God Bless the Daily Mail. Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold is invited to meet the Queen and rather than celebrate this wonderful award, the Mail runs a lengthy hatchet job entitled The Queen of Sleaze. Terrible.
With rampant assertions that the Ann Summers empire was built off the back of the Gold brothers' porn empire, the Mail clearly knows what turns its readers on - why else would it repeatedly mention magazine titles like Hardcore Housewives and coverlines like "'barely legal young sweet p***y"? (The Mail's asterisks, not mine.) While being exceptionally cruel to Jacqueline Gold, it's a work of journalistic art - until they get some basic facts wrong.
Yes, even the Mail has fallen into the trap of perpetuating the Rampant Rabbit Myth, claiming that Ann Summers's registered trademark vibrator was featured in the Sex And The City TV show. When, as any fool knows, it wasn't.
"[Gold Group's] last accounts show that the [Ann Summers] sex shops accounted for 97 per cent of its £3 million profit in 2005 and 84 per cent of its £145 million turnover," says the Mail. "All this was achieved by persuading women to gather together to buy the Rampant Rabbit Thruster (as seen on Sex In The City)…"
With more than 250 entries, the Design A Sex Toy judges had a tough job even getting to a shortlist. 30 of the best entries were selected by a process of elimination before the judges decided on the winner.
Some entrants had not provided a design sketch, which made it difficult for the judges to picture how the finished sex toy would look.
Others were rejected because they did not have a detailed description, leaving too much open to imagination and interpretation.
Some entrants provided a very minor alteration on an existing sex toy so were discounted for not being original enough. Some - like the 11 version of vibrating knickers that were entered - didn't provide any variation at all on existing products.
So how did the judges choose between the final 30 entrants…?
Supersize your sexy shopping! Spend just £30.00 or more on goods at Lovehoney, and we'll send you a Cutie Rabbit Tickler Mini Massager (RRP: £12.99) absolutely free with your order! (While stocks last).
An extra treat for your girl on Valentine's Day - or maybe just an extra treat for yourself!
Courtney Cox has caused something of a stir by reaching for a vibrator and having a sheet-clenching orgasm in her new TV series Dirt - seen here on YouTube.
To us it looks like she's enjoying the delights of an orange Pocket Rocket which is a similar version to Love Labs Erotic Rocket.
Makes us wonder what all the housemates used to use after hours in Friends…
Looking for a Christmas treat that's got the maximum orgasmic potential? The Eroscillator 2 Top Deluxe is for you.
"It's just about impossible not to have an orgasm with this toy," says sex expert Sue Johanson. "You can use it for clitoral or vaginal stimulation, internal and external. It was so good our tester kept it for months - and that never happens!"
Don't worry if you missed iBuzz Two on Jonathan Ross, we've got the iBuzz Two video clip for you here. The perfect Christmas present for couples who like music and sex - isn't that all of us? :-)
"Looking for a Christmas gift for your iPod-loving inamorata? Call off the search right now," writes John Walsh in the Independent's BTW column. "Love Labs has come up with the 'musical orgasm' machine."
John thinks that it would be a tricky business working out what music would be appropriate. Tricky, but fun. :-) He recommends Getting Jiggy With it by Will Smith or Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys before adding: "Geri Halliwell's Scream If You Want To Go Faster could lead to some serious discomfort…"
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 1 December 2006
Here's what Jonathan had to say about iBuzz Two while he demoed it with Je t'Aime, the Sex Pistols and, er, Radiohead.
"I have found the perfect present for couples who like sex and music. It's called the iBuzz. it's a vibrator you can plug into your iPod or whatever MP3 player you've got and the tempo of the track that you're playing controls, shall we say, the rhythm of the night.
It's perfect for couples because she gets an earth-shattering orgasm. Here's what so great about it - the lady gets that and the man gets to be the DJ. That's just about the perfect evening, isn't it?"
Get your earth-shattering orgasm on the iBuzz Two mini site.
Jonathan Ross had a laugh with iBuzz Two two last night, running a couple of songs through the super-ace music-activated sex toy (exclusively available at Lovehoney, we hasten to add). Just in case you missed it (because, like us, you were down the pub), we've got our boffins working on digitised the show in a YouTube stylee.
"It's the perfect Christmas present for couples," he said. Why yes!