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An uncompliable, ignorable and nonsensical sex ban...

UK coronavirus rules in high risk tiers specify that boyfriends and girlfriends should stay away from each other


Link Here 16th October 2020
Full story: Coronavirus...Internet censorship and surveillance
The UK Government has changed the law to dictate that couples in an established relationship are now banned from intimate meetings (unless they live together or are in a support bubble). Previous incarnations of coronavirus restrictions offered exemptions fro people in an established relationship but these have been dropped from rules imposed on areas classed as high or very high risk areas (applying to about half of the people in England).

Downing Street has confirmed that couples living apart in areas under these tougher restrictions can only meet outdoors. And, if the prospect of outdoor-only encounters during the bitter winter months was not grim enough, Boris Johnson's official spokesman clarified that they are not even meant to touch each other under social distancing rules.

Asked if couples living apart in tier 2 areas can see each other indoors, the prime minister's official spokesman said on Friday:

The rules on household mixing in tier 2, I think, set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you've formed a support bubble, and that obviously does apply to some couples.

The prime minister's spokesman clarified that the restrictions were set out in law. Asked why an exemption for established relationships was not written into the law for those in tiers 2 and 3, Johnson's spokesman added:

Because the purpose of the measures we've put in place is to break the chain of transmission between households, and the scientific advice is that there is greatest transmission of the virus indoors.

I don't suppose the Government will be publishing daily statistics about compliance with such miserable and unfeeling rules.

 

 

Endangered species...

Sheffield's Spearmint Rhino lap dancing club decides not to renew its licence


Link Here14th October 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in Yorkshire...Always under nutter duress
A much harassed strip club which closed in March due to coronavirus restrictions has decided not to apply to renew its licence.

Spearmint Rhino, which has been on Brown Street in Sheffield for 18 years, has surrendered its sexual entertainment venue licence and handed over its alcohol licence to another operator.

The club recently won a high-profile battle to renew the licence for a six-month period last September after a campaign by women's equality campaigners. But Sheffield City Council said the club has now withdrawn its latest application.

In the summer, the club dropped a privacy case against feminist campaigners who commissioned non consensual and secret filming of dancers at work.

Some strip club dancers, who have not worked since March, have said the industry has been hit hard by coronavirus pandemic restrictions. So presumably much of this latest decision was down to economic reality rather than more political issues.

 

 

Room for rent...

Noted swingers club La Chambre closes at its current venue


Link Here11th October 2020
Full story: Coronavirus...Internet censorship and surveillance
La Chambre is a very well known swinger's club in Sheffield. It has announced that after a year of coronavirus lockdown it is closing down at the current venue but hopes to find somewhere else in the future. A Facebook post explains:

As most clubs like ours have had to close due to COVID, it has proven to be a difficult time for us all and sadly we are starting to see some clubs making the awful decision to close their doors for ever. 

We have been reviewing our own club a long with government guideline to see what we can do ourselves, we have thought about every possible way that we can think of to get back up and running but each time we hit hurdle after hurdle that prevents it. So firstly we would like to announce that Marie and Barry, (The Oldest Swingers in Town) are hanging up their swinging shoes, whips and chains and slipping into the wonderful world of retirement.

We have taken a long hard look at La Chambre and like most clubs it make financial sense to remain closed as we lose less money than we would if we opened. We don't see the point in paying for something that we are not using, so have decided not to renew our lease on our current building while we are unable to open, which will continue for the next 6 months under the current government guide lines.

We are going to use this time to look for a new build that we feel will be more suitable and give us more options to open and also give us a chance to bring La Chambre a whole new lease of life.

 

 

Diary: Unfurloughed...

Monday 5th October Channel 4's Adult Material programme


Link Here10th October 2020
A four-part TV series set inside the British porn industry is now expected to see its premiere in October.

Adult Material, had originally been set to debut on Britain's commercial Channel 4 network in March. However it seems that viewers at that time were more interested in watching coronavirus news than late night erotic fare, so the programme was postponed.

The series stars British actress Hayley Squires as Jolene Dollar, who is a mother of three and seasoned pro in the sex movie industry.

According to The Sun , the series reveals that due to an abundance of free sex content now found on the internet, the creators of the films need to deliver increasingly extreme images to persuade people to pay. And Adult Material does not shy away from depicting such graphic images.

Adult Material begins Monday 5th October at 10pm on Channel 4.

 

 

Offsite Article: Inappropriate practices...


