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Ex Totties...

Council moralists shut down Totties lap dancing club in Altrincham after trading for 24 years


Link Here11th May 2024
Full story: Lap Dancing in the North West...Moralists around Manchester, Liverpool and Carlisle
Moralists on Trafford's council's 'public protection' sub-committee have refused to renew the licence for Totties Lap Dancing Club in Altrincham, which had been running for the last 24 years.

The Venue is continuing to runas a nightclub but has only six months left on the lease from the landlord.

The owner said the option to appeal against the refusal of the licence to the magistrates' court would have been too expensive, bearing in mind there was only a short amount of time left on the lease.

At the renewal hearing last month, chair of the sub-committee, Cllr David Jarman said:

We feel that it's no longer an appropriate area for this type of establishment.

 

 

Obituary: David Waterfield...

A key figure in the British porn business, being the first to run cinema clubs showing hardcore and then starting Your Choice in the late 80s.


Link Here2nd April 2024
David Waterfield is one of pioneers of the UK hardcore porn business. He passed on the Sunday morning in Thailand, his home since 1996.

Waterfield was born 9 August 1943. He first flirted with the adult entertainment business in the mid-1960s, working as a stage manager for a Soho strip club. Later, Waterfield joined the Merchant Navy as a commis waiter, serving first-class passengers on trips from Southampton to New York. It was in New York that he noticed the large queues for the film Deep Throat . The entrepreneurially minded Waterfield, sensed a business opportunity and managed to obtain a small-gauge print of the film and smuggled in back to the UK. Advert for Waterfield's Exxon Cinema.

On his return, Waterfield opened two London-based cinema clubs in 1971 -- the Exxon and Archibald's -- which both screened hardcore films. As the Cinematograph Act 1952 did not apply to all film shows, Waterfield was able to use the cinema club model to show porn.

Later Waterfield and his wife Clark had the idea to start Your Choice , a business hosted in the Netherlands that dispatched pornographic video tapes to UK customers. Rather than risk customs seizure, they employed agents across the UK who copies video tape masters that had been smuggled into the country.

Your Choice was a success. Clark and Waterfield moved to Amsterdam, registering the business. They licensed titles from American and European studios, who were eager to enter the British market.  The company also became well known for its own successful series of porn videos, Viewers Wives.

The Melon Farmers would like to thanks David Waterfield and YourChoice for its well run affiliate scheme that helped fund the website.

See the full story of British sdult trade pioneering in a fascinating article from under-the-counter.com

 

 

A 'justice' secretary who believes that the law should be twisted to suit his morality...

Cheltenham's miserable MP makes it clear he would like to see an end to lap dancing in the town


Link Here9th October 2023
Full story: Lap Dancing in Gloustershire...Cheltenham and Gloucester
The 'justice' secretary and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has said he wants strip clubs to be banned from his constituency town. He claimed such venues harm businesses and attract antisocial behaviour.

His views on Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEV) were aired at the borough council's licensing sub-committee. In an e-mail from the MP he added:

The time has come to stop such venues opening in Cheltenham altogether.

During the meeting councillors approved a temporary licence allowing a bar to host lap dancing during Cheltenham Racecourse's November meet.

A spokesperson for Chalk said the MP has a standing objection to SEV licences and complains that Cheltenham Borough Council has the power to refuse them but they choose not to.

 

 

The glamour concession...

The BBFC publish report that includes whether major adult retail websites are 18 rated or not


Link Here8th October 2023
Full story: BBFC Fees...High censorship fees censor niche market releases
The BBFC has just published its verdicts about whether online adult retail websites should be considered 18 rated or not for the purposes of mobile internet blocking for under 18s.  

LoveHoney: www.lovehoney.co.uk

BBFC Adjudication (18 rated)

The URL led to a retail site specialising in sex toys and lingerie. The site lists its products and offers customer reviews; it includes a blog and a forum. In the blog, we found an entry on electro sex which offered advice on how to apply electricity to the genitals. In the forum, we found repeated very strong language, erotica and entries on rough sex and pornography. Part B of the Framework states that the following issues should be considered inappropriate for children: fetish material; very strong references to sexual behaviour using pornographic terms; repeated very strong language; and sex education or advice which is i) aimed at adults and ii) inappropriate for children. Each is present on the site under consideration and, accordingly, the BBFC found material on the website that we would classify at least 18. 10 July 2023

 

Ann Summers: www.annsummers.com

BBFC Adjudication (not 18 rated)

As previously, we noted that the URL led to a site devoted to images of the male form. It contained a gallery section, a news section and contact details. The site no longer contained erotica or provided hyperlinks to other sites which we would rate 18+. The BBFC Mobile Classification Framework states that works whose primary purpose is sexual arousal should be considered 18+: we do not believe that the site met this test. Rather, we consider such images as were available on the date of sampling to be 'glamour' material, ie, material which may be sexual, but the primary purpose of which is not to arouse or stimulate. Consequently, we found no material that we would rate 18+ for reasons outlined in part B of the framework.

 

Agent Provocateur: https://www.agentprovocateur.com/

BBFC Adjudication (not 18 rated)

The URL led to a retailer of lingerie and associated products. There are multiple images of women posing in underwear, but these do not go beyond the requirements of the company to advertise their garments. The shop also sells items such as whips, but without describing in detail what these products might be used for. At the time of sampling, we did not find for sale any more advanced BDSM paraphernalia such as ball gags, nipple clamps or even handcuffs. The site does not feature a blog or anywhere for visitors to post comments. We found no material that we would rate 18+ for reasons outlined in part B of the framework

 

Another website also revealed a little about about the BBFC's thinking abpout glamour material

 

Zoe Ballz: https://zoeballz.tv

BBFC Adjudication (not 18 rated)

#The URL led to the homepage of a video game streamer, and included a brief bio, as well as links to her YouTube page, her Twitch stream and a list of some of her favourite songs. It also included a photo gallery with glamour-style photographs. The Framework makes some allowance for images which have clear suggestive intentions but whose primary purpose falls short of sexual arousal or stimulation. We found no nudity in the gallery, nor any stronger sexual detail and the images available at the time of sampling were comfortably permitted under the glamour concession. We found no material that we would rate 18+ for reasons outlined in part B of the framework


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