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11:37am on Saturday, 19th November, 2005:

Better Wear


The Betterware catalogue came this week, and yesterday my wife had a look through it while sitting against the radiator (as she'd been locked out of the house for an hour and a half).

Here's the front page:

Here are pages 2 and 3:

It carries on relentlessly, with page after page of Christmas gifts. Here are pages 12 to 14:

It finally relents on page 17, where the last Christmas item, a candle, gives way to the kind of thing you might want to use at Christmas but which isn't itself Christmassy:

After that, we get two pages of pink stuff to do with Breast Cancer Care, then it's back to their usual bizarre fare ("ornamental stone cleaner" — who wants a statue of an old person with a mop?).

But wait! What was that in the top right-hand corner of page 13? Let's zoom in:

16 pages of Christmas items, and there, right among Festive fun when writing your cards, Sing-a-long a snowman and Poo-pooing reindeer, there's an offer for Dolphin slippers. Uh?

I wondered what why my wife was chuckling when I was expecting her to come after me with an axe the moment she warmed up.

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