Link Here8th October 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in London...Predictable nutter outrage throughout London
Strip club boss used hidden cameras to expose licensing breaches at rival venues'

See article from standard.co.uk

 

 

Miserable Sheffield...

Council set to investigate hugs at a lap dancing club


Link Here28th September 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
Sheffield Council is set to discuss 'hugging breaches' and other issues at Spearmint Rhino lap dancing club.

One of the conditions of its licence is that random samples of CCTV footage will be inspected by officers on at least a monthly basis and a report presented to the licensing committee quarterly.

Recordings from various days over November and December were inspected and footage of 35 dances were viewed. Officers found three occasions of dancers hugging customers at the end of performances, which is against the licence rules that state there must be no physical contact between performer

They also found problems with customers attempting to touch dancers and not keeping their hands by their side, but where this did happen dancers stopped their performance or door staff intervened. Officers also raised issues with dancers brushing customers legs although said it appears to be accidental, and they said it was difficult to see some dances as they were performed at the far side of booths.

In the report, Claire Bower, council officer, said: Officers consider the findings to show minor issues and therefore advice has been provided in writing to the the club. The report will be discussed at a meeting on October 5.

 

 

Are you allowed a sex life under the rule of 6?...

Questions to Matt Hancock about a government law that allows only for those in an 'established relationship' reveal that casual sex is now illegal in the UK


Link Here24th September 2020
The government's latest diktats about the rule of 6 restrictions on social interactions at least allow for an exception to social distancing for those in an 'established relationship' The relevant part of the law reads:

When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.

Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, as well as taking extra steps to stay safe. For example:

  • wear a face covering : on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt

  • move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space

  • if indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open

You do not need to socially distance from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You also do not need to socially distance from someone you're in an established relationship with , or anyone in your legally-permitted support bubble if you are in one.

This has prompted people to ask if people are allowed to meet for sex if they are in a recently established relationship or if they are allowed to have sex on the first date.

An article from pinknews.co.uk asks whether casual sex hook ups are now banned for 6 months.

Matt Hancock on Sky News refused to answer sensible questions about the definition of 'established relationships' but seemed to conclude that casual sex is now illegal by saying that people should abide by the rules in their letter and their spirit.

 

 

Updated: Craft beers and lap dancing...

Wildcats lap dancing club in Barnsley to evolve into Gentleman Jacks


Link Here21st September 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in Yorkshire...Always under nutter duress
A licence has been granted for a new lap dancing club in Barnsley Town Centre. The venue will be the Theatre Royal on Wellington Street.

There are management connections with Wildcats club on the same street which will be closing.

The application states that the new club, which will be called Gentleman Jacks, will feature: fully nude zero contact lap dancing, also focused around craft beer and cocktails. The applicant said:

I would like to convert the former theatre to its former glory, for the public to once again be able to enjoy.

The plans are to convert the historic theatre into two venues, with gentleman's club Gentleman Jack's on the second floor. The ground floor will be converted into a separate nightclub-cum-bar called Cheeky Tiki.

Update: Licence approved

21st September 2020. See article from examinerlive.co.uk

The local council has now approved a sexual entertainment licence for the new venue.

 

 

Morality tale...beware of getting drunk in a lap dancing club...

Bank does not refund customer who claimed misappropriation of his credit card funds


Link Here 20th September 2020
A customer who went to to the financial ombudsman after 13,000 vanished from his bank following a night of drinking at a lap-dancing club has failed to get the disputed money refunded.

He fell asleep in the club and when he woke he still had his card and could remember only a couple of 200 dances. But when he later checked his account he found 12,921 had been taken in six transactions.

The customer claimed he must have been drugged and his details stolen by staff and he sought a refund from his bank, TSB.

When the unnamed club was contacted by the bank they showed receipts for all the disputed transactions. The police declines to get involved citing previous similar cases not finding enough evidence for a prosecution.

 

 

Stripped down...

Birmingham burlesque club seeks to convert to a standard bar


Link Here15th September 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in West Midlands...Fun on Broad Street
A Birmingham Burlesque show is giving up the format over coronavirus restrictions.

The management of Tina Night Club on Broad Street explained that the format wasn't viable in a covid world. Managers are now seeking to convert the venue into a standard bar.

 

 

Morality department...

Selfridges department store in Mayfair objects to a lap dancing club licence application


Link Here3rd September 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in London...Predictable nutter outrage throughout London
Selfridges is fighting plans to open a strip club directly opposite its new entrance. The department store has objected to an application for a club in Duke Street.

