Nano Chip Cock Ring Detects STIs – Size, Thrust, and Speed – From Penis via Smartphone to Facebook

Nano Chip Cock Ring Detects STIs – Size, Thrust, and Speed – From Penis via Smartphone to Facebook: A UK Condom Company is releasing a new piece of wearable technology that helps you to track your sexual performance and allows you to download this to your phone and share it via the internet. They have just announced it will also detect Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). More below:-

i.Con Packaging courtesy of BritishCondoms.UK

While you read why not listen to the tracks on my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ ? – Just click on the box below (it is also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music at www.TRANSFORMATES.com

Many of us these days have taken to monitoring our activity and fitness levels using wearable devices that directly transmit data to our smartphones, tablets or laptops. Some enthusiasts even share their data and fitness progress with friends and colleagues via social media sites like Facebook. Why should this trend be restricted to non-sexual sporting activities?

A UK condom supplier, BritishCondoms.UK, has decided to take this restriction and turn it into a market opportunity with the forthcoming launch of their new smart condom. Actually to be correct it is not a condom but an electronic ring that you place over the base of a condom when it is on your penis. This high-tech cock ring is packed with nano chip technology and sensors that allow you to know exactly what your Willy is doing (That is – if you are a bloke and assuming you don’t know already).

If i.Con data indicates your thrusts need more power – try playing this next time:

Sadly many men have a somewhat inflated view of how good they are when it comes to ‘performing’ with their partners. This view does not always coincide with the partner’s view. Conversely some of us get rather tired of hearing that our performance was at best ‘slightly below average‘ (…’but keep trying’).

With the i.Con (that is the name of the new nano penis ring) you can now get analytical support that precisely confirms your (or your partner’s) performance level. It will give confidence to those who underestimate their ability and provide an incentive to those who perhaps have some ‘room for improvement’. In fact it can also measure the calories burned in sex so you can use it as part of a holistic fitness monitoring regime.

You can share i.Con data – for example at church – to demonstrate abstinence:

What do the suppliers claim for this device?:

i.Con will record:

  • Calories burnt during sexual intercourse
  • Speed of thrusts
  • Total number of thrusts
  • Frequency of sessions
  • Total duration of sessions
  • Average velocity of thrusts
  • Girth measurement
  • Different positions used (currently undergoing BETA testing)
  • Average skin temperature

Importantly Adam Leverson, the Lead Engineer on the i.Con project has just announced that it will also have built-in indicators to alert the users to any potential Sexually Transmitted Infections present. This means the ring will not only monitor performance and various other stats, but will also detect STI’s such as Chlamydia and Syphilis.

So how does it feel to wear one? Well in the words of the suppliers it’s a ring that will sit over a condom at the base. You can use the ring over and over again. They claim it is extremely comfortable, water resistant and lightweight, ‘you won’t even know it’s there’ ensuring maximum pleasure and peace of mind. They also point out that you can use it with any condom you wish to use (and they certainly have quite a lot in their own range to choose from).

If the i.Con indicates you need to improve your rhythm try this:

Having a nano-chip and various sensors this nano penis ring can measure and remember several different variables about your ‘sessions’. Once your session is completed, you can use the dedicated i.Con app to download your recent data using Bluetooth technology. After the download the i.Con clears its memory ready for your next session.

Don’t worry about the electro-cock ring running out of juice before you do – it is supposed to be able to run for 6-8 hours between charges (charging is via a micro USB port that you can plug into the mains or your computer). It takes about one hour to recharge the device. I presume you can not use it while it is still connected for charging (note to marathon athletes: risk of electrocution).

Sometimes a bit of ‘classical’ can put you in the perfect sensual mood:

Although they do not have to – users will have the option to share their data with the global i.Con user community (via your preferred social media site, e.g. Facebook). At the time of writing it was not clear whether this was included in the software that Wikileaks claims the CIA can hack – but if they can this could provide you with an added incentive to ‘up’ your performance.

I understand the i.Con can be adjusted to suit an individual’s Willy size using a special band adjustment feature. This band will allow a user to flex the ring to the correct size to optimise comfort.

It will be ready for general release to the public during 2017 but interested consumers can register with the website now (the link is here). It will be priced at £59.99. This price will hopefully prevent braggarts trying to wear multiple rings (unlike the gentleman in Germany who needed the fire-brigade to remove his 13 cock rings – more info on that story here).

If your i.Con data suggests more ‘gentleness’ try playing this in the background:

A final comment from Aaron Slater, a spokesperson for British Condoms: “We knew we were on the cusp of creating something special with i.Con and bringing a new meaning to ‘wearable tech’, but being advocates of safe sex, we wanted something more and the addition of an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) indicator has certainly done that.

I laud the addition of the STI indicator. The i.Con is currently in final stages of ‘field’ testing before its release later this year. I can not comment on whether my backing singers, the Pretty Spandex Boys, have been involved in the field testing for this device but they do seem to have been spending a lot of time hogging the USB ports in the recording studio recently.

