"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

At last.... a mod-related diary entry!
2/5/2010 | 0 comments
Tags: mods

I've been conscious for some little while that I haven't written in my diary for absolutely ages about my mods, but that's because nothing really has happened to write about. However, while I've been uncomfortably and occasionally quite painfully aware for some weeks that my remaining nipple ring was migrating - it had somehow got twisted - I was hoping against hope that it would settle down again. It didn't, and having noticed this morning that it was hanging on by literally a small hairs' breadth of skin, I've reluctantly accepted the inevitable and taken it out. I can't remember exactly when the left hand one went the same way, but this is my third pair of nipple rings to have eventually rejected, leaving me with just the vertical barbells which I had done in the summer of 2001.

Perhaps I should just stick with those: while I think I prefer the visual appearance of rings, the practicalities have to enter into the equation at some point and the question is whether to have a piercing which is successful and practical, or one which looks better but isn't. I obviously need to let the scar heal up first before doing anything else about it anyway, so there's no great rush. It was a bit of a disappointment all the same, even though I could see it coming.

Achievements... and sobering thoughts
2/4/2010 | 0 comments

I'm pleased - and rather proud - to say that I've pretty much finished the initial work on my schooldays website. Or at least, it's finished in terms of doing all the uploads. I've got a bit of work still to do on tweaking the design elements a bit: I definitely need to neaten up the linking and ideally I'd like to do a proper menu bar for it. But one thing at a time.

I had a lot of enjoyment doing it. It was something I felt I wanted to do: it brought back some very vivid, happy and occasionally poignant memories. Looking at all the old photos and recognizing the long-forgotten faces once again, it all seemed like only yesterday. But the harsh reality of course is that time has moved inexorably on. Few if any of the staff who taught me and whose names and faces I remembered so well are likely to be still alive, and any who are will be well into their late seventies or eighties. Even the youngest ex-pupil who started after my time is going to be 45 .

I'd been exchanging emails with the fellow ex-pupil whose Flickr picture upload had unwittingly got me started on all this, and I was saddened when he told me that another old schoolmate who'd been commenting on our photos had suffered a major heart attack on Friday and had died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Although he'd have been a couple of years below me and I didn't remember him from school, it was nevertheless nice to exchange our nostalgic recollections. The news of his death brought home to me the fact that a diminishing number of my former classmates, too, will have survived. I guess it's at times like this I count my blessings and realize how fortunate I am.

The Customer is always right..... except when they've got no shoes on!
1/28/2010 | 2 comments
Tags: In the News

Today's rather bizarre news item reveals that a Tesco store in Cardiff has put up a notice asking customers not to shop in their nightclothes nor barefoot, "in case it offends other customers".

I don't know what the background is to this, but I'm guessing that it's probably a 24-hour store where people just nip out in the middle of the night to get something they want without bothering to throw any clothes on. I wouldn't have thought anyone much was going to deliberately stage their weekly visit to the supermarket on a Saturday afternoon dressed in only their PJs... but so what if they do? Tescos is hardly the last word in genteel upmarket elegance anyway, and I wouldn't shop there (or anywhere else either) barefoot for fear of treading in something nasty. Personally, as long as other shoppers don't block the aisles with their trolleys, I couldn't care less what they are or aren't wearing.

One of the lesser-known benefits of shopping online is of course that you can wear whatever you please while you're doing it... as long as you turn your webcam off first, of course!

Happiness is Google-shaped
1/25/2010 | 0 comments

For the past few days, I've been busily adding content to my schooldays website. For the most part it's been easy enough: having decided what pictures to put where amongst the text, I've just done the insertions and the uploading a few bits at a time, occasionally adding a bit of text and "tweaking" the layout so that it doesn't all look the same. From time to time the nostalgia factor has been quite emotional for me, just as it was when I first wrote the content before Christmas. But I've plodded on and I'd say it's probably about half-finished now.

However in the process I've rather sidestepped the question of what to do with it afterwards. Since it's my site, I don't need to do anything with it: I wrote it originally simply because I wanted to and I've derived a good deal of satisfaction from just seeing it take shape. At the end of last week I cautiously added links to it on my Flickr photostream as well as my IAM page here: after all, bandwidth permitting I'd like a few visitors now and again!

This morning, I discovered to my delight it's showing on Google. I'd been curious about whether it would be and if so how long it would take - but without any effort on my part it's appeared in seventh place ranking on the search results screen. I was quite chuffed, especially having come across horror stories of all sorts of underhand tricks used by webmasters to achieve high rankings on search engines. Whether it'll remain that way is probably doubtful, although there isn't much material at all online about my old school. Either way, I'm enjoying my 15 minutes of Google-fame.


Historical perspectives
1/20/2010 | 4 comments

I did my customary crop of BME experience reviews this morning, and then spent a very productive and enjoyable afternoon working on my schooldays website. There was a certain amount of "legwork" involving splitting the continuous written content into logically grouped pages which was a bit on the tedious side, but I managed to do it without losing anything or creating any broken links. I successfully embedded a photo on the main front page, and so far I'm really pleased with the way it's starting to look.

But it idly occurred to me as I was walking the dog this evening (and thinking back to the morning's reviews) that it hasn't got any mention anywhere of bodymods. The reason for that is simple: in those days Body Modification as a concept didn't exist. Piercing was confined to ears, and female ears at that. Forget chav-type bling: my fellow pupils didn't go in for jewellery of any description apart from a watch, and the idea of any of them turning up to school with an ear-ring is preposterous. I don't think it would have occurred to any of us quite honestly, and the prospect of being the laughing stock of the school would have been a sufficient deterrent even if it had. The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 set the legal minimum age for a tattoo at 18: I don't know what it was before then (or if there was one), but while in theory some sixth-formers could have sported a tattoo if they so chose, certainly no-one dared with a visible one. Tattoos were generally perceived as the province of sailors and soldiers, and certainly not of grammar-school boys. Whether the staff had any hidden away under their suits and gowns I suppose is possibly a moot point, but none of us ever found out if they did.

The really telling point, I think, is that amid a veritable plethora of strict school rules governing uniform, dress, apparance and "manners", body adornment wasn't mentioned - simply because it wasn't envisaged that any of us would do it. How times change!

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

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