Monday, 24 June 2013

Playtime

For the first time in a couple of weeks I've been able to get out and have some fun... as opposed to staying in (the bedroom) in Altrincham having fun.  The last couple of weekends have seen me curled up on the sofa with a good book or film.  I had plans for this last weekend though - a girls' night out on Friday evening to The Lowry Theatre, in order to catch the brief visit of Miss Nightingale to Manchester.

Dexi - Miss Nightingale at The Lowry Theatre 2013
The play is set in London in 1942, and features the divine Amber Topaz as a 1940's nightclub singer, and an incredibly talented supporting cast who not only acted superbly but provided the backing music, too.  Forget rubbish like The Voice, Britain's Got Talent, etc - it is when you see a true live performance like this you realise what real talent is.

The play was brilliantly written and scored by Matthew Bugg, who perfectly captured some fabulously 'Carry On' innuendos - for instance, in The Pussy Song Miss Nightingale coquettishly sings (in a lovely Northern accent) that she has "gone and trapped me pussy in the door," and said pussy is finally set free by her next-door neighbour with his finger and tool.  Ooooer.  Let Me Play On Your Pipe was another, and Miss Nightingale's charm, sweetness and cute sexiness perfectly balanced the rather rude implications of the lyrics.

One of the main themes of the play is the scandal and hidden sexuality of the time - as Quentin Crisp wrote in The Naked Civil Servant, "As soon as the bombs started to fall, the city became like a paved double bed.  Voices whispered suggestively to you as you walked along, hands reached out if you stood still and in dimly-lit trains people carried on as they had once before only in taxis."  Oooh, the thought of that dark blackout city street with furtive, grasping hands of strangers reaching out to touch you and find comfort amid the impending bombs....  The issue of the sexual conflict is a focal point within the play, namely the illegality of homosexual acts - between Miss Nightingale's musical partner and the theatre owner, resulting in blackmail and deceit.  I'm not sure how well the two gents kissing on stage went down with some of the audience, but I thought it was bloody horny, actually! 

I especially loved the burlesque and striptease section - Amber showing what a quality act she is when, after discovering the affair between her two leading men and the deception involved, ends up stripping 'on stage', much to the panic of the theatre owner, Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe.

The rousing finale, Call To Arms, sees the three main characters joining together to see a better, more libertarian future, itself a brief glimpse into a future that would see the end of homosexual persecution and a more understanding and liberal society.  Perhaps, unless some people manage to drag us back to the dark ages, of course.

Dexi - Miss Nightingale at The Lowry Theatre 2013
Saturday morning arrived, and it was a trip south to visit friends who run the totally fabulous Ess and Emm dungeon in beautiful Warwickshire.  It ended up being a rather long night, and I have to admit to a rather large amount of alcohol being consumed.  It was well into Sunday morning before we retired to bed, but luckily there were no signs of a hangover on waking later that morning.  Unfortunately, as the B&B Dungeon was fully booked for the weekend we couldn't make use of the dungeon facilities themselves.  I may have better luck when I visit again next month - I just hope there are a few willing bodies to try out the playroom's numerous appliances and toys on.  There really is very little to match a fully-equipped dungeon and a willing submissive to get a girl like me hot and bothered.

With another quiet weekend coming up, I've decided that I really must pencil in some modelling - photographs are always required, whether it be for the website or Picture Of The Week.  Some of you may have noticed the revamped website, where I've chosen to resurrect some of my favourite photos on the Gallery page, and had a bit of a rewrite, too.  Always keen to try and make the Picture Of The Week a little different, this week's was sparked by my lovely pearl necklace (calm down at the back, gentlemen!) and one of my favourite 1940's tunes.  Oh, and my breasts, too.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

A Great (Central Railway) Weekend

I decided, back in May, to try and have a fairly frugal early summer, as there are some events coming up that I desperately need to save for - the Twinwood Festival and Goodwood Revival among them.  So much for best laid plans, though...  It was Friday evening when the telephone rang.  A couple of friends who like the 1940's scene were planning on making the trip from Manchester to an event in Loughborough, and asked if I wanted to share travel costs.  My mouth had agreed before my brain engaged properly, so early Saturday morning (and I mean early - 6.30am!) I was pulling on stockings, wriggling into my dress and slipping on some (fairly) high heels for another trip into nostalgia and glamour.