Have fun, but have it safely,

Chris Duggleby

After a strenuous session trying out your new naughty nano technology why not calm down with my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are available on iTunes using the link here)?:

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of my other recent reports on similar subjects.

Just click on the titles below:

…starting with some fun related articles:

Feb 28th 2017: Vaccinations Cause Children to Masturbate – Public Frustration At Austrian Article:

16th Oct 2016: How to Prevent Smelly Trumps – Scientific Breakthrough in Australia – Good Carbs Mean Good Farts 

9th March 2016: Penis Ring Emergency – German Fire Fighters Rescue Man From Painful 13 Cock Ring Torture: Vorsprung durch Technik and erectile dysfunction

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle fingerFingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.

some here is some more serious stuff:

12th June 2016 Hospital Serial Killer – Super Bugs Created With Jumping Genes During Bacterial Sex

21st May 2016 Skin Cancer and Cataracts From Your Car – Poor UV Side Protection – Windows Tested From 15 Vehicle Makers

19th April 2016 Torture In The Shower – Face and Body Soap Allergies – Main Suspect: Pears Transparent Soap

3rd March 2016 Using Gene Drives To Change Mosquito Sex In Fight Against Zika, Dengue and Malaria

3rd Feb 2016 Zika Infection Spread By Sex In Dallas – Earlier Sexual Transmission In Colorado – Detailed Symptoms 

31st Jan 2016  Bed Bugs – Insecticide Resistance – Arbovirus Transmission – Zika and Microcephy

13th Jan 2016 Kill Head Lice In A Day With The Newly Developed Plasma Nitcomb From The German Fraunhofer Institute

26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine– The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen

…please visit chrisduggleby.com again.

 

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Vaccinations Cause Children to Masturbate – Public Frustration At Austrian Article

There has been a lot of debate recently about vaccinations and their potential side effects. This climaxed in a storm in the German language press in the last few days focusing on the link between vaccinations and increased masturbation in children. Here is a review of some aspects of this important issue. 

While you read why not listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘? Here are the videos (you can also download it from iTunes using the link here):

Readers of my personal site at ChisDuggleby.com will be well aware that one of my hobbies is to scan the German language press to find interesting news articles which may not have received much attention in the English media. Sometimes these reports can be amusing (for more examples check out my Alpine Press Reports or my personal Blog).

As I am currently working in my music studio in South Africa with the Pretty Spandex Boys one article in the Austrian Press particularly caught my attention. It was first carried on 17th February 2017 by the portal oe24.at under the title: “Heilpraktikerin warnt: Geimpfte Kinder fangen an zu masturbieren“. For those who struggled with German at school here’s my rough translation “Natural Health Professional warns: vaccinated children start to masturbate“.

Title Page from online press article at oe24.at on 17th Feb 2017

Title Page from online press article at oe24.at on 17th Feb 2017

The original article has been removed – presumably following official complaints to the Austrian press regulatory body. You can however still see the title page in the Austrian newspaper Kurier.at using the link here.

The original article quoted a Swiss Natural Medicine practitioner who, it claimed, had warned parents against vaccinating their children. Apparently this natural medicine practitioner had noticed that following vaccinations children had started to masturbate and later had to cope with serious side effects like dyslexia, sleep problems, stuttering and even brain tumours.

Care should be taken when clicking on the following video if you have recently had a vaccination (available from iTunes using the link here)

According to other press reports the article on oe24.at did not attempt to give a balanced analysis of views for and against this viewpoint – this is presumably what led to the complaints and the article being withdrawn from public circulation. Oe24.at is well known in the German speaking world as a Boulevard or gossip/tabloid portal however many other publications felt that with this article it had reached a new low point in its professional integrity.

After doing a little more research in the German language media I discovered that the 54 year old Natural Medicine practitioner was qualified from the Homeopathy school in the Swiss town of Zug. She had shared her views with the local Toggenburger Newspaper. Roughly translated, these were: “Today I would prevent my children from having vaccinations. This is because, if nothing else, after vaccinations children can suddenly start to masturbate”.

Here’s another Pretty Spandex Boys video – they have all been vaccinated (also available from iTunes using the link here)

This situation she believes is an indication of the “vaccination illness”. She acknowledged that there can be other causes of excessive masturbation which should be included in future research. If you want to check out a German review in Huff Post you can find a report here. The Huff article also presented the opposite view, for example, by referring to the 120,000 deaths each year from Measles which could be prevented by vaccination.

