Written by Paxton Quigley

Thursday, 4 April 2019

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Leg warmers? Mmmm...

#Fame...I want to live forever...# so went the refrain of that 1980s blockbuster and TV series which featured forgettable attention seekers at some New York drama school, or something or other. They seemed to spend a lot of time annoying the neighbours by dancing around in the street, stopping the traffic and jumping on their cars with never a policeman in sight.

The only possible attraction of this mindnumbing dreariness was the sight of young ladies in tutus, who were also wearing what were known as leg warmers. These seemed to be intended not to keep their legs warm (after all do you need to keep your legs warm when you're dancing?) but merely to draw attention to their pert little...or maybe that's just me.

Anyway, for some reason, these caught on, and ladies could be seen wearing them over their trousers during the winter, but it wasn't long until everyone got bored with them.

What's a snood? You might well ask. According to Wikipedia "A snood (/ s n uː d /) is a type of female headgear designed to hold the hair in a cloth or yarn bag. In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head." It's a woollen tube-like garment which can be worn like a scarf or pulled up over the head, and it was beloved in the time of Charles Dickens. You might have seen it worn in dramatisations of A Christmas Carol by the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge or Bob Cratchit.

After re-appearing in the 1980s along with the leg warmers, the snood faded away again until around 2011. It was brought back to public awareness by ex-Arsenal and Manchester City money-grabber and drugs cheat, Samir Nasri, and pin-up ladies man, Carlos Tevez, who both wore them briefly during matches.

FIFA promptly banned them on safety grounds. Probably because too many players wanted to strangle Nasri, and who can blame them?

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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