Electshow Ltd, which ran lap dancing venue the Mayfair Club in Dover Street, has applied to Westminster council to turn the existing Blush club into a gentleman's bar offering full nudity, striptease and pole-dancing between 9pm and 6am Monday to Saturday. The Mayfair Club closed in December when the lease ran out.

At a meeting last week, Selfridges QC told Westminster's licensing committee that a strip club has no place here. He argued:

Selfridges needs no introduction. It is an iconic retail store, one of the anchor retail stores of the West End of London and acts as a magnet for visitors.

My clients have spent five years and 300million on a redevelopment of the Duke Street facade to transform it from the rather modest services side of the building to a fine piece of architecture in its own right.

This proposal for a lap dancing club is entirely inimical to the character of this area. It has no place here... This is not [an application] for a corner store. It's a 6am sexual entertainment venue licence and nightclub in a highly sensitive location. It has attracted a large amount of objections.

Westminster council is expected to publish its decision this week.

 

 

Upstanding TV...

Claims of a first for the programme Me and My Penis which features several erections


Link Here31st August 2020
Erect penises appeared on broadcast television on Monday reportedly for the first time in a new taboo-shattering Channel 4 documentary. Me & My Penis , which aired at 10pm, showed footage of eight erections as men pose for naked photographs while discussing male issues.

The erections are shown in an entirely artistic photographic context, and Channel 4 feels that filming them doesn't break any rules.

The subjects filmed for the documentary are photographed by London-based British artist and fine art photographer Ajamu, whose radical portraits of the male body have pushed boundaries and provoked cultural debate.

While he shoots their intimate photographs, the men discuss their varied experiences -- from the pleasures of sex to stories of infertility and sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, homophobia and mental health. The programme, which airs at 10pm, will show footage of eight erections as men pose for naked photographs while discussing male issues.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has previously said there is no ban on showing erections on TV, but it would have to be justified by the context.

 

 

Swingers...

Channel 4 looks into the world of swinging


Link Here9th August 2020
Channel 4 is trailing Swingers , a frank and enlightening observational-documentary looks to lift the lid on the swinging scene.

Filmed before the outbreak of Covid-19, Swingers explores the world of the everyday people who choose to do something different in their free time.

Meeting committed couples who claim swinging is the cherry on top of their already great relationship and single men and women who believe swinging is a safe and respectful way to satisfy their sexual desires without commitment; the single women being known as unicorns for their rarity on the circuit.

  The one off documentary will air later this year in an hour-long slot on Channel 4.

 

 

Offsite Article: Britain's sex that is secret...


Link Here8th August 2020
Inside UK's elite swingers clubs

See article from adotas.com

 

 

Consent lessons...

It seems that feminists are somehow exempt from the need to seek consent when filming sex, especially when seeking to destroy the livelihoods of lap dancers


Link Here3rd August 2020
A group of lap-dancers who were filmed without their consent at a strip club have dropped their privacy case.

Feminists commissioned the covert filming which showed dancers sexually touching customers and each other at Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield.

Lap dancers, supported by the club, took legal action against the filming, saying their human rights had been breached.

However, the case has been discontinued with Spearmint Rhino agreeing to pay almost 50,000 in costs.

The feminist group Not Buying It said it hoped the outcome would embolden others to come forward.

It is understood that the club felt it could have won the case but decided not to pursue it because of added financial limitations due to the coronavirus crisis. All lap-dancing clubs remain closed as part of measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Not Buying it is understood to have commissioned private investigators to visit the strip club, as well as another in London, wearing glasses containing hidden cameras.

A group of nine workers from the club then went to court claiming publication of the footage would infringe their human right to respect for private life .

Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield had its licence renewed last year, however campaigners are challenging this with a judicial review expected to be heard later this year.

 

 

Without sin...

Council dismisses claims against lap dancing club


Link Here31st July 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in the North West...Moralists around Manchester, Liverpool and Carlisle
A Blackpool lap dancing club has been allowed to keep its licence after councillors dismissed unsubstantiated allegations against the operator.

The licensee appeared before a meeting of the council's public protection sub-committee after an objection was received to his application to renew the sexual entertainment venue licence at Sinless on Central Promenade.

The meeting heard allegations had been made against Mr Newton that he had acted inappropriately towards female performers, encouraged drug taking and allowed under-age drinking and performing.

