Life After IML - August 2006

John and Robert, hugging

Monday 29th May - With Robert Valin at the end of IML 2006
Photo credit: Dave Harris

On Sunday 6th August the London Alternative Market raised over £700 GBP ($1300 USD) in just a few hours for the Spanner Trust. Thanks for everyone present for their generous donations. The Trust was on hand to run a stall and I was expecting to give a speech on stage. What I wasn't expecting was to be asked to replace the demo which had been booked, as the performers were ill and had to cancel at the last minute. I suggested that if they found a good rope bondage Top I'd be willing to try some escapology for them - and so I found myself being given just 10 minutes to escape in front of a large crowd. I was well on my way to getting out of the rope when the time ran out. Lots of people remarked afterwards that they are sure I would have managed it if I had been allowed to continue!

Back in May I met Robert Valin (Mr Eagle NYC 2005) in Chicago during International Mr Leather (IML) weekend. Robert is the founder and President of "Leather Invasion", which has been receiving lots of press coverage since forming in New York earlier this year. He kindly agreed to be interviewed for this column:

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Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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