28.12.09

AVON CALLING - THE SPACE HUNK WITH AN EDGE

NOW THEN, THE OTHER WEEK YOU SAW ME MAXING OUT OVER SERVALAN FROM BLAKES 7. WELL TODAY, I'M MAXING OUT OVER AVON - BLAKE'S TRUSTEE RIGHT HAND MAN, COMPUTER GENIUS BUT GENERALLY PSYCHO, WITH A SERIOUS TRIGGER HAPPY FINGER. HIS DRESS SENSE IMPROVED MASSIVELY OVER THE COURSE OF THE 4 SEASONS OF THE SHOW, WHICH SAW HIM TURN FROM CLICHED STAR TREK NERD TO S&M LEATHER CLAD SPACE HUNK, DEBONAIRE, DASHING AND DEADLY. HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SERVALAN WAS PROBABLY THE BEST THING ON TV AT THE TIME - THE WOULD THEY, WONT THEY TEAM UP VIBE MADE FOR SOME GREAT TELLY. AVON'S LOOK GOT HARSHER, BLACKER, SHINIER AND MORE STUDDED. HE EVENTUALLY ENDED UP SHOOTING BLAKE IN THE SHOWS FINAL EPISODE - AND THEN THE SHOW ENDED ON THAT CLIFFHANGER - THE MASSACRE OF THE ENTIRE CAST, ONE AFTER THE OTHER IN SLOW MOTION. AVON WAS THE LAST MAN STANDING READY TO FIGHT OFF TWENTY FEDERATION TROOPS SINGLE HANDEDLY - DID HE SURVIVE?

THIS IS MY FAVOURITE LOOK - THE LEATHER 'N PVC BULL FIGHTER WITH RIBBING, STUDS, BUCKLES AND BRACELETS. MAX. OUT. "TELEPORT!"

27.12.09

SERVALAN - THE REASON I'M GAY

BEFORE GAGA, BEFORE MADONNA, BEFORE STEFANI. BEFORE TANYA TURNER, BEFORE JANINE BUTCHER, HELL, BEFORE ALEXIS CARRINGTON, THERE WAS ANOTHER FASHION FEROX: SERVALAN.SCIENCE FICTION HAS PRODUCED A LOT OF ICONIC IMAGERY, BUT TOWARDS THE END OF THE 70S, THERE WAS ONLY ONE ICON WHO DOMINATED THE TV SCREENS - SERVALAN, THE SUPREME PRESIDENT OF THE TERRAN FEDERATION, RULER OF THE GALAXY, PLAYED BY THE TERRIFYING JACQUELINE PEARCE . AND SHE THE WARDROBE TO MATCH. NOT MUCH WAS REVEALED ABOUT SERVALAN, BUT IT WAS SUGGESTED SHE WAS A SPOILT BRAT WHO'D MURDERED AND SHAGGED HER WAY TO THE TOP. IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE SHE WAS HAVING HER END AWAY WITH ONE OF BLAKE'S CREW: AVON. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AVON AND SERVALAN WAS TV GOLD - AND A LITTLE BIT S&M. SERVALAN STARTED OUT WEARING A LOT OF WHITE, BEADING, NETTING AND JEWELLERY. TOWARDS THE END OF THE THIRD SERIES, THE SERIES' COSTUME DESIGNERS HAD COTTONED ONTO HOW MUCH OF A FEROX SERVALAN WAS BECOMING, SO THEY STARTED PLAYING WITH THE OVERAL LOOK - THE ICONIC RED DRESS WITH THE FANNED COLLAR.BY THE TIME WE REACH THE FINAL SERIES, SERVALAN IS AT ROCK BOTTOM. RULING OVER A DESTROYED EMPIRE, SHE'S FORCED INTO HIDING AND TAKES ON THE ALIAS - COMMISSIONER SLEER. I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE PHASE - ALL SENSE OF COLOUR IS JETTISONED AND SHE WEARS ONLY BLACK, AND A LOT OF FEATHERS. THE 'VULTURE DRESS' IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING THEY EVER SEWED HER UP IN. WHAT HAPPENED TO SERVALAN AT THE END OF THE SERIES REMAINS A MYSTERY - SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A HEIST WHICH SAW HER WINNING BACK PRESTIGE, MONEY AND A SPACE SHIP. SHE'S STILL OUT THERE, THE BIGGEST DIVA IN SPACE. SHE SPORTED THE SEVEREST CROPPED HAIR DO - THE 'KOJAK', A GRADE 5 ALL OVER. HER MAKE UP WAS IMMACULATE, ALWAYS VERGING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF TRANNY SPACE BITCH. SHE WAS ANDROGYNOUS - SHE WAS SEXY - SHE WAS IMMENSE.

BLAKES 7 - WHAT THE HELL WAS IT?

BLAKES 7 WAS ENVISAGED AS A SORT OF COWBOYS VS. INDIANS IN SPACE, BLAKES 7 WAS BROADCAST ON BBC1 FROM 1978-1981, 4 SERIES OF 13 EPISODES EACH. BLAKE WAS THE SHOWS LEADING CHARACTER - A POLITICAL PRISONER FROM A PLANET EARTH IN THE FAR FUTURE, RAN BY THE TYRANNICAL 'TERRAN FEDERATION'. BLAKE AND HIS 6 FOLLOWERS (PICTURED FROM LEFT: GAN, AVON, CALLY, BLAKE, JENNA, VILLA AND ZEN, THE SPACESHIP COMPUTER) WERE A VIGILANTE GROUP (FREEDOM FIGHTERS OR TERRORISTS?) WHO WERE A BIT LIKE ROBIN HOOD, TRING TO FREE THE SUBJUGATED MASSES.

