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“Spending time in the bathroom together could save your marriage!” says bathroom retailer

Is bathroom bonding the key to a healthy relationship? Couples spend more time in the washroom together than they do at the dinner table

Bathroom bonding is the key to avoiding ‘conscious uncoupling’, as dinner table discussions lose importance for UK couples, according to a survey.

Catching up on the day’s events over an evening meal is no longer key to a successful relationship, with Britons now spending more of their time in the bathroom together for a night-time natter, than around the dinner table.

New research found almost half of couples (45 per cent) now share their night-time routine with their other half in the evening, whereas just 29 per cent eat dinner together.

Source: Daily Mail, 30th June 2014

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Who knew the British bathroom was such a saviour of relationships? Well, one firm in particular knew this, because they paid a PR company to come up with this specific and spurious finding:

Specialist for Ideal Standard’s Bathroom Behaviours, which conducted the survey, Jenny Smith, said: ‘For many couples, the bathroom is much more than just a place to have a quick shower and clean your teeth and is the key to a successful relationship because it is a place to relax, refresh, and have a good natter.

‘We’ve found that increasing numbers of people are looking at how to make their bathrooms even more couple-friendly and “his and hers” dual basin, baths big enough for two and dual showers are becoming increasingly popular, as couples consciously adapt their bathroom to boost the staying power of their relationship.’

“Your children are constantly sexting, 24/7, unless you stop them!” says web security firm

One in seven parents has found explicit content on their child’s mobile – but 33% NEVER bother to monitor what children look up on their phones

One in seven parents has found unsuitable content on their child’s mobile device, a study has revealed.

Researchers uncovered the shock findings after polling 2,000 parents of children aged 7-14 in a study about their child’s online safety.

Nearly half have been concerned with search terms found in their child’s Google history, with 15 per cent alarmed at the results that fairly innocent words have thrown up.

Source: Daily Mail, 17th June 2014

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The internet really is that Wild West of content, where anything goes. One minute you’re innocently googling entirely naive words, the next minute you’re being groomed by a pornography. It’s hard to be a parent, with such a big and scary world wide web of iniquity and shame of which to be relentlessly vigilent.

Terms like ‘sex’, ‘kissing, ‘girls’ and ‘naked pictures’ were all words and phrases that parents suspect their children have searched for.

See what I mean? Not only are there filthy words like ‘girls’ out there on the internet, brazenly sat on web pages just waiting for your son to find (because, by inference, presumably the issue isn’t so much that your daughter will be searching such shocking terms).

What’s even worse is that these aren’t even the words children are definitely searching – these are just the words parents are speculating their children might have looked for. As the Mail’s article clearly states, we literally don’t know how bad the words children actually searched for. And ‘kissing’ isn’t even the end of the list of things children might have searched for if the pure speculation of their parents proves true:

And a quarter expects they have looked for inappropriate jokes online and songs with explicit lyrics.

Inappropriate jokes! Can you imagine! Just think what might happen if your thirteen your old son read an inappropriate joke! It’s practically Soddom and Gomorrah: The Teenage Years.

One in ten suspect their son or daughter of seeking out movies with an age classification of 18, and 18 per cent said they just Google anything they don’t understand.

Is there anything more morally outrageous than this? Children as young as something or other are using the internet to find out information on things they don’t know or don’t understand! Oh how we all yearn for the time when a child’s ignorance was their parent’s privelege to maintain or dispell as they felt like.

With the average British child now getting a phone at the age of eight it’s not surprising that 36 per cent of parents think their child gets together with friends and searches for inappropriate terms or images.

It’s true that it’s unsurprising to see parents thinking of their children googling all sorts of nefarious and corrupting things – not least when there are articles such as this one, stoking up fears of what Junior may have seen, while carefully and very specifically only ever reporting on what parents speculated might be out there. Never actually on anything any child has actually seen, naturally – what’s the point of a scaremongering fear story if you include actual events and facts?

