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 Update: Kissed Goodbye...

Wisbech sex shop closes after a turbulent history of nutter opposition


Link Here 23rd September 2012  full story: Sex Shop near Wisbech...Little Chef converted to sex shop near Wisbech

Kiss Kiss sign A sex shop in the Fens, that once had a spirited battle with local nutter opposition, has not stood the test of time.

Kiss Kiss Lingerie at Guyhirn near Wisbech closed last month and the premises are up for sale.

Four years ago nutter councillor Phil Wait resigned his seat on Fenland District Council following planning approval. Councillor Robert Scrimshaw then won the seat in a by election, arguing at the time that it was not for councils to make moral judgments.

They can only act within the law. I can fully appreciate the concerns local residents have about the Guyhirn adult shop but I also realise in today's economic climate encouragement should be given to a new business venture.

 

  Seeking High Definition...

From adult shops in West Bromwich and Walsall


Link Here 4th September 2012

private shop west bromwich Angels of Walsall

I visited a shop called Angels of Walsall requesting High Definition (HD) videos only. I was told most DVD'S are HD. The fella in there pointed to whole racks of them and said they are all HD DVD's. Of course they weren't....

There was in fact one rack with some HD videos priced at 30 each, 70 for 3. Quite ridiculous when you consider what the private shops charge. So for me, Angels of Walsall was deceptive about the nature of their products and overcharge by a mile and a half.

Private Shop: West Bromwich

On the other hand I also visited a Private shop in West Bromwich and received accurate information and good deals.

I took one disc back because the content was poor and even though I had time to have watched it, they took it back and I was allowed to swap it for another with no trade in charge made.

On another occasion I tuned down one of their free magazines while buying 3 videos for 50 and was told I could choose another HD DVD at no extra charge.....(4 for 50 that day). Excellent service. I highly recommend the West Bromwich store.

I have also been offered, when they have them, Blu-ray's for the same price as 3 for 50 normal HD videos.

Private Shop: Hockley Hill, Birmingham

Strangely another Private shop at Hockley Hill, Birmingham refused to give any discount at all on three Blu-ray's, had I wanted to purchase them, (Of course I did not). The manager at West Bromwich (Who apparently manages all three shops in the Birmingham area told me that was incorrect and that I could purchase 3 Blu-ray discs for the same price as HD DVD discs......

To sum up I was disappointed with the Angels of Walsall, but thus far been satisfied with the local Private shops.

hd discs logo Adult shops behind the curve on HD

I have recently been let down by some 'Shot in HD' videos being less than expected, quality wise. I returned one Blu-ray video called Party Girls, it was terrible beyond words.

Since then, I have had a DVD 'Shot in HD' labelled on both case and disc, but none of the scenes were in HD at all. It was even bad DVD quality both image and content. I Took it back but had to lose money this time on an exchange.

I am finding so called HD DVD is nothing near the HD one can now expect to see on a regular basis on TV.  I pointed this out at a Private Shop and was told that Blu-ray has not taken off because it is too costly.

That may have been true a couple of years ago, but I now believe the adult shops are well behind the curve and need to up their game sooner rather than later.

I also recently acquired some 3D soft porn Blu-rays from a HMV store. very soft no crudity just simple strip type nudity. The 3D reality and quality was just fantastic to see. Even though it was only soft, it was beautifully filmed. Another area in which adult shops are well and truly behind the times. Believe me I would rather buy one good HC 3D movie instead of say 10 HD DVD movies. The realty is brilliant. Yes and no headache from the wearing of glasses either.

Footnote

As a footnote I woul like to point out I am viewing HD material on a 47" screen so pic quality needs to be good as flaws are easily spotted.

Thus far I have found films titles by Bluebird are indeed very good quality HD nearly as good as one should expect from bluray HD. Freeze the frame and you get a perfect clear picture and rightly so. Bluebird films even quote the HD bit rate.

However films titles from Harmony Film s are unpredictable. Some scenes appear to be HD until you freeze a frame and then you are likely to see the digital jaggies on outlines. Sometimes you get some scenes that look good pic wise and other scenes are bog standard DVD. That's not what one should get from genuine HD. Also no HD bit rate published from Harmony titles that I have found.

So buyers converting to HD beware all may not be what it seems on the label regardless of what video store you may shop at.......

 

 Offsite Article: Selling New Rules...


Link Here 3rd September 2012
Government consults on changes to online shopping regulations

See article from wiggin.co.uk

 

  Erotica Belle...

New sex shop set to open in Andover, Hampshire


Link Here 9th August 2012

erotica belle logoAndover Council has unanimously voted to grant a license for a new sex shop, Erotica Belle.

The shop is now set to open its doors in September at 2 The Broadway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2JF.

The store will be the second Erotica Belle store. The other is in Weymouth. The stores focus on the female erotic market.