The German Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SDZ) tried to also present a more balanced review with a touch of Bavarian humour. The German press do enjoy taking the Michael out of their smaller neighbours in Austria and Switzerland. The SDZ explained that as well as masturbation there were a number of other childhood phenomena that might ‘theoretically’ also be linked to vaccinations – like:

  • the wearing of trousers or T-shirts that are too wide/too tight/too short or too long
  • the following of YouTubers
  • listening to pop music with too much/too little bass/beat/melody/guitars/keyboards/sense/meaning
  • using Headphones with the trade mark ‘Beats’

They suggest that such traits in children should be added to masturbation in any serious study into the side-effects of vaccination.

As well as the Pretty Spandex Boys – on Sundays I work with the local choir (also available from iTunes using the link here)

To maintain balance the SDZ pointed out that the relationship between vaccination and masturbation had not been convincingly disproved. They reported that following a review of literature they felt they could safely claim that vaccinations in general led to children being more healthy. Healthy children are more likely to enjoy the kind of things that content kids do like, they suggest, masturbate. Their logic was that a child in bed suffering with measles was unlikely to be interested in masturbating whereas a child without measles would be in a better mood and therefore more inclined to have fun. So theoretically the vaccination could be held (indirectly) responsible for the child having more time to enjoy such ‘fun’ activities (the SDZ article ‘The truth about the relationship between vaccination and masturbation‘ in German is here).

Chris Duggleby

If you have had a vaccination the following may be a little gentler on the body…

my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of his other recent reports on similar subjects.

Just click on the titles below:

…starting with some fun related articles:

16th Oct 2016: How to Prevent Smelly Trumps – Scientific Breakthrough in Australia – Good Carbs Mean Good Farts 

9th March 2016: Penis Ring Emergency – German Fire Fighters Rescue Man From Painful 13 Cock Ring Torture: Vorsprung durch Technik and erectile dysfunction

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle fingerFingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.

some here is some more serious stuff:

12th June 2016 Hospital Serial Killer – Super Bugs Created With Jumping Genes During Bacterial Sex

21st May 2016 Skin Cancer and Cataracts From Your Car – Poor UV Side Protection – Windows Tested From 15 Vehicle Makers

19th April 2016 Torture In The Shower – Face and Body Soap Allergies – Main Suspect: Pears Transparent Soap

3rd March 2016 Using Gene Drives To Change Mosquito Sex In Fight Against Zika, Dengue and Malaria

3rd Feb 2016 Zika Infection Spread By Sex In Dallas – Earlier Sexual Transmission In Colorado – Detailed Symptoms 

31st Jan 2016  Bed Bugs – Insecticide Resistance – Arbovirus Transmission – Zika and Microcephy

13th Jan 2016 Kill Head Lice In A Day With The Newly Developed Plasma Nitcomb From The German Fraunhofer Institute

26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine– The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen

…please visit chrisduggleby.com again.

Are you prepared for the Alien Microbe catastrophe? Video Update

Are you prepared for the Alien Microbe catastrophe? Video Update Many of us do not realise just how dangerous the race to conquer space really is. Have you ever stopped to consider what would happen if astronauts brought microbes back to earth that could annihilate the human race? Read on…  

Our Milky Way is expected to provide countless opportunities for Microbial Life forms to evolve

Our Milky Way is expected to provide countless opportunities for Microbial Life forms to evolve

Scientist think that probably billions of planets or their moons will have developed some form of life. As here on earth the most abundant life in space will certainly be microbial. Microbes were the first life forms to evolve on earth and we will probably find such microscopic life forms in space before we come across more complex organisms like plants or animals. Only recently in the history of planet Earth have such more complex organisms evolved. For the vast majority of our planet’s history it was only inhabited by microbes.

If another asteroid hits the earth like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs it might destroy all the animals and plants on Earth but the microbes would almost certainly survive. This is because they are versatile, hugely diverse, can be highly robust and resistant to destructive forces. They are also able to evolve and adapt very rapidly. Our microbial ancestors may even have originated on other worlds and were then brought here on asteroids during the Earth’s early history.

Selfie on Mars by the Curiosity rover drilling for bugs

Selfie on Mars by the Curiosity rover drilling for bugs (click on any picture to see more detail)

As a former medical microbiologist I am very much aware of the variety of microbes on our own planet – these bugs are able to live in some of the most inhospitable places on earth – at the poles, next to volcanic vents in the ocean or deep in the ground where no atmospheric oxygen is present. They can make energy out of some of the most unusual substrates – such as sulphur, hydrogen, iron or hydrogen sulphide (the ‘rotten eggs’ gas found near volcanoes). On the ocean beds they even digest oil playing an important role in clearing up the mess from oil spills and leaks.

New local worlds - These 10 exoplanets around Jupiter have recently been identified

New local worlds – These 10 exoplanets around Jupiter have recently been identified

Microbes can dramatically change their environment. They even change whole planets. We believe that originally the Earth did not have any atmospheric oxygen – it had an anaerobic (oxygen free) atmosphere – and the bugs that first grew here would have actually been killed by the presence of any oxygen.

