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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

The dildo maker turns household items into ‘marital aides’

IS the bottom about to fall out of the dildo industry? The Dildomaker turns any object you can fit inside into a dildo. Francesco Morackini’s turning tool is showcased with carrots, tree branched, cheese (you see, it is normal; it’s not just you) and a candle. 

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Posted: 18th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

August 1970 – A Smuggler’s Guide to Importing Pot from Mexico (Scanlan’s magazine)

AUGUST, 1970 – A Smuggler’s Guide to Importing Pot from Mexico, as featured in Scanlan’s Magazine.

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Posted: 17th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Woman covers body in Twilight tattoos: can’t see the trees for the wooden actors

CATHY Ward, 51, Cathy Ward, has scene and quotes from the Twilight books and films on her skin. In the right light, you can role her around in bed and read her. Her lovers’ are never without literary stimulation. Of her ink of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Ward says:

“I’m still continuing with them. We’ve got plans and designs for my legs next year – the aim is to cover my whole body.”

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Posted: 17th, February 2013 | In: Books, Film, Strange But True | Comment

April 1978: Diamond Lil challenges Tampa’s nude dancing ban

CATHI Schutzler, owner of Diamond Lil’’s Saloon, operates cassette film for dancer Kim Thompson, 24. On screen, dancer strips nude: On stage, the dancer does the same routine at the same time live, but strips only as far as a skimpy bikini-type outfit. Miss Schutzler says she believes this does not violate Tampa’’s law banning nude dancing in bars on April 22, 1978, where alcohol is sold.

Posted: 16th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment

The ultimate ice cube recipe

ICE Cubes. On, there’s a recipe on how to make them.

CHRISSYG assures food fans that the cubes are Very low carbs Lactose Free”.

The reviews:

Posted: 15th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Finding Solitary Movement in a Busy Crowd (Animated Gifs) by Nicolas Ritterone

FINDING Solitary Movement in a Busy Crowd (Animated Gifs) is the work of Nicolas Ritterone.

“One focuses on the individual in a crowd. It particularly imitates the way in which the human eye observes: not viewing a crowd as a crowd, but observing little micro-scenes inside of it.”

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Posted: 15th, February 2013 | In: Gifs, The Consumer | Comment

Horse meat: Would Peter Boddy please feed a burger to Cordelia Gummer?

THE horse meat story has resulted in arrests. Peter Boddy, 63, of Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. The man whose factory takes in horses fatally injured at Aintree racecourse – venue of the Grand National – is accused by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of providing horse meat for British kebabs and burgers.

A racecourse spokesman has gone on the record:

“We are as confident as we possibly can be that no unfit meat ever reaches human food.”

So. Not confident at all, then.

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Posted: 15th, February 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comments (4)

1948: The great horse meat scandal

1948: THE horse meat scandal. Meat on the hoof. Black market “veal”! Eight of every ten horses head to the slaughterhouses! “This sordid trade is on the increase..!” “Shire horses are being wiped out..!”

Sugar rationing in World War 2

How carrots won World War Two

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Posted: 14th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (3)

John Galliano dresses like a schlocky Nazi

ONE day John Galliano will make Hassidic Jews on-trend. The convicted anti-semite who declared his love for all things Hitler (it’s zer shorts – to die fur) was spotted heading to Oscar de la Renta’s show at New York Fashion Week yesterday. 

The New York Post was disgusted. “SHMUCK,” it screamed. How very dare he mock Hasidic Jews. Galliano was dressed in a long dark coat and a grey homburg hat. His hair was twirled.

Young Hassidic Jews sigh with joy. “Finally, already,” they say in one voice. “Finally, the satin and velvet coat, the furry hat and tucking the trousers into the long black socks is fashionable. After 150 years, finally this look is hip again.

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Posted: 14th, February 2013 | In: Celebrities, Fashion | Comment

Bad Ad Watch: the Sydney Morning Herald makes you leap off tall buildings

BAD Ad Watch: The Sydney Morning Herald is far-out and makes you want to leap off buildings:

Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

You’re smokin’: a marijuana gift for St Valentine’s Day

GIVEN that marijuana is now legal to smoke in some US states. And given that it never did you elite any harm. And given the fact that your lover smokes weed, whether for medicinal purposes or not. These marijuana-themed St Valentine’s Day gifts might be suitable.

