Friday, June 27, 2008

Bad Hair Day?

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This picture was taken in Market Street last week.

It's obviously trying to be Las Ramblas in Barcelona which is famous for its marvellous Living Statues.

This chap hadn't really got the right idea as he was chatting away to the cream of Manchester's youth. He only stopped to pose when he noticed my camera.

Actually, I suppose he could have been a she.

As usual, I saw many women on Market street looking like this.

It made me wonder - do you ever find transvestites in Muslim communities?

I put this forward as a PhD research project for some worthy Sociology or Anthropology student.

Surely Muslim cross dressing can't be much fun? There's not a lot of thrill in walking round covered in a black king sized duvet cover.

I can't see Julian Clary being attracted to the look can you?

Or Eddie Izzard.

It just wouldn't be worth putting all the lip gloss on let alone shaving the legs.

Oh and here's some 'nuns on the run' that I snapped on the bridge in Girona.


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Blogger MJ said...

Is that Vicky Pollard in the orange top?

4:32 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

There is a nun on the bus every day when I go to work and again when going home (unless I work late).

I fear she's stalking me.

5:28 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Julian Clary would make a good ayatollah.

Issuing fatwahs in a camp voice would certainly put the fear of god into blaspheming heterosexuals.

5:34 pm  
Blogger Lubin said...

I've been saying for a long time that if all the gay men in the UK all decided to wear the hajib, overnight, it would put a stop to it once and for all.

6:03 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

I thought it was Nessa in Barry doing the miming.

I quite fancy Valerie, Julian's wonder dog. She's got a certain je ne sais quoi.

6:29 pm  
Blogger Donnnnn said...

Are you sure that there wasn't a Star Wars Convention going on?
There are always a lot of Vaders at those things.

Ooh wait maybe it was an Eyes Wide Shut thingamabob and they were starkers underneath?

Now before I get a nice big 'Fatw-one' placed on my head, let me say that without the discovery of the Library of Antiquities that the Muslims had preserved in Spain, the Renaissance might not have happened for another Century.

All of those books by the Greek Philosophers and Naturalists were banned in Europe and the Moors were light years ahead of the rest of the continent in Math, Science, basic hygiene, well pretty much everything!

There that should buy me another year.

6:41 pm  
Anonymous 'Shot said...

I heart Eddie Izzard. That is one funny tranny.

At Caeser's in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, they have the human statue thingies.

8:44 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Las Ramblas had more women doing embroidery than living statues when we were there.

Market Street should get gangs of old women knitting.

9:19 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

And those nuns are obviously David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

Is she a real nun like those in Girona?
In UK they all look like ordinary unfashionable people nowadays.

Speaking as a blaspheming heterosexual - I think Julian's much too sweet to terrify me.

That sounds like a scene fron Little Britain (see above).

What's occuring?
Is 'Nessa in Barry' a pun? I blame that Roger.

I felt sure you'd prefer Fanny.

Those shade are sooo scary.

Naturalists? I've seen loads of naked Germans in Spain - so the ban must have ended.
Enjoy your extra year.

Eddie has grown a beard recently and is trying to be a 'serious actor'.

Les Tricoteuses?
I always thought they sounded dead 'ard. They could have seen off the marauding Rangers fans last month.

10:25 pm  
Blogger Gordie said...

It never occurred to me I could cross-dress in Muslim garb, and save on all the depilation. But I think I'm too dirty and disobedient to play that role with conviction.

Eddie Izzard has been bearded for a while - I get attention from women who think I'm a lookalike. We are lesbians in men's bodies. And The Riches is a cool drama.

There are some naughty nuns on my blog today, if you're interested.

11:16 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I am not sure what Lubin thinks it would put a stop to - cross-dressing, Islam or homosexuality. I can't see the value in putting a stop to any of those really.
I have seen more fashion conscious Moslem ladies wearing those in blue or red. The red ones are very unhelpful - I lost my letter to Esther Rantzen that way.

8:44 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

'Lesbians in women's bodies'. Hmm I'll have to think about that.
I've just finished 'The Spell' by Alan Hollinghurst - and I wonder if I'm gay in a woman's body.
Gay in a male way that is - because gay can be lesbian as well can't it?

I'll get me coat.
Oh no - I live here don't I?

Didn't see The Riches.

...and what on earth would mj be able to blog about? ...

... or should I say 'about what on earth would mj be able to blog?'

What letter to Esther Rantzen?

10:33 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

The curtain over her head is not as long, and it's more blue'ish than black. There is a white border around it too.

She wears glasses too, but I don't think they were standard issue (although they aren't exactly miu miu or Moschino)

She scares me.

12:26 pm  
Blogger Gordie said...

Nigella first husband said she was a gay man in a woman's body. I think bent always includes the option of being straight, just as flexible always includes the option of being rigid.

12:38 pm  
Anonymous Arabella said...

I've obviously lost touch with the latest fashions for the ladies: do the glasses come already attached to the compelete garb?

2:09 pm  
Blogger Midnight said...

