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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

When it’s a Mandle Candle, apparently.

This is one of the most hilariously awful products I’ve seen in ages. Not only is it truly hideous, the advert and website are terrible. Witness the sheer pleasure on the woman’s face at the beginning of the TV ad (on the site, or – amazingly – national TV), and note that it can “delight and entertain you for hours” (you’d have to be pretty damn bored) or “set the tone of an evening” (if you’re going for the cheap look).

Notice too that the headline 0n the site announces it’s “perfect for conversations”…
“I really think we need to talk”
“Okay, let’s light the Mandle Candle”

I haven’t seen anything so laugh-out-loud funny in a very long time.

This 776th post was filed under: Headliner.

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