A Man’s View of The News!
Having read some of my recent "Trawling the UK Dailies" articles, my partner decided that he’d like to get in on the act. He’s not much good at writing but he felt he could sniff out a good story in the newspapers to keep the boys interested! So he’s sent me the links and left me to write up a short intro to each of them. Here goes… !!
The first couple of links will be quite close to many a man’s heart – cheap alcohol!
Cartoon from Punch, September 6, 1890 – Phylloxera, a True Gourmet, Finds Out the Best Vineyards and Attaches Itself to the Best Wines
One of our favourite stores over here in the UK is the 99p shop where everything on sale is sold for under £1. Adam doesn’t like shopping much so I tend to go to our local city on my own and when I visit the 99p shop, I gravitate towards the household, beauty and gardening sections but I have a feeling that the next time I plan to go there he might just tag along as they’re planning to sell alcohol! Wine, cider and alcopops may be found in some of the stores in the not too distant future.
William Hogarth – Beer Street
From that story, Adam was led to an article which promotes beer as being one of the healthiest drinks available. To some extent I can see the logic – beer is full of hops and malt which I know are good for the health but I can imagine at least half the males in the UK will now find this to be the perfect excuse for a few extra nights out with the lads!
Jozsef Heicke – Arabs Drinking Coffee in Front of a Tent (1842)
Once the lads have had their nights out, they can get up the following morning, nursing their hangovers and have four cups of coffee to help relieve the symptoms and still maintain their new healthier lifestyle. Research has shown that drinking four cups of coffee a day can help prevent mouth-related cancers.
Having gone from one of the prime men’s interests of alcohol, we go to another … sex!
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – The Kiss (1892/93)
A female condom has been launched in South Africa which should dissuade most potential rapists! The condom has teeth which “bite” into the man’s nether regions (ouch!) – he can only be released by a doctor and, should he try to struggle, the condom bites down harder (double ouch)!
And to you guys out in South Africa for the World Cup who decide to celebrate your team’s victory with a bit of hanky-panky, a word of warning – this condom has been issued for trial purposes to girls who live in and around the cities taking part!
And finally, what man can resist looking at new cars?
Paul Hoeniger – Spittelmarkt (Berlin) (1912)
Hyundai’s latest advert is a take on the UK’s Top Gear programme and is a must for all Top Gear fans. The animals involved are really suited to the three human presenters! The hamster is (as all Top Gear addicts would guess) Richard Hammond (aka The Hamster) but I think Jeremy Clarkson is definitely a wildebeest and James May would, in all likelihood be a tortoise!!
Well that’s all folks! Hope you’ve enjoyed Adam’s take on world news!!