'Coming out' just wouldn't be the same really would it? More like covering up!

3:32 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

is there a difference between a gay man in a womens body and a women? Isn't it just a matter of how anally retentive you are, eh?

and how does one know whether any od those robe wearers pictured here to day are male of female?

and finally - have you seen the shoes????? My god, (or theirs) get a grip people, or longer burkahs.

6:29 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

please forgive all the grammar and spelling mistakes - too many pimms - the sun's shining - sorry!

6:30 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - and a very womanly body at that.
Good philosophy!

I always laugh when I see specs like this on top of the burka.

I think these could be safety specs and they have been working on a building site.

A gay man would like Judy Garland much more than a woman.

The shoes?
Very strange, and I wonder what's in the Tesco carrier bag?

No Sun in Manchester - definitely 'half of mild' weather rather than Pimms.

6:55 pm  
Blogger Ackworth Born said...

Ee i've had so much fun reading t'other's comments what I was going to say has gone out of my head.

7:37 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

OOh I missed out you and Middy - will you ever forgive me?
I was going to ask if her skirt goes to the floor? Our modern nuns show an expanse of thick flesh coloured stocking.

Being in a burka - must be worse than being in the closet.

Just glad you popped round and had fun.
Not far to go home again is it?

8:59 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Its a bit like the "What Do Scotsmen wear under the Kilt" Thing..i always wonder whats underneath the Hijab;nuns habit; etc? It creates an air of sexual-mystery to me!
You given me some grand ideas for my next Stag-Weekend costumn in Benidorm!

11:05 am  
Blogger Gordie said...

ziggi, I am anal, but not retentive, and prefer Rufus Wainwright to Judy Garland. Where does that put me in your philosopjy?

12:01 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Bad hair day... ha! my bald head Never as those... by the Julian Clary.. he a stunner.. ha!.. I have watched him for years... both me and Jane think he's great. so leave hime alone or it's handbags at dawn.. ha!

7:49 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I have nothing to say today, but defend my right not to say it.

8:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

But would you wear the hard hat over or under the burka?

Can't answer for Ziggi.
But Judy Garland was my suggestion - I apologise for the stereotype.

I've always been a Julian Clary fan.
Remember 'The Joan Collins Fan Club'?
I love the fact that his dad's a copper.

Did you wear something like a burka in your previous employment?

11:15 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Yes indeed, butt without the hoodie part. A cassock is intended for similar reasons - to make the wearer anonymous, not draw attention to them, so that the words become more important than the indivdual.

Of course a man walking around in a long black dress doesn't draw any attention to himself.

1:37 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes I'm sure you'll get lots of looks - but not the lustful kind that you are more accustomed to.

3:39 pm  
Blogger I, like the view, still said...

I'm speechless. . .

really, I am


5:07 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Oh NO!!
.................. really?
.... speechless?

6:20 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

What annoys me most is seeing native English women pretending to be muslims. Converting because your man is muslim or because you think a muslim man won't cheat on you/treat you badly is madness and as unspiritual a reason as you'll find to declare yourself something you are clearly not.

Not that the muslim religion requires *any* woman to feel a complete burkha - merely to cover their heads. To wear the whole get up is a 'cultural' or reactionary decision against English loose-knickered yobbyness (rather assuming that the rest of us all approve of it!) and should not be confused with actual sharia law.

6:48 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

scuse us Kaz

Gordie, it was a tiddly attempt to be witty - I have no philosophy on peoples' likes or indeed orientation. People are people to me and provided they don't want me to believe what they believe, I'm all for freedom of individual choice.

I personally quite like JG and have no idea who RW is. I will google him immediately and try to rectify my appalling ignorance. :)

7:15 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

Oooo he's rather nice and I note he performed the entire Judy Garland concert album - I can see why you would prefer him - he's still alive which is a good start.

7:19 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Oh really? Wow that's so liberal!

The nun I see shows no legs. She could be wearing thigh high latex platform stiletto boots under there and we'd never know.

How could you miss me? *cries*

7:36 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - there's plenty of pasty faced Muslims in my area.
During my early teaching years the Muslim girls never covered their heads - just their legs.
The Ayatollah changed all that.

Feel free.

You could tell by the way she walked.

Missing you was unforgiveable - but forgive me just this once.

9:58 pm  
Blogger Gordie said...

Dear ladies, I was actually flirting, so I am frightfully sorry if I made either of you feel guilty. Rufus is rather cute, and hopefully less self-destructive than Judy (he's a recovering crystal meth addict.) I'm old enough to remember his father Loudon Wainwright III. Now can we all get back to being naughty?

10:26 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Good luck to Rufus with the crystal meth.
Naughty sounds fine to me.

8:13 am  
Blogger I, like the view, still said...

(dunno if it was your post or if it's the remaining effects of the ECT)


9:05 am  
Blogger KAZ said...


6:28 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

There is something disturbingly attractive about Eddie Izzard when he's in his full make up and frock routine.

4:15 pm  

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