The new shop is licensed to open 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

 Updated: Distressing Inconsistency...

ASA changes its mind about Agent Provocateur lingerie advert


Link Here 2nd August 2012

agent provacateur video A video on the Agent Provocateur website www.agentprovocateur.com for their Soiree line of lingerie featured a woman in a nightgown, alone in her home. She was shown answering the telephone twice, the first time she answered, no one spoke. The second time there was the sound of someone laughing at the other end. The woman looked anxiously out of her window before several women, who were wearing revealing lingerie with stockings and long boots, appeared at the window and then inside the house. The women were shown dragging the other woman through the house who then adopted a series of poses, some sexual, alone and with the other women. During the course of the video, the woman looked visibly distressed and several times the position of her nightgown revealed her breasts. The group of women then appeared to attack the woman's body; she then she re-appeared wearing similar revealing lingerie to the group. Issue

The complainant objected that the ad was irresponsible as it appeared on a website that could be seen by children because it had no age restriction.

Agent Provocateur Ltd did not respond to the ASA's enquiries.

ASA Assessment: Complaint Upheld

The ASA was concerned by Agent Provocateur's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code, which was a breach of CAP Code (Edition 12) rule 1.7 (Unreasonable delay). We reminded them of their responsibility to respond promptly to our enquiries and we told them to do so in future.

The ad appeared in a section of Agent Provocateur's website relating to a specific line of lingerie and was not protected through age verification. Although we noted that the website was designed to appeal to adults rather than children through its style, colour and graphics and it promoted products that were likely to be seen as niche within the wider lingerie market, we considered that it featured erotic and fetish type scenes which some viewers would not find suitable to be seen by children.

Because of the sexually graphic and at times distressing nature of the video and the potential for children to share a web-link relatively easily we concluded that it was unsuitable for display on an openly-accessible website where it might be viewed by children.

The ad breached CAP Code rule 1.3 (Social responsibility).

The ad must not appear again unless suitable precautions are taken to avoid it being seen by children.

In fact the video is now presented on the website with the warning:

Caution. Video contains sexy and provocative footage (not recommended for under 18).

A Distressing Change of Opinion by ASA

See article from melonfarmers.co.uk

Strange that the ASA seemed to have changed their minds about the same video since they last investigated it in March of this year.

In August 2012 ASA noted:

Because of the sexually graphic and at times distressing nature of the video...

In March 2012 ASA noted:

We also considered the ad was unlikely to cause fear or distress.

ASA's Assessment from March 2012 read:

The ASA noted the online video appeared in the context of the website of a luxury lingerie retailer. We acknowledged some viewers might find some of the scenes distasteful but considered the highly stylised nature and clearly fictional content of the video meant it was unlikely to be interpreted by most viewers in the way the complainant suggested. We considered the ads did not demean women and were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence to visitors to the Agent Provocateur website. We also considered the ad was unlikely to cause fear or distress without justifiable reason. We therefore concluded that the ad did not breach the Code.

We investigated the ad under CAP Code rules 4.1 and 4.2 (Harm and offence) but did not find it in breach.

You'd think that the censors would try and maintain a bit of consistency about their work. There seems little point in having censors if their decisions are arbitrary.

Update: Advert censors admit being 'distressed', not because the advert is 'distressing', but because Reg Bailey told them to be 'distressed'

2nd August 2012. See  article from  campaignlive.co.uk

ASA logo An ASA spokesman said it did not investigate the online advert's inappropriateness for children during the original investigation because it can't tack on its own challenges . [Although it often does!]

The spokesman added that the decision was influenced by the Bailey Review into the sexualisation of childhood because it is now taking a tougher line on concerns about advertising and children .

 

 Update: Soho So Slow...

Sex shops are disappearing fast from Soho


Link Here 27th July 2012  full story: Sex Shops in London...God created sex shop whingers in Islington

Soho Original Books logoSex shops seems to be fast disappearing in Soho.

Janus closed its doors on Old Compton Street last year and is now some trendy clothes store.

The Soho Original at 46 Dean Street is now a cafe and DVD XXX Extra is no longer on Rupert Street (but might have moved nearby).

Another Soho Original shop (called Soho Vice) opposite the main store on Brewer Street was boarded up when I went past on Tuesday.

Soon there won't be any left!

 

  Councils Not Licensed to Moralise...

European law requires fair play for lap dancing and sex shop licencees


Link Here 9th July 2012

eu lawAn interesting newsletter from a law firm discussed legal issues arising Leeds City Council considering the lap dancing licences for the 7 clubs in the area.

First of all it noted that an existing licence is consider in law as a protected possession in human rights law:

It has been accepted that a licence is classed as a possession capable of protection under Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.