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Posted: 13th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Bribes and gifts to China’s officials account for 50% of luxury watch sales

WHO buys those luxury goods in China. No, not the knock off tut. The real deals. Osnos at the New Yorker spots a link:

[T]he luxury watch business enjoyed a banner year in 2011, growing forty per cent. But then China’s anti-corruption campaign began, and by September, Bo Xilai was in handcuffs, and watch exports to China suffered a devastating blow—down 27.5 per cent compared to a year earlier, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. ChinaDaily quoted an industry consultant saying the anti-corruption drive “hurts the luxury watch business a lot.”

It’s not just watches. In 2009, the industry experts estimated that gifts to government officials made up nearly fifty per cent of all of China’s luxury sales.

He knows the time is up…

Posted: 12th, February 2013 | In: Politicians, The Consumer | Comment

Tesco buys horse slime from overseas but makes British farmers jump the fences

HOW did horse meat end up in our discount murder burgers? Sarah Montague told BBC radio listeners:

“The Swedish firm Findus employs a French company, Comigel, to make its ready meals. It gets meat for its factory in Luxembourg from another French company, Spanghero. And it in turn employs an agent in Cyprus, who uses an agent in the Netherlands, to source meat from an abattoir in Romania.”

So. This is where all the agents from the Cold War ended up. They work in the shadowy world of international meat processing.

Tesco has been putting horsemeat in its Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese ready meals. It’s not the cheap business it sounds. Verity’s pony that “fell ill” when she went to Uni was not collected by the Tesco delivery truck. A lot of thought and cooperation when into that Triggerburger.

Tesco is richer than it’s meat dishes.

This is the company that makes its meat producers jump through hoops to get product into its stores yet buys foreign horses. The companies words on “Beef  Standards” are boastful:

All the beef farmers supplying our approved abattoirs meet national farm assurance standards and belong to our suppliers’ Producer Clubs. We source cattle from all over the UK and Ireland.

That’s got more bull than a Romanian or Polish beef abattoir, which, of course, might have none.

All our standard cattle are sourced direct from farm assured farms which are independently audited. These farmers are committed to the highest standards of quality, animal husbandry and animal welfare.

That bollocks is still up on the Tesco website.

Every piece of beef sold in our stores can be traced back to the group of farms where it was reared and the cattle are always purchased direct from farm and never through livestock markets.

Prove it.

Value beef is taken from slightly older animals than those we use for standard beef but otherwise the standards are the same.


Finest beef is selected from prime cuts, and then matured to optimize flavour and tenderness.

And horse. It’s sometimes taken from horses – maybe.

Our Organic beef comes from farms which are audited by one of the organic farm bodies, such as Soil Association or Organic Farmers and Growers. Organic beef farmers only feed organic cereals and manage their pasture land without using artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

Sure about that?

Tesco bought something called “beef filler”. That’s stuff used to bulk up meat using offcuts from the remnants of cattle carcasses. You might know it as “pink slime”. USA Today told us:

Filler is made from fatty bits of leftover meat that are heated, spun to remove the fat, compressed into blocks and exposed to ammonia to kill bacteria. Producers often mix the filler into fattier meat to produce an overall leaner product and reduce their costs.

It’s cheap. That keeps costs down. That makes the beef cheaper than UK supplier’s can produce.

Tesco has a “real food” policy.

We know how important animal welfare is to our customers and that’s why we have a dedicated agriculture team at Tesco, who are responsible for writing and implementing our strict Livestock Codes of Practice. These codes cover all aspects of farming from the breeding farms to the finishing farms, and ensure good environmental practice as well as welfare and food safety.

We also work with independent experts, such as vets, to ensure we keep improving things. And to make sure our suppliers always follow these codes, we have an independent auditing company carry out 100s of unannounced checks on our farms and factories each year. These standards are applied wherever we source from, regardless of country of origin

Our agriculture team also spend time working with the farmers that supply us to improve standards and communication throughout the supply chain, as well as developing new products and systems.

