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This page is designed to keep you informed of my latest news, events concerning myself, and to present items of interest to those who would like to keep in touch with what I get up to here in Bristol and elsewhere. Consider it as an occasional mini-blog, or an extended in-house version of Twitter.

There’s also a practical side to this page: it is here where I will announce, for example, when I am not available to take sessions, perhaps because I am travelling or simply taking a break, as well as information about my equipment and implements and new items that I may acquire from time to time.

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Mistress Geo Pinch, professional Bristol dominatrix

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Continuing Under Cover, with A Secret History Of Cross-Dress[ing]

Mon. 18 June 2018

Continuing <i>Under Cover</i>, with <i>A Secret History Of Cross-Dress</i>[ing]

Cross dressing remains the theme of this News item as I follow up my previous article on the exhibition Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers, which concluded its more than three-month run at The Photographers’ Gallery in London on Sunday 3 June.

I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition; it was both fascinating and educational, and the curators were well aware of the historical and contemporary importance of the photographic collection on exhibit and its role in...Read more

Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers, an exhibition

Tues. 12 June 2018

<i>Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers</i>, an exhibition

I attended an exhibition recently that will resonate not only with many of my visitors, but with a great many more people both in “the Scene” and in other ways just living their lives with one foot (at least) outside traditional social acceptance. The exhibition was Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers; it was mounted by The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho, London. The exhibition opened on 23 February and closed Sunday 3 June, and I made a special effort to get to London to catch it just before it closed, and I’m very glad I did.

The exhibited photographs were collected over many years by...Read more

Satan in the Ashmolean Museum

Wed. 06 June 2018

<i>Satan</i> in the Ashmolean Museum

Satan. That’s quite an evocative word, isn’t it. And the sculpture of the Evil One himself, featured here, is in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. As announced in my previous News item, this is the second of two items from my recent visit to the Ashmolean.

Satan is a bronze sculpture from the late 1830s, by the French sculptor Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807–1852), and it is a very prominent piece in the Ashmolean’s galleries of Western art. In fact, I’d say it’s unmissable, from the moment one walks into that particular gallery. Eerily, it possesses a strange drawing power...Read more

In praise of an Athenian kylix at the Ashmolean Museum

Thurs. 31 May 2018

In praise of an Athenian kylix at the Ashmolean Museum

I visited Oxford recently and in my wanderings around that mediaeval city I popped into the Ashmolean Museum for as much of a look-around as a couple of hours would allow. I was particularly interested in the galleries for antiquities and for modern western art, so they were the ones I focussed on; I was not disappointed, and this is the first of two News items I will post here featuring what I found to be among the most interesting and topical results.

Without further ado I present an ancient Athenian kylix dating approximately from 550 BC to 501 BC. A kylix is a...Read more

Enjoying corset-lace marks

Fri. 25 May 2018

Enjoying corset-lace marks

My special maid likes to wear a corset from time to time – what self-respecting maid wouldn’t?

As we all know, a corset should only be worn with tight lacing; and of course part of the process and a source of pride in wearing a tight-laced corset is the aftermath: that delicious moment when...Read more

A cheeky couple of beers from Scotland

Sat. 19 May 2018

A cheeky couple of beers from Scotland

Regular visitors to my News section will be well aware by now that I appreciate good wine and fine examples of such elixirs as cognac and single-malt Scotch whisky.

In mentioning the latter, it is not unknown for the Scots to enjoy the odd beer as well; actually, perhaps more than the “odd” one. Thus I was pleased to be presented with two examples of an exotic, small-batch beer from north of the border, because, like the Scots, I also enjoy the odd ale, especially light hoppy ones, which these two cheeky beers were.

Why were they cheeky? The labels speak for themselves...Read more

BBFC consultation: a look at responses

Mon. 14 May 2018

Those who like to keep informed on what is happening in the world of BDSM also need to pay attention to the political world. It may be unfortunate that this is the case, but it is the reality. The latest serious case-in-point is the impending introduction of age verification (AV) for an as-yet-unspecified range of Web sites. The new, government-appointed regulator, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), recently concluded a “public consultation” on AV, and the first roundups of the results are beginning to appear...Read more

A tale of two butchers

Tues. 08 May 2018

A tale of two butchers

This time last week a butcher in Stoke-on-Trent was making the local news with his raucous street sign. When this came to my attention I remembered photos I’d taken of a butcher’s shop during my annual travels. It occurred to me that both butchers were employing novel measures to attract business: one with his suggestive signage, and the other with a choice...Read more

I don’t think the railways would get away with this today

Tues. 01 May 2018

I don’t think the railways would get away with this today

Regular readers of my News page will not be surprised to know I was tickled (metaphorically speaking) when this old cast-iron railway plaque, allegedly produced by the Somerset & Dorset Railway dating from 1864, came to my attention. Of course it would take my interest, wouldn’t it. Have a read of it and you’ll see why.

Unfortunately I missed out on an opportunity...Read more

After the BBFC age-verification consultation, here is Backlash’s response

Wed. 25 Apr. 2018

The “public consultation” on the introduction of age verification (AV) by the body appointed to administer its implementation, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), ended on Monday.

Why do I use inverted commas around the term “public consultation”? Simply because in my experience such “public consultations” are merely going through the motions of being seen to consult the public – a farcical, cynical box-ticking exercise to help legitimise what has already been decided in advance. However, this is no reason not to make one’s opinion known, and in this spirit I would like to applaud Backlash for their official response to...Read more