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Chlorinated Chicken, Kleenex Mansize and the "Killing Eve" dress

FROM the culinary delights of chlorinated chicken and a blow to Kleenex Mansize, to that gut-wrenchingly spectacular "Killing Eve" dress, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

In rare glad tidings on the Brexit front, we are being informed the US Government has officially agreed to begin trade talks with Britain "as soon as it is ready" after leaving the EU. But before we do a collective back flip in celebration, doom-mongers - or perhaps just those of sensitive stomach - are reminding us that whilst this trade deal could be worth £180billion, it will come at the price of allowing the flood gates to open on chlorinated chicken - and ultimately a huge decline in food standards in Britain.

Other culinary delights to look forward to from America are hormone-treated beef and pork laced with drugs. All together now - "yummy".

The Tory party has received a proper verbal pasting, from within its own ranks. Johnny Mercer Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor, has stated what pretty much everyone thinks but may feel slightly more encumbered to say, that the Tory party is a "shitshow".

Mr Mercer, who was elected in 2015 and has been touted as one of the party's young, bright hopefuls, added if he was not currently an MP he wouldn't stand to be one and he wouldn't even go and vote in the next election.

The crucial question on addressing the news that veteran TV presenter and actress Joanna Lumley is to front a TV programme celebrating the career of the Black Eyed Peas, is whether when the names Fergie and William came up, she got the wrong idea about what the show was about.

On the contrary, dear readers, that would be ageist, as not only is Ms Lumley well up on who "The Peas" are, but is a self-proclaimed fan and friend of the pop stars. Particularly Will.i.am who she has already appeared on the telly with. In a programme with the title that explains it all - "Joanna Lumley Meets Will.i.am". She even puts on shuttered sunglasses.

This latest Black Eyed Peas extravaganza, to air on ITV, will travel back through the band's 20 year history, featuring smash hit songs and interviews with their friends and family. Suggesting there will be an awkward bit where Ms Lumley tries to interview herself.

In a huge blow to Kleenex, it is being forced to bin "Mansize" from its tissue boxes after 60 years, as consumers finally decide it is sexist. The company in charge, Kimberley-Clark, said it was "registering a consistent increase of complaints on gender concerns". Adding: "Kimberley-Clark in no way suggests that being both soft and strong is an exclusively masculine trait, nor do we believe that the Mansize branding suggests, or endorses, gender inequality".

Nevertheless Kleenex Mansize will soon be called "extra large" instead. But This Reporter has concerns this could open the doors to a whole new raft of complaints.

Today's fashion pick is inspired by, without doubt, the best TV programme of all time - "Killing Eve". Not just content to press refresh on everything to do with producing a show about an assassin, the major sub-plot to the story has been Villanelle's gut-wrenchingly spectacular designer wardrobe.

There was that dusky lilac Burberry trench coat, that Dries Van Noten suit, that Chloe pussybow blouse worn with cut off denim shorts. But most gasp-worthy of all was that billowing, bubblegum pink Molly Goddard dress, toughened up with Balenciaga leather boots.

This Reporter can't offer you that dress - don't be silly - everything Jodie Comer wore in the series has long sold out. But you could purchase this pink taffeta dress - also a genuine Molly Goddard - to channel your inner villaness. Killing, optional.


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