Equally unsurprising is the source of this particular moral panic press release:

Cam Le, CMO at internet and mobile security firm BullGuard who conducted the survey, said: ‘This research shows that many children are stumbling across inappropriate material on their smartphones or tablets perhaps unintentionally.

No, internet security expert, it doesn’t – the research shows that parents have been conditioned to imagine the worst when it comes to their child and the internet. And companies such as yours are to blame for that fear, which you’re currently now using to sell your firewalls and parental locks.

‘What may start out as searching for fairly innocent terms in Google could throw up some sinister results, which could confuse or traumatise young children.

‘You will never stop curious children and teenagers googling things like parts of the body, and inappropriate words in a bid to get answers to their questions, but it’s a parent’s job to ensure their child’s phone or tablet has strict parental controls.

Cam Le added: ‘Although the children may not agree, it’s vital for parents to keep an eye on what they are doing online.

‘Checking their history is a good way of seeing what they are up to, and modern mobile security software allows parents to set up keywords to flag alerts, view reports on activity and block certain sites automatically.

‘This extends to cover more general smartphone use that includes calls and messages, so the tools are out there to safeguard children and offer significant peace of mind to parents.’

While teaching children to be safe online is unquestionably a good idea, doing so from a position of fear and commercially-provoked paranoia can never be healthy.

If only there were something to block these stories from worried parents’ eyes. Perhaps we need some kind of BullGuardGuard.

“Post-menopausal women still have to look sexy!” says skin supplement targeting post-menopausal women

Never one to shy from a taboo (if there’s precious, precious page clicks in it), the Daily Mail recently offered their take on the joys of post-menopausal sex:

The Mrs Robinson effect: Two out of five older women admit to being equally or more sexually active after menopause

Often misunderstood, the menopause is usually viewed as a time of slowing down for women, and the first sign of increasing years.

But new research reveals that two out of five menopausal women are either more or just as sexually active as they were before entering this period.

And one in ten is older women is having ‘more fun’ than in their 30s, with the same amount saying they can even see themselves enjoying life with a new partner, according to a survey of 500 women.

Source: Daily Mail, 30th June 2014

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A curious article, this one: while on the surface, it does appear to be a positive and uplifting message declaring confidently that the menopause doesn’t signal the death of the libido (which, all things being equal, is a nice message to be putting out), the source of the story is nevertheless problematic. The first hint as to the paymasters behind this PR study appears a little way in:

With it marking the end of menstruation, it has traditionally been known as the ‘change of life’ and the reduction in oestrogen can cause physical and emotional symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and problematic skin.

Being neither menopausal nor female, I may not be best placed to comment, but I was a little surprise that this ‘post-menopause doesn’t mean post-sex’ article didn’t add libido-loss or other physical symptoms of problematic sexual lives (as a thirty year old man, I can’t get away with saying ‘vaginal dryness’ here, so I’ll leave that to the experts) to the list… and I was very surprised to see ‘problematic skin’ mentioned. It certainly had me skimreading the article quicker, leading me to:

The study, conducted by independent survey company OnePoll on behalf of Stratum C; developers of the UK’s leading skincare range for menopause; polled 500 women who were either going or had just gone through the symptoms.

First things first – it’s interesting to see Bad PR regulars OnePoll were behind the survey. Who’d have thought that OnePoll could so easily gather 500 post-menopausal women within the short window their online and unregulated polls remain open for – especially given the possibility for OnePoll users to circumvent screening questions in a quest for ever more micropayments.

If OnePoll’s screening and sampling isn’t utterly bulletproof, this story could easily be fatally compromised.

Secondly, take a look at the company who paid OnePoll (or paid a PR company to pay OnePoll) to gather the data – a skincare company targetting menopausal women. Suddenly that positive ‘you’re still sexy!’ spin looks a lot more like ‘you still need to buy products to make you look sexy!’, doesn’t it?

