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David Prosser: Another twist to come at SSL?

Outlook Farewell, then, SSL International, the condom-to-footwear combine now being lined up for a sale. Nevertheless, investors should not assume – as many in the market seemed to yesterday – that Reckitt Benckiser's offer for the business is absolutely the last word on the sale process. While SSL recommends the Reckitt offer, other bidders may yet emerge.

Morning-after pill 'should be offered in advance'

Young women should be given access to the morning-after pill to keep at home in case they need it, a watchdog said today.

Investment Column: Drax shares continue to suffer, so get out

SSL International; Range Resources

Shop to give out 'Pope condoms'

A Dutch sex shop is giving away 2,000 "Pope condoms" this weekend in a dig at the Roman Catholic Church. De Condoomfabriek (The Condom Factory) said it wanted to make a point about sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and the Vatican's opposition to contraceptives.

'Why I'll never take the Pill again'

When Holly Grigg-Spall realised her contraceptive was causing low moods and anxiety, she decided to investigate – and found she’s not the only sufferer

Foreign Office apologises for 'vile' memo

The fallout over a Foreign Office memo which mocked the Pope's forthcoming visit to Britain continued yesterday when the minister in charge of co-ordinating the trip branded the remarks "vile and disgusting".

Foreign Office says sorry to Pope

The Foreign Office has apologised after an official document written in preparation for the Pope's visit to Britain in September suggested he should be asked to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch his own range of Benedict-brand condoms.

Condom architecture

A team of Sydney-based designers are the pioneers behind an unusual proposal for encasing buildings with hi-tech sheaths. Jay Merrick unwraps 'condom architecture'

Garry Watts: Rubber soul

The Business Interview: Sex and feet are two pretty decent businesses to be in during the worst recession in living memory the boss of SSL International tells David Prosser

Outside Edge (04/04/10)

Tiger Woods' lawyers are trying to ban a range of sex toys made by Pipedream including a Take Home Tiger blow-up doll, a Tuggin' Tiger masturbation device and Tiger's Wood Cover supersized condom. But they cannot be so prickly about the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok, which features a mannequin by the front door dressed in hundreds of condoms with the message "Let's do it Tiger", since it forms part of a safe-sex campaign in Thailand, his mother's native country. Help is at hand for our wayward footballers when they are playing away, as Dutch designer Sander Reijgers has made a blow-up doll that looks like a furry football, complete with orifices. Pump not included.

Ann Furedi: Will this make teens use condoms? If only

Even if condoms are advertised 24/7, there is unlikely to be much impact on the teenage pregnancy rate. Girls who get pregnant usually know about condoms already; so do their boyfriends. Ignorance is not the excuse. Condoms also have a relatively high failure rate – often because people fail to get them out of the packet and on to the necessary part. But they are far better than nothing, and their prime-time advertising should not have been banned until now.

Condom TV ads get prime-time all-clear

Rules on advertising contraceptives relaxed to cut teenage pregnancy rates

Deputy head Teresa McKenzie 'had sex with pupil in library'

A female deputy head of a special school had sex with one of her pupils four times in the toilets of the British Library, a court heard today.

X Factor stars JLS may launch condom range

Chart stars JLS could be bringing their fans extra pleasure after holding talks to launch a range of condoms.

Hit & Run: Roses are red, texts are blue

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Not Terribly Surprising Information, 78 per cent of women would love to receive a love letter, but only 50 per cent of men have ever sent one. The survey doesn't record how many men would love to receive a love letter; perhaps the conveners of the survey imagine most men would respond to such a missive with suspicion or puzzlement or hostility.

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