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Our Ginger Fuhrer's young life was scarred by the discovery of an end-of-the-pier 'What The Butler Saw' machine and a jazz mag shoved behind a toilet cistern. Tell us about the first time you realised that there was more to life than sweet shops and Friday night TV

(, Thu 11 Aug 2011, 13:07)
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Rude statues
My parents had a book of not-that-great cartoons all on the theme of statues - and they nearly all had willies! Even though they were just drawings they seemed very rude (some of them had pubic hair! Imagine! Mum and Dad must have wondered why I kept looking at it. Or maybe they didn't.

My granny lived in St Peter's Square in Hammersmith at the time, and in the middle of the public park bit there was (still is as far as I know) an anatomically correct statue of a Greek athlete. I never wasted the opportunity for a sneaky peek as I went past. A bit lame, eh? Well, I was only about ten....

But the best willy in statuary I know of was installed in 1963 at Coventry Cathedral, when I was 15. You have to stand on a certain step and look at Epstein's 'St Michael and the Devil' The Devil is extremely well endowed. For a while the appendage was absent - (stolen? removed by self appointed upholders of public 'decency'? I have no idea) but it's there now. Makes me smile to see groups of schoolgirls standing on that step, giggling and pointing cameras, just as we used to (but without the cameras) Plus ca change.....
(, Fri 12 Aug 2011, 17:19, 2 replies)
Try Frognerparken.
I never realised quite how witty and thoughtful nude sculpture could be.
(, Fri 12 Aug 2011, 20:17, closed)

The Minotaur & Rabbit statue erected in Cheltenham in the mid 90's caused outrage among the more conservative residents of the town due to the Minotaur's anatomy.
(, Tue 16 Aug 2011, 13:15, closed)

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