“You so have too good of a body for that,” she offered, when the French woman picked up a body-disguising kaftan, before the sales clerk came back and held up a top for her approval. “Is it size 6?” she asked. There was a pause, during which everyone in the room looked over and mentally supplied the answer: she likes it if it’s a size 6, and not if it’s an 8. … [Read more...] about Public nudity doesn’t have to invite ridicule. Just go to a sample sale
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Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest advertiser and owner of brands from Gillette to Pampers, says that by 2021 it will have cut more than $1.1bn (£780m) from the amount it spends with ad groups compared with 2015 levels. Marketing chief Marc Pritchard, who commands an almost $11bn annual marketing budget, has said that it is time to end the “archaic Mad Men model” and “take back control” of its advertising spending. … [Read more...] about What happens to the global publicity titans if advertising no longer pays?
But the priority for every nation right now must be the pandemic, and tensions between the world’s two biggest economies cannot get in the way. Toning down aspects of the US-China competition temporarily in no way means that the United States should ignore the CCP’s dangerous initial response to the virus, nor does it mean that the United States should stop blunting dangerous Chinese behavior elsewhere. What it means is taking concrete steps to ensure that the competition does not inhibit the fight against the pandemic. … [Read more...] about The US-China coronavirus blame game is undermining diplomacy
You often hear about Britain’s intergenerational divide. Indeed, one constantly reads that the young resent the old. We were the lucky “boomer” generation who could afford to buy houses, graduate without student debt and retire on final salary pensions. But I’ve never bought the narrative that pits one age group against another. Younger people resent a political class that has failed them, yes, but they don’t resent me. … [Read more...] about As an isolated older person, I’ve been deeply moved by the sacrifices of others
Carole Price, 63, holiday park cleaner, Great Yarmouth: I have to keep working despite health problems I am suffering from regular outbreaks of body pain, fatigue and breathing problems. The cleaning agents I use do not help. My husband has had two types of cancer, a quadruple bypass, diabetes and severe sleep apnoea, but won’t retire because he feels guilty that I have to work still. I come home from work and am too tired to do anything, as is my husband. … [Read more...] about ‘My independence has been taken away’: women respond to pension age changes