About me
Bookshop

Get new posts by email.

About me

On dodgy naming…

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

There’s a pub in central Newcastle which has posters outside perpetually advertising appearances by the drag act Ophelia Balls. Thanks to my sweet innocence, it took me to walk past the pub many tens of times before – earlier this week – the terrible pun in the act’s name finally registered.

Having barely recovered from the shock, imagine my surprise at finding this new product on a visit to Ikea this weekend:

Ofelia Vag

Apparently, it’s part of the bigger Ofelia Collection. Surely they must have noticed…

This post was filed under: Miscellaneous.

Recently published posts




Random posts from the archive




Comments and responses

Comment from Steve Sanders


    14.27, 19/05/2008

IsTilly O’Shea a drag act?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    20.40, 19/05/2008

You’re far from the first to ask that question, but sadly not… The history of that particular pseudonym of mine is explained in slightly pained detail here.


Comment from Ophelia Balls


    23.34, 21/05/2008

Hello me dear,surely you are not compairing me to a bloody cusion for Ikea,
well both big and soft I suppose.

I dont bite you know, just give a nasty suck from time to time,. . .!

Keep talking bout me,any form of free advert is good,dont you agree…?

Mwah

MIZZ BALL’S


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    13.24, 26/05/2008

Well, they do say there’s no such thing as bad publicity…




Compose a new comment

I'm not taking comments on my blog any more, so I'm afraid the opportunity to add to this discussion has passed.




The content of this site is copyright protected by a Creative Commons License, with some rights reserved. All trademarks, images and logos remain the property of their respective owners. The accuracy of information on this site is in no way guaranteed. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information provided by this site. Information about cookies and the handling of emails submitted for the 'new posts by email' service can be found in the privacy policy. This site uses affiliate links: if you buy something via a link on this site, I might get a small percentage in commission. Here's hoping.