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Bikini With Built-In Timer
High-street fashion favorite New Look is launching a bikini aimed at preventing beachgoers from ending up with unsightly sunburn.
The Tan-Timer Bikini features an electronic timer that sounds an alarm at 15-minute intervals to remind wearers to turn over or cover up.
The bikini is designed to appeal to the 59% of sunbathers who say they often snooze while sunbathing.
New Look’s marketing director, Hash Ladha, said: "As well as the health implication of over-exposing your skin to the sun, burnt or peeling skin is not a good look for the image conscious."
The company says it may launch a male version of the swimwear in the future.

Breasts of Britain's Women 
    Have Increased Size
The breasts of Britain's women have grown by a cup-size in the past decade and could be changing the shape of the female spine, according to new research.
An average bra size of 34B 10 years ago has increased to a 36C across this country and Australasia.
The result was supported by retailer Marks & Spencer, but a spokesman said it had only noticed the change in the past five years.
Experts suggested that the increase was due in part to the popularity of breast enhancement, and fitted into a pattern of women gradually getting bigger.
Results from the most recent National Sizing Survey, released last year, revealed that women's busts and hips had grown by 1½ins since 1951. Waists had also grown by 6½ins. But details about bra size had been kept confidential by retailers.
They also found that more than half of women were wearing ill-fitting bras, despite publicized information that this caused back pain and other problems.
An osteopath on the General Osteopathic Council, said that bigger breasts could lead to a flattening of the upper spine. However, the right bra could alleviate back and neck pain.

Rodger's Ramblings
Two More Volunteers Needed to Test the Effectiveness of an Ultrasonic Dishwasher   
          at Laundering Lingerie: 

  Testers Will Receive a Free 
           Lingerie Washer

                 written by Rodger Knights
I have persuaded the manufacturer of an ultrasonic dishwasher to donate four of his products to persons in the lingerie business, so they can test their effectiveness in cleaning “delicates.” (Its retail price is $349.) He hopes that the results will be favorable, and that therefore lingerie retailers, especially chains, will become resellers of his product. Lingerie retailers who sold the washers would benefit directly. And, if consumers owned such an item, they would also benefit indirectly, because it would eliminate the tedium of hand-washing (and be more effective)—which would eliminate the main “negative” to owning the more expensive sorts of lingerie. (There would still, however, be the tedium of having to run a “rinse” cycle in clean water after the soapy water had been drained. (But each cycle would require only seven minutes.)) 
Volunteers should apply for their washer to, including full contact information. We will "give points" to persons who are employed by lingerie resellers or manufacturers, and who are willing to give their machine a good workout and spend time writing an evaluation. Volunteers may also be asked to comment on points made in one another’s evaluations, and perhaps to perform special tests if problems are noted in cleaning a particular item or using a particular cleaner. These occasional feedback requests may continue for a couple of years. Volunteers might also be queried by potential resellers.
(One question of particular interest is whether this sort of washing has a lesser tendency to make white items get gray and dingy over time. My hope is that this would be the case, since less rubbing and less use of a cleaning agent would be needed. It’s a pity that the lifetime of bras is so short—under a year.)
Ultrasonic washing agitates the water by injecting high-frequency sound waves into it. (Only 1% of the power for a conventional dishwasher is needed.) This agitation is so effective that no physical movement of the garment is needed, nor high temperatures, nor strong cleaning agents. These are all No-No’s for washing “delicates.” With an ultrasonic washer there is no need for a lingerie bag, nor for fastening a bra’s hooks. Not is there a risk of absorbing dyes from non-lingerie items in the wash, or of bending the bra’s underwires, or having them rub through the fabric, or of putting stress on a bra’s structure.
This vendor’s washer also disinfects what it cleans because it has a silver coating, and because it injects bubbles of oxygen into the water. Here’s a link to the main page of its website: For more information, click on the links at the bottom of that page.
The washer is small enough to fit into a kitchen sink, where it can be left in place for dishwashing tasks. (It’s turned on whenever it fills up.) It’s light enough (12 pounds) to be lifted in and out of a bathtub, where it could be used for garment-washing. 

Elizabeth Hurley posses with four models wearing the new Elizabeth
Hurley Beach Range at a large department store in Sydney, Australia

‘Midwest’ Fashion Competition
Models Expo capitalizes opportunities and increases career outlook by uniting talent.. 
As tension mounts for the long-awaited ‘Midwest Models Expo,’ scheduling for Saturday October 8th is almost complete. This mega-event, held at the Holiday Inn of Southfield Michigan is quickly becoming a ‘must attend’ affair. The Expo opens its doors at 10 AM, and will operate till 6 PM, with the fashion competition beginning at 11AM. This Expo was designed with models, photographers, and the public in mind. Their goal is to help create networks, business connections, and help advance careers by providing useful information and a safe and secure place environment. Nowhere else in the Midwest region will you find a gathering of prospective talent, decision makers, and admirers assembled to help support each other in fashion modeling and photography. 
The show, produced by JMB Promotions, will consist of several events this year. "There will be a exhibit area, fashion competitions and more," states James Bryant, creator of the Midwest Models Expo. "The appeal of apparel has been a big draw in the past,” laughs James, "it's the competition that brings models from all over American and Canada. We could be a smaller version of the America’s Top Models contest." Bryant continues, "the exhibit area is for companies that work closely with the modeling and photography fields. This is the perfect opportunity for companies to gain exposure, promote, and conduct sales to future clients or service existing customers."
The Midwest Models Expo is pleased to donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
We are confident, practically bursting at the seams with excitement, that this event will be the talk of the Midwest. As we finish up those last-minute inspections, only a few tasks remain to be completed to finalize the event. There are still a few booth spaces for rent, models required to complete registration forms and photographers to R.S.V.P.
The fashion competition will consist of models displaying their own outfits. We are presently in search of sponsors to allow these models the chance to display new styles and/or designer fashions. This is an excellent opportunity for young fashion companies to demonstrate their creativity and display their outfits, plus be provided with imagery of these models for their company’s future promotional needs. This unique experience will accelerate your company’s growth and help develop a relationship between business and new clients.
To date, we have collected valuable donations from outstanding companies and individuals such as; Aaron Marcus, author of “How to Model,”; renowned Photographer Erin Hession; Fashion Designs from Tia Lyn Lingerie; Steven Rosenberg of Classmate USA; One Model Place; MuseCube and more.
For more information about having your company displayed at the Expo, hotel information, modeling, and photography opportunities, please contact James Bryant 517-548-1431 or visit for more details.

The Lawyer & The Deputy
A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a Sheriff's Deputy. He thinks that he is smarter than the Deputy because he is sure that he has a better education. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the deputy's expense...
Deputy says, "License and registration, please." 
Lawyer says, "What for?" 
Deputy says, "You didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign .." 
Lawyer says, "I slowed down, and no one was coming." 
Deputy says, "You still didn't come to a complete stop. License and registration, please." 
Lawyer says, "What's the difference?" 
Deputy says, "The difference is, you have to come to a complete stop, that's the law. License and registration, please!" 
Lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I'll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket, if not you let me go and no ticket." 
Deputy says, "Exit your vehicle, sir." 
At this point, the deputy takes out his nightstick and starts beating the ever-loving crap out of the lawyer and says: "Do you want me to stop or just slow down?"
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