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Dressing up

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absentgrana Thu 18-Oct-12 09:20:51

Why do high Court judges in the UK persist in wearing archaic clothes that make them look ridiculous? The ill-fitting often rather tatty red dressing gowns are absurd enough, but those horrible flapping wigs are beyond a joke. How is anyone supposed to take them seriously and believe that they are familiar with the nuts and bolts of twenty-first century life?

glassortwo Thu 18-Oct-12 13:37:51

I thought it was outfits for the Halloween party grin

Ana Thu 18-Oct-12 13:54:04

Fake fur gets waterlogged in the rain, and makes them even heavier.

jeni Thu 18-Oct-12 14:51:20

The judges hat boxes for their wigs are phallic. They have sticky up member at 45degrees to perch the wig on!

absentgrana Thu 18-Oct-12 14:52:12

Thank you jeni grin

Bags Thu 18-Oct-12 15:33:22

There was a doctor arguing for less fuss about germs in hospitals recently. He wasn't talking about relaxing surgical standards of hygiene in operating theatres, but for allowing more fresh air from outside straight into hospitals instead of everyone breathing 'conditioned' air. He thought it would be healthier because the bad germs would have more competition from robust healthy bacteria, whereas at the moment the healthy bacteria are somewhat discriminated against by over-sterilisation in places that don't need to be sterile.

In short, he felt that opening windows would be better than circulating air through conditioners.

JessM Thu 18-Oct-12 15:46:42

I used to have a nice blue fake fur that belonged to my mother.
Sad that it eventually passed on .
The bearskins very nearly disguise the fact that guards are all white absent as they obscure part of face (evil grin yes i know we did this one before) It is quite hard to tell if any are female but stature can give them away.
I agree about scrubs gracesmum - it always looks strange and worrying to see them walking round the hospital in them. Do they get fresh ones if they go into theatre {slightly queasy emoticon}. As you say, there are many compromised immune systems in hospital and that is half the problem.
Years ago fresh air was very popular in hospitals. I think Nightingale started the trend. But whether it made any difference, not sure if anyone ever researched it properly.
Suspect there is plenty of room for "good" and "bad" germs to flourish in a place as big as a hospital. ALso a lot of MRSA is, I believe, caused by patients who carry it. These days they screen for it for planned surgery. But many people have it on their bodies and no problem, until a major surgical wound is present and the immune system drops as part of the reaction to this. Same with c.diff. The other gut bacteria stop it developing until they are stripped out by broad spectrum antibiotics and then they have a field day.

Hunt Thu 18-Oct-12 16:22:04

Our teachers at school all wore their university gowns-absolutely no confusion as to who was in charge! And no sneaking up on the children disguised as a teenager.

Grannyeggs Thu 18-Oct-12 17:09:21

I was also thinking of another kind of dressing up when I saw this thread, stockings and suspenders maybe, do you think some of the judges wear them under their robes?
I like the robes I think they need to stand out in court, I like the formality of it.

jeni Thu 18-Oct-12 17:49:25

The men wear tights!

Bags Thu 18-Oct-12 18:15:24

So what?

Bags Thu 18-Oct-12 18:15:37

So do some women.