Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Terminal Tans

A perennial gripe about the national media's coverage of Merseyside is the perpetuation of crude stereotypes & caricatures. However, on far too many occasions Scousers have obliged said media with their own regrettable antics & quotes. In the most recent example of this, the Guardian's Laura Barton delivers a typically offbeat take on a tanning salon in Orrell Park as part of her Barton's Britain series (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/video/2009/jun/23/bartons-britain-liverpool-tanning ).
Barton notes that Liverpool is "the UK's tanning bed capital", a dubious distinction given the clear link with rates of skin cancer, & relates a couple of exchanges with the salon's patrons who appear to be alarmingly ignorant of the risks.

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