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Old 14 February 2007, 07:44 AM
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Icon102 Marks and Spencer denies mirrors claim

Marks and Spencer has said it is mystified by a claim by MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk that it uses "distorting" mirrors in its changing rooms.

Mr Kilroy-Silk has accused the store of misleading women with mirrors that make them look slimmer in its clothes.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6357035.stm
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Old 14 February 2007, 08:15 AM
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Well they didn't do much for me yesterday If those are slimming mirrors then I must be about three stone heavier than I thought I was!
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Old 14 February 2007, 08:20 AM
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Is it just Marks & Spencer who are supposed to use these special mirrors or do other clothing shops do it as well?
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Old 14 February 2007, 08:33 AM
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Next uses special mirrors that make you look pale, cellulitey and fat. Does that count?
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Old 14 February 2007, 09:05 AM
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As opposed to the mirrors at the tanning salon that make him look a normal colour?
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Old 14 February 2007, 09:12 AM
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I think something has distorted his grin in that photograph...

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In his question, Mr Kilroy-Silk asked if it was "conceivable that within the millions of EU regulations covering virtually every aspect of life in the EU" there was not one that made it illegal for M&S to have mirrors that "deliberately distort women's shapes".
So, technically, he might not have been accusing M&S of doing this. It's hard to tell from the question. He might have been asking whether, hypothetically, it would be illegal. Perhaps he's planning to approach them with a business idea and wanted to sort out potential snags first.

Maybe the only letter he got from a constituent this month was from a paranoid conspiracy theorist and he jumped at the chance to represent the interests of his public...
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Old 14 February 2007, 09:33 AM
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As opposed to the mirrors at the tanning salon that make him look a normal colour?
Are you implying Mr Kilroy-Silk's colour isn't natural?
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Old 14 February 2007, 10:44 AM
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It's not just M and S. Every mirror I have bought makes me look bald and ugly.
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Old 14 February 2007, 11:34 AM
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Next uses special mirrors that make you look pale, cellulitey and fat. Does that count?
I've never noticed anything funny about M&S mirrors (I still look like I need to lose 10 pounds in them), but I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's noticed this about Next. The three way mirrors that manage to show the back of my legs and butt no matter how I stand, combined with the terrible lighting... definitely the worst changerooms ever.
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Old 14 February 2007, 11:37 AM
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You'd have thought he would have gone after Harrods instead. I'm sure that shifty arab bloke that owns it goes in for such un-British practices.

ETA: A brief clip of Kilroy
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Old 14 February 2007, 11:41 AM
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I've never noticed anything funny about M&S mirrors (I still look like I need to lose 10 pounds in them), but I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's noticed this about Next. The three way mirrors that manage to show the back of my legs and butt no matter how I stand, combined with the terrible lighting... definitely the worst changerooms ever.
I'm glad I only bought clothes for the kids there!
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Old 14 February 2007, 01:25 PM
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I meant to add, does Kilroy-Silk mean to suggest that M&S's mirrors only distort women's shapes? Are the mirrors in the men's changing rooms different?
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Old 14 February 2007, 03:05 PM
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Having used M&S frequenlty, I don't think their mirrors distort. The lighting in the changing rooms can aid in self-deception. The size of the changing rooms make it hard to vary your distance from the mirror. Also, if the mirror is tilted slightly in order to compensate for changing room size, that can alter your perception of how you look.

Is it possible there is slight curvature to compensate for the small size of changing rooms i.e. to fit the person's whole image in the mirror? I can't say I've taken alighnment tools into changing rooms to check for this. I have noticed the lighting (intensity, angle) makes a difference.
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Old 14 February 2007, 03:28 PM
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I can't read about Killroy without recalling a spot from Harry Hill's TV Burp:

[Clip from Killroy's old talk show]
Killroy: Sexually abused by your father? When you were THIRTY FOUR?
[Cut to Harry in the studio]
Hill: NOOOOOOOOOOO!

It's stupid, and borderline offensive, but damn, it's funny.

ETA: Some more clips of a similar nature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sjmX78BNgE

Last edited by BringTheNoise; 14 February 2007 at 03:30 PM. Reason: Added comedy.
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Old 15 February 2007, 08:23 AM
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The lighting in changing rooms is hardly ever flattering.

And how would he know what the women's changing room is like anyway?
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Old 15 February 2007, 12:07 PM
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Are you implying Mr Kilroy-Silk's colour isn't natural?
IMO his tan is such that he should be allowed to register as his own ethnic minority. which makes his racism that little bit more amusing.
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Old 15 February 2007, 12:29 PM
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IMO his tan is such that he should be allowed to register as his own ethnic minority. which makes his racism that little bit more amusing.
Him and Dale Winton?
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Him and Dale Winton?
Don't forget David Dickinson.

This ethnic minority is growing at an alarming rate. Someone should write to the Daily Mail.
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Old 15 February 2007, 01:12 PM
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Don't forget David Dickinson.

This ethnic minority is growing at an alarming rate.
How could I have forgotten the Bargain Hunter?

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Someone should write to the Daily Mail.
Steady on there!
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Old 15 February 2007, 01:41 PM
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Well I for one am thoroughly sick of them. They come over here, swarm all over our tanning salons, and use a dis-proportionate amount of our fake tanning products.

They take jobs away from decent hard-working British TV presenters. We even let one run for parliament.

I say send them all back to oompah-loompah land where they belong!

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.

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