In the very early days of evolution on Earth these ‘oxygen hating’ microbes learned how to harness sunlight to make energy and store it in chemicals like sugars. One of the byproducts of this process was the conversion of water (and carbon dioxide) into oxygen. With time large quantities of oxygen appeared on the earth. Yes the oxygen we breath was originally created by microbes (We also believe the water was brought here by asteroids – but that is another story). These bugs were able to use nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to enable the creation of proteins. By putting lots of oxygen (and ozone) into the Earth’s atmosphere microbes helped to protect all future life forms from harmful radiation from space (including from the sun). They also converted unusable inorganic elements like carbon, nitrogen and sulphur into organic forms that more complex living organisms (like us) can use as food and energy. Without all this preparation by microbes the Earth would not today be suitable for the evolution and survival of humans.

Two rocky planets have recently been found in the Kepler 10 system

Two rocky planets have recently been found in the Kepler 10 system

So we should not underestimate the power of microbes to change a whole planet and to influence the evolution of living systems. We are all familiar with some of the obvious harmful effects of a few microbes – they can cause disease in both people and crops. In fact microbes can even make other microbes sick – bacteriophages are special viruses that attack bacteria and can kill them. We use these bacteriophages in genetic engineering to inject new genes into bacteria to make them manufacture special proteins for us.

What many of us don’t appreciate is that our bodies are actually complex partnerships between our own cells and the many billions of microbes that live with us – on our skin, in our guts and even inside our cells. Many people are surprised to learn that a few percent of the DNA (the stuff genes are made of) in all of our cells actually came from viruses. During our evolution these viruses have infected our cells and injected new genetic material (together with their own genes) into our DNA. So our own genes appear to be based, at least in part, from exchanges we have made in the past with microbes. This genetic exchange actually allowed us to evolve more quickly and develop more sophisticated biochemical processes. Every cell in your body has several energy generating units called mitochondria – they are unusual because they actually have their own genes – this is because they were originally bacteria that the predecessors of our own cells formed a partnership with. Yes bacteria came inside our cells and now help them to generate energy more efficiently.

This small list of likely habitable zone planets for microbes is growing rapidly

This small list of likely habitable zone planets for microbes is growing rapidly

I feel very strongly that we need to be very careful to protect the cooperation between our own bodies and the microbes that live on and inside us. Not only do they protect us from disease (nasty germs find it harder to get to our bodies because the path is blocked by our ‘friendly’ bugs) but they also help us to digest some kinds of foods and produce vitamins in our gut. This is our microbiome and we need to be careful whenever we use antibiotics or even detergents, soaps and preservatives in our foods. These products, although designed to kill disease-causing bugs, can also harm the friendly microbes upon which our health and well-being depend. Our body is not our own – it is a symbiotic partnership with microbes.

Our focus at the moment is to try and identify potential host planets for microbial life

Our focus at the moment is to try to identify potential host planets for microbial life

Although the scientist in me is interested to learn what forms of microbial life exist in space I am also very concerned that we will need to be very careful. My biggest fear is that we could contaminate our own planet with ‘alien’ microbes that are much better at using the available resources than the life that already exists here. Our own history is littered with stories of explorers who returned to their homelands carrying terrible new diseases like the plague or syphilis. In our early attempts to colonise new countries we almost wiped out populations of natives by giving them small-pox, influenza or even the common cold. When you bring new microbes into ‘virgin’ territory the population will not have had a chance to develop any natural immunity. After ‘white explorers’ arrived in the Americas 80-90% of the unprotected Native Americans are estimated to have died of small-pox.

The Revamped Kepler space telescope is leading the search for potential life bearing planets

The Revamped Kepler space telescope is leading the search for potential life-bearing planets

This lack of natural protection will certainly hold true for any foreign microbes that we bring to Earth from other planets, moons or asteroids. If we have not had contact with them before we will not have evolved any natural resistance. Most forms of protection like antibodies, antibiotics and other drugs depend upon the precise chemical structure and processes used by the target microbe. But if these microbes use a totally different chemistry our bodies and our scientists will not know where to start. Even the antibiotics we use to-day were originally invented by Earth microbes (they used them to kill off their microbial competitors). We simply stole and copied them and they almost certainly will not work on alien bacteria.

The Earth is surrounded by a vacuum that is constantly bombarded by radiation (we are protected from this by the oxygen and ozone in our atmosphere). Any bugs floating through space on, for example, an asteroid would probably be destroyed long before they reach the Earth by the radiation. And if this is not enough the huge temperatures generated as an asteroid falls through our atmosphere would finish off the sterilisation process. For this reason it is probably quite unlikely that microbes from other parts of space could reach us on their own (Although the products of microbial disintegration, like amino acids – the building blocks of proteins, might survive this thorough cleansing process. If these building blocks are found on asteroids they could be a sign that bugs do exist in space).