EVERY SEASON ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER, AND THE ORIGINAL LINE UP CHANGED QUITE A BIT. BLAKE LEFT THE SHOW AFTER SERIES TWO, BUT POPPED UP AGAIN FOR THE FINAL EPISODES OF BOTH SERIES 3 AND 4. THE SHOW CULMINATED IN PROBABLY THE BEST ENDING EVER FOR A TELEVISION SERIES - WITH EVERY GOOD GUY LEFT IN THE GANG BEING ROUND UP AND MASSACRED, ALL LOVINGLY SHOWN IN SLOW MOTION, JUST TO HAMMER HOME THE POINT THAT THEY WERE DEAD AND THIS SERIES WASN'T COMING BACK. EVER.

SO, I LOVE BLAKES 7 (BUT NOT AS MUCH AS I LOVE DOCTOR WHO) AND I'M GOING TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE ITS DESIGN WORK.

BLAKES 7

NOW THEN. IN A COUPLE OF DAYS TIME, A CERTAIN GLENDA MITCHELL WILL BE JOINING ALBERT SQUARE. GLENDA IS PLAYED BY GLYNIS BARBER, WHO USED TO BE IN A TV SERIES WHICH RAN ON BBC1 FROM 1978-1981 CALLED BLAKES 7. BLAKES 7 IS AMAZING. AND I'M GOING TO BE BLOGGING ABOUT IT FOR A BIT SO YOU CAN SEE WHY THIS SERIES IS SO DAMN AMAZING. GLYNIS BARBER IN EASTENDERS AS GLENDA MITCHELL. GLYNIS BARBER AS ONE OF BLAKE'S INFAMOUS 7 IN 1981. BRAIDED HAIR PIECE OPTIONAL.

OUR KERRY


24.12.09

MITCHELL MAXOUT


23.12.09

THE PROPHECY - ONE DAY TO GO


GARETH THOMAS - THE ONLY GAY IN THE TEAM

GARETH THOMAS ANNOUNCED HE WAS GAY A FEW DAYS AGO. I'M SURE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO READ THIS BLOG HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE WHO HE IS, BUT HE'S QUITE AN IMPORTANT RUGBY PLAYER: WALES MOST CAPPED PLAYER, AND A FORMER BRITISH AND LIONS CLUB MEMBER. IT'S A BIG DEAL HE'S COME OUT.

HE IS 6FT 3 AND 16 STONE. THIS MAN IS BEEF. HE RECKONS HE'S KNOWN HE WAS GAY SINCE HE WAS 16, BUT HE GOT MARRIED AND HE NEVER TOLD A SOUL. HE HAD ONE OR TWO LIASONS WITH MEN DURING HIS MARRIAGE, BUT IN 2006, HE FACED FACTS AND CALLED TIME WITH HIS WIFE.

IN THE UK, THERE ARE 500 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS, AND NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS OUT. STATISTICALLY THERE SHOULD BE ABOUT 50.

WILL OTHER GAY SPORTSMEN FOLLOW THOMAS'S LEAD? IF NOT, HE'LL FOREVER BE KNOWN AS GARETH THOMAS - THE GAY RUGBY PLAYER, THE ONLY GAY IN THE TEAM.

**makemeaoffer edit: he's quite vauxhall, no? you can imagine him at something like hoist?

LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY


22.12.09

4 DAYS


BBC1 6.00PM XMAS DAY

21.12.09

THE HOMELAND [TREE]


SURREY, IT WOULD SEEM, HAS TURNED POSITIVELY ARCTIC SINCE THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE THREE MONTHS AGO. IT TOOK ME 5 HOURS, YES 5 HOURS, TO GET HOME FROM WATERLOO TO WOKING. IT WAS NOT PRETY. MY SEWING MACHINE HAS PACKED UP SO MY COSTUMES AND DISSERTATION HAVE GOT TO BE FINISHED AT HOME, HOPEFULLY SOMETIME TOMORROW. TODAY I VISITED THE TREE. IT WAS BLOODY FREEZING. ITS COMPLETELY NAKED AT THE MOMENT. MY FINGERS FELT LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO DROP OFF. IT FELT VERY STRANGE TO BE STOOD IN A SNOW COVERED FEILD BACK IN SURREY HAVING BEEN LOCKED AWAY IN LONDON BEING VERY HERMIT LIKE FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS.

POTTER'S PRIVATE ARCHIVE


CHRISTMAS (MORE)


ASH AND I VENTURED *OUT OF LONDON* TO ESSEX (MORE OR LESS) TO VISIT THE SISTER AND TOBY. IT WAS VERY CIVILIZED. IT WAS ALSO FREEZING. I SWORE WE'D CROSSED SEVERAL CONTINENTS AND OCEANS, ENDING UP IN AT LEAST THE ARCTIC, BUT WAS INFORMED WE'D ONLY TRAVELLED AS FAR AS STRATFORD. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH I'VE BEEN LIVING IN A WARMISH BUBBLE THE LAST FEW WEEKS, AND THE REST OF THE UK HAS BEEN FREEZING. WHILST ON THE TUBE, WE MADE THE MOST OF THE FACT THAT OUR CARRIAGE WAS EMPTY (NO ONE, IT SEEMS, TRAVELS THIS FAR...) AND WE PHOTOGRAPHED OUR CHILLY FACES. THE COAT FROM AMERICAN APPAREL LOOKS PARTICULARLY NICE WITH THE FLASH ON.