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This is the state caused by watching Crackanory. I could not stop thinking about Rik Mayall. 

This is the state caused by watching Crackanory. I could not stop thinking about Rik Mayall. 

The Hard Way starring Michael J Fox and James Woods. Japanese film programme (1991)

I guess you all know but allow me to explain just in case. Every film that has theatrical release has got this kind of “programme” in Japan. 

I have posted approx. 1/4 of it. 

Edinburgh Fringe 1994???   Simon Munnery a.k.a Alan Parker Urban Warrior 

Re: googling “Wall of Glory” /Plebs Series 2 Episode 2 

Plebs Series 2 

I always think the success of this sort of comedy is how naturally and differently characters take their road(s) to the world of losers and humiliation, and I decided I like where a new series of Plebs is going in this respect. ( well, apart from some unnecessary upward inflection…)   

Actually, series 2 has been exceptionally educational to me. I am not pretending to be innocent (*), but I have never been inside of gentlemen’s toilet or other pleasure facilities, so honestly didn’t know anything about “the wall of glory”.If you don’t know the background of the joke, you tend to have less magma of laughter.  So I started to “investigate” it.  I wanted to know if this practice exists / did exist in ancient Rome. 

First, I googled the term, “wall of glory”. Nothing related seemed to have popped up.  I tried thinking of any other short phrases or word to describe “it” but couldn’t. So I got back to basic, typing ”men used holes for sexual pleasures in ancient Rome” and clicked the search button. Then, I discovered there was a phrase, glory hole.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_hole_(sexual_slang)

 Wikipedia was amazing as it explained what it means with a photo so I got a clear picture. I also found a group of professors in Ottawa University devoting themselves to tackle this topic.

 Faceless Sex: glory holes and sexual assemblages

http://www.academia.edu/317135/Faceless_Sex_Glory_Holes_and_Sexual_Assemblages

From here, I found amazing details such as the size of a hole as well as how and where those holes were used and by whom. It was also fascinating to read its conclusion as “not hygienic” after a series of in-depth analysis.  

However, all these studies /articles seem to be based on contemporary societies, so it was not clear the history of glory holes could be dated back to Ancient Rome. So I typed “history of glory hole” and clicked the search button. And I’ve found this.  

The Glory Hole in History

http://studioknow.com/2011/09/the-glory-hole-history/

According to this article, its history dates back to Ancient Egypt as there are hieroglyphs showing the glory hole. It also shows Ancient Greek soon adopted such a practice.  Putting moral, hygienic, health and other social issues all aside, if glory holes were a part of customs and norms both in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, it would be fine to think it was same in Rome, I thought. Plebs writers might well have tweak a bit but I believe it is OK to think “wall of glory” based on a true fact.  

Thank you, Plebs. Now I learned another English term and history of… sexuality. 

(*) I do know about some sort of practices in Japan. I heard boys use items like squids, natto (processed beans), or konnyaku (food made from the root of the plant, konjac), for example. Again I just only heard about them. I have not got a winky to try so I have never done it. I don’t know how it feels either. If you want to try, they are available Chinese or Japanese food market in UK.  

on Scottish Referendum…

Please let me speak out from my extremely personal / convenient point of view for this one time as I can’t get out of this sadness after the result of Scottish Referendum. I believe there are ways to look at things in an optimistic way, but I feel I have to get my feeling out first.

 I came to Scotland, escaping from the hard reality facing me in Japan. It was the reality on many levels, all of which I was (and am) never able to change. 

I might have idealized Scotland too much as you might guess how I ended up with loving this place. In my mind, Scotland is always the place for being punk, where people come and do something new. It is the place where there are more people who eat fear and loathing into their digesting system and create something great. People are mighty enough to chuck away both good and bad for the sake of making everything better. They are clever and wise enough to see it will be a long way to go but are brave and tough enough to start from a scratch and build things up.

 I believed Scotland would decide Yes. I believed Scotland would be independent. 

Solely for my convenience, I wanted Yes as I thought it would make my life easier visa-wise. UK Border has been giving people like me such a hard time and I am never sure if I can extend my visa under the Westminster control. If Scotland takes control of immigration issue, I thought they would be more understanding than UK Border. 

 Some say there is a very good chance to have another referendum. Or, it is already a great achievement that Scotland made it clear that there are 45% people who want to be independent. I totally agree. I believe there will be another referendum in 10 years time, for example.  But that is not soon enough for me. I needed Scottish Independence this time, not in the future. My visa renewal is in less than 3 years time, and I cannot be hanging around here without any jobs that pay me in pounds.  

There you go. I said it. I hope I feel better and I can move on. Just like Yes people, I need to find a next step. Actually, I cannot be defeated by the harsh reality.  It seems it was a good thing after all to let my feeling out. I think I might be able to move on, just like I said in the beginning. 

TOM BASDEN: STRINGFELLOWS | Raybot

Urgh. This seems to have been up for 2 months and I didn’t know until now… 

… OK. I have tried to come to term with it but I cannot. Dear Mr. Basden, please get someone who updates your upcoming projects, works,  live dates, e.t.c. as WE FANS CANNOT KEEP MISSING THESE! 

Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Of course I did not understand the importance of the writer for this piece at that time. I was too ignorant. but hey, this is a piece on Blackadder by Mr. David Quantick, from December 1999 issue of Esquire Magazine UK.

And look at Blackadder II part, which saying “While all episodes have their merits, the best must still be “Bells”, in which Lord Edmund Blackadder nearly marries the beautiful kate/Bob but is cheated at the altar by Rik Mayall’s Flashheart who is so virile that half his moustache comes off when he winks.”

I can’t agree more…!  

vicivefallen asked: Thank you thank you thank you thank you SO MUCH for the Loaded scans. They're fantastic.

My pleasure :-)