Be offended, nothing happens


Offensive? Sexist? No it’s a bloody shirt.

I see some more people are “offended”, this time at a shirt someone wore.

British physicist Matt Taylor broke down in tears on Friday as he apologized for wearing a shirt featuring a collage of pinup girls in various states of undress.

Taylor, a project scientist at European Space Agency (ESA), had brimmed with excitement as the ESA Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft on Wednesday.

Taylor’s shirt sparked a storm on social media, with many commenting that the images on it were “sexist”.

On Friday, wearing a non-descript navy-blue ESA hoodie, Taylor offered an unsolicited apology for wearing the controversial shirt.

“I made a big mistake and I’ve offended many people. And I’m very sorry about this,” he said before starting to weep, and receiving a reassuring pat on the back from ESA operations manager Andrea Accomazzo.

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Face of the day

Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki

The sexual revolution has gone too far, according to a founding figure of the Swinging Sixties who says the Pill means sex is no longer about love for young girls.

Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the Biba fashion label made the comments in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

She said that women are taking the contraceptive pill earlier than ever before.

“What’s scary now is that there are very young girls taking it,” said Ms Hulanicki, 78.

“They’re starting too early. It’s not about love anymore. We’ve been liberated too much.

More than three million British women take the Pill. The UK teenage pregnancy rate has fallen by more than a quarter since 2004, but Britain still has the highest rate in western Europe, at 19.7 per 1,000 girls and women aged 15 to 19.
Famous for dressing high profile figures such as Twiggy, Ms Hulanicki also lamented the “horrible clothes” that celebrities now wear on the red carpet, saying: “There’s no mystery. Talk about cleavages. It’s like porn – over the top.”

Her comments come in the week she announced plans to rejoin Biba, now owned by House of Fraser, as a consultant, 39 years after leaving the company and 50 years after launching it with her husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon.

The pair and their shop in Kensington were at the forefront of the Swinging Sixties in London. In its heyday, Biba dressed actors, models and rock stars, including Mick and Bianca Jagger, David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich. Customers could relax in the Biba restaurant and watch live bands including Queen and the New York Dolls.

Recalling the launch of the Pill in 1961, Ms Hulanicki said: “Very quickly, women’s bodies were different. I remember when all the fuss about the Pill came out, I spotted these girls with hips and thighs. I’d never seen that before.

“Before the pill women lived in hormonal hell. We had two good weeks out of every six. We didn’t know whether we were coming or going. I went on it. It gave me a happier life and a happier husband.”

– Daily Telegraph UK

Photo Of The Day

Horn again, Christian: Maria Hose Cristerna was raised in a deeply religious family but turned to body art after years of domestic abuse by her ex-husband.

Horn again, Christian: Maria Hose Cristerna was raised in a deeply religious family but turned to body art after years of domestic abuse by her ex-husband.

Now Tat’s Scary

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Coins, Keys, and candy for cuties

Photo Of The Day

Helmut Newton

A Scene From Pina Bausch’s Ballet 1983, Die Keuschheitslegende (The Legend Of Virginity)

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Bringing back the mullet

Is it time to bring back the mullet…business at the front and party out  back?

It seems to be making a comeback amongst the glitteratti. The bogans will be ecstatic.  Read more »

Turei sells out her roots. At what price?


The loyal Whale Army and fashionistas everywhere have been reading my posts this week on the Green Fashion Watch and Metiria Turei’s questionable attempts at smartening herself up by paying thousands and thousands of dollars for designer clothes from an extremely posh Auckland designer called Adrienne Winkelmann.

It seems Seven Sharp has also been keeping a close eye on my blog because lo and behold they had a feature on Turei last night in which the stark contrast between the dirty hippy Turei and the trough-snorting corporate power-grabber was laid bare.  Read more »

The hairdressing secrets of the Vestal Virgins

via Kottke

A fascinating look at the hairstyling techniques of the Roman Vestal Virgins:

Studying translations of Roman literature, Ms. Stephens says, she realized the Latin term “acus” was probably being misunderstood in the context of hairdressing. Acus has several meanings including a “single-prong hairpin” or “needle and thread,” she says. Translators generally went with “hairpin.”

The single-prong pins couldn’t have held the intricate styles in place. But a needle and thread could. It backed up her hair hypothesis.

In 2007, she sent her findings to the Journal of Roman Archaeology.

Understanding why women wear high heels

As a proper bloke who prefers RM Williams boots to shoes, and wearing hunting boots as often as I can I fail to properly understand why women wear high heals…until now:



Ask a woman why she endures the awkwardness and discomfort, and she’ll probably respond, “They make me look, and feel, more attractive.” Newly published research suggests this perception is accurate, but perhaps not for the reason you’d expect.

It’s not the artificially increased height that turns heads. Rather, it’s how such footwear changes the mechanics of a woman’s gait.

“High heels may exaggerate the sex-specific aspects of the female walk,” a University of Portsmouth research team led by psychologist Paul Morrisreports in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. While noting that preference in footwear is based in part on culture norms, they argue the enduring popularity of high-heeled shoes suggest their fundamental appeal stems from a deeper impulse.

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Lenny to the rescue

Len Brown was down at NZ Fashion Week today when a model went for a skate…so desperate for attention he is he fair leapt from his seat to save her. Fortunately one of my tipsters was there to catch the event.

It is pretty embarrassing falling over in the first place but even worse being rescued by the sneaky Len Brown…who is a couple of inches shorter than the model. Here he is going for the grope.