Life After IML - January 2005

Derek Cohen (left), me and Phil Brown (right) represented the Spanner Trust at Kinkfest 2004
Saturday Dec 11th - Derek Cohen (left), Phil Brown (right) and I
represented the Spanner Trust at Kinkfest 2004 in London.
Photo credit: Dave Harris

On Saturday December 11th almost 600 (mostly heterosexual) kinky folk gathered in the centre of London for a new event called Kinkfest. I was invited to give a speech from the main stage in the morning and a workshop on "BDSM and the law in the UK" in the afternoon. The Spanner Trust was given space for a stall for the day, and Svein, the leader of the Revise F65 Project, flew over from Norway to give a speech and workshop as well. Congratulations to the Kinkfest organisers for featuring the Spanner Trust and Revise F65 so prominently.

Five days later I returned to the Hoist for the SM Gays Christmas party. During the evening a butler handed out slices of Christmas cake on a silver platter. Normally I'm unable to eat cake or buffet food at events, but twenty minutes later the butler returned with a special slice of gluten free Christmas cake just for me. I like SM Gays!

After that Dave and I spent our time concentrating on preparations for Christmas, pausing briefly to celebrate our eleven and a half year anniversary. Considering all the hassle Dave has had to put up with since I won IML I think this is quite an achievement!

Nearly every leather event I've attended in America has included a speech of behalf of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). Last year I emailed their media spokesperson, Susan Wright, to find out more about their work and recent campaigns:

For more information contact:
822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127, Baltimore, MD 21202-3707, USA

Email: ncsfreedom (at)
Phone: 410 539 4824 (from within USA)

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2005.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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