I've found the answer to a smaller waist and a flat tum - no dieting or exercise required. Gina, Pam and I went to an exhibition of corsets at Hitchin Museum yesterday, and they had some that you could try on. With some assistance I got mine done up (it fitted marginally better once I realised I'd had it on back to front to start with. Apart from the trimmer figure, I think it would make you stand and walk straighter, and probably move more gracefully.
There were some pretty wild claims for the health benefits of corset-wearing in the old adverts displayed. Apparently they cured rheumatism, gout, brain fag(?!?) lethargy and digestion. Obviously Advertising Standards weren't around then.
There were some pretty ones too, I particularly liked these
Maybe I'll make one.
Changing the subject just a bit, I don't know whether you'll have heard or not, but there's going to be a wedding today.
Incidentally, do you know how to work out your 'Royal' name. It's the name of your Nan or Grandad, with the name of your first pet, and then the street you grew up on. So mine is Gladys Bunty-St Leonard. And my sister is Violet Snowball-St Leonard. Let me know what yours is (oh come ON, don't pretend you haven't just worked it out!)
I'm neither pro- or anti-Royalist. They are just there, and I don't mind. They provide a little entertainment from time to time, some of them work hard, some of them wear or say odd things, but generally they don't interfere with me and I don't interfere with them. And I'm not sure that getting rid of them, to replace them with someone else, would necessarily be an improvement.
So, although I didn't feel the need to throw a street party, or hang out bunting, or camp out in Parliament Square for a week - which would probably entail all the bad points of Glastonbury, but with none of the good - I will watch it on the box, and I'll be interested in the frock, and I really hope it doesn't rain - as much for the bride's sake, as for the fact I've just hung some washing out.
This evening though, I will be going to see a Sex Pistols tribute band. It's all about balance.
White Wedding - Billy Idol