Smokin' No More

Wales has seen the smoking ban on any indoors public area come into force three months before the English are forced to head outdoors for a cheeky fag. Articles like this BBC one are trying to highlight the unintended effects of the ban. But the truth is plain and simple. It works. A social pint or two after work doesn’t mean coming home reeking of smoke and having to wash your clothes. Clubs aren’t a haze of cigarette ash and bar staff don’t have to put up with passive smoking.

And with smokers being forced outside in the cold winter months, perhaps more people will continue to kick the habit.

How to Succeed in a Job Interview

Hello I’d like to call you in for an interview about the job you applied for.

Fantastic. A smile radiates across your face. And then you think about all the horrible, awkward questions they might ask. The traps, the tricks, the trying-to-catch-you-out stare of the other person who just sits making notes. But there are a few simple tips to make an interview a positive experience which should help you bag that job.

This website has a comprehensive list of possible questions and the best answers as well as the explanation for why you might be asked it. A friend once had an interview where, right in the middle, they asked him to tell a joke. He froze, thought for a moment, and then hit them with this gem.

He got the job too.

How to Look Good Naked

Ladies, have you ever admired the sexy lingerie on Mio Destino, been all set to buy a piece until you realize one problem the fact that you don’t exactly have the perfect beach body anymore!

Most women feel the pressure when it comes to this time of year (I am obviously not talking about the recent rainy days here in Blightly!) when the sun starts to peep out and makes us want to set our bodies free from their clothing prisons! But what if your body has seen better days and you want to still wear the latest fashions on the beach?

That’s where the ingenious programme How to Look Good Naked comes in. The programme (which airs on Channel 4, Tuesdays, 8pm) aims to teach women (most of whom are in dire need of help) how to dress in the correct way for their body type so much so that at the end of their training, even the most shy librarian is able to strut her stuff down the catwalk in front of hundreds wearing nothing but her skimpiest undies and, in front of an earlier naked photo shoot!

Let’s face it, none of us are going to have the body of an eighteen year old forever so we could all do with some help now and again!

It is great for us ladies who always find it difficult to choose which products are best for our cellulite, bags under our eyes or for lip plumping because every week the programme road tests different brands of products to find out which ones actually work and the ones which are just a rip off!

The show’s presenter Gok Wan is also very entertaining what with sticking his head in between one lady’s large erm assets one week, his pulling and preening techniques and his excellent knowledge of what suits any woman picked from the street he makes the programme definitely worth watching.

For all you men out there, don’t despair or write off the programme too soon for it includes every man’s dream loads of women wearing just their knickers standing about in a room!

Forget about money, look what you could win!

Will we watch anything?

Last week Channel 4 showed a documentary about a 26 year old male virgin attending a virgin school in Holland. His first experiences of touching a womans body, looking at female genitalia, getting intimate and ultimately having sex were all captured on camera and broadcast to the world. Lovely. I’m sure that’s going to help him have a more relaxed and normal attitude to sex

I was abroad and missed the show. Having heard about it and read about it I think it sounds awful, exploitative, obscene. I’m also gutted that I missed it.

So I admit it; I’m part of the problem. Who can blame TV producers for showing shows which humiliate and denigrate people when the rest of us keep watching them?!

What’s next? Season 8 of Big Brother stale news. I’ll probably watch it, but not with excitement.

However those Dutch geniuses who brought us BB have dreamed up something sicker and better: the Big Donor government is show. Basically, a group of people will be competing to win a kidney. The producers have found a terminally ill woman who has agreed to give away one of her kidneys as a prize.

The public will vote who should receive the kidney; in other words, they’ll vote for whose life they want to save.

Now that’s killer TV.

Unsurprisingly the Dutch government is skeptical about this show.

Are we meant to take The Zimmers seriously?

On Monday, British band The Zimmers released their cover of The Whos My Generation, recorded at world-famous Abbey Road studios.

At first sight it looks like a novelty single; their gimmick is their age. All members are pensioners; lead singer Alf is 90 and the oldest members are over 100. At that age, they are old enough to have disapproved of The Beatles who made the studio so famous, and The Who, whose song they are singing, the first time round. The group arose out of a BBC TV documentary. The Youtube video of the single is a cult hit on YouTube, filmed to look like the Band Aid charity singles by the man behind the Band Aid videos. It also features four members of the band walking across That crossing on Abbey road, but very slowly, and with walking aids. At the end a few of them try to smash their guitars on the floor, but hilariously don’t seem to be able to manage.

But then the whole point of the enterprise seems to be that old people are not a joke, not irrelevant, not over-the-hill. So, interspersed in the video are placards with serious messages: I’m bored in old people’s homes, I’ve not left my flat in three years, Don’t write me off cos I’m 90, etc. The band, says their website, exposes the disgraceful way we treat our old people in this country and challenges a whole host of preconceptions about the elderly, and their placards and the documentary certainly go a long way to doing so. But they want to be taken seriously musically, too. They’ve got a European tour booked, and have recorded an album to back-up the single.

I’m confused, therefore, about what my reaction should be. It is funny, but is it meant to be? Their website says that the band have more aggression than Nirvana and more style than The Who, which surely must be tongue-in-cheek, mustn’t it? The music is alright, but surely it’s novelty-single-alright, not serious-album-alright. I admire what they’ve put together, and they undoubtedly deserve their popularity and media exposure, but I’m not about to book a ticket to their show. In any case, perhaps they have achieved what they wanted to, because here I am, talking bout their generation.