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Tim Clover, CEO of Stratum C, said: ‘We’ve inevitably become a contact point and hub for women to ask questions or tell us about their experiences. It’s fantastic when we hear stories of people embracing this new phase in their lives and are feeling confident about it.

‘These are vibrant women often with healthy sex lives; even contemplating a new partner in some cases. They care a great deal about feeling good and being confident in their appearance is clearly as important as it’s ever been.

Clearly, Tim, appearances are as important as ever – but post-menopausal women the land over doubtlessly want to express their gratitude to you and to Stratum C for reminding them of their ceaseless obligation to focus on their appearance.

“Children don’t like their fathers!” says greeting card company ahead of Father’s Day

Teens won’t be seen within 22ft of dads

TEENAGERS will not go within 22ft of their fathers when they are out in public.

Researchers found British teens like to keep an “exclusion zone” around their dads, fearing they will be seen by friends.

Source: Daily Star, 5th June 2014 

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Daaadddd! British teenagers stay an average of 6.7 metres away from their ’embarrassing’ fathers in public

The tradition of embarrassing fathers is alive and kicking in Britain today a survey has revealed.

In fact British teenagers find their fathers so embarrassing that they stay an average of 6.7 metres away from them if they are out together in public, for fear of being seen by friends.

But maybe the kids should be more grateful as it transpires that the average father also does 627 ‘dad miles’ every year on weekends, ferrying teens to and from parties and other social gatherings, often very late into the evening.

Source: Daily Mail, 5th June 2014

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It seems that no matter what fathers do, their children are embarrassed by them, and wouldn’t be seen dead in their presence. Those poor fathers! If only there was an opportunity to tell your dad just how great he is…

The research ahead of Fathers’ Day on June 15 also found that dads fall well behind mums in the “thank-you” stakes.

Figures from the UK Greeting Card Association show 22million Father’s Day cards were sent in 2013, less than half of those sent to mums on Mothers’ Day.

Clintons bosses want stroppy teens – like 53-year-old Harry Enfield’s TV dope Kevin – to redress the balance this year and thank their dads for the contributions they make to life.

Hardly surprising that the bosses of Clintons would be so keen on teenagers giving their father a card on Father’s Day… given that Clintons are the biggest greeting card retailer in the country.

 

“You should try harder to lose weight, ladies!” says diet product

Friday at 8pm is the diet danger zone: It’s the time women give in to temptation, as it’s revealed almost a quarter are CONSTANTLY on a diet.

The stresses and pace of modern life can leave many feeling like they deserve a medal for just getting through the working week.

But our urge to reward ourselves is scuppering efforts to shed unwanted pounds with Friday at 8pm revealed as the time women are most likely to give in to temptation.

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of British women are constantly on a diet, citing Friday at 8pm (22 per cent) as the day and time they struggle the most, closely followed by Saturday (21 per cent) making weekends a minefield for those attempting to diet.

Source: Daily Mail, 26 May 2014

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Dieting over the weekend is tough, with actually enjoying life so easily getting in the way. What’s more, this limited dieting success and the associated self-esteem-kicking that failure represents has consequences beyond the happiness of the dieter:

The survey, carried out by new Lineaslim Effervescent Tablets, also revealed that 15 per cent say veering from their diet can cause them to snap at friends and partners.

Of course, the answer isn’t as simple as ‘stop making women feel like they have to count every calorie and obsess over their weight every moment of their waking lives’, because that would be silly. No, instead, the answer may lie in new weight loss tablets, obviously…

“Your homes are dirty!” says cleaning company

What lies beneath? Full wallets, family heirlooms and dead pets discovered under UK fridges

Many of us are guilty of skimping on the housework at the end of a long week, but findings from a new survey might make you think twice about putting that mop away so quickly.

A cleaning company has revealed the shocking, weird and sometimes wonderful finds from beneath kitchen appliances, including family heirlooms, winning lottery tickets and dead pets

According to a leading cleaning company, careless Britons have also dropped a small fortune in cash, clothes and jewellery behind fridges, cookers and washing machines in a trove that could be worth millions of pounds.

