Sunday, 20 December 2015

Here I Go Again...

Last week saw me heading back to old MEN..., sorry, Phones4..., sorry, Manchester Arena (I think they've finally given up trying to find a name that sticks) to see some more old rockers hit the boards there on their latest tour.

I slid into my leather-look leggings and high-heeled boots and braved the Winter evening to head off for the Arena.  Sounds simple, but this is Manchester, just before Christmas, and as usual the roads were jammed.  Nevertheless, I was nicely in my seat for the opening act - Black Star Riders.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort -Manchester Arena
The band are made up of the old remnants of the legendary Thin Lizzy, and still boast Lizzy's old (but not original - see, I know that!) guitarist, Scott Gorham.  The band ripped through their set, barely taking a breath between songs, and mixing the old Thin Lizzy classics like "Are You Ready To Rock?" and "Whisky In The Jar" with the newer material like "Bound For Glory" and "The Killer Instinct".

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Black Star Riders
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Black Star Riders
They got a great reception, despite the Arena being only a third full - thanks to them hitting the stage before 7.00pm. when most fans were probably still trying to find their way through the Christmas traffic.  A fabulous set anyway, and the chaps received a huge wave of applause as they finished.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Black Star Riders
The Arena was pretty much full for the next band up - David Coverdale and the everlasting Whitesnake.  Now a youthful 37 years old, Whitesnake are still busy in the studio and touring.  I last saw them back in May 2013, and I'm happy to report they are still doing a fine job of rumbling through their new songs and back-catalogue. 

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake
They opened with a storming version of the old Deep Purple classic "Burn", and for the next hour and a half thundered through old Whitesnake and Deep Purple tracks, and introduced their later material to the cheering crowd.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake
Mr Coverdale still has a great rapport with the fans, and I was pleased to see that he still had the reactions to catch a few pairs of frilly panties that were lobbed his way.  I was, however, disappointed to see that they certainly weren't Agent Provocateur, though - I'd guess at Marks & Spencer's cheapest or Primark's finest.  I'd have sniffed them, at least, but he, like a seasoned panty-purloiner, simply tucked them in his belt and continued with the set.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake
There was space, too, for a drum solo, which the drummer finished without sticks and using just his hands, which, as drum solo's go, was pretty good and entertaining.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake
Not the best photo, I know, but it was taken from some way back in the arena.  Whitesnake finished to more huge applause - may they keep rolling for another 37 years... they might just be rolling in wheelchairs by then.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Whitesnake
Lastly, for their first tour in years, it was the turn of some Sheffield metal in the name of Def Leppard.  I'll admit to being a big Def Leppard fan since the early 1990s, but this was the first that I'd had the opportunity to see them live.  They didn't disappoint.  From the opener - new single "Let's Go" - they had the crowd firmly in their highly-polished fist.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
All of their hits were there, as sharp and everlasting as, well, Sheffield steel (once the finest in the world, of course, before the UK government destroyed it), and they kept coming.  "Animal", "Rocket", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Hysteria", "Love Bites", "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad", "Let's Get Rocked", "When Love And Hate Collide" and "Animal".

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
They even managed a superb version of the old David Essex hit 'Rock On'.  They were quite brilliant, right through to their encore of "Rock Of Ages", a perfect summing up of the night's collective entertainment.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Def Leppard
It was nearly midnight before I got out of the Arena, but those classic Def Leppard songs kept me company all the way home.

And of course, in the spirit of the season, may I take this opportunity to wish all the readers of my Blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  My little Christmas card this year is, as usual, this week's Picture Of The Week.  May you have the Christmas you desire.



Sunday, 6 December 2015

Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Manchester

This weekend saw the return of the Alternative and Buresque Fair to Manchester.  As regular readers will know, it's an event that I attend as often as I can - as much as I love browsing the stalls and enjoying the atmosphere there are always lots of friends present that I can catch up with, too.

Unfortunately, last week was spent suffering from a bad cold, which was sadly still evident when I woke on Saturday morning, but I had promised to meet the team from Kiku to have a fitting for my most recent order. So, feeling a little poorly I wrapped up aganst the cold harsh winds of Storm Desmond and headed off to The Ritz, where the Fair was being held.

I managed to be near the front of the queue, so as soon as the doors opened I was straight in and headed to the refreshments section for a hot tea.  The throng of customers hadn't yet flooded into the main hall, so I took the opportunity for a quick photo of all the enticing stalls that lay in wait.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Manchester




 The refreshment stall had some other goodies waiting, but I was a good girl and stuck to my plan of a steaming hot tea.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Manchester
I found the Kiku stall and took delivery of my first item - a corset that was custom-made for me with shimmering sheer panels. 

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - new corset from Kiku



 Despite being a fairly extrovert girl I wasn't going to strip off completely to try it on for size, especially being a bit unwell, but I did try it again when I got home.  A truly stunning item - well done Kiku!  My second outfit, a dress, still needs a couple of alterations, but I hope I can wear it soon and show it off.

I had a bit of a look around the other stalls and had a brief chat with the friends I saw.  As usual there was still plenty to look at, from stylish, dark, sexual latex to cute rockabilly hats and bags, and pretty much anyting and everything in-between.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Manchester




Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Manchester



 However, my cold was starting to make itself felt, and tiredness was creeping in.  I usually like to stay at the Fair up until the end of the day, but by 2.00pm I was heading back home in a bid to shake off the cold so I can enjoy the last few weeks before Christmas.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Sitting In Parliament

The subject of this week's Picture Of The Week was a reminder that, one year ago on the 12th December 2014, our puritanical government decided, bizarrely, to take a step back to the unenlightened years and start banning certain acts in pornographic films.

The acts deemed to be morally abhorrent and, even more bizarrely, 'potentially harmful to minors' ("Eh?  What?  Did I just miss something?  I thought porn was for adults...?") by our righteous governing busy-bodies included:
Spanking
Caning
Aggressive whipping
Penetration by any object "associated with violence"
Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)
Urolagnia (known as "water sports")
Role-playing as non-adults
Physical restraint
Humiliation
Female ejaculation
Strangulation

Fisting
... and of course, Facesitting.

Bizarrely (yes, that word is going to get used an awful lot in this post) I can indulge in Facesitting to my heart's content (and frequently do), but cannot watch it in a film.  The same with watersports, physical restraint, spanking and caning.

Anyway, a year ago on the 12th December there was the (in)famous Facesitting Protest outside Parliament, that captured much media attention.  A year on, and the lovely Charlotte Rose is arranging another Sexual Freedom protest, again with a myriad of speakers to talk about the cause. 

So, if you are in London on the 12th and are in the vicinity of Old Palace Yard at noon, please pop along and show your support - don't forget, this is all about our freedom and rights that we fighting for.