The authority found no evidence to back up the claims.

 

 

The monopolies commission...

Watford Council decides to continue enforcing the monopoly for one lap dancing club in town


Link Here15th July 2020
A monopoly of one strip club will continue to be enforced by Watford Borough Council.

The Council's existing licensing policy limits the number of sexual entertainment venues in the borough to just one. And since 2011 the only sexual entertainment venue in the borough has been teh Diamond and Strings lap dancing club in Market Street.

But on July 7th, members of the council's licensing committee met to consider whether the number of venues allowed in the town should be increased. But the committee agreed that the existing monopoly should remain in place for a further three years when the policy will be reviewed again.

 

 

Killing Kittens...

The UK government is set to buy a stake of a company arranging sex parties for the rich and famous


Link Here10th July 2020

The U.K. government is set to invest 170,000 into a company that runs adult parties for the rich and famous around the world.

Founded in 2005 by Emma Sayle, Killing Kittens hosts exclusive events in cities like London, Manchester and Los Angeles. The company explains on its website:

Our world-famous parties are designed to encourage, liberate, build confidence and allow experimentation all within a safe environment led by our Kittens. Burlesque performances, ornate townhouses, countryside mansions. We guarantee it's like nothing you've ever experienced before.

Killing Kittens launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform in May. It raised 170,000 from Seedrs investors, which the government is planning to match through its Future Fund scheme, bringing total investment to 340,000. When the deal is complete, the U.K. taxpayer will hold a 1.47% equity stake in Killing Kittens.

 

 

In the lap of moralists...

Norwich council decides to restrict strip pubs and lap dancing clubs to 4


Link Here3rd July 2020
The number of city strip clubs in Norwich is set to be restricted after councillors agreed a new licensing policy.

Councillors decided to restrict the number of licensed sexual entertainment venues (SEV) to two in the inner city and two in the wider outer city area.

A report on the measures claimed that concentration of licensed premises in a particular area can result in a potential fear of crime, anti-social behaviour, noise pollution and other disturbance.

 

 

Offsite Article: Fighting for the cause...


Link Here24th June 2020
TonyN of the Stripping the Illusion lap dancing blog died earlier this year

See article from strippingtheillusion.blogspot.com

 

 

It seems that coronavirus news is more interesting than sex...

Channel 4's Adult Material series has been postponed to avoid competing with coronavirus news


Link Here 14th May 2020
The screening of new Channel 4 drama Adult Material has been pushed back until the autumn.

The adult related content requires a 10pm slot and in the current climate of coronavirus, it would have to compete with the main BBC and ITV news programmes, which are still getting 6.5 million viewers tuning in for updates on the Covid crisis.

It's hoped that by waiting until the autumn, there's a chance that the crisis will have calmed down and people's viewing habits will return to normal.

 

 

Dance on...

Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield survives shut down attempt by feminist campaigners who commissioned secret video filming without consent


Link Here27th April 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in Sheffield...The usual nutter protests
A strip club harassed by feminist campaigners has had its license renewed. Sheffield council's licensing committee had met for eight hours to discuss whether Spearmint Rhino should have its sexual entertainment licence renewed.

Private investigators employed by campaigners had secretly filmed dancers who reportedly sexually touched customers and each other. The dances were filmed without consent of either the dancers or the customers.

Dancers from the club had campaigned to save the licence. Celia Lister, who dances at the club, said:

It's been a huge milestone in breaking the social stigma around sex work and I think much to the displeasure of [anti-strip club campaigners], this scandal has actually helped us gain the publicity we needed to do this.

The council said full reasons for the renewal would be given soon but fter the secret filming council officers inspected the club monthly.

 

 

Adult Material...

Channel 4 trails its new drama set in the world of porn production


Link Here14th March 2020
Channel 4 has released the trailer for the network's upcoming drama, Adult Material,  based around the porn industry, starring Rupert Everett and Joe Dempsie.

The Sun described the trailer as:

seriously racy, giving viewers a look at what to expect from the series, which focuses on the porn industry.

Set in modern Britain, the four-part series looks into the adult entertainment business from the point of view of a female performer. Lead character Jolene Dollar (played by Hayley Squires) has worked in the industry her entire adult life and has seen it change from dodgy backroom dealings to a legitimate way to make some serious money.

 

 

Madame JoJo is returning to Soho...

