The Marionettes

January 25, 2017


Let the foul scene proceed:
There’s laughter in the wings:
‘Tis sawdust that they bleed,
But a box Death brings.

Gigantic dins uprise!
Even the gods must feel
A smarting of the eyes
As these fumes upsweal.

Strange, such a Piece is free,
While we Spectators sit
Aghast at its agony,
Yet absorbed in it.

Dark is the outer air,
Cold the night draughts blow,
Mutely we stare, and stare
At the frenzied show.

Yet heaven has its quiet shroud
Of deep and starry blue –
We cry “An end!” we are bowed
By the dread “‘Tis true!”

While the Shape who hoofs applause
Behind our deafened ear
Hoots – angel-wise -“the Cause!”
And affrights even fear.



Diary 24th January

My life has been one long slow descent into respectability…just like that of the late Mandy Rice-Davies.

I have this memory of my aunt Ester wearing a slinky black evening dress – an impossibly long cigarette holder in her right hand, like a smouldering conductor’s baton, ready to ‘lead’ the London Philharmonic Orchestra – talking of my misspent youth.

She mentioned a certain club, The Night Express, ‘haunt of perverts and deviants’ – or so she suggested to her small audience…

Yes, I knew the place; had on occasion been in there for a drink, or dance, but nothing more than that. The Gents was at the back of the dance floor, four urinals in a row and a pair of cubicles, but the cubicles were always occupied by blokes getting to know each other better. The drinks, I recall, were hellishly expensive. They didn’t sell crisps at the bar, only nuts. And many of the girls were lipstick lesbians.

One Friday night a bloke approached me there. He was smart-looking but a bit older than the club’s usual cliental, asked me if I’d pose for some photographs. ‘Photography is my hobby,’ he said. He offered me a rather large sum of money to pose nude.

I declined. While he looked like an aging Matinée idol, I felt him to be a bit of an oddball. Certainly, he was more than a little intoxicated.

He persisted, said I shouldn’t be shy. ‘You can pose with my little slutet…’ And almost as if conjured from nowhere this bright young thing appeared at his elbow. Petite and blonde, she asked, ‘Is he on for it, James?’ And James said, ‘He’s being difficult, playing hard to get, darling.’ She pouted, looked sulky, said, ‘Oh, offer him more money, why don’t you?’

I ended up in a mews flat south of the river. Jimmy’s ‘slutet’ (I never did learn her name) had changed into a silk velvet caftan. We were in a bedroom full of expensive photographic gear, and I stood stark bollock naked. Jimmy took a condom from a bowl on the bedside table. I noted that the bowl was full of condoms and two tubes of KY jelly. ‘Best put this on you,’ he said. ‘But you’ll need to get the old man to stand to attention…’

An embarrassing moment. Teasing myself erect while they both watched. Jimmy rolled the condom on me. He took his time, was very gentle, and had a good feel round as he did it.

‘Up on the bed,’ he said, and I obeyed. The girl removed her caftan and joined me. From that point on Jimmy directed the action. ‘Put it up her, dear,’ he said to me. ‘That’s the ticket!’ The camera clicked and whirred like a mad thing. ‘Sit yourself on his face now, sweetie…Oh, good, good girl!’

It was bizarre.

‘What’s your view, dear, on same-sex affectional-expression,’ he asked me. ‘Have you ever had one up you?’

And so it went on. James now stripped down to a pair of red silk boxer shorts, moving about like a demented wasp with his camera. Click, click, clicking away.

‘Oh, you are a natural, dear boy, you really are…’

Jimmy claimed to be an advertising film producer. He said he could get me parts in TV commercials easily. ‘There’s good money to be made,’ he told me.

Later, getting dressed while Jimmy was off pouring fresh drinks, the girl told me Jimmy only ever likes to watch. ‘He doesn’t do anything himself, like. Just watches others. Girls, boys, it doesn’t matter.’

‘Have you been with him long?’ I asked.

‘I’m not ‘with him’,’ she said. ‘He pays me for this, like he paid you. He often has girls and boys over. Cash upfront. Takes his photos, provides a few drinks. Probably wanks off afterwards, I don’t know…’

It was four weeks later when James finally telephoned me. Shortly afterwards I found myself in a house near Shoot up hill, NW2, with three little punkettes Jimmy had recruited from somewhere. God knows where. I was to star in this video film with them: a blue film, of course; definitely not a television commercial!

It was an experience that came close to scaring me for life, I can tell you: left me feeling washed out; limp as a rag. And it took me a whole four days to recover from that three hour video shoot…

But, on the plus side, the money I made paid my rent for the next three months. And I did get to fuck all three punkettes multiple times.


I think I shall start a travel business. Specialist tours to the world’s sleaziest places. To spots famed for scandal. I will work with my two little cocottes as tour guides, with destinations to both shock and titillate around the world. For example:

Visits to the office where President Clinton splashed out on a new dress for Monica Lewinsky. To the adulterous Parisian love-nest of Marie Curie and Paul Langevin. The palatial rooms of Catherine the great where she ‘entertained’ her hundreds of lovers – they say she died while having sex with a horse, but in reality she had a stroke while sitting straining on the toilet! We can see that toilet with its solid gold fittings. Visit also certain Hollywood homes, scenes of sex orgies involving screen sex-symbol Clara Bow, whose secretary once accused her of bestiality with a dog. And trips to those rooms in Paris where Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette made love to various women including the legendary Josephine Baker.

What do you think?

We can call the company: “Peedeel’s Salacious Rumpy-Pumpy Tours!”

Yeah, the company that put the lag into slag!


So very cold this morning. Frost on the roofs and over the lawn. Frost, too, in the hedgerows, glittering like miniature gemstones. I sit ruminating beside the window, my thoughts dashing here and there.

I remember with affection Maureen R. We were at school together, but in different classes. Poor Maureen. She was always uncertain of her sexuality, veered erratically from tomboy to boy-hungry siren, but was at heart a lesbian.

I met her one day in London. I hadn’t seen her for some years. I heard this voice from behind say, ‘Peedeel, is that you?’

I turned round and there she was. At first I didn’t recognise her – it was the nun’s habit she wore that threw me. Then gazing into her face, recognition dawned. ‘Maureen! Christ, you’re a nun!’

‘No I’m not,’ she said smiling. ‘This is an outfit I wear from time to time. I find people in shops are much more respectful when I’m wearing it. I don’t have to shove and push my way anywhere. I get really tip-top service in restaurants, and black cabs always pull over for me.

‘There are additional benefits, too,’ she went on. ‘Going up to Birmingham last week on the train, there was this attractive young woman. I got chatting to her. She was recently married. When we were getting off at Birmingham New Street, I groped her arse like there was no tomorrow. Really went for it, you know? She didn’t utter a word. Just became very red in the face.’

‘You’re kidding me?’

‘No, seriously, I’m not. You should give it a try yourself. Get yourself a dog-collar, become the Reverend Peedeel.’

The mind boggles.

I have this mental image of Maureen in nun’s habit riding the rail network and carrying out multitudinous sexual assaults on female commuters.

But what she was saying was at least partially true. We entered a well known public house during the lunch hour; it was busy as hell, but Maureen went straight to the head of the queue.

‘What can I get you, Sister?’ asked the barman.

‘Large gin and tonic,’ Said Maureen. ‘And a pint of John Smith’s…’

Minutes later a pair of Irishman gave up their seats to us, with a hearty ‘There you go Sister, for you and your friend, take the weight off your feet.’