This clearly states that a person has a right to peaceful enjoyment of his possessions and the case of Tre Traktorer Aktiebolag v Sweden (1989) 13 EHRR classifies a licence as something capable of protection.

Not something that can councils can take away on a moralist or feminist whim.

Secondly there are European requirements imported into UK law that impose standard conditions on councils when considering licence applications:

The Provision of Services Regulations [S.I. 2009/2999]. Regulation 24(1) imposes three important tests highlighting that any refusal must be:

  • Non discriminatory
  • Necessary
  • Proportionate

Surely this would allow failed applicants to ask a court 'exactly how necessary was it for a council to refuse a license for a venue 200m away from a school where the operating hours don't overlap?'

The law firm noted that all 7 clubs in Leeds got their licences despite a high level of opposition from MPs, councillors and Object.

...Read the full article

 

 Update: Gosschalks Solictors Follow Up on Westminster Overcharging...

So how many other local authorities are overcharging for sex shop licence fees?


Link Here 5th July 2012  full story: Unfair Sex Shop Licences...Court battle over unfairly high sex shop licence charges

gosschalks solicitors logo Gosschalks Solicitors in Hull city centre acted for successful claimants in a case that saw Westminster City Council come under scrutiny after it was revealed it had been charging too much for granting and renewing licences to trade to operators of sex shops in its area.

Stephen Dillon, partner at Gosschalks Solicitors said:

Since December 28, 2009, Westminster had been illegally charging licensees, through their annual fee, for costs incurred by Westminster Council taking action against unlicensed sex shops. As a result, the lawful licensed sex shops were being charged far too much in their licensing fee to trade.

The case has also now created more work for Gosschalks. Dillon said there will be about 40 other local authorities to investigate and reminded people who are required to have a local authority licence to trade to consider whether they have been, or are being, overcharged. Dillon suggested that licensees could take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to find out more details on how councils have arrived at their licence fees.

Gosschalks will now be making requests to other local authorities. Dillon said: We will be asking how the figures have been calculated. It may be that they are legitimate but until we ask, we won't know.

Since the ruling in May, Westminster City Council asked for permission to appeal but it was rejected.

 

 Update: ETO Awards 2012: Best Individual Store...

Nice 'n' Naughty in Brighton


Link Here 5th July 2012  full story: Nice n Naughty...Nice n Naughty make the news

eto award brighton At this year's prestigious ETO Industry Awards, held at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 24th June, Adult shop Nice n Naughty Brighton won the coverted Best Individual Store 2012. The award was accepted by Director Trish Murray and Brighton store manager Philip Price. The award was narrowed down to a short list of five across the UK, and voted for by the individuals with in the UK adult industry.

Nice 'n' Naughty Brighton It is a privilege to receive this award from our peers, and is a testament to the team at the Brighton store commented Philip and I would like to thank all the people who voted for the Brighton store. The trophy will take pride of place Brighton Nice'n'Naughty have recently celebrated its third birthday, and the award is the cherry on the cake for 2012.

Nice'n'Naughty have 14 stores across the UK, with the support and guidance of Directors Simon Prescott and Trish Murray, has grown to become the Premier Adult Chain in the UK and Europe, collecting multiple industry awards.

 

 Extract: Fifty Shades of Nutter Nonsense...

Pontificating about the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey


Link Here 2nd July 2012

Fifty Shades Grey E James The feminist writer and 'academic' Marina Warner believes the unexpectedly wide appeal of this explicit fiction could be a sign of how difficult people now find it to feel aroused in an era when sex and nudity have become so commonplace:

There has been a general unveiling of the body in our culture and there is a connection between prohibition and arousal. It is in some way linked to our feelings about the sacred and the profane.

I definitely don't want to go back to censorship,... BUT. ..I don't think the answer is to reach for extremes either.

...Read the full article

 

 Update: The Grey Market...

Simply Pleasure and Ann Summers speak of Fifty Shades of Grey proving a boost to sales


Link Here 1st July 2012

Fifty Shades Grey E James The runaway success of Fifty Shades of Grey , the graphically sexual novel that has sold more than a million copies, has led to a boom in sex toys and erotic literature.

Ann Summers is just one of the stores reporting that sales of blindfolds, whips and handcuffs have soared, reflecting the strong sadism and masochism theme running through the book. Sales of jiggle balls, for example, have risen by 200%.

Fiona Davis, a director of Ann Summers, said the consumer effect of the book was similar to that of Sex and the City , which popularised designer shoes and vibrators.

She said that the book has sold out in many stores and that sales of other erotic literature have risen by 130%.

At Simply Pleasure, one of the Soho's most well-known erotic bookshops, employees said that the curiosity generated by the book was introducing a new generation of women to sex shops and sex toys. People realise that it's not seedy and sordid, which has always been the problem for the sex shop industry, said store manager Jane.

 



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