Kepler 22B was the first planet to be found in its suns habitable zone

Kepler 22B was the first planet to be found in its sun’s habitable zone

Mankind is starting to penetrate this protective shell around our own planet as we start to explore other worlds. As we send space vehicles to visit planets and other bodies in space and carry out tests we will soon learn about the life forms that have evolved elsewhere in the universe. I worry about what might happen if we try to bring back samples to test on earth (like the moon rocks we collected in the past) or if we send humans to carry out scientific missions (and bring them again home afterwards). We will risk bringing microbial ‘contamination’ back to Earth. We could be unleashing a Pandora’s box of problems – it is believed that upon their return the explorers who first visited the Americas with Columbus brought syphilis back to Europe (prior to this time the disease was not known in Europe – this ‘Great Pox’ killed over 5 million people).

Therefore we need to be vigilant. In our thirst for knowledge we must design our testing processes and projects very carefully. If information can be gleamed using automated equipment that does not need to return to Earth this would be preferable to the risk of contaminating ourselves with any microbes we find. However we should also be careful to ensure the equipment we send is absolutely sterile – we do not want to risk contaminating virgin worlds with Earth bugs. I am sure the scientists at established governmental space bodies like NASA and the ESA understand these issues but many commercial enterprises are starting to get very interested in space exploration. We need to make sure the proper controls are in place and that these projects are frequently being independently tested.

Gradually state controlled space exploration will be replaced by commercially financed missions

Gradually state controlled space exploration will be replaced by commercially financed missions

With all this in mind I have prepared a short video to try to capture my concerns in pictures and music (thanks to NASA for the images). It is called ‘Space Pox’:

And if you, your children or grandchildren are trying to find a job which could help to save the world from an alien pox catastrophe –  think carefully about following a career in microbiology!

Happy travels,

Chris Duggleby

The search continues this is the proposed starshade concept flying in sync with a space telescope

The search continues – this is the proposed starshade concept vehicle flying in sync with a space telescope

Child Abuse Allegations in Production of Ferrero Kinder Egg Chocolate Toys – Video Response

Abuse Allegations in Production of Ferrero Kinder Egg Chocolate Toys – Video Response: This report describes the latest scandal involving the Italian chocolate producer Ferrero in which Romanian children have been identified working as slave labour. In addition the products, intended for children, appear to be produced under very unsanitary conditions. Video photo-essays depicting child labour are also presented.

 Children Working From Home youngest 3 yrs making flower wreaths in New York 1912

Children Working From Home youngest 3 yrs making flower wreaths in New York 1912

I was horrified to read in the press today about an investigation reporting that chocolates designed to be attractive to young children had been produced using child labour in the EU. This child abuse investigation was reported initially by the Sun newspaper in the UK.

An example of the kind of product referred to in the Sun Article

An example of the kind of product referred to in the Sun Article

The chocolates involved are the popular Kinder Egg (Kinder Überraschung) chocolates sold by the Italian group Ferrero. Inside these chocolate eggs are small toys which the children can construct and play with. A whistleblower involved in their production reported that they are being made in people’s homes and therefore it is impossible to have the kind of quality and sanitary controls that you would expect in a modern factory.

An example of the kind of toys found in the Eggs referred to in the Sun article

An example of the kind of toys found in the Eggs referred to in the Sun article

The people who were the subject of this investigation are families in Romania, a poverty-stricken EU country. The products are made in their own homes and they are paid as little as 22p (25 euro cents) per hour. It is not unusual for such poor families to also maintain livestock in their homes and therefore there is clearly a risk that the conditions in which the products are made may be unsanitary.

Child Labour Pete Trombetta 10 yrs with siblings of 11 and 14 picking berries in USA 1910

We had hoped these days were behind us – Child Labourer Pete Trombetta 10 years with siblings of 11 and 14 years picking berries in USA 1910

Ferrero, in its statement, stated that it did carry out a strict audit of inspection of its suppliers last year and would investigate the findings from the Sun. The Sun newspaper’s report had photos of the homes and families involved in this ‘slave’ labour. They showed the dirty conditions in which the toys for eggs were made and included pictures of one worker who was a heavy smoker with callouses on their (dirty) hands.

One family interviewed (and photographed) for the Sun report was paid 20 Romanian Lei (£3.80) for a bag of 1000 completed eggs which they then delivered to a factory in Carei near the border with Hungary. This ‘slave’ family comprised of Timea Jurj (30), her husband Christian (41), children Patrick (11) Hannah (6) and Timea’s niece Tamaru (6).

Child workers aged 7 to 13 making tags for a US Company in 1912

These Child workers aged 7 to 13 making tags for a US Company in 1912 at least appeared to be clean!

It is sad that suppliers we have grown to trust need newspapers to carry out checks into their supply chains and manufacturing processes. It is horrendous that when this happens not only do we find a total lack of hygiene control but also that young children are abused by making them work under slave labour conditions. And all of this in countries which are part of the European Union. I have worked with many Romanian workers where I live near London and they are good, honest, hard-working folk. It is appalling that their compatriots back in the homeland should be mistreated in this way.