We arrived at the Great Central Railway station at Loughborough just after 9.00am.  The lovely old station was fairly quiet, and having 45 minutes before the train arrived we had time to look around the wonderfully preserved setting.

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013 - Loughborough Station
 A quick cup of tea in the gorgeous vintage station tea-room was welcome and warming, as the promised sunshine was arriving a little later than the forecast planned.   And then, with a glorious huffing and puffing, the steam train arrived with it's complement of old carriages to whisk us down the line.  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm certainly no train-spotter, but some of the old machinery has a real beauty in it's construction and design - and steam trains are one of those examples.

We climbed aboard and settled into our seats, and right on time the station master's whistle blew and we set off.  The Great Central Railway has four stations, and for the 1940's event each one had it's own identity.  The plan was to travel to the very last station at Leicester North, the 'American' base, and make our way slowly back up the line throughout the day.  I did wonder, as the train took us through the countryside, if there would be any lovely GI's there who would insist on strip-searching visitors...

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013
 Along the way we passed through the stations that we would be stopping off at later, catching glimpses of the 'German' base at the Rothley station.  Some 25 minutes after leaving Loughborough we arrived at GI Central, though sadly all the soldiers appeared to be too busy setting up for a German attack (the re-enactment was later that day) to check any troublesome-looking ladies for hidden treasures.  Oh well.  The cafe at Greenacres, a few minutes walk from the station, had entertainment from Fiona Harrison and music from the wartime era, stalls and a lovely blue Cadillac - used in the film Captain America (shot partly in Manchester, of course!)  I managed to have a very long chat with Len Smith, the owner of Ace Prom Cars, who had some great tales of being around film sets with his cars.  It had to be worth a photograph...

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013 - 1940's Cadillac
Just before lunch we were back on the train and heading for enemy territory - the 'German' base at Rothley.  It was great to see the effort put in at Rothley - I hear too many stories of German uniforms banned at 1940's events, so to see the German vehicles and encampment was a real pleasure. 

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013 - the German Base
I was disappointed not to find any of the Venus Soap advertised at the station, though - I was intrigued as, according to the sign, it 'Saves rubbing'.  I just fancied trying it the next time I was in the shower to see it was more fun... but somehow I doubt their claim!

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013 - the German Base
Just after lunch it was back on Allied territory.  The Quorn and Woodhouse station was the British, French and American base.  This was the largest of the stations, with vintage vehicles, beer tent, vintage machinery and stalls.  There were more lovely old cars here, a beautiful traction engine and old farm tractors, fire-engines and ambulances. 

Dexi - Great Central Railway 1940's weekend 2013 - the Allied base at Quorn
I managed to spend a little more money here on a stunning pink button down dress - perfect for stocking-revealing photographs, so no doubt you will see it soon!  I also bumped into old friends from last year's Twinwood event and friends from London.  It was a truly great end to a fantastic day.  There was, I have to say too, a massive number of people dressed up in suitable outfits, all of which added perfectly to the nostalgic atmosphere of the day. 

Speaking of nostalgia, it's time for a new Picture Of The Week.  Last week's was taken near Manchester's Oxford Road on a Friday night.  Yes, I simply whisked off my skirt and posed in the leather jacket, lacy panties and high-heeled boots. A couple of young student-type chaps who had been making their way noisily down the street suddenly went very quiet and still and remained like that until I left the scene.  Anyway, back to nostalgia (see what I did there?) - this week's, as always on the Gallery page of my website,  is very much vintage-styled - even if a little, shall we say ruder, than usual.  I hope you enjoy it!