Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rubbout Sponsors - final

Just figured since I was compiling the list for Mitch before I travel, I will post the final list of our gracious sponsors here again:

Gold Medal Sponsors

Invincible Rubber
Wares and Wear Ventures Inc.
Skintightrubber Ltd.
Healing Touch Massage (778) 997-4547
PumpJack Pub
JT's Male Stockroom Inc

Silver Medal Sponsors

West Coast Rubber
DogHouse Leathers

Bronze Medal Sponsors

Mr. S Leather Co. Inc


If you like rubber and you like animation, check out the cheeky animations at  Creepier still is Salad Fingers at Fat!

Monday, March 29, 2010

More bad news

I just received word late last night that my 13-year old cousin succumbed to head injuries inflicted in a car accident yesterday afternoon. I will be heading home by the end of the week for the funeral and will probably take some extra days to spend with the family so I will not be posting here for at least a week or so.


Back at the Track

Here are some more gratuitous views of the World Cup last weekend in Copenhagen.

Nice view!!!!

Rubberstud(s) of the Week #100

Friday, March 26, 2010


The 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Ballerup Super Arena from March 24-28.  More muscular boys (and girls) in lycra!

More to come after the weekend...

Front Smellbag

A video of Rubber's Finest latest creation: the front-mounted smellbag.  In this video, Puppett is being put into the heavy rubber confinements.  Fuck this would be a fun situation to get yourself into...

Rubber's Finest has a 75-minute video available.  It's mostly women, obviously, but I love the description!


Elaborate heavy rubber costumes, tubed aroma caskets and smellbags, and thick multilayered masks, we made the fantasies of heavy rubber fans come true. A cast of dedicated rubberists: Baroness Bijou, Der Doktor, Puppett, Rubberdoll Emma Lee and Sagara. They demonstrate total enclosure, complete rubberization inside out, latex inhalation, tubing of all orifices, up to our monstruos latex sarkophagus and the biggest mask of the world!

Aw yeah!

For some reason the video embed link doesn't work, I can't figure it out as it seems to be affecting all the Rubber's Finest videos (as embeds). You can check it out at the Rubber's Finest site or download the video here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shameless plugging

Rubbout 19 is only two weeks away! Hard to believe it's coming up so quickly. We have a lot to do yet, especially rounding up all the sponsorship prizes, etc. and organizing the Gear Swap. Mitch told me this morning that the online purchase of weekend pass bands has already surpassed anything in previous years. I've been busy putting up posters and dropping off postcards all over the Davie Village and will continue to promote the event again this weekend at Sin City and Blackout Night at Pumpjