Residents of the polite Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames are in uproar over plans to open its first strip club.
Diamonds and Pearls, a venue promising lapdancing and "fun", is set to open this weekend...
Wow. That'll be quite a change for Henley-on-Thames.
From a requirement that hemlines must be below the knees [Regatta Steward's enclosure rules - strictly enforced from my observations a few years back]...
...to no hemlines at all. :eek:
The gin and Jaguar set must be having heart palpitations.
"...Women cannot wear dresses above the knee or trousers or culottes; men cannot remove their jackets and ties unless it reaches 80 degrees in the shade, the boiling point at which the stewards will make a formal announcement that coats may be shed...
...Women are allowed to row in the Henley regatta this year  for the first time in its 154-year history, but there has been no relaxing of the rules on the fashion front. During the week, women wearing short skirts will show up, just to make a statement and get on the evening news, but they will be turned away; Henley is a very carefully cultivated time warp. Stewards have become adept at catching those women who try the "Groucho Marx," as it is known here, a bowed, slump-shouldered walk that some use to give the impression their hemlines are a couple of inches longer.
"Everyone writes about the women we throw out, but we throw out gentlemen without jackets, too," said Michael Sweeney, a waterworks official from Nottingham and onetime oarsman for Cambridge who is the new Henley chairman. "Every year, we get pressure from half a dozen members who complain that their guests were not allowed in because of their dress. But we get more letters from members saying: 'For heaven's sake, preserve the tradition. Don't let us become like Ascot and Wimbledon.':p ..."
btw, if anybody has any money left after this catastrophe finally ends, and you're looking for something truly elegant upon which spend it [remember, ya can't take it with you] there may be some good deals on one of these:
Bow detail of the beautiful woodwork of a slipper launch moored at Henley-on-Thames, River Thames, Oxfordshire.
'Slipper launches' are so named because of their graceful sterns and low profiles which give an overall impression of a lady's slipper. Traditionally they display beautiful, highly varnished, and often richly contrasting, exotic woods such as teak, mahogany and obeche.
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