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If you’ve ever been in a changing room with dodgy lighting or a bad mirror, you’ll know it’s nearly impossible to get a proper look at what you’re wearing.  So can you imagine what it would be like if the dreaded dressing room contained no mirrors at all?

A selection of UK shopping centres have decided to ban mirrors from their changing rooms as part of a random attempt to increase the body confidence levels of their shoppers.

According to Marie Claire, stores in Birmingham, Bristol and Croydon were inspired to enforce a mirror ban because a “bikini season” survey found that 71 percent of British women don’t feeling confident buying a new outfit once they’ve had a look at themselves in the changing room mirror.

Additionally, 22 percent of the women surveyed admitted they would rather get a friend or family member’s opinion on a look than to rely on their own reflection.

Not only was this week-long campaign bound to be a major inconvenience to anyone who actually shops to buy clothes, it was also a bit sexist as the mirror hiding plan only applied to the centres' female changing rooms because, as you know, men couldn’t possibly suffer from body image issues.

According to The Sun, the regional marketing manager of the malls involved said: “We want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and confident when trying on clothes, so that’s why we’re trialling banning the mirrors.”

“We hope that women in particular will try something on and feel gorgeous and glamorous. Hopefully this will be a success and we can roll it out across our shopping centres for the summer.”

If this comes in to Ireland, we’ll have to consider heading Stateside.



More and more local authorities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are on their way to banning smoking in playgrounds.

The Journal reports that authorities all over the country are moving forward to implement a smoke-free policy in and around areas where children play.

Research reveals that 82 percent of county councils have already implemented the change, with others quickly moving further towards it, says Dr Helen McAvoy, the director of policy at the Institute of Public Health in Ireland has reported.

“This helps to reduce exposure to second hand smoke and to denormalise tobacco use for future generations," she said.

The change comes after smoking in cars with children was banned in January of this year.

"The new law prohibiting smoking in cars came into effect in January 2016 and we would expect that the new legislation will, over time, like the ban on smoking in the workplace support people to change their behaviour," Dr McAvoy said.



The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is set to ban ads from London's public transport networks which could promote body shaming.

According to Business Insider UK, the Mayor – who was elected in May – has announced that from next month no advertisements which are "likely to cause pressure to conform to an unrealistic or unhealthy body shape" will appear on the city's buses or tubes.

During his election campaign last year, Khan promised to remove such images from London's public transport lines after more than 70,000 people signed a petition against a Protein World ad which asked: "Are you beach body ready?"

In a press release which was posted to the mayor's website yesterday Khan said: “As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies. It is high time it came to an end."

“Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.”

A spokesperson for Transport for London – the group who will enforce the move – recognised the importance of the ban by acknowledging that commuters cannot avoid the advertising which appears on public transport.

They said: “Advertising on our network is unlike TV, online and print media. Our customers cannot simply switch off or turn a page if an advertisement offends or upsets them."

With so many people being affected by body shaming, we think it's great that the issue is being tackled in such a public way.




A sign put up in the window of a New York bar and restaurant seems to have sparked a big reaction! 

The sign in the window of 'The Dock Bar and Gill' in Montauk reads, “No to Yapping Mutts, Irish Drunks, Screaming Kids, Cells Phones, Strollers and Public Restrooms.”

Pauline Turley, originally from Co. Down in Northern Ireland, noticed the sign and told Irishcentral.com, “I was taken aback by the way that kind of stereotype was so blatantly displayed. ‘No Irish Drunks,’ that’s very pointed.”

The bar’s owner, George Watson said the sign is okay because he is of Irish decent and is “also a drunk at times”.

“There’s a large Irish contingent out here and once they attacked me – verbally – so we added ‘No Irish Drunks’ to the list. If you spoke about any other religion or race they would probably take offense to it, but the Irish have a sense of humour,” said George.

Pauline admits most Irish would probably see the funny side of this, but suggests maybe that isn’t a good thing.

She said, “Why would you put up a sign like that knowing no one else would tolerate it? There’s that line ‘God invented drink so the Irish wouldn’t take over the world,’ and we do laugh at, but I think there are very serious undertones that we as Irish people need to think about and say ‘Hold on a minute, is that how we want to be seen?"

“I love Irish bars and hospitality; they’re the best in the world. I love to socialize and tell stories and have a good glass, but we have to remind people that there’s a lot more to the Irish than their perceived ability to drink," she said.

What do you think – offensive, or all in good humour?



Daisy Lowe narrowly escaped an Instagram ban after sharing a super raunchy Throwback Thursday photo from a past Playboy shoot.

Though she’s topless in the picture, shot by Tony Kelly, the model covered up her bust with a couple of daisies (irony?) to avoid the strict rule Instagram has on nudity.

We wonder what Scout Willis would have to say about this?!

“That time I shot for playboy with @tonykellyphoto #oops,” Daisy captioned the snap.

Oops indeed!

But it seems Daisy’s wild partying days are in the past, after she gave up smoking and drinking last year.

She’s even released her first cookbook, Sweetness & Light, with a collection of recipes for 60 healthy sweet treats!

What a transformation!




Nigella Lawson was turned away at a London airport after being banned from the US for taking drugs.

The celebrity cook was due to fly from London to Los Angeles to act as a judge on TV cooking show The Taste but was reportedly not allowed on the plane.

The 54-year-old ‘Domestic Goddess’ confessed under oath during a trial last year that she had snorted cocaine several times and smoked cannabis in front of her children.

Although Scotland Yard did not act over her confession, it seems the US authorities are taking a tougher stance.

Nigella is said to have arrived alone at Heathrow airport on Sunday morning to catch a direct British Airways flight to LA.

She is thought to have checked in and passed security before being told she could not board her plane. She had to return to the first class check-in to arrange to collect her hold luggage.

The celebrity is said to have tried to enter the US by registering online for permission to travel and confirming she had not been arrested or convicted of offences including taking illegal drugs.

However, the US reserves the right to ban visitors to their country if they have admitted to drug use, even if they have not been convicted.

Before going to the airport, Nigella posted a photo on Twitter with the caption, “Packing for my holiday!”

The photo showed a sunhat, a tube of Colman’s Mustard and a small tin of Maldon sea salt.