Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cock-ring news

All male BBC presenters have some form of penis adornment, it has emerged.

Following the promotion of Evan ‘Prince Albert’ Davis, sources within the corporation said it was dominated by a powerful cock ring clique called ‘the janglers’.

A BBC source said: “Pretty much all the BBC big beasts have some metal in their helmets.

“Huw Edwards sports an amethyst-encrusted hoop in his bell end, while Andrew Neil has four solid gold safety pins in each of his testicles.

“Alan Yentob has pewter chains connecting the base of his shaft to his ears.

“The BBC equivalent of a masonic handshake is to stick a hand in your left trouser pocket and make a rattling noise.

“It all started under Greg Dyke, who said you couldn’t trust a man who hadn’t experienced pain and bought jewellery.”
The Daily Mash.

Of course.

Here's an appropriate number - even more so as this week saw the last (sob, sob) ever performance by the Monty Python's Flying Circus team on stage at the O2...

Monty Python's global finale

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

No monster, he

It is the 105th anniversary today of the birth of British director James Whale, most famous for his seminal early horror movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein.

Mr Whale scandalised Hollywood in the "Hay's Code"-era by refusing to compromise or cover up the fact he was gay, and, perhaps because of this (and political interference in films he produced) his mainstream movie opportunities largely dried up by the 1940s. He retired from film-making and concentrated on his other loves: men, theatre and art. Sadly, in pain and debilitated, he later committed suicide in his pool.

Many decades later the biographical (and Oscar-winning) movie Gods and Monsters, with the sublime Serena (Sir Ian) McKellen as Mr Whale, focused on those latter days - and became a gay classic.

Inevitably, of course, this has a lot to do with gorgeous co-star Brendan Fraser - effortlessly sexy as the young gardener who grabs the eye of the old man in his lonely isolation - as much as the Oscar-nominated performances of Serena and Miss Lynn Redgrave.

Let us turn (as we regularly do) to Steve Hayes - "Tired Old Queen At The Movies" - to provide us with a most a fitting tribute to this fabulous film:

James Whale (22nd July 1889 – 29th May 1957)

Gods and Monsters (1998)

At heart...

Lilium 'Stargazer' in the gardens at Dolores Delargo Towers #3

As the lilies fill the air with perfume, the heatwave continues here in the UK, and with August (birthday month for my sister and moi) just around the corner, it's time for another timeslip moment. As we take the TARDIS once again back to the heady days of 1984, from thirty years ago this week here's another (appropriate) jolly number to sing along to...

Featuring cameo appearances from the lovely Clare Grogan [she lives near us, you know!], Stratford Johns and Molly Weir, it's one-hit-wonders The Bluebells and the extremely cheerful Young At Heart!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Ham, man, and more ham

It's been quite a weekend of exploration.

On Saturday, we went for a meandering walk from Richmond-upon-Thames to the historic Ham House, and across the river by "Totty Ferry" (see above) to the eccentric waterside villas of Twickenham (York House with its "Naked Ladies" fountain, and Orleans House, now a gallery), before seeking respite in the local hostelries.

Yesterday we dodged the thunderstorms again to traverse the final stretches of North London's "New River" (ahem; it opened in 1613!) - which was, admittedly, less picturesque but nonetheless a delightful little diversion.

Today - just as the weather turns more settled and summery again, of course - it's time to head off to the far less historic, diverting, or even remotely interesting world of the office. Hey ho.

Let's let something completely mad into our lives this Tacky Music Monday... How about a bizarre "tribute" by the American Heather Parisi and the Italian Milva on prime time Italian TV to the Teutonic Diva Marlene Dietrich? That should bloody well cheer us all up!

Ich Bin die Fesche Lola, indeed.

Have a fantabulosa week, dears.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Jim Rockford signs off

RIP James Garner - heartthrob, perfect comic foil to many a fave leading lady (Doris Day, Julie Andrews, Debbie Reynolds), staple of 70s TV, and one of the classiest men ever to grace a screen...

And baby you can turn me on

From the BBC:
Sex toys, ancient carvings and medical artefacts will be among objects on display at a new exhibition opening in central London in November.

The Institute Of Sexology will be the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex, according to its curators. Paintings, films and photographs of copulation will also be on display.

Curators said that The Institute Of Sexology will include commissions, live events, discussions and performance art and "form part of a sexology season of activity across the country".

"The Institute Of Sexology offers a complex, often contradictory story of the study of sex, and highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes about the human condition."
Sex Bomb? House bandleader here at Dolores Delargo Towers Max Raabe certainly seems to think so!

The Institute Of Sexology will run for one year from 20th November 2014 at the Wellcome Collection in London.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Through it all, your face that I adore

Phew. It's a scorcher! We're off en masse to the river at Richmond today to seek some respite (and dodge the thunderstorms), and, no doubt, partake of some suitably alcoholic libation.

Meanwhile, we celebrate the birthday today of a cherished vocalist here at Dolores Delargo Towers - Senorita Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona, better known as Vikki Carr.

And, to prove that (at the moment at least) all roads lead to the late, dearly missed Stritchy, here's a Benny Goodman song which the Old Broad gave a roasting on her (much treasured by us) solo album - here treated much more sweetly by Miss Carr - And the Angels Sing:

Feliz cumpleaños!

Vikki Carr (born 19th July 1941)