I have tried to express my deep sadness at the abuse of children as ‘slave’ labour in the videos below. These were prepared using vintage photos to illustrate the appalling conditions children were expected to work under. There is one big difference with this latest report – my pictures are over 100 years old – the pictures in the Sun are a few months old. I also wrote and produced the accompanying music. Here are the videos:

1: Ghost Children: A photographic essay set to music illustrating the lives of children who lost their childhood through child labour and poverty

  

2: Tears of Neglect: Shows how young boys were abused in the Coal and Glass blowing industries

3: Bike Boys: A slightly more upbeat presentation of cyclists from 100 years ago which finishes with some photos of the underage messenger boys who rode bikes for a living in the USA:

You can find many higher definition versions of reprocessed vintage photos at my personal website using the link here.

Please try to ensure that the joy you share in the festive period is not at the expense of underprivileged children from poorer countries.

Chris Duggleby

PS. The original Investigation from the Sun Newspaper can be found here.

Child Labour Working At a Mississippi Oyster Processor in 1911

Child Labour at a Mississippi Oyster Processor in 1911 – Sadly these kind of underage working practices still exist in the EU

Newark Priory, Surrey – 1190 AD – Photo Blog Captured in Music (with cannon fire!)

While you read the following article why not listen to my e-baroque compositions – just click on the box below:

or if techno music is more your cup of tea here are my techno/ambient compositions:

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Cattle Grazing in front of Newark Abbey ruins at Pyrford

Cattle Grazing in front of Newark Priory ruins at Pyrford

A couple of blogs ago I promised to provide more detailed information about Newark Priory which is situated near Pyrford not far from Woking in Surrey (UK). My earlier blog described how to walk from the centre of Woking (with its well connected rail links) to the priory ruins following a very scenic route. If you missed it and would like to take a look please use the link here.

I find the ruins are particularly impressive, particularly when you understand something of the history of the priory. Therefore in addition to providing some more information and high definition photos in this week’s blog I will also introduce you to the music and associated video by the TRANSFORMATES which were inspired by this ancient monument. More on that later, but first I would like to share with you another ancient monument close to the priory ruins which played an important role in its history. This other ancient monument is the church of St. Nicholas in Pyrford which itself dates from about 1140 A.D.

St. Nicholas Church on Church Hill at Pyrford

St. Nicholas Church on Church Hill at Pyrford

The reason I refer to this church in a photo blog about Newark Priory is that it is reported that the hill upon which the church stands was used as a base in 1539 for Thomas Cromwell to bombard the Priory during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In other words Cromwell would have situated one or more cannons close to St. Nicholas’ Church in order to get a clear shot at the Priory (this use of cannons is not lost in my musical composition!).

I have also prepared a separate article about St. Nicholas’ church together with more high photos which you can view using the link here. The church also has a fascinating history which is perhaps not surprising with a building dating from the twelfth century A.D. To wet your appetite I have also included some of the photographs of the church at the beginning of my video to accompany the TRANSFORMATES’ music (appropriately called ‘Rock the Priory’).

The Abbey Stream together with the river Wey create a natural island upon which Newark Priory was built

The Abbey Stream together with the river Wey create a natural island upon which Newark Priory was built

Presumably one of the reasons Cromwell would have needed to bombard the priory from a nearby hill was that it was situated on a natural island formed between two quite significant waterways (the river Wey and the Abbey Stream). In fact there are a number of other streams that criss-cross this area making access to the ruins very challenging. In addition I can vouch from my photo-shoot session near the priory ruins that the area is surrounded by some very soggy marshland. For these reasons, together with the presence of some rather ferocious looking cattle (and geese) it is very difficult to get close to the ruins.

Chris Duggleby during TRANSFORMATES Photoshoot at Newark Priory

Chris Duggleby during the TRANSFORMATES Photoshoot at Newark Priory

Old structures and ruins do not stay the same for ever. I was reminded of this when I took some photos in South Africa of a particularly interesting ship wreck. When I returned a little later to try and take some more pictures I was rather disappointed to discover that much of the wreck had already sunk and disappeared from view (see the picture below).

A closer view of the crane barge (with helicopter pad) MV Bos 400 which ran aground on 27 June, 1994. This wreck lies on top of the wreck of the SS Oakburn, a British cargo steamer of 3865 tons, which ran aground in fog on 21st May 1906 during a voyage from New York to Sydney.

A closer view of the crane barge (with helicopter pad) MV Bos 400 which ran aground on 27 June, 1994. This wreck lies on top of the wreck of the SS Oakburn, a British cargo steamer of 3865 tons, which ran aground in fog on 21st May 1906 during a voyage from New York to Sydney.

