featured post

Open for submissions

The 2017 WH prize mug I’m looking forward to reading your stories each day, and seeing which ones come to the fore early on, and if they...

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Priceless - Madam thinks Belle de Jour is disgusting

Cynthia Payne on Belle de Jour*

"I think this is filth, and I certainly don't want to be associated with it. I was never involved in anything like this. In my day, we did it the proper way - £25 without extras, food and drink, and a choice of ladies. We knocked off £5 for old age pensioners and we charged men half-price if they were past it, and just fancied watching."

Louise Bunuel

*I think Belle has given the game away -if you'll pardon the expression- Pros don't kiss. She must be an amateur, or a hairy-handed gent. Ed

1 comment:

Comments 2003-2004 said...


"You can't get any sense out of a man until you've despunked him."

Cynthia Payne

There, in a nutshell, the world is explained.

Post by : Amanda Saxonheart - W.H Media Editor (webcacheh08b.cache.pol.co.uk / )


Cynthia is right on all counts. There has to be some propriety. Besides Belle has been 'outed' hasn't she? She's some media kid that's never been a call girl in her life.
I used to know Cynthia's secretary. In fact on my old computer I have her memoires because her computer packed up and I kindly transposed them onto disc.

Post by : Peaches (82-35-25-155.cable.ubr04.hari.blueyonder.co.uk / )


She's been outed a few times but each successive candidate has denied it. I'm surprised he/she has got a book deal on the strength of the blog. It's a bit dull. Not porn or lit. I suppose the book deal rests on he/she not being outed as someone other than a call-girl.

Post by : mal castro (webcacheh07a.cache.pol.co.uk / )


I read somewhere that Belle's agent has had to set up special bank accounts to avoid inadvertently outing her. The agent is going to land a big book deal, I think. There's probably a bidding war going on. It all rather hangs by a thread. I notice that she has her archives listed on there now, they weren't always (unless I've mis-remembered.) Strange move.

Post by : Ed (host81-128-196-174.in-addr.btopenworld.com / )


for mal castro - if it's not porn or lit, is it journalism perhaps? Journalism has garnered publishing contracts many times.

Post by : the baroness (1cust46.tnt4.ottawa.on.da.uu.net / )


Madam Baroness D'Ottawa,

no, neither is it journalism. Probably right place at the right time and spotted by someone with the right chequebook who saw that a few bucks might be made from it. I suppose that is all it needs to be but reading it one would like it to be more. Either more literary (not in a poncy way, just referencing the culture more), or dirtier, or yes, worthwhile journalism. Having said that though the writer (and I) would be happy with pound notes.

Post by : mal castro (webcacheh10a.cache.pol.co.uk / )


I think the fun of it is in the masquerade, and that in this day and age we can still have a "scandal" about a "woman of ill-repute." There's something marvellously old-fashioned about it, a feeling of antique bawdiness. The blog provides a place where crowds can come to hear public confessions from behind veils or screens, about things that are happening from night to night. The blog may be a new folk art.

Post by : Le Bete (host81-128-196-174.in-addr.btopenworld.com / )


Yes, fair point. Good luck to him/her in any case. They dun good.

Post by : mal castro (webcacheh01a.cache.pol.co.uk / )