Soho residents oppose the re-opening of iconic gay venue Madame JoJo's


Link Here29th February 2020
Full story: Sex Sells in Soho...But the authorities aren't so keen
The granddaughters of the porn baron Paul Raymond are leading a plan to reopen the Soho cabaret club Madame Jojo's. The Soho venue has been shut since 2014 when it closed after half a century in business.

Residents and the Soho Society responded with the usual miserablist nonsense about late night revelling.

In December the club had its licence approved by Westminster city council, with the application stating that some performances may contain nudity, including burlesque style.

 

 

A private session...

Edinburgh Council hold an unprecedented evidence session of actually listening to the dancers rather than just anti lap dancing moralists


Link Here21st February 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing Licensing in Scotland...Scotland legislation to restrict lap dancing
Dancers who work in Edinburgh's strip clubs have been giving evidence to the city council as it prepares to bring in new licensing rules.

Last year, the council became the first in Scotland to opt into licensing powers to impose controls on sexual entertainment venues (SEVs), including posers to limit or ban them.

Performers who work in the city's four lap-dancing bars were invited to speak at a closed evidence session earlier this week.

Louise, who has worked as a dancer in Edinburgh's bars for more than five years, was among them. She told STV News it was unprecedented that the council was offering to hear their views.

A council spokeswoman said: The evidence heard will be considered and included in a report to be presented to the Regulatory Committee later this year. A final decision will then be taken on how we propose to license these venues.

 

 

Updated: AstrayCats...

SophistiCats in Euston is closed on police and trading standards recommendations


Link Here31st January 2020
Full story: Lap Dancing in London...Predictable nutter outrage throughout London
SophistiCats is located at 34/38 Eversholt St, Euston, London

When one man woke up last February to find a credit card charge of 50,000 for a lap dancing club he was too drunk to remember visiting, he contacted the police, who launched an investigation into possible criminal behaviour and recommended the venue loses its licence.

The club in Euston could lose its Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEV) licence next week after the Metropolitan Police and Camden Trading Standards both recommended it is not renewed by Camden Council on January 9.

 

Update: Licence revoked

31st January 2020. See article from itv.com

Barrister Robert Cohen, representing the Met police, said officers had noticed startling similarities between various alleged incidents at the club. He told the council licensing committee that it is likely performers were encouraging alcohol consumption with a view of extracting money from those customers. He said the fact of irresponsible supply of alcohol was irrefutable, and added: It is about as far away from good practice in a licensed premises as possible.

The council duly revoked the club's licence.

 

 

Updated: Up against the morality industry...

An application for a new lap dancing club in Dundee


Link Here19th January 2020
A plan to bring a lap dancing bar to Dundee has sparked a few objections from locals.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Ross Morrison has submitted an application to Dundee City Council seeking permission to operate an adult entertainment venue from the former Industry nightclub on Seagate.

The venture will be operated by Andrew Cox, a Glasgow-based businessman who runs the Seventh Heaven lap dancing bar in the city.

The venue is opposite St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Reverend Jeremy Auld, the provost of the cathedral has called for the application to be refused on moral grounds. He said:

As a Christian church, we promote the worth and dignity of every human being as being equally deserving of honour, dignity and respect without exception.The nature of the business leads inevitably to the objectifying of human beings working in the club as sex objects.

Update: Application refused citing 'location'

19th January 2020. See article from thecourier.co.uk

Plans for a new lap dancing club in Dundee have been rejected. The plan, which would have seen Industry nightclub on the Seagate refurbished and reopened, was unanimously voted down yesterday by Dundee City Council's licensing board.

The board claimed the location of the club was 'unsuitable'. The board's convener Stewart Hunter said:

What I'm going to do is recommend refusal of this application on the basis of the location. I appreciate that as the applicant has stated, there are other premises located in similar areas in Scotland but we have to use our local knowledge.

 

 

For Police Eyes Only...

For Your Eyes Only closed in Southampton pending the police investigation of incident of theft, fraud and assault


Link Here18th January 2020
Strippers allegedly fleeced a punter of 33,000 after he was plied with booze. Cops are probing whether girls at the For Your Eyes Only club poured alcohol into his mouth and held his fingers to put his pin in a card machine.

He arrived at the club at 4.25am but it is alleged he was finally allowed to leave at midday -- eight hours later and long after it had closed. Several times strippers used physical force to stop the punter from leaving a private booth at the lap dancing club, police suspect.

Police are now investigating strippers and waitresses for alleged theft, fraud, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

The Southampton club has temporarily closed and had its licence suspended.


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