"Never judge a book by its cover"

A pierced (ex-)librarian....whatever next....where will it all end? I really don't know, but this is my story so far.

About me:
Born in 1948, which makes me...OK, so you do the math. Eyes - Green. Height - 5ft 9ins. Weight - currently 154lbs (but trying to get it down). Starsign - Libra: the sign of a balanced personality, hmmm.

Likes:
Being nice to people. Beautiful golden sunsets. Cacti: the way they defy the odds of nature. Chinese food. Feeling the need not to take anything too seriously. A long soak in a hot tub. On-line shopping. Relaxing and doing nothing occasionally. Sixties' music. Oh - and BME, of course.

Favourite film of all time:
Casablanca.

Dislikes:
Whingers - 'If you can't cheer up, shut up'. Cold wet winter days. Homophobia. Indecision. ISPs that cut out on you after two hours. Junk mail that's sent in an envelope saying "Important - This is not a circular". Machines that don't work like they're supposed to. Weak coffee. Websites that say only 'Under construction'. Cruelty to animals - remember, they were here first.

Quote:
"Don't knock it till you've tried it."

Turn-ons:
Big boots, high heels, black leather, skin-tight rubber, PVC, corsets... Mmmmmmm!

Turn-offs:
BO: there's NO excuse for it - soap and deodorant are NOT that expensive.

Pet hate:
Intolerance - 'If you don't like it don't do it, but don't tell everyone else they shouldn't like or do it either'.

Goal in life:
Be happy - There are enough miserable ****s in the world without me adding to them.

My "library catalog":
In stock (in order of acquisition) - PA ring (now 5mm); paired standard lobe rings (currently at 4mm); septum (now with circular barbell); stomach tattoo; pubic piercing (titanium CBR) *RIP 18 Jan 2002*; centre tongue (2mm barbell); navel rings (only the inverse remains out of the pair); paired 21mm dia nipple rings (first two pairs both rejected); BME and Celtic Rings logo tattoos - matching pair on both outside shoulders; Madison (14ga CBR) *RIP 17 Mar 2002*; wrist bar (PTFE) done during the British Meet at Brighton - rejected, but only after 4 years; 'love handles' - paired D-ring surface piercings *RIP*; cartilage ring (left ear); tragus (right ear); nape (PTFE bar)*RIP*; second pair of nipple piercings (vertical barbells); second nape *RIP*; bridge; BMEboy tattoo (centre back); 16mm dia guiche (my third try at a guiche) *RIP 6 Jan 2002*; third nape *also RIP*; 'Cell' back rings - a set of 6 D-Rings (lasted around nine months); pair of spinal surface bars *RIP*; replacement pubic ring *RIP* and guiche *guiche RIP 13 Apr 2002 after only two weeks!*; replacement Madison (12ga CBR) *RIP*; smiley aka scrumper *RIP*: paired foreskin rings.
Future additions: It's been some years now since I added anything new, or replaced anything. But that doesn't mean the urge may not strike again at any time!
And I'll bet that that you thought that librarians were boring old ****ers!

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Tips and Tricks

And now here's the rest of it (in alphabetical order - I'm a librarian, remember)

My blog:
Slices of Life Come and see what I get up to when I'm let loose by myself!

My BME articles:
Read all about it! - our Brits' May Bank Holiday get-together in Brighton
Don's handy guide to writing BME 'experiences'

My BME interview:
As BME's Number one experience reviewer, I was very honoured to have been interviewed by Roo for BME on 21 February 2007 - here you go .....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Librarian

My buddy pics:
You're out of luck here: there aren't any. Why not? Not because I don't have any buddies - there are lots of really great people here on IAM. But I didn't want to put up a screenful of buddies just because everyone else's page has one. I like to be an individual, to do what's right for me - that's what BME is all about, really.... Just in case you were wondering.

