As a lifelong fan of Fanny the Wonderdog, the faithful furry sidekick to comedian Julian Clary, I wondered how he might survive professionally after she sadly passed away in 1999 aged 19. Those with long memories will recall how plaster casts of Fanny the Wonderdog were given away as booby prizes during Clary’s spoof game show Sticky Moments.
These days Julian is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and is the voice of the narrator in the animated series “The Little Princess”.
He continues to tour the UK and Australia with his one man comedy shows. In 2010 he completed a 140 date tour “Lord of the Mince”. In the Autumn of 2012 he will embark on his latest tour “Position Vacant – Apply Within.”
So, what’s notable about that? Apparently the self professed “national trinket” and king of the double entendre has been shopping at Libidex for his latest on-stage look. He’s been measured up and kitted out in the traditionally dapper Astaire Tail Suit from Libidex’s new male range. As Julian’s publicity says “Live and Wearing Rubber – At his Age!” Julian will be scouring the UK in search of love. Position Vacant – Enquire Within is dedicated to one thing – finding a husband. He’s claiming not to be desperate…but he’s leaving no straight unturned…!
Personally speaking, it sounds like he’ll be looking better than ever. Maybe all us rubberists should support his stance by turning up to the shows in our own rubbery garb.
It’s just a shame Fanny died when she did. She might have been kitted out in her very own matching rubber collar and leash.
Masks (máscaras) have been used dating back to the beginnings of lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) in the early part of the 20th century, and have a historical significance to Mexico in general, dating to the days of the Aztecs. Early masks were very simple with basic colors to distinguish the wrestler. In modern lucha libre, masks are colorfully designed to evoke the images of animals, gods, ancient heroes, and other archetypes, whose identity the luchador takes on during a performance.
Marika, from Elastica Engineering told me how they came up with the idea. “We wanted to do something fun and also explore a new niche in the fetish market.” she continues “To date, we’ve yet to see any large companies make latex luchadore masks, and since we supply our own sheeting (giving us a huge range of colors to play with) and have a laser cutter (allowing us to make whatever overlays our imaginations dream up) it seemed like the perfect fit!”