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Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

’M just off for a fa­cial,” I called to Mr F. He looked over the ban­nis­ter at the top of the stairs, hor­ror writ­ten on his half-shaved face and I re­alised he thought I was hav­ing a face lift.

I didn’t have time to fully ex­plain that you can’t just pop into Uxbridge for one, as­sur­ing him it was just a re­lax­ing skin treat­ment us­ing creams and po­tions. In fact it was be­ing paid for by a voucher he gave me for my birth­day a year ago and had only just found time to use.

Sat­is­fied – he has a hor­ror of Bride of Wilden­stein sur­gi­cal­lyen­hanced faces – he said OK, he would cut the grass while I was out. Was there a strange thought con­nec­tion there?

It got me think­ing about re­cent com­ments by a na­tional news­pa­per colum­nist who said we shouldn’t knock women who suc­cumb to such pro­ce­dures. She then rounded on Ger­maine Greer who had con­demned Jane Fonda for a life­time of nips and tucks.

I have no prob­lem with get­ting pro­fes­sional help. I value my den­tal health, get my hair coloured reg­u­larly, skin treated oc­ca­sion­ally, and eye­brows groomed when they threaten to ob­scure my vi­sion – but th­ese

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