Walsh, John, The Independent (London, England)
The most striking innovation in perfume circles since the unforgettable launch of Mandate (a name fatally redolent of trades unions) is this week's appearance of Eau de Stilton. The scent was commissioned by the Stilton Cheesemakers' Association, blended in Manchester - a city always, of course, associated with heady aromas - and promises "a symphony of natural base notes including yarrow, angelica seed, clary sage and valerian" which will combine to smell just like... like Blue Stilton.
I, for one, can't see anything wrong with that. If our finest chefs are only too keen to offer sausage-and-scrambled-egg ice- cream, why the heck shouldn't perfumers have a stab at pleasingly savoury smells? It can't be long before Givenchy corralls the zesty whiff of doner kebabs (with extra chilli sauce) into an atomiser bottle or brings out Christmas gift packs of Eau De Toilette Marmite Soldiers. I can see Claudia Schiffer in a future TV commercial saying to the camera: "L'Oreal Tripe and Onions. Becozz I'm verth it."
The publishing company Headline is now sending bookshops its controversial new paperback edition of Jane Austen's classic novels. Controversial in that the books are packaged in cutesy-pie pinks, lemons and blues, accessorised with flowers, birds and butterflies, and their plots dismayingly reduced to chicks-in-bed sit froth, eg: "With its charming story of mix-ups, mistakes and young love, Sense and Sensibility has become one of Jane Austen's best-loved novels. …