Those British farmers don’t stand a chance.

Karen Tait speaks for many:

I contacted the local Tesco store in Kirkwall, Orkney last week to express my concern that there was no Scottish lamb on the shelves, only lamb from New Zealand. Given that Scottish sheep farmers are struggling to make a living and this store is based in the heart of a beef and lamb producing community, I found this outrageous. The majority of the shoppers i…n this store will be directly or indirectly involved in farming and you are relying on their support by receiving their custom, but you are not supporting them in return. The local manager listened to my concerns and stated that he could do more to promote Scottish lamb in future. He explained that the Kirkwall store does stock a number of locally produced goods (a fact I was already aware of as I prefer to purchase them) and that he wished to increase the range. He also explained the very strict criteria each producer must comply with before their product gets to the shelf. I am a farmer so am familiar with such inspections as we have to meet a number of standards and have to pass strict checks on our own farm in order to sell livestock into the food chain. I am therefore horrified that horse meat has been found in your burgers, and given the strict criteria you have in place and our national cattle traceability system, cannot believe you were not aware of this?The local store is managed and run by a group of staff that you should be very proud of but I am unlikely to be a regular customer there anymore as I don’t wish to support your lack of regard or respect for honest food production within Scotland and the UK.

So. Tesco. Still sticking to that trusty policy..?

Posted: 12th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)

Woman’s death linked to her daily diet of 2.2 gallons of Coca Cola

NATASHA Harris, 30, has died after consuming up to 2.2 gallons of Coca Cola a day. Every day. Ms Harris, 30, of Invercargill in New Zealand’s South Island, died February 2010. The coroner, Mr David Crerar, that the “extreme” amounts of Coke played a role in the cardiac arrhythmia that finally killed her.

He calculated that drinking 10 litres delivered 970mg of caffeine, and more than 1kg of sugar a day:

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died.”

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Posted: 12th, February 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Get a Big Hunka Love Bear for St Valentine’s Day and watch that man like a hawk

YOU’RE a grown woman. An adult. What you need from your man is a huge teddy bear for St Valentine’s Day. If he gets you a tricycle, worry. A pair of Disney pull-ups, wonder. A cot,  a rattle and asks you to look really innocent… Call the police!

Vermont Teddy Bears say their Big Hunka Love Bear is what men need to get that special lady into bed. The bear is a four and a half foot high aphrodisiac. Why not buy one and attach some balloons. Toddlers Grown women love balloons and stuffed animals

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Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Sack the agency: Advertising Week Europe vs. Advertising Week NYC gets the Hugh Grant it deserves

HOW do the advertisers advertise for Europe Advertising Week? With this. The only thing that could make it more of a w**kfest is if the censorious Hugh Grant turned up. Oh, hi, Hugh… Hugs.

All of them, in one place at the same time… Get the doors…

And this:

Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Washington Restaurant gives discount for well-behaved kids – you don’t stand a chance

EVEN parents know that children in restaurants are the worst thing on Earth. Noisy, snot-faced infants are worse than teams of drunk rugby players and screaming hen-parties put together. They howl, loudly need the toilet, don’t like anything and worst of all, wander around establishments bugging the rest of civilisation who have enough to deal with while eating in public and being forced to pretend to know about wine.

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Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Freedom is rife on the Armenia / Georgia border

AT a truck stop on the Armenia / Georgia border, the sweet smell of freedom. Grab the cigarettes while you can:

Spotter: Samizdata

Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Halifax women finds tomato in beef and tomato Pot Noodle

LOCAL news story of the day is found in the Halifax Courier, wherein we learn of Kelly Hoggarth, 18. She has found something unusual in her beef and tomato Pot Noodle.
“I’d put the Pot Noodle on a plate and was half-way through when I saw something that did not seem right. I touched it with my fork and saw the eyeball. I did not want to eat the rest. I felt sick but didn’t physically throw up. I won’t be buying any more Pot Noodles.” 

