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Identifying Sloe Berries from Damson Plums

Published on March 14th, 2018

It’s that time of the year again when everybody (because it’s all joy playing with the cool kids, right?) goes out looking on the highway for sloe berries to exploit their extraordinary tartness as a gin or vodka infusion, or as a jam ingredient. Unfortunately a lot of these people have brought home the equally lovely, but not quite on the money, damson plum. If, after reading this post, you found and used damsons, don’t shoot the messenger.

Sloe Berries are Visually Distinctive

A sloe berry is easy to recognise in that the berry, often covered in that lovely blush, looks remarkably similar to a 5 cent piece sized blueberry in the palm of your hand. When you bite the berry your mouth will dry out instantly. Pucker up. There’s no mistaking it’s power in that regard and once you’ve tasted one sloe berry it will be easy to identify the sloes from damsons in future.

The sloes will generally be found as hedges or along farm fences. Walk up to the plant and look closely at the leaves. These leaves have fine serrated edges on branches that are dark; thus the sloes are found on a plant called the Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). On the reaching limbs you’ll see (and they can be difficult to spot at first) wooden thorns up to a couple of inches long and a fair way apart. Your chances of being spiked by these thorns rapidly approach zero, so don’t worry.

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Charles Gatewood (1942-2016)

Published on February 13th, 2018

Charles Gatewood was a groundbreaking documentary photographer of American subcultures including body modification, sadomasochism, fetish, hedonism and social deviance.

Gatewood photographed Mardi Gras and Naked City on numerous occasions, the San Fransico gay scene, The Hellfire Club, Miss Bald America and Sex Clubs in New York. Through his work with tattooed people he was led into the subculture of body piercing. As he described it, body piercing was a sub-sub-sub culture he only learned about through the subculture of tattoos. In other words, Gatewood discovered previously unimagined underground scenes through photographic documentary of the various layers of American sub culture.

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The Kitan Club: Strange Stories & Curious Tales

Published on January 19th, 2018

The most iconic of all S&M magazines would have to be The Kitan Club (1947-1975). It was a dark, powerful and often sinister Japanese fetish magazine that combined multinational photography with highly imaginative graphic illustration and fiction. Strong production values and attention to craft has made it a sought after collectable.

There is a phrase in Japan “beauty in suffering”; it’s this phrase that separates the Eastern and Western ideas of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism). If The Kitan Club appears to be a study of torture, it’s because the terms sadism and masochism weren’t around in Japan until the Western influence of the 1950s. Japanese culture has a strong tradition in this study of torture. And it’s worth keeping in mind that Japanese practices and this magazine were about the release of emotion in this context of pain.

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  3. Identifying Sloe Berries from Damson Plums
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  5. The Kitan Club: Strange Stories & Curious Tales

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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