My character:
(And here I quote from the results of a psychometric test): "Happy in his own company. Prefers to make his own decisions. Co-operative and obliging. Avoids conflict. Modest. Even temperament. Non-emotional. Relaxed. Copes without being flustered. Concentrates on the big picture rather than the detail. Quite radical. A challenge rather than the conventional. Non-conformist. Disorganized. Spontaneous reactions. Solution-focussed. High expediency. Finds his own way of doing things. Confident intellectual. Generates interesting, practical ideas."

My chastity:
Ever wondered what it's like to be locked up in a chastity belt? You can read all about my chastity escapades in the IAM Chastity Forum

My corsets:
Yes - I wear a corset! My current favourite to be laced up in is my black 28" PVC one, which you can see along with my others in my Corset Collection gallery.

My counter:
Currently at: - Thanks for stopping by: enjoy your visit!

My days as a schoolboy:

Me as a second-former




Me... as a second-former, aged 12!

Click the photo to read the story in words and pictures of my days as a grammar-school pupil in the 1960s.



Diary

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
2/26/2010 | 1 comments

When I'm reviewing BME experiences, if I have time I usually take a look at those written in other languages. Outright fakes are easy enough to spot and denounce - like the idiot who took my Ten Tips article and tried to pass it off as a Chinese tongue-web experience - but of the others I can only properly speak/read French, German and a bit of Italian. My French, which at seven years' worth is the one I'd studied the longest at school, is by a long chalk the one I'm still most proficient in.

But I did five years' worth of German, getting a Grade A at A level, and winning a school prize for it. So while my vocabulary isn't nearly as wide as it once was I thought I'd have a shot at doing some German reviews. The basic sense was easy enough to grasp and with the aid of a dictionary I could make a reasoned judgement on whether they were OK or not. One thing which is available now which wasn't when I was learning the language is of course an online translator. My overall impression is that although understandably it will balk at the "difficult" words, it gets some easy ones wrong and above all often fails to convey the sense of a complete sentence in the same way that a real person can. It certainly produces some weirdly stilted English which with a bit *lot* more practice I could certainly improve on. Although I recollect that one of the things we were taught at school was to read the whole passage through in the language and try and understand the gist of what the author was trying to convey without attempting a word-for-word translation all the time - a sort of "wood for the trees" effect.

Forays into fetish-land
2/23/2010 | 0 comments

I don't know if it's a particularly British trait, but one of the things people tend to dislike referring to openly (still less admitting to) is incontinence. I can understand there being a certain amount of inherent squeamishness about it, but it's a fact of life and as with any of the things life throws at us, some of us cope better than others. I've used the word "us" there quite deliberately, as for some time I've been conscious of a growing need to avoid going out anywhere without ready access to a toilet (particularly outdoors where there isn't always a handy clump of bushes around).

Anyway, the solution I chose to experiment with was to try adult diapers (or nappies, to give them the medically correct British name). The reason for that was I'd known that some people chose to get diapered up as a fetish or "fancy dress", and that aspect of it definitely appealed to my kinky side - at least on a 'try it and see if you like it' basis. To cut a long story short, I do find it a bit of a turn-on being in diapers, and I admit I do tend to do it on a lot more than on a just-in-case basis. On a practical level it's the ideal solution, the actual underlying problem is, I imagine, over a period of time only going to get worse, and so I guess I'm lucky to have killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.

I can't help feeling it's a pity on the other hand, that there seems to be a definite perception that having to wear diapers is something to be ashamed of, and people who do it just for fun often seem to be condemned by those who need to but don't want to. It's a sensitive subject area, but I'd like to think that if I'd tried it and found I didn't like it, I'd at least either accept the inevitable with good grace or seek another solution. At least I'd try and understand and wouldn't criticize anyone else for their choice of fetish.

PS - I've deliberately opted for the term diapers when writing all that: I don't usually choose to use American terminology, but somehow it seems easier to say I've found I'm something of a DL (diaper-lover) than to say rather more prosaically "I sometimes have to wear nappies".

