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Greek Science Fiction Fans April 30, 2007

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This is a must-to-read-and-see, definetely >

*You probably don’t want to trifle with these Greek sci-fi characters. Their magazines feature one-eyed bondage-pirate girls with chainsaws while the back covers sell absinthe.

*Even their gamer scene is pretty hairy.


Via > Wired


British metrosexual men demand spa breaks April 30, 2007

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More burnt-out Brits then ever before are heading to luxury spas and health farms to heal mind, body and soul, reveals a new report.

Last year alone Brits enjoyed 205,000 “health and wellness” holidays at home and abroad which include fitness, mental and physical relaxation, medical treatments, beauty treatments, spa visits, mineral and thermal baths, health farms and even cosmetic surgery trips. And the popularity of such trendy treatments, one the preserve of well-heeled women, is being fuelled by ‘metrosexual’ men.

In 2006 Brits spent an estimated £135 million on these kinds of holidays where they benefited from the likes of yoga classes, holistic healing, spa visits or even surgical recuperation. And retail experts predict spending on health and wellness holidays will more than double by 2011.

The research shows that health and wellness holidays have really captured the nation’s imagination with up to one-in-three adults having tried spa-type treatments, saunas or jacuzzis on their holidays within the last 12 months alone.

Meanwhile, as many as one-in-four (24 per cent) have had a massage while on holiday, significantly higher than those who have had such treatments as part of their normal daily life. And, no longer the sole domain of well-heeled women, men are now just as keen on these treatments. Metrosexuality is scarcely a talking point any longer. It is now the norm.

It’s healthy to be a metrosexual April 30, 2007

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Men in touch with their feminine sides, such as David Beckham and Jamie Oliver, are less likely to have heart attacks than their more macho counterparts.

A study by Glasgow University researchers discovered so-called metrosexuals, who are wellgroomed and spend a lot of money on their appearance, have healthier hearts.

More masculine men, who care less about their appearance, are at a higher risk of coronary disease than metrosexuals.

Male cosmetics go main-stream April 29, 2007

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High street cosmetics giants, Clinique has raised the bar in male cosmetics, launching a concealer aimed directly at the male consumer, a move that will no doubt boost the growing trend for male grooming.

Male grooming has long been on the rise, with the male skin care market in Western Europe forecast to grow by a further 15.5 per cent by 2010, from $305mn to $323mn, according to market analysts Euromonitor. However, until recently the colour cosmetics segment has been quiet, driven mainly by the gothic trend, which goes for the heavily made up, dramatic look.

But it seems that as society moves into the ‘metrosexual’ era, with male role models such as David Beckham and Robbie Williams all professing to using products such as concealer and mascara, men are increasingly becoming aware of the benefits of cosmetic products. The launch of the M Cover concealer product by Clinique, its first foray into male cosmetics, pushes the company further into the public eye as a trend setter.

With celebrities such as Russell Brand, whose image is based around heavy eye make up, hosting prime time television shows in the UK, men are being actively encouraged to embrace the cosmetic era and are beginning to wear products on a daily basis.

lemale.jpg  Despite premium cosmetics company Jean-Paul Gaultier kicking off proceedings with the launch of its Le Male Cosmetics range in October 2003, the trend is still relatively new with there being no refined data on the size of the market at present.

However, with mass retail stores such as H&M getting in on the act and launching male mascaras, due to ‘consumer demand’, it should only be a matter of time before there are dedicated male cosmetic segments in most beauty retail outlets and stores. France based company, L’Occitane launched a mass market male cosmetics range, Cade Male Cosmetics, in 2005.

Despite this upsurge in cosmetics in stores, it would seem that the internet is still a prime retail area for the more self conscious male consumer, who would perhaps still feel inhibited by openly buying the products in a shop. Briony Davies from market research company Euromonitor stated,”The fact that the Internet enables men to browse and explore products that are not necessarily au fait within a non-threatening environment, explains why an increasing number of male grooming players are taking this tact”.

Clinique has created an online competition for men to win its M Cover product, which requires consumers to enter an email address that is then used to tell the consumer of new products that are being launched. As more and more manufacturers recognise the increased need from the male consumer to look and feel good, it should not be long before there are more and more specified cosmetic ranges aimed directly at men.

Dinos on display April 29, 2007

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After a 17.7-million euro renovation, Berlin’s Museum of Natural History will reopen five redesigned exhibit halls on July 13.

This includes the Dinosaur Hall, home to the spectacular Brachiosaurus Brancai, the world’s tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton. The exhibition features seven dinosaurs “running” as a group through the museum’s Light Hall.

See www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de