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Item numbers never go out of fashion
First if all, why are there no item numbers for women?  We watch Bollywood films too. Why can’t the men be made to look more, er, augmented, sultry, provocative and deliver the perfect, ruthless pelvic thrust? Bollywood is a unique industry where a film can be a flop but can still stand strong and retain credibility
By Umbreen Ali  August 23, 2013, 4:42 pm
Don't call me baby
Why do people, or more specifically men, who have met you more than once think it's reasonable to refer to you as 'Hun' or 'Babes?' As if the over familiar LOL epidemic wasn't bad enough. OK, it might not be as grievous an infraction as, I don't know, tax avoidance, but I'd say it's
By Umbreen Ali  June 19, 2013, 4:15 pm
Topless feminists
What is it about the new brand of feminists? They protest with full force and vigour, animatedly with wholehearted conviction in their beliefs. But why do they have to do it topless?  These very same feminists protested against the show ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ on account of the show condoning a profes
By Umbreen Ali  June 7, 2013, 3:22 pm
The brand new erogenous zone
So summer is officially here. And we all know what that entails for women. New wardrobes, more skin on display, regular bikini wax appointments, planning holidays ergo adopting faddy diets. And of course that means it is time to declare a brand new official erogenous zone.   It appears  that the ‘side boo
By Umbreen Ali  May 8, 2013, 3:34 pm
So, who is coming the funeral?
The divisive response to Mrs Thatcher's death was hardly unpredicted. Whether you empathise with the jubilations or consider them puerile, whether you buy that single or not, the dichotomy will never change. Even a Facebook group "Maggie's Good Riddance Party", has attracted thousands of followers. The fact that the
By Umbreen Ali  April 15, 2013, 8:43 pm
Let’s talk about money..then again let’s not
In our current economic or in any climate is it crass to discuss our finances, wealth and our outgoings? Generally speaking it either leaves the recipient feeling awkward and uncomfortable or in awe and envious. At a recent dinner party a gentleman who had ascertained my London origins informed of his multi-million pound prope
By Umbreen Ali  December 5, 2011, 2:13 pm
A Mama's Life: Me
Love status update: ‘I love you more mama’. Like seriously life can’t get much better...can it? It makes everything bearable, gives me a reason, validates my existence, no maybe thats one step too far...but all the same....the point is that its nice to hear...and the minute I do hear it, I forget:. • the
By Shahban  December 4, 2011, 1:51 pm
A Mama’s Life: ‘I love you mama’
I love him too. Even though... • He woke me and his baby sister up at 6.30am • Didn’t want breakfast . • Wanted a ‘poo poo’ whilst I was trying to force feed him at 7.15am. • Accidentally peed outside the loo (which meant I had to do quick clean of offending bathroom floor and loo, shower
By Shahban  November 25, 2011, 11:04 am
Are Women Too Demanding?
According to a male friend, women today are far too demanding. We want our men to be groomed and well maintained, yet we will mock those who are all too image conscious and brand them as narcissistic.  We crave male attention yet when we receive it we are quick to shun and dismiss it. According to my friend, today&rsqu
By Umbreen Ali  October 20, 2011, 3:27 pm