Getting locked up.... again
2/19/2010 | 4 comments

Ever since I'd had my brief foray into the world of chastity back in November 2007 I'd never quite got over the feeling that it was something I'd want to do again. While a proper stainless steel belt is I think generally acknowledged to be the most secure method, its price tag of several hundred pounds puts it - in my case at least - out of the range of speculative purchases.

Anyway, by one of those odd association-of-ideas things, I happened to see on eBay a new chrome CB6000. It's evidently one of their new designer line and although it's not actually metal (real chrome of course would soon rust in any sort of long-term use) I thought it looked pretty hot. And since it was Valentine's Day, I took the plunge!

Like the CB3000 I'd had a couple of years ago, it doesn't come with any "instructions" but I remembered how to put it on from last time round. The design is much improved I must say: it's a lot more comfortable with less pinching in the wrong places and after a mere 12 hours of being locked in it, my only doubt so far is why I didn't get one sooner!

Checkout chick!
2/8/2010 | 1 comments

As one who tends to regard trips to the supermarket as a necessary evil rather than a "shopping experience", the least pleasurable part is invariably queueing at the checkout while the operator finishes a long conversation with the customer in front and then puts my stuff through... with a better-than average chance of a mistake when I check the receipt at home afterwards. So when I discovered that as part of a store refit, my local supermarket had installed some new self-service checkouts, I couldn't wait to give them a go. Although I'd never used one before, the idea isn't new - and is only an extension of things like ATMs and self-service petrol pumps. Hardly rocket science.

Actually scanning the items is the easy (and boring) bit. You have to stand up to do it, and the "bagging area" where you put your stuff in the bag afterwards isn't much bigger than an oversized bathroom scales: it's certainly not designed to cope with a large trolley-load - and the thing shouts at you if you remove a full bag to start filling a new empty one. Literally. I get the whole Disability Discrimination thing where the lift now tells you when the doors are open and what floor you're on... but even if a blind person can tell which shelf things are kept on to start off with, they're not going to be able to see where the barcode is to scan it themselves. Anyway. You get shouted at again reminding you to scan your Nectar card before the screen display has actually prompted you for it, but at least it does say "Thank you" at the end.

It does come with practice: the second time of using it I only had to call the assistant over once - to code in a coupon which wouldn't scan. It's going to be interesting I think to see what proportion of customers start using them in preference, especially as you don't get a discount for what is essentially doing all or most of the work yourself. When I'd finished today there was in fact a queue behind me, although nowhere near as long as for the staffed checkouts.

Watch out... Godot is coming
2/7/2010 | 1 comments

Or so we're *reliably* informed. Like most people, I've lost count of the number of launch dates for BME2.0 which have come and gone over the last eighteen months: it's now due to take place later this month apparently, with IAM2.0 following suit a month after that.

Like a number of other IAM members, for the last ten years I've used IAM as my 'homepage' by opting for public access to it - or at least to the basic "frontpage". So I'm in something of a quandry over what to do in the light of the answer Rachel has given that after the relaunch this option will no longer be available. While IAM is - and always has been - a gated community, those of us who've chosen to open our own personal gate a little to allow a glimpse of what's inside have been able to do so. But evidently no longer. I don't want to abandon my page, neither do I want to go down the Facebook/MySpace road. So, what options does that leave me.....?

1. I could carry on as before in which case anyone who follows a link to it will get a login page or a generic "members only" error message. Personally I find that infuriating when I'm on the receiving end, though, and I certainly don't intend to be a party to inflicting it on anyone else.
2. I could use my own webspace to add current content to what's already there, although in view of the 'adult' nature of some of the things I get up to now, I can't help feeling a second separate domain name might be a wise precaution.
3. I could sign up for a new blog account: I've been very impressed with some of the things people have done on blogger and wordpress. The big question in my mind I think would be how much content I'd want to duplicate between that and IAM.

There may be other options which will occur to me between now and then - it's at least four to six weeks ahead anyway, and bearing in mind what Godot was famous for.....