Source: Daily Mail, 29 May 2014


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It seems that no matter how good you think you are at cleaning, you’re just not up to scratch – missing those vital nooks and crannies where all manner of everyday dirt might hide and fester. If only there were a solution to your squalor!

A spokesman for ContractCleaning.co.uk, who polled their employees, said: ‘We appear to be a nation of clumsy people, and not only that we’re lazy as well, with many people admitting they’ve never once cleaned behind the fridge.

Given that this story was created and pushed into the news by a professional cleaning company, it’s little surprise that the results condemned our cleanliness so. That said, there’s a silver lining here: ContractCleaning.co.uk created this story by polling its employees… therefore, what we’ve really discovered, if this story is true (usual caveats apply, there), is that people who hire professional cleaners to clean their homes are utterly filthy.

If you clean your own kitchen, this story does not apply to you – so mop on, you crazy diamond!

 

 

“It’s hard to save a marriage from divorce!” says divorce lawyers

Quit Facebook and get a dog if you want to save your relationship! Best ways to save a failing love affair REVEALED

Quitting Facebook, ditching ‘unsuitable’ friends and buying a dog have been hailed as the best ways to save an ailing relationship.

A poll of 2,000 Britons found it often takes much more than a hug and a kiss to patch up a partnership after a nasty bust-up or rocky patch.

The study discovered ditching social media, where the constant gaze of friends and family adds pressure, was among the most important steps.

Source: Daily Mail, 9 April 2014

Saving a marriage can be hard – it takes patience, effort, communication and luck. Fortunately, there are groups on hand to help you, who have nothing but your best interests at heart… groups like Family Law firm Irwin Mitchell Solicitors:

Martin Loxley, National Head of Family Law at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, said: ‘Most relationships will go through a rocky period at some stage, and it seems the way you deal with things during that time can be the difference between patching things up or splitting permanently.

‘The secret seems to be spending more time together rather than separating your lives even further than they already are.

You might think it oddly altruistic of a law firm to offer advice on how best to stay happily married… and you’d be right, because Loxley also has a few things to say about where to turn if your marriage doesn’t work out:

He added: ‘Couples should think long and hard before giving up on a marriage. It can have long term financial and emotional consequences for both themselves and any children involved. 

‘There are organisations which can assist couples in saving a relationship but if it has irretrievably broken down, communication is still key to ensuring that the divorce or separation is as smooth as possible.

‘Relationship breakdowns don’t have to be acrimonious but if they are, it’s likely the couple will face a costly legal battle.

So, if you’re looking to avoid an acrimonious and costly divorce, perhaps you’ll know who to get in touch with when the time comes.

“Pre-prepared food is great at Christmas!” says supermarket selling pre-prepared food

Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes the culmination of weeks of planning that all-important Christmas meal. All the family are coming over, the turkey is stuffed, the sprouts peeled and the figgy pudding… well, whatever you do to figgy pudding has been well and truly done to it. But the chef is still stressed – after all, this is the big day!

That’s why we’re lucky to live in a modern era, where every chef can get a little helping hand from the pre-prepared food market – being able to buy those figgy puddings pre-whatevered is nothing short of a modern day Christmas miracle! And your Bad PR blogger isn’t alone in thinking so:

Neil Nugent, from Morrisons who conducted the survey, said, ‘Christmas is a time of the year when the whole family comes together so it’s no wonder that we want to avoid any last minute hiccups, leading to Christmas cooks putting a little extra pressure on themselves to get everything ‘just so’.

Neil Nugent from pre-prepared food retailer Morrisons, there – spreading the Christmas cheer.

“You can fall in love with someone who doesn’t live near you!” says location-based dating app

“You can fall in love with someone who doesn’t live near you!” says location-based dating app

“Christmas food will make you fat!” says diet firm

“Christmas food will make you fat!” says diet firm