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O tempora, o mores

Woolworths is justly famous for the less than razor-sharp minds operating its tills, but it would appear that are plenty of remarkably dim people further up that particular food chain, as this tale from The Standard makes clear:

"An online campaign by a group of mothers has forced Woolworths to withdraw a line of bedroom furniture for girls called 'Lolita'....A spokesman for the company said: "What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either".

Only one of the most infamous books of the last century, isn't it? And furthermore one which has seen the L name become tabloid speak. Perhaps I should go for a nose around its website to see if they sell anything called Humbert.

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Anonymous verity said... 12:14 am

So ... just as a guess, Vladimir Nabakov is not, you know, on their bookshelves? I was going to make a comment about Marvel Comics and The Beano, but it chills me to speculate that those may also be too advanced.  



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