This awareness that old structures can sometimes change and even disappear drove me to try and capture the current status of the priory ruins in the following photos. The next 11 pictures capture the views of the monument as I walked around it at close proximity. If you double click on any of these perspectives you will open the original high definition photograph and can then magnify the picture to view the construction detail. For anyone interested in how ancient buildings were constructed this may save them having to travel all the way to the site. The priory dates from around A.D. 1190 – this is roughly how far back we have traced the origins of the Duggleby family tree (here is the link to the tree). Interestingly the earliest written records we found about the Duggleby family came from the charters of land transactions by another priory at Bridlington in Yorkshire. That Priory met with a similar fate to Newark Priory during the Dissolution but fortunately its ancient land transaction records where preserved providing us with valuable evidence of the existence of Sir Henry Duggleby and his offspring (for details about these Bridlington Priory records please see my article here).

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 1

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 1

The present Newark Priory structure is an example of early English Gothic architecture and dates from the reign if King Richard 1 (Richard the Lionheart, 1189-1199). To put this into some perspective against our own Duggleby family history this is around the time when Sir Henry Duggleby and his son Adam Duggleby lived (see the first page of the family tree – here). Wikipedia describes that Newark Priory (then referred to as the Priory at Aldbury) was granted substantial lands in the late 12th Century by Rauld de Calva and his wife Beatrice de Sandes for the Augustinian canons to build a church. This is not dissimilar to the significant parcels of land granted to Bridlington Priory by, among others, the families of Sir Henry and his son Adam Duggleby at around the same time (see my account here). Newark Priory was shown to have considerable non-ecclesiastic assets in the taxations records of 1291 including rents from London, Rochester and Winchester areas.

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 2

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 2

Newark Priory was dissolved by King Henry VIII. Local reports claim that a cannon was used from nearby Church Hill to bombard or demolish the very extensive buildings associated with the Priory. The establishment and accompanying lands were surrendered in 1538 and the last Prior, Richard Lipscombe was pensioned off. As with the dissolution of other catholic structures all the valuables were sent to the Tower of London and the land was given to the ‘master of the kings horse’.

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 3

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 3

Today the ruins of Newark Priory are a Grade 1 listed Ancient Monument held under the English Heritage register of buildings at risk.

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 4

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 4

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 5

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 5

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 6

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 6

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 7

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 7

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 8

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 8

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 9

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 9

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 11

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 10

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 12

Newark Augustinian Priory Perspective 11

For true mediaeval architecture junkies I have also included some more detailed shots of the structures around the doors and windows as well as some of the remaining walls. In addition to battling with the marshland and cattle I found myself clambering over numerous cow pats to get these close ups. However I believe it was worth it because this is not an opportunity that presents itself every day. The next 13 photos describe the details of the remaining structures.

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 1

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 1

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 2

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 2

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 3

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 3

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 4

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 4

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 5

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 5

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 6

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 6

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 7

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 7

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 8

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 8

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 9

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 9

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 10

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 10

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 11

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 11

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 12

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 12

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 13

Newark Augustinian Priory Structural Detail 13

Towards the end of my photo-shoot the local geese decided to reclaim their territorial right to the monument!

Wild Fowl enjoying a peaceful lunch at Newark Augustinian Priory

Wild Fowl enjoying a peaceful lunch at Newark Augustinian Priory

Although it is quite difficult to get close up views like these you can get some very scenic views of the priory from the Wey Navigation waterway which runs past the site. One of the best positions is at the Newark Lock. Below are some pictures of the lock itself and a Google Earth map of the area to help you locate it if you intend to visit.

Newark Lock 1 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Newark Lock 1 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Newark Lock 2 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Newark Lock 2 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Interestingly even the lock itself has a long history dating from 1653 – clearly this area is not lacking in historical relics.

Sign for Newark Lock 2 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Sign for Newark Lock 2 on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Newark Lock on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

Newark Lock on the Wey Navigation near Newark Priory Ruins

'Newark Lock' name on the wooden lock gate near Newark Priory Ruins

‘Newark Lock’ name on the wooden lock gate near Newark Priory Ruins

Now speaking of historical relics the photo below captures a more familiar relic in the form of yours truly just to re-enforce the fact that I really did take these pics. In addition to using them to illustrate this blog most of the pictures together with some others from the area have been used in the video for my most recent composition ‘Rock the Priory’.

Chris Duggleby during photoshoot for TRANSFORMATES video at Newark Priory

Chris Duggleby during photoshoot for TRANSFORMATES video at Newark Priory

Rock the Priory tries to capture some of the drama featured in the long history of Newark Priory. I have already mentioned that the piece includes cannon fire (eat your heart out Tchaikovsky with your 1812 Overture – here is the Woking equivalent). In addition the wars raging between the Catholic and Protestant churches have been illustrated using musical battles between a distorted lead guitar and synthesizer which come in half way through the piece (yes it gets a bit heavy!). Those used to the more serene music of my earlier composition ‘Heaven’ will find this latest instrumental piece something of a contrast. If you have headphones be careful on the volume! in addition the tonal range may challenge less capable music systems.