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Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)

How they queue for football tickets in Japan (they write their names on a line)

I ONCE queued at Highbury, Arsenal’s old stadium, 14 hours for football tickets. When the gates finally opened, everyone at the back dashed for the front. It was mayhem. In Japan, they do it differently. The punters write their names on a strip of tape. They then go away, returning when the ticket office opens to claim their place in the line. Could this work in the UK? No. Of course not. The process would requite a booking fee, use of the official “Queue Pen” and the kind of order and decorum that goes against everything we love about the game |(well, before Sky got hold of it):

Posted: 11th, February 2013 | In: Sports, The Consumer | Comment

Robert Crumb predicted twitter and the internet (photo)

DECADES before it went live, Robert Crumb predicted Twitter and the internet:

“Everyone will be tuned into everything that’s happening all the time! No-one will be left out. We’ll all be normal!”

Crumb – a life in photos; the Crumb Bible; the Crumb rejected.

Posted: 10th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment

Robert Crumb: the same-sex marriage cover art the New Yorker rejected

WHY did the New Yorker magazine reject Robert Crumb’s same sex marriage cover (see above)? Nadja Sayej got the bottom of why the New Yorker didn’t use this art by Robert Crumb: They never told him

Did the rejection offend you?
I’m in a privileged position because I don’t need the money. When you go to the cover editor’s office, you notice that the walls are covered with rejected New Yorker covers. Sometimes there are two rejected covers for each issue. I don’t know what the usual policy is, but I was given no explanation from David Remnick, the editor in chief, who makes the final decisions.

Has the New Yorker attempted to commission work from you since this cover?
Yeah, Françoise [Mouly, the art editor] keeps mailing me these form letters, which they send to various artists they like to use. It says something like, “OK, so here are the topics for upcoming covers.” They send it out a couple of times a year or something. But it’s a form letter, not a personal letter.

Did you receive an apology?
An apology? I don’t expect an apology. But if I’m going to work for them I need to know the criteria for why they accept or reject work. The art I made, it only really works as a New Yorker cover. There’s really no other place for it. But they did pay me beforehand—decent money. I have no complaint there. I asked Françoise what was going on with it and she said, “Oh, Remnick hasn’t decided yet…” and he changed his mind several times about it. I asked why and she didn’t know. Several months passed. Then one day, I got the art back in the mail, no letter, no nothing.

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Posted: 10th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment

Study the Bible, with Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis

IT’S Sunday. Time to study the Bible, with Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis.

Greta Christina reviews:

Of course I’ve read Genesis. More than once. It’s been a little while since I’ve read the whole thing all the way through, but it’s not like it’s unfamiliar. But there’s something about seeing the story fleshed out in images to make some of its more striking narrative turns leap out and grab your brain by the root. There’s nothing quite like seeing the two different creation stories enacted on the page to make you go, “Hey! That’s right! Two completely different creation stories!” There’s nothing quite like seeing Lot offer his daughters to be gang-raped to make you recoil in shock and moral horror. There’s nothing quite like seeing the crazed dread and burning determination in Abraham’s eyes as he prepares the sacrifice of his own son to make you feel the enormity of this act. Reading these stories in words conveys the ideas; seeing them in images conveys the visceral impact. It makes it all seem vividly, immediately, humanly real.

Now, that is something of a mixed blessing. Spending a few days with the characters in Genesis isn’t the most relaxing literary vacation you’ll ever take. Richard Dawkins wasn’t kidding when he said, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” The God character in Genesis is cruel, violent, callous, insecure, power-hungry, paranoid, hot-tempered, morally fickle… I could go on and on. And God’s followers aren’t much better. They lie, they scheme, they cheat one another, they conquer other villages with bloodthirsty imperialist glee, they kill at the drop of a hat. This isn’t Beatrix Potter here. It’s more like Dangerous Liaisons by way of Quentin Tarantino. With tents, sand, and sheep.

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Posted: 10th, February 2013 | In: Books | Comments (5)

Frank Lund’s New Brighton pirate ship made from Mersey driftwood and other washed-up stuff (photos)

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Posted: 9th, February 2013 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)