Petition


So... How are YOU going to give your support to IAM in the coming weeks?

The following people signed this petition:

kyo "(Take and submit good pics, get a new tatt, and review experiences)"
Jen "(sent in cash, submitted a story and will try & get good pix)"
CT "(Updates of my sleeve when I start it shortly.)"
barcode "(thank you for your continued efforts and kind interest!)"
t-snake "(Too much of my very little free time spent reviewing experiences)"
Cerra "(Reviewing, as usual.)"
Narakyndryn "(If all goes aok, I'll have a few more experiences to share.)"
nobcatz "(take some pics. for IAM diary)"
Anna "(i hope i will have lowbrets to take pictures!)"
cenobite "(Just discovered reviewing experiences.)"
snodogj "(More experience reviews and more ink pics...after tonight...)"
Stormchaser "(Hi, right now: submitting. reviewing once could also be an option)"
bodybuilderef "(More sumissions, iam submissive!)"
Erica "(Lots o' reviewing)"
havoq "(Sending new pictures, writing experiences, and sending in some $)"
titanium_angel "(Just put in my tongue experience, and will keep reviewing!)"
PrettyHateMachine "(Reviewing experiences! I want to be in the top 100 reviewers soon)"
rogue83 "(I don`t have interesting stories or pics, I`ll just sent the £`s )"
MrHorus "(hopefully i'll buy some stuff from the shop over xmas)"
CactusWitch "(Pay for continued membership, review and submit more experiences)"
Curt "(continue to review experiences and ante up via paypal as well.)"
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-Matt- "(A few days ago I submitted a story to BME)"
ozzisme "(Pictures, experiences, reviewing. All that good stuff.)"
merrry "(I'm going to take your advice! HUGS,,,,,)"
Lullay "(Continue editing and submitting experienes, add photos + Paypal.)"
The Wong Fuckin Person "(submitted a bunch of pics, and review experiences now and then)"
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starless_dark "(Submitted some pictures and might try to finish some experiences)"
Suuz "(write an experience as soon as i get something new )"
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sweetcheeks "(Bombared the experience engine with my awesome tattoo experiences)"
strawberry "(Write good experiences, sponsor people if I can, buy a subscrip.)"
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Don "(I'm going to submit my spinal bars as an experience this weekend)"
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luvpain99 "(Sending in pictures, videos, BMEShop, and ocassional money.)"
kaylah "(Review Experiences!!)"
marq 2.0 "(Continue reviewing experiences)"
pierced_vein "(.well i bought 5 shirts and got 5 months free membership.)"
Psycho_fly "(review experiances)"
Xotchil "(i'm going to have a piercing party and post pictures!!!)"
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Desert Rat "(reviewing and adding expiriences, photos of my work.,bmeshop, etc)"
_amberx00 "(I'm Going to add my Ear Stretching Experience :D)"
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Ashley "(Once I get my tax return, most of it's going towards IAM/BME.)"
macacu "(go to as many bme events and take tons of pictures)"
phoenixxx "(pics of my nipple scarification...)"
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seeeingred "(I am going to use BME to learn more about Body Modification.)"
MizzGrell "(I just submitted a story and I'll turn in some pictures asap :D)"
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giselle "(I pay for IAM, buy from BMEshop, review and submit experiences...)"
Michis "(Review experiences and submit more photos)"
dollsnatch "(buying BME Shop stuff, and reviewing looooaaads of experiences)"
Mike Mars "(More reviewing, I bought the modcon book as well)"
Anaesthetise "(review, submit, donate...be an active member as much as I can)"
plotski46 "(Review many experiences, and submit my nipple piercing story.)"
hunterjackson "(I will keep my page up and offer help to my friends here on iam!)"
bizarroboy "(I'll keep writing that confuses, conflicts and confounds people.)"
Angel82 "(I like to review experiences and add my own when I get pierced)"
