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May 21, 2011



I don't normally leave a comment but I just had to this time ... I could've written this, word for word. So recognisable!! Hilarious!

Only I got so disgusted with myself that I blocked the Mail site altogether and went cold turkey ... Aaaahhhh the bliss!


Me too - word for shaming word is mine. We call the DM the Daily Misogynist, yet still I read it!

On the subject of Marie Helvin; for years this beautiful woman has almost hectored on the subject of natural beauty - the power of diet, exercise, and 'soap and water'. I saw Marie once, 14 years ago. She was tall, slim and utterly beautiful. I read a quote (probably on your blog!) that said people who have had 'procedures' never look more intelligent... So true.

The DM taps into a need for us all to compare and share our views, fat vs thin, A list vs Z list and 'natural' vs assisted beauty.

Blocking is great idea - I'll get half an hour a day back!


Yes Lilac that quote was from Grayson Perry's wife and never a truer word was said.
Love the Daily Misogynist, we also call it the Daily Hate.
Not sure if I could go cold turkey though Susanna, but well done.


I share your guilty secret also...but just love my DM coffee break each day, and am not ready to give it up quite yet!


Here is a an edited version of a hilarious email we received today.......

"On reading your post this morning I was struck with a shared shame that is so profound that I cannot bear to write this on your comments page but feel driven to ‘ come out’...
Every morning as I start my high powered ( Ha Ha!) vocation ( it has to be called that so they can pay us the pittance they laughingly call a living wage) as an English teacher, Special Needs Teacher and Child Protection Officer ( no that does not mean 3 wages...just 1/3 of a normal wage to do 3 jobs – clever accounting eh?) in a boy’s school do I log on to the site offering me advice as to how to make sure’ Every Child Matters’, the site that keeps me at the cutting edge of world affairs, goddammit even the site that tells me when Toast has a sale!
No, the Daily Mail is my, oh so guilty, pleasure. I scan the right hand column like a middle aged woman possessed. I know more about Amy (TOWIE), Kerry, and Katie than I do about some of my own rellies...possibly I care about them more too but that’s to do with some of the weird rellies I have.
My feminist and socialist credentials are loud and proud in front of classes of braying 15 year old boys. My personal shame is only deepened by the fact that I am the ‘right on’ mother to 3 daughters all who work in telly/film/drama and Lucy, my eldest, even lives off Broadway Market where we all buy overpriced rustic loaves at 3 times the price of Lidl!
The new obsession that dares not speak its name is indeed the DM gossip snippets. I have followed Courtney’s clothing disasters with a zeal, La Fonda’s hands follow me in my dreams and Claudia and Renee’s bony shoulders and backs are a source of constant musing ( and what is Madame Schiffer doing with the eyeliner?! My 19 year old does that look! Walk away from the Mac Black woman!)

Well that’s over...I’d like to say I feel better sharing but It’s to go no further! Hell, I had less trouble coming out as gay 15 years ago than I have to admitting this fetish!

Now I’m off to make a banner for my girlfriend’s school fete, write a report for a severely dyslexia youngster, help my middle girl with a film/TV promo job she has to do and lots of other worthy tasks. Hell I might even buy myself something from People Tree online!
But never doubt that I will keenly follow the sam cam Vs michelle fashion punch up (the good money’s on Michelle – those biceps/that height, the girl can surely pack a punch? And wearing Thakoon takes us back to the September Issue when we all fell in love with him!) on the DM right hand snippets of shame site!"


O.K, as you've led the charge, I too will step out of the DM online closet.
I moved to the USA last year and my best pal buggered off to Australia.
Us desperate housewives both start the morning with a DM fix to see what middle England/Liz Jones/Janet Street Porter are flapping their moustaches about.
It's hilarious and we both snigger like schoolgirls at the indignation of some of the articles.
I may be of the Welsh Birkenstock wearing, Socialist persuasion but I am guilty as charged.
Love your blog!


Shhhhh don't tell anyone but I clear my browsing history everytime I read it.

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