It’s never too late for champagne

Mon. 07 Dec. 2015

Listening to the news lately it seems there’s not a great deal to celebrate; however, more than one faithful has gifted me champagne in recent months and as the overall mood has definitely shifted into Festive Season mode I thought it was time to showcase said champagne.

Now, showcasing the champagne is one thing, but what I found of particular interest with two of these bottles were the images printed (or stamped, or however they’re applied) on the metal tops of the corks. These images were revealed when the foil wrapping around the tops of the bottles was removed immediately before popping the corks. Impressive aren’t they, especially the distinctly retro-looking woman that adorned the top of the yellow-labelled Veuve Clicquot brut; “retro”, actually, being an understatement, as it’s an image of Madame Clicquot, who upon her husband’s death took over the pioneering French champagne house in 1805 and had made it an iconic brand by the time she died in 1866.

Accompanying the Veuve Clicquot was a wonderful chocolate box from Hotel Chocolat – praline-filled milk chocolate oysters and milk-chocolate champagne ganache pearls (unfortunately for the record that this News page provides, I had already enjoyed the Veuve Clicquot and disposed of the bottle). The Hotel Chocolat box was a small selection but very fine; it’s all about quality rather than quantity, which is one of my own mottos that I apply to all aspects of life and living. Champagne and the offerings of Hotel Chocolat are, of course, on my Gift List. (Incidentally, I normally prefer dark chocolate, but exceptional examples of lighter chocolates are always welcome.)

Moving on now to some information that certainly isn’t worth celebrating: a reminder came to my attention over the last week that online video was, around this time last year, subjected to the same draconian censorship as R18-rated visual material that is typically available from adult stores. Perhaps some kind of consistency is not a bad thing, but the problem is where the highly subjective, moralistic standards of the UK censoring authorities – in this case the British Board of Film Classification – draw the line at what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable. The following shortlist of scenarios and activities effectively banned from depiction on visual media – extracted from a much longer list – disturbs as much as it raises eyebrows:

Aggressive whipping
Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)
Role-playing as non-adults
Physical restraint

As I mentioned above, while it does make sense to have some kind of (minimal) uniform control over what is depicted across visual media, the current regime is far too restrictive in ways that smack (is that a pun?) of woefully misguided moralism. A mature, common-sense and education-oriented attitude that recognises the complexities of human eroticism has for long been lacking in the state’s approach to what should be freely available for consenting adults to enjoy, and this censorious attitude only seems to be invested with renewed vigour in recent years. For more details on this subject, see A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn; and, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, BBFC Classification Guidelines 2014–15.

And for more background on the UK’s developing censorship situation in a broader sense, see my series of News items that deal with relevant issues in a little more detail: “Internet ‘filtering’ was always the thin edge of the wedge”, part 1; part 2; part 3; and, part 4.

Mistress Geo

Important notice: I will be travelling internationally from the end of this year until early February 2016 and will not be sessioning for six weeks. For details, see Important notice: Important notice: I’m travelling at the end of December.

Geo Pinch, professional Bristol mistress