And finally after a day of taking photos I returned back to the centre of Woking to be greeted by a nice sunset from my balcony – just in time for an evening snack and a nice drink. Cloudy days can often provide some of the most impressive sunsets.

Cheers!

Chris Duggleby

Sunset over Woking

Sunset over Woking

If you are interested in reading more about Woking and Surrey history please see the following blog articles:

Searching for Cannibals in Surrey

Prehistoric Britain (or more precisely: Prehistoric Woking!)

The beach where the Martian invaders landed

Walking Round Woking – Part 1: River Wey, Newark Priory Ruins & 13th Century Royal Palace

If you would like to get the YouTube links for my last three releases with the TRANSFORMATES and learn more about the background to the songs please check out the link below:

Transformates Debut at V&LIUMM Recording Studios

In addition I have prepared a YouTube playlist which I will update whenever I produce new musical treats. This means you can punish your ears with a single click. Here is the play list link:

Stunning Video Art Technology Harnessed for Chris Duggleby’s Fac ut Ardeat (From Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater)

The Italian baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi lived from 1710 to 1736. One of his most celebrated sacred works was the Stabat Mater which he wrote a few months prior to his death in a Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli, Itali. He died at the very young age of 26 from from Tuberculosis.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 - 1736) - Italian Composer of Fac ut Ardeat (taken from his sacred work Stabat Mater)

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736) – Italian Composer of Fac ut Ardeat (taken from his sacred work Stabat Mater)

Stabat Mater had twelve movements the 8th of which was called Fac ut Ardeat. The full text is Fac, ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam which in English means Make me feel as thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ my Lord. It was intended to represent the thoughts of the mother Mary as her son Jesus was crucified on the cross.

In my interpretation I have used the TRANSFORMATES  Digital Choir to perform the soprano and alto parts and a selection of contemporary instruments to blend with the original baroque string instruments. Here is the video:

This was Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred work and was so highly regarded that J.S. Bach used it as the basis for his cantata ‘Tilger, Höchster, meine Sünden‘ (in English: ‘Root out my sins, Highest one’).

It is normally performed in Catholic churches as part of the Easter celebrations (as is also the case with my earlier interpretation of Allegri’sMiserere Mei Deus – you can discover more about the fascinating history of that piece in my video here).

For the Fac ut Ardeat video I have introduced some new digital art technology to try and provide a sensory feast for your eyes as well as your ears. If you have not already seen the video here are some of the screen shots to tempt you further. I intend to include this track on my forthcoming album of contemporary interpretations of Baroque masterpieces.

1 Artwork from Chris Dugglebys Video FAC UT ARDEAT taken from Pergolesis Stabat Mater 2 Artwork from Chris Dugglebys Video FAC UT ARDEAT taken from Pergolesis Stabat Mater 3 Artwork from Chris Dugglebys Video FAC UT ARDEAT taken from Pergolesis Stabat Mater 4 Artwork from Chris Dugglebys Video FAC UT ARDEAT taken from Pergolesis Stabat MaterIf you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to use the comments box below. I hope you enjoy my baroque interpretations.

Chris Duggleby.

If you know of someone who insists on exposing himself by wearing very revealing lycra shorts…..read on….

We all know of someone – generally a chap – who insists on doing his sporting activities in public places dressed in the most revealing lycra shorts which leave little to the imagination. These shorts are usually bright, perhaps even white, and in some cases they may have ‘designer’ holes which demonstrate that undergarments are not considered necessary (“Oh that’s where I fell over” or “those pesky thorns are a menace”)

Skimpy Lycra Shorts as preferred by Lycra Larry when jogging

Skimpy Lycra Shorts as preferred by Lycra Larry when jogging

It was my awareness of just such a person that inspired me to write the song ‘Lycra Larry‘ for the Transformates 變 Music Project. Larry is one of those rather sad people that need to expose themselves to their neighbourhood. Clearly it would be illegal to run around naked (well at least in most places) so Larry uses a very thin layer of lycra which, if anything, rather than hiding his ‘parts’ makes them even more obvious.

In the song I have described an ‘incident‘ which involves a lady having a fit, some rather painful medical treatment, and a bit of strategic cross-dressing. However in the end Larry finds his salvation …..and you can discover how if you watch the video.

 

You might like to have this song on your MP3 player or perhaps you know someone who would benefit from it as a gift. Therefore I have included it in the TRANSFORMATES 變 fun songs debut album: ‘Songs of Fun, Deviants and Eunuchs‘ Which is being made available through all reputable music suppliers (e.g. from Amazon via the link here and Spotify via the link here and i-Tunes ‘when they solve their technical glitch’ here).

Happy Jogging!

Chris Duggleby

One of the models we rejected for the Lycra Larry video

One of the models we rejected for the Lycra Larry video