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Everybody's a victim department

In this case a 25 year old woman from Calgary, who would seem prone to overdoing it on the scent front. Having been asked to leave buses by two different drivers because her scent proved overpowering. In both cases the drivers alleged they had allergies. The woman was 'shocked, very upset [and] very embarrassed' and wants the drivers punished and an apology from the city. Doubtless litigation will follow.

The offending scent is the witlessly named 'Very Irrésistible'. Further research suggests "[It] is a sparkling, elegant and luscious floral fragrance. Tantalizing the senses with notes of rose, star anise and verbena leaf this perfume will add a touch of glamour to any occasion. This is a scent that is fun, spontaneous and very irresistible". Calgary buses are capable of being glamourised I imagine.

Way back lost in the mists of time, some B movie or other was accompanied by squirting scent into the air ducts as an atmospheric gimmick, resulting in the audience being sent to sleep. John Walter's 'Polyester' was accompanied by scratch and sniff cards in some venues, with the experience dubbed 'Odorama'. Saints preserve us....

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:41 pm

"this perfume will add a touch of glamour to any occasion." Well, it didn't add much to the occasion of a bus ride.

If litigation follows, I hope it is the bus company suing this delusional woman. Anyone who has ever endured a ride on a crowded lift with some woman who thinks she is a perfume-bathed gift to humanity will sympathise with the bus drivers. I have actually got out of a lift before my floor (and we are talking place that have very tall buildings and long lift rides, like the US and Singapore) before my floor because my eyes were tearing up. Sometimes, at the first stop on an express lift, several people would stagger out.

My advice to the bus drivers, sue the lady and make sure you get plenty of publicity. Worldwide publicity would be good. Wearing perfume in inappropriate public places is aggressive and has to be stamped out.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:32 pm

Agreed, eau naturel beats eau de muskrat et pineforest, especially in confiend spaces.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:37 pm

Some people really do not seem to pick up on the less is more approach.

While I'm in rant mode, I'm struggling to think of a suitable penalty for people who shave / put on make up (or both, maybe) while travelling on public transport.  

Blogger dearieme said... 5:15 pm

The assault on passive smoking would make more sense if accompanied by an attack on such smelly women. A ducking stool would surely be the answer.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:55 pm

People shave on public transport in Britain?????? I've never heard of this in my life!!

I can see putting on your makeup and blow drying your hair in your own car, because that is your own space.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:45 pm

I have heard that they do, not that I have ever witnessed it meself. Not that I do much commuting, thankfully.

I have seen women doing the full war paint application act, which is an act of staggering passive aggression, and a monstrously rude intrusion into the public sphere by the private.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 12:55 am

shave on public transport verity?
I have seen a woman having a bikini wax on the tube.

As to scents, I always burst out laughing when the Calvin Klein Sarah jessica Parker "lovely" ad comes on
Sarah jessica parker looks like a shaven pit bull terrier with a bad drag queens nylon wig stuck on its head.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:39 am

Croydonian, agreed that women putting on make-up in public is passively aggressive, not to mention stomach churning.

If those women had to look good [why do we suspect this will never happen for them?]for an interview, say, why not wait until you get to the building and go the Ladies' to do your final tweaks? Lot of angry people in Britain, is my opinion.

Is it territoriality? I'm not actually sure. What desensitised gorillas has a stratum of the British become?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:23 am

I see it as part of the 'I can do whatever I want' syndrome. Life would be so much more pleasant if mobile phone yammerers, burger munchers, make-uppers, shavers, loud talkers and the 1001 other varieties of people who do not know, or perhaps do not care, how to behave could be segregated away from the rest of us.

Being in full grumpy old man mode this morning, permitted behaviour on trains etc extends to little beyond reading, looking out of the window and leisurely perusal of cryptic crosswords. I have an iPod, but I keep the volume down, and that is employee mainly as a form of defence against the depredations of my space by my fellow man and woman. At least broadsheet newspapers permit one to hide behind and block out all the visual horrors of one's environment.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 12:35 pm

Hve you ever read any paul theroux c?
In one of his books he notes that everybody in south america appeared to have a radio to their ear , his opinion was that they did it to block out thoughts as to how dreadful their lives were.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:40 pm

I've read some of his journalism. A former significant other is currently mooching around South America, and reckons if there is a greater horror than pan pipe / techno fusion, she has yet to hear it.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:07 pm

Paul Theroux is one of the most rivetting writers in the English language. His travel books - 'The Great Railway Bazaar', 'The Mosquito Coast', 'To The Ends of The Earth' are intriguing. His fiction - 'World's End', 'The London Embassy', 'Milroy The Magician','The Black House' - are darkly intriguing. It's hard to put one of his books down once you've started it.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:09 pm

I meant to put the 'darkly' in front of the second 'intruiging' in italics.

Anyway, his fiction is anything but predictable.  

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