For Christmas I would like…

…some hot librarians please.

You know how much I adore books? You know how my Oyster card wallet contains a veritable top trumps of library cards? [I see your 1 year Bodleian card and raise you a 3 year British Library ticket…] You know how much I long for an intellectual, bookish, beardy yet hot man? You know how much I love utterly inappropriate calendars? [Perhaps not, but wait & check my archives.]

Christmas came early with the discovery of Men of the Stacks – a 2012 hot librarian’s calendar.
Be. Still. My. Beating. Heart.

Actually, don’t get your hopes up, they’re not all that promising. Personally, I’d buy the calendar and leave it on Mr January for the rest of the year:

At my office farewell in the summer, the Strategic Leader designated to give a speech decided to highlight the appropriate-yet-inappropriate calendars that C and I had had for two years running (it’s lucky that I’ve known him longer than I’ve worked with him, else I could have felt very convicted by the speech). Much amusement was derived from the Calendario Romano, aka ‘the hot priests calendar’ – I’m just sorry we never  acquired the Mormon version (see above link too)… You can only buy the hot priests in Rome and my mother was mortified when requested to acquire the 2010 version on a trip there – I’m sensing that she wouldn’t be up for purchasing the librarian version for me. 
Anyway, it’s for charity – obviously – so much good should come out of it, plus the fact that it shows librarians not to be the old lady with cats stereotype that’s been perpetuated for decades. 

What makes girls at a tea party giggle?

Porn for women, of course!

This was one of the contributions to Sunday’s swap party. The little book, simply entitled Porn for Women, was passed round the circle of ladies drinking tea and was a source of some amusement. (It was a welcome interlude in a conversation that had spent too long on the subject of bikini waxes – particularly, what one does when the best waxer in London was off sick…)
Produced by the Cambridge Womens Pornography Cooperative, it’s a response to some research on what actually turns women on and is also an attempt to reclaim pornography from the seedy side.
It’s not porn, but it is what women want:

I was given the book because it was felt I would ‘appreciate it most’ (have no idea what was being insinuated there!). So I took it from the party, on to church, where it received more giggles amongst the girls there. I think there could be a market for a Christian version…
Apparently, there’s also a calendar. Excellent.

Getting 2010 ready

I’ve long been bemused by the fact that next year’s calendars always appear during the height of summer. It’s probably because I usually only buy mine in mid-January when they’re half-price. Anyway, lately a few have caught my attention, so I thought I should share…
First off, a quality article, perfect for those Vicars/Church Wardens/PCC members (or in Methodist terms: Ministers/Stewards) in your life: Dave Walker’s ‘Situations Vacant’

This has been a perfect birthday present addition for my Dad for the last couple of years, as we regularly do some father-daughter bonding over the cartoons. Beats trying to discuss theology with him!
Then, for the devout Catholics/High Church Anglicans, the Calendario Romano. Otherwise known as the ‘hot priests calendar’, though I suspect they’re not actually priests. C has this one on his desk (to show a spirit of ecumenism), and I’m putting an order in for 2010’s when my parents visit Rome next week. Below is 2009’s ‘Father July’ who we liked so much that he’s actually been up since the beginning of May. (Fathers May and June were not so hot.)

Last year, I discovered the Mormon ‘Men on a Mission’ calendar, which is rather gratuitous. (Even more so than moody black & white shots of priests.) This year, they’ve also launched ‘Hot Mormon Muffins: A Taste of Motherhood’ – a female version, complete with muffin recipes. I will admit that this is tacky in the extreme.

I realise these are all religion themed, which is actually entirely accidental. But you’ve got to admit, they’re all better than one containing 12 beautiful shots of British roundabouts!