Goodbye, Dame Edna

They say that Dame Edna Everage is going to retire. Is that such a bad thing? I find her totally mystifying. Without wishing to sound unduly harsh, she really is a case of mutton dressed as lamb. No woman her age should be covered in glitter. She’s Australian, of course. But can’t she shop in the equivalent of M&S? You don’t see Germaine Greer tottering about on stage with bouffant mauve hair and diamond-encrusted glasses.

Sometimes I find the lengths women go to utterly extraordinary. There is a fashion in Fitton for fake tan which makes most young women look faintly orange. Combined with bleached blonde hair and long red nails, the overall effect is of an exuberant fruit stall. Whatever happened to elegance and restraint?

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