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Britain gripped by underpants crisis

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    Ray6

    While the world stock markets buckle under the pressure of the global credit crunch, the UK has  problems of its own:

    Paxman to meet M&S over underwear

    Paxman raises smalls problem

    Jerry Paxman goes to war with M&S; 'Their pants no longer provide adequate support'

    Pressure has been building on the popular retailer for most of the day; the full extent of the problem was highlighted by one reader on the BBC website:

    Ian, Wakefield, UK wrote:

    I had been a big fan of M&S briefs for years and thought that with the M&S Autograph Collection and subsequently the MW Collection, I had found pant heaven. These underpants ticked all the boxes: the material was a wonderful soft texture, they were a snug fit across the bum so there were no uncomfortable (or unsightly) creases, and most importantly they had ample width across the gusset and sufficient room up-front, so the contents stayed in place without the need for frequent adjustment. This is no longer the case - gusset widths seem to have shrunk (can we blame Europe?), so buying pants from M&S has become a hit and miss affair. I imagine that the one in four men quoted by Stuart Rose are either smaller than average or that their pants are bought for them by unwitting (or possibly sadistic?) partners. My own partner, knowing that blokes would tend to suffer in silence rather than discuss the subject, did put pen to paper on the subject to M&S last year but their response had been the classic rebuff 'no one else has complained'.


    Well, it's about time someone said something ...

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    Massif

    Surely the big (oohh.. no pun intended, honest) problem is that we aren't being gripped?

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    Ray6

    Massif wrote:
    Surely the big (oohh.. no pun intended, honest) problem is that we aren't being gripped?


    Big Smile

    He's definitely right about the socks though. They only seem able to survive a few washes before they start coming to bits.

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    vesuvius

    Many moons ago M+S togs bore the St Michael brandname (this is of infinite interest to non-UK niners). This was a seal of quality, and stated the articles were "British made".

    Now most  tog comes from places like China, the UK is no longer a bastion of industry. With this comes the inevitable compromise in quality, consequent to soaring oil prices (transportation) and lukewarm sales. Profits have to come from somewhere.

    When was the last time you paid £50 for something that really lasted?

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    Ray6

    vesuvius wrote:
    

    Many moons ago M+S togs bore the St Michael brandname (this is of infinite interest to non-UK niners). This was a seal of quality, and stated the articles were "British made".

    Now most  tog comes from places like China, the UK is no longer a bastion of industry. With this comes the inevitable compromise in quality, consequent to soaring oil prices (transportation) and lukewarm sales. Profits have to come from somewhere.

    When was the last time you paid £50 for something that really lasted?



    So the question is, are we prepared to pay the going rate for quality pants?

    A no brainer from where I'm sitting (or shuffling, rather).

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    Dr Herbie

    vesuvius wrote:
    
    When was the last time you paid £50 for something that really lasted?


    Hmm ... I wonder how long £50 of Thornton's Toffee would last?  Probably the only thing for £50 that will ...

    Herbie

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    Dr Herbie

    Of course, we're all missing the obvious solution -- go commando!  :O

    Herbie

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    Massif

    Going commando is all well and good, until you hit your own personal resonant frequency.

    Then it becomes hell on earth, and a special form of torment.

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    GoddersUK

    Not just pants, M&S pants Big Smile

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    Ray6

    GoddersUK wrote:
    Not just pants, M&S pants


    That's just made my day .... Big Smile

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    W3bbo

    Dr Herbie wrote:
    Of course, we're all missing the obvious solution -- go commando! 

    Herbie



    ...or just boxers? I rid myself of the evil undies all of nearly 9 years ago and haven't looked back.

    Less sweat, "fresher" feeling.

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    Lloyd_Humph

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    Dr Herbie wrote:
    Of course, we're all missing the obvious solution -- go commando! 

    Herbie



    ...or just boxers? I rid myself of the evil undies all of nearly 9 years ago and haven't looked back.

    Less sweat, "fresher" feeling.


    Jesus dude, T-M-I!!!

    but yeah, boxers ftw!

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    Minh

    W3bbo wrote:
    

    Less sweat, "fresher" feeling.


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    W3bbo

    Minh wrote:
    
    W3bbo wrote:
    

    Less sweat, "fresher" feeling.


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    Okay, now you've gone too far.

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    evildictait​or

    So it looks like Paxman will be having a short briefing with Sir Stuart Rose, and hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this.

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    Dr Herbie

    evildictaitor wrote:
    So it looks like Paxman will be having a short briefing with Sir Stuart Rose, and hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this.


    Well done. That's an 8/10 on the punometer.  Big Smile

    Herbie

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    evildictait​or

    Dr Herbie wrote:
    
    evildictaitor wrote:
    So it looks like Paxman will be having a short briefing with Sir Stuart Rose, and hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this.


    Well done. That's an 8/10 on the punometer. 

    Herbie


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    GoddersUK

    evildictaitor wrote:
    



    
    evildictaitor wrote:
    So it looks like Paxman will be having a short       briefing with Sir Stuart Rose, and hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this.



    Can you find all three?

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