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Money really doesn't buy taste.

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I think what's happened is that the absolute explosion of wealth in the first decade of this century, coupled with celebrity culture (Kardashians etc) and the influx of tacky foreign super-rich, has ended any ideas of 'taste' for the wealthy. 

In the nineteenth and twentieth century one aspired to appear 'old money' with antiques, a stately pile, well made suits and shoes worn for decades, etc. Part of that was because the aristocracy toned down their conspicuous consumption after the French Revolution. 

That's mostly gone now and we've reverted to the Georgian idea of over the top, gaudy vulgar tat. 

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It is as if there is a natural amount of bling (sparkliness, say) that we all aspire to.  If you're rich you spend 0.01% of your wealth achieving this bling.  if you're poor then you spend 10% of your wealth on it.

The problems then come when you've got a 'poor person's background' but also have wealth -- in which case you end up with this sort of obscenity.

Talking of obscenity -- what is up with this guy's dad?  I thought Raymond did all the porn in the 80s.  Was this guy something to do with that, or were there more than one porn empires?

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The old man was a passing acquaintance in the 70s and early 80swhen he had his chain of "Private Shops".  He was known by the staff as "no neck" for obvious reasons.  Seems it is genetic.

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1 minute ago, man o' the year said:

I wonder how Mary Millington might perceive his multi millions.

You've inadvertently pissed me off mentioning her you bastard...!

I'm normally pretty rapid at recalling jokes - particularly the ones that spread around in the event of tragedies, or celebrities dying - but the one about Mary Millington that did the rounds when she died is proving somewhat elusive to bring to the front of my ageing memory.

Couldn't you have mentioned Bhopal, Marc Bolan, or the Herald Of Free fucking Enterprise instead you thoughtless twat...!

;)

 

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23 minutes ago, dgul said:

It is as if there is a natural amount of bling (sparkliness, say) that we all aspire to.  If you're rich you spend 0.01% of your wealth achieving this bling.  if you're poor then you spend 10% of your wealth on it.

The problems then come when you've got a 'poor person's background' but also have wealth -- in which case you end up with this sort of obscenity.

Talking of obscenity -- what is up with this guy's dad?  I thought Raymond did all the porn in the 80s.  Was this guy something to do with that, or were there more than one porn empires?

Sullivan was the King of Porn with Goldstar publications plus all the 'Private Shops' he owned.

As well as producing a whole range of home grown minge (and the occasional cock) mags like Parade, Whitehouse etc he also got into Euro imports big time which earned him several run in's with the law.

I knew this from my years issuing Sex Establishment Licenses under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

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11 minutes ago, Kurt Barlow said:

Sullivan was the King of Porn with Goldstar publications plus all the 'Private Shops' he owned.

As well as producing a whole range of home grown minge (and the occasional cock) mags like Parade, Whitehouse etc he also got into Euro imports big time which earned him several run in's with the law.

I knew this from my years issuing Sex Establishment Licenses under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

Ah.  He took the 'closer to the line' mags.  I had a friend who's housemate was in Parade -- this was absolutely a bad thing (another was in Escort, which was seen as being fascinating, if not actually a good thing).

Issuing sex establishment licences...  I'd imagine that it would be a very interesting job for about a week, then awful.

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1 minute ago, dgul said:

Ah.  He took the 'closer to the line' mags.  I had a friend who's housemate was in Parade -- this was absolutely a bad thing (another was in Escort, which was seen as being fascinating, if not actually a good thing).

Issuing sex establishment licences...  I'd imagine that it would be a very interesting job for about a week, then awful.

Not full time. At the Council I worked at we had 3 sex establishments so the annual licensing was only a small part of the job. A new application generated tonnes of work from the 3000 objectors.

The customer complaints were the best bit. For me its evens between the guy who cut his knob on a blow up doll or the retired major who bought in his spanking mags to complain of the quality of the interior pages (newsprint) as opposed to the glossy colour front and back page. How I kept a straight face......

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5 minutes ago, Kurt Barlow said:

Not full time. At the Council I worked at we had 3 sex establishments so the annual licensing was only a small part of the job. A new application generated tonnes of work from the 3000 objectors.

The customer complaints were the best bit. For me its evens between the guy who cut his knob on a blow up doll or the retired major who bought in his spanking mags to complain of the quality of the interior pages (newsprint) as opposed to the glossy colour front and back page. How I kept a straight face......

The major was clearly an idiot -- he could have checked out the inside page quality quite readily in the newsagent.

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