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This jacket was part of the Comme Des Garcons men’s Fall-Winter 2018/2019 fashion collection unveiled in Paris, Jan. 19 — Francois Mori/The Associated Press
This jacket was part of the Comme Des Garcons men’s Fall-Winter 2018/2019 fashion collection unveiled in Paris, Jan. 19 — Francois Mori/The Associated Press

Cheers: to high fashion. Wondering what to do with your Telegram weekend comics once the kids are done with them? Might we suggest something like this? This jacket was part of the Comme Des Garcons men’s Fall-Winter 2018/2019 fashion collection unveiled in Paris last week.

 

Cheers: to money-making ideas. If sales of a calendar featuring photos of burly bearded and mustachioed men basking on the rocks in mermaid tails can raise $300,466.53 for the mental health group Spirit Horse NL, couldn’t the same idea be used to chip away at the provincial deficit? Sure, they’d need to raise millions, but it might work. Last Wednesday, Telegram editorial cartoonist K.T. floated the idea with his rendering of the premier dressed as a merb’y named Mer’Ball. But Premier Dwight Ball also has a whole Liberal caucus at his disposal, and maybe he could talk all the federal MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador into taking part, as well. More merb’ys? Yes, b’y!

 

Jeers: to the death of romance. Consent is imperative in any sexual relationship, but surely there’s still room for a little romantic spontaneity. Well, apparently not. Now there’s an app for that. CBC News reported Thursday that a Dutch tech startup has launched LegalFling app, “which lets users set out which practices they are and are not comfortable with (and) records sexual consent in a legally binding agreement… Users can stipulate sexual dos and don’ts as well as rules on the use of condoms, disclosure of sexually transmitted diseases and the taking of photos and videos. The app allows both parties to agree on a penalty if footage is shared.” Safe sex is what all sex should be, but there’s something decidedly unsexy about spelling out every detail in a contract first.

 

Cheers: to boldly going where no beer has gone before. Craft breweries keep popping up in Atlantic Canada with quaffable products that showcase their makers’ creativity. Now, Nova Scotia is ready to uncork something completely different: Mahone Bay’s Saltbox Brewery is rolling out Crustacean Elation — a lobster-infused beer. Spokesman Patrick Jardine told The Canadian Press an experienced lobster eater should be able to quickly recognize the flavour, and if it’s a hit, it may become an annual offering during lobster season. We’re keeping an open mind.

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