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The Female Slave Market in Constantinople (1 Mar)
YKIOK: Your Kink Is OK (22 Feb)
From the slave market to the sultan's bedchamber (17 Feb)
Viewing "An inmate of the hareem, Cairo" and "The Hhareem, Cairo" at the V&A (15 Jan)
Reclaiming the woodland rides (23 Dec)
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"Nefeeseh" by R.J.Lane
"The Almee" by Gunnar Berndtson
From ragged slave girl to the sultan's bed chambers
"The Water Carrier" by Ludwig Deutsch, 1920
"Bound slave girl brought before a sheikh" by Leopold Carl Muller (1834-92)
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1 Mar 14   The Female Slave Market in Constantinople
When the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople in 1453 they kept the city's ancient name, and it only changed to "Istanbul" during the Turkish republic in the 1920s. The Ottoman Empire was built on slavery in many ways, not only because the bureaucracy and professional army were staffed by male slaves conscripted in the provinces, but also because the Sultans themselves were the sons of slave concubines kept in the Imperial Harem. [more...]
22 Feb 14   YKIOK: Your Kink Is OK
"Your Kink Is OK" was one of the best features of the old alt.sex.bondage newsgroup. It was a warm and reassuring message for new people, an ethical guide, and an attempt to create an open space where people could talk about BDSM without being slammed for it. FetLife could do with a dose of all that. [more...]
17 Feb 14   From the slave market to the sultan's bedchamber
"Magnificent Century" ("Muhtesem Yuzyil") is a long running Turkish television drama about the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, including the life of the women in his harem. I've posted about watching the first episode, and included its bastinado scene in a post about making a falaka stick. Recently I watched Episode 65, the second installment of season 3, which includes that bastinado punishment, and I've collected clips which tell the story of another [more...]
15 Jan 14   Viewing "An inmate of the hareem, Cairo" and "The Hhareem, Cairo" at the V&A
I recently had an opportunity to view two of J.F. Lewis's paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum collection which are not normally on display. In the foreground is "An inmate of the Hareem, Cairo" of 1858; in front of my laptop is a preparatory study for "The Harem of a Mameluke Bey, Cairo: The Introduction of an Abyssinian Slave" from about 1850. The study only shows the harem master and his attendant women seated on the divan, and does not include the new slave girl slipping [more...]
23 Dec 13   Reclaiming the woodland rides
This weekend I did some work clearing the paths and rides at Bridgewood. The wood is a great place for thinking through ideas, and while I was working it struck me that I was undoing the wood's efforts to reclaim the rides this year. I never feel I'm "at war" with the trees, but I know they have a different agenda to me and will start work on it if my back is turned too long. [more...]
21 Nov 13   Protest against "Rape" Porn censorship law, London, 16 Dec '13
Josh writes: "David Cameron's most recent attempt at banning porn altogether for the UK public is set to take effect in January 2014. However, this pornography ban will not take the form of Internet Service Providers just censoring those sites (Internet filters, BBC, 2013) but will come with a maximum THREE YEAR PRISON SENTENCE to anybody caught in possession of or watching porn depicting simulated consensual non-consent sex." [more...]
17 Nov 13   Fencing and ditch maintenance
One of the Bridgewood jobs each winter is to work on the fencing. Last year I completed all the 900m of fencing I'd originally planned and since then it's just been maintenance. Along with the wide boundary ditches, which are being cleared out this month too, they provide the privacy that is such a special feature of Bridgewood. [more...]
2 Nov 13   Training notes
I've written out these notes as an overview of what the training of submissives in my household involves. They are not intended as required reading by submissives, although they do not reveal anything they should not know. The notes are deliberately personal, and are not intended as instructions in The Right Way to train submissives. They were written out purely for my own reference and as more background when I refer to my own style of training in discussions. If you're curious, they can be read at www.tanos.org.uk/training.
27 Oct 13   Woodlands in the news
We've had a quite a lot about woodlands in the papers and on TV recently, partly because of the anniversary of Ash Dieback disease and today because of the impending storm. Both of these will probably affect Bridgewood. This month also saw "Grown in Britain" week publicise British wood, which might become relevant to Bridgewood in the future. [more...]
30 Sep 13   Manchester O&P Open, Sat 30 Nov 2013
The next O&P Open will take place in the Taurus Bar in central Manchester on Saturday 30th November from 1-5pm, for an afternoon of roundtable discussion about O&P-M/s-D/s topics. For more details please see the event listing on FetLife, and the discussion thread on the O&P group.

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