This week the nominations for the Olivier Awards were announced and as well as the usual controversy over who was (and wasn't) nominated, another interesting observation to be made was the many differences between these nominations, decided by professional panellists, and those of the recent What's On Stage Awards, which are voted for entirely by the public.
The main difference between men and women is arguably just fear. Most women admit they are scared of looking older, and some will do almost anything in their power to keep the classic signs of ageing at bay. That's not to say there aren't examples of older females who look and feel fabulous as they age.
Are there Essex Girls who have shrill estuary accents, bleach their hair several shades too light, turn their skin Jaffa colour with an excess of fake tan? Yup, of course there are. But there are identikit overprimped, underdressed females in every area of London. So why has Essex become a byword for bad taste?