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ivonkohler "(Sent in photo's of my ugly mug + i'll write some experiences soon)"
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Jack "(Bought a full membership on a pay-monthly thingummabob)"
sewingmyfish "(have just written three new experiences to submit...)"
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Nikki Knuckles "(I've been reviewing a lot, but I think I suck at it. )"
exitus84 "(make some playpiercings . . .)"
jessa "(hey! you laughin at me?)"
annonamiss "(stories and pix!!)"
rhi "(pay for my account and buy lots of bmeshop stuff)"
nibjet "(I just sent an experience, and payday is next Friday.)"
gothicphoenixx "(reviewing experiences, submitting another editorial/experience)"
AnotherBleedingHeart "(write another experience & log my navel streach to submit later)"
EziliGede "(reading/writing experiences)"
papercut "(I am going to donate fifty pounds sterling to BME)"
squiggles "(well I write experiances that you review, and do reviewing myself)"
PerfectAngel "(Full membership, and will send in a few experiences.)"
incur "(payment, sponsor, sponsor, sponsor and review! )"
CelticFairie "(Get some pics up, more experiences, i already payed the $10)"
curlyhare1 "(im outta experiences to write, which leaves submiting pics!)"
crazybrujo "(by deleting old diary entries and galleries that waste space)"
ephemeral "(pics, experiences, money.)"
kmason "(I just had an experience approved...now I'll go back to reviewing)"
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Bryan "(review experiances, write one or two, send some pics)"
LostEtrnl "(more pics, possibly another experience, and more reviewing...)"
YoungMom "(I've just started reviewing and where ever else I am needed)"
KaoolS "(I paid for my and my bf's accounts and I buy stuff from BMEshop.)"
Girl "(continue to review, submit pics and experiences)"
Maribelle Lebre "(I am submitting a ritual tattoo experience.)"
purrtykitty4m "(To write and review more experiences!)"
Caroline June "(Reviewing experiences I imagine.)"
Scarred "(put up an experience a few days ago now i got the camera out!)"
meechums "(experiences, pictures, sponsership )"
Shit Disturber "(review experiences)"
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juniper "(I'm reviewing like a madwoman!)"
MyDaydream "(I am going to send in some more spiffy photographs)"
wrongway152 "(wrote in an experience, which you reviewed! thanks! x)"
dave "(review experiences )"
kay "(give everyone hugs?)"
Poppie "(I have submitted about 6 pics today and started IAM:SelfPiercing )"
Superstarlet AD "(I'm currently writing the Tooth Filing FAQ)"
StealingTheMoj "(pimp it out to everyone i see...and review experiences )"
shpluck "(experience reviews and adding some pictures and an experience)"
soontohang "(Reviewing is fun!!!)"
InnerDemons "(Submitted a couple of experiences)"
kermee "(I just paid for my membership and write my lobes experience!)"
ataxia "(having my conch dermal punched at 4mm in the next few weeks.)"
Moosh "(with lots of pic's..)"
belladivision7 "(Continue manically reviewing experiences.)"
pinface "(Submit pictures of my brand spanking new double nape piercings!)"
Bear151556 "(REveiw Expeiences, and finish writing a few of my own so I can su)"
Kittybeth "(Submit a few more experiences and a photoset; reviewing )"
Mistress Kittenn "(I'm going to add my nostril 2 experience and review experiences)"
Paranoid "(ive just submitted another hundred or so pictures for my gallery)"
dazedeagle "(I'm reviewing! plus I plan to add some pics...)"
Glow "(Hi there! )"
ZombinaCorpse "(I'm going to submit some more pictures of my mods!)"
gretel "(continuing to submit to bme hard, reviewing experiences. xx)"
devilskebab "(I've gone and paid for a subscription)"
Ron Garza "(ill continue sending shannon pics of my work,.as i have since '96)"
TMHahn "(Read and submit more experiences.)"
509mike "(Submit scrotal ladder experience)"
Efix "(picture submission, reviewing experiences and writing one too)"
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