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NewIndPress.com: "Former 'Sex and the City' star Kim Catrall has revealed that she prefers to bed younger men because they let her take charge.
Catrall,who played the sex-hungry character of Samantha Jones, and is currently dating chef Alan Wyse, 22 years her junior, said that older men always try to maintain control while having sex and she prefers the attitude of younger men, to hand over charge to the more experienced partner.
"There's a feeling of: 'She's older than me, she has experienced more, so sit back and relax. I prefer that to: 'Oh I should know this. I should govern this. I should be leading this," the New York Daily News quoted her, as saying." And indeed, Ms Catrall knows what she's talking about - she's also the co-author of Satisfaction, the ultimate guide to sexual fulfillment for women.
Sky News: "The Greeks are gods in bed but the stressed out Japanese hardly ever get down to it. The world's biggest sex survey has found that Greeks have sex an average of 138 times a year. Banging at the door are the Croats and Serbs at 134 and 128 times a year. And in a devastating blow to British morale, the French are at it 120 times - leaving the Brits trailing in eighth place at 118 bonks a year. In the relegation zone in the sex league table are the Japanese. A hectic lifestyle and an ever-present pressure to succeed in work means they only manage it 45 times a year."
News 24: "Cape Town - Well-known campaigner against homosexuality Dr Peet Botha has come under fire because a section in his latest book is entitled The Anus is Holy.
Botha is a well-known speaker on the unacceptability of homosexual acts and in his book, Die Sinode en Homoseks (the synod and homosex), he warns that the church should stick to its stance on homosexual behaviour.
Now a debate is raging on the Kerkbode website about a section of this book in which Botha - based on physiological reasons - argues that people's bodies are not suited to sex with someone of the same gender."
Here at Lovehoney we're all in favour of safe bumsex, whoever's doing it. We've got lots of anal toys for everyone, and we've got our sister site CockLocker, the UK's gay sex superstore too. Bottoms up!
Two British academics have been conducting research into what chat up lines work best on women. No, really.
Psychologists from a couple of British universities have gone trolling for babes, and analysed 40 pickup lines in terms of likelihood of success. Or as they call it when applying for grants, they analysed "verbal signals of genetic quality."
Believe it or not, they claim a man's best chance of impressing women is by saying something like: "It's hot today isn't it? It's the best weather when you're training for a marathon."
At least, that got the most favourable response from 205 women tested by the combined brainpower of Edinburgh AND Central Lancashire Universities.
Leaves you wondering what the worst pickup line was, right? It was this: "You're the star that completes the constellation of my existence."
There's some more gems to be found in the full story reported by Ottawa Citizen. And given men are so hopeless at this sort of thing, you might also want to check out Peta Heskell's book Flirt Coach, which shows you how to tell a man exactly what you think without saying a word...
...is the name of a unique sculpture that was recently auctioned off on Ebay for $305 by Kate Kretz. She says: "I have had many offers over the years to buy this piece, and I have held on to it because it is a somewhat personal work. As I will be getting married in the near future, it is time to send it out into the universe..."
You can see the full Ebay page here (originally found via BoingBoing).
And if you want to immortalise your own pecker, take a look at the Mould A Willy.
According to Reuters, "intellidating" is the hot new thing in London - that's people trying to meet each other in an environment that doesn't necessarily involve deafening loud music and getting beer splilt on your shoes. Poetry readings are supposedly the new place to find hot sex:
Debating societies, art classes and poetry readings -- all are thriving in the capital as dating turns cerebral.
The trend has been spotted by a wide range of social commentators and even prompted the heavyweight magazine The Economist to declare: "Seriousness is booming."
The appropriately named Sebastian Shakespeare wrote in the Evening Standard: "Debates and poetry readings are fast becoming London's most romantic nights out."
If you're looking for some literature to get you all steamed up before you dash off to your next bookclub meeting, we have scores of erotic fiction titles for you to choose from, as well as better sex guides and erotic art too.
While we British might be intellidating at poetry readings, the French have decided to combine two of our more frequent pleasures - sex and shopping. Africa reveals that Parisians have got fed up with being single in the city and are heading to the supermarket to hang out in the wine section and hope they can meet someone special:
Sex and shopping has long been the stuff of fantasy, but now a Parisian department store is bringing the heady mix to life with an event that allows lonely hearts to shop for their suppers and potential partners at the same time.
The "Dating Market" at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, the store's posh food and wine section, targets the capital's 800 000 singles with the promise of good shopping and the possibility of a good time.
Launched this month in conjunction with a French dating website, the soiree takes place on Thursday nights between 6.30pm and 9pm.
Shoppers on the look-out for love are provided with a special purple basket to be easily picked out of the crowd and hopefully picked-up. A dedicated till is reserved for those wishing to be chatted-up at the check-out and a happy hour at Le Bar Rouge, the store's chic wine bar, makes asking someone out for a drink that little bit easier.
Meanwhile, Lovehoney has always got something special to put in your basket, whether it's purple or not - if you join our mailing list, we'll give you £5 off your next purchase over £40 - which beats 5p off a tin of baked beans, we think you'll agree.
Fort Myers, FL (All Headline News) - "Authorities arrest a woman after discovering her bra was padded with a stolen rare parrot.
Police report 35-year-old Jill Knispel hid the Greenwing parrot in her bra after taking it from her employer, Baby Exotic Birds of Englewood.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, when Knispel went to trade the bird for a vintage car, she told the car's owner how she stole the animal.
Unfortunately for Knispel, the car's owner is friends with the man who owns the $2,000 bird."
Quite difficult to follow on from that. Er...all our lingerie is guaranteed parrot-free?