26 Apr 2011
Oh yeah, work. After a weekend of toasting oneself in the Brighton sunshine, your humble Stag Company scribe takes a look at stag weekends that have been in the news in this past week:
The curiously popular The Only Way is Essex had a wedding to announce between Mark Wright and long-term on-off partner, Lauren Godder. Stag weekend ideas for the weekend that looks to be Spain-bound are being handled by Mark's gang of ne'erdoweller pals, Arg, Jack Tweed and his brother. The ITV2 program has been nominated for a BAFTA and is a ratings smash as viewers lap up this hypnotic blend of reality TV trash - definitely one in the guilty pleasures strand.
In other news, the Foreign Office announced what most sane people already knew, Brits like to go wild on their stag dos, while offering some frankly plain obvious advice to travellers about to make trips for their stag do abroad or in the UK.
"Stag and hen dos are all about having a great time but the celebrations can come to an abrupt end if things go wrong," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
Good, go on...
"Cultural differences mean some people will take offence to risque fancy dress costumes and rowdy behaviour.
"To avoid a hostile reception from the locals or even spending the weekend in jail, make sure you research your destination and know your limits."
While they're at it they could announce that smoking is bad for you and that wearing sun-tan lotion in 25 degree heat is generally a good idea.
Finally, the Sunday People plastered a picture of the soon-to-be-married Prince William dancing on a table with a couple of feather boas and a scantily-clad lady infront of him. Exclusive pictures of a wild stag do? I was alerted by the presence of hair atop the royal's head that these pictures might not be a fresh scoop and was proved to be correct, when some way down the page it was let slip that the pictures were taken from Will's student days some 8 years ago. Well done, chaps, some top work there.
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