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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

This is the Diary of a London Call Girl, featured in many of the papers today. The blog is to be published as a book on 13th January. The bits I’ve read have been very well written, shocking, and entertaining.

In The Guardian’s second Best British Blog competition, Simon Waldman said:

The winner in this category however is Belle de Jour, the diary of a London call girl. There’s obviously a prurient and titillating element, but the quality of her writing took her blog well beyond that. Some judges were concerned it was a work of fiction, but even if it is, it remains an impressive piece of writing.

As Bruce Sterling, one of the judges said: “Archly transgressive, anonymous hooker is definitely manipulating the blog medium, word by word, sentence by sentence far more effectively than any of her competitors. It’s not merely the titillating striptease aspects that are working for her, but her willingness to use this new form of vanity publishing to throw open a great big global window on activities previously considered unmentionable . . . She is in a league by herself as a blogger.”

Cynthia Payne is less than convinced, and she certainly knows more about ‘the game’ that I do!

So this Belle de Jour is supposed to be on the game is she? A high-class hooker with high-class partners? Hmmm … I’m not convinced. I’m not an expert on literature or anything like that, but I do know a fair bit about sex and men, and this doesn’t sound like anything I have ever come across.

I have to say, Cynthia’s article is as interesting a read as the blog itself in many way, and you should probably have a look at both anyway, considering the blog is talk of the literary world (or so it would seem) at the moment. Worth a click.

This 154th post was filed under: Headliner.

Some recently published posts

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Some random old posts

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