunt column. Bloke wrote in to ask "How do I get my wife to have a landing strip down there?"
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2009-04-30 10:32 am (UTC)
I like the person who says "I will if you will" to him.
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[User Picture]From: whizzerandchips
2009-04-30 10:23 am (UTC)
The £395 one is done by someone with Parkinsons.
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[User Picture]From: sleeperesque
2009-04-30 10:38 am (UTC)
A well groomed man - it makes things seem fresher and looked after and it just looks nice. I think I'd be a bit more blunt than Pamela suggests, though.

As for laser eye surgery, I know lots of people who have had it without problems and i'll probably consider it if my eyes get much worse. They seem to be getting worse at speed.
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[User Picture]From: jimyojimbo
2009-04-30 11:06 am (UTC)
I could have done without the awkward medical-catchphrasing, mind. "CATCH IT! BURY IT!! KILL IT!111" Why not just a polite "Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, didn't your mother teach you? What, did you grow up in a barn or something?"
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[User Picture]From: anged
2009-04-30 11:29 am (UTC)
The poll is a bit tricky as what I prefer in t'other half is different to what I would do to myself (and not because a preference has been expressed either).

I'd go for the laser thing if I wasn't scared that I would be able to see the laser coming towards my eye and then zapping me.
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[User Picture]From: nudejournal
2009-04-30 11:33 am (UTC)
I can only sustain an erection if the woman has had her pubic hair shaved into the shape of my face.
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[User Picture]From: strictlytrue
2009-04-30 01:00 pm (UTC)
What I find unbelievable about that Grauniad piece are the acres of commenters lining up to slag off the bloke for having the temerity to have a particular sexual preference, make judgments about his own attitude to his lover and her needs, or just to punish him verbally for having made any expression of his own sexual desire whatsoever.

These people need to be honest with themselves on this - do they really have no preferences in their lover's physical appearance and grooming? If they do, then they have to accept that others might too. And I'll bet they're the sort of people who bemoan the fact that men just don't/can't express their feelings. Well done to them - they've just demonstrated why not. And of course, demonstrated yet further why having the option to comment after articles online is a thorougly stupid and pointless idea.

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[User Picture]From: freya_bean
2009-04-30 03:22 pm (UTC)
Having PCOS makes this a chore for many women (in some cases it would need to be once-a-fortnight!) I have a tendency to let everything go wild in the winter for extra heating :P Summer is for tidying, although noonenowherenohow will see me in my pants or a swimsuit evah! Except of course alnya and he's never opined either way. This of course is all probably TMI.

Men on the other hand are meant to be hairy... at least thats what society tells us. Although very long nasal and ear hair on men troubles me for some reason. Other than that tho, I don't have an opinion on BSC, - although I sometimes joke with alnya about it - eyebrows, armpits etc.

I've considered laser eye surgery for myself, but theres no way I could ever afford it. Which is maybe just as well because no doubt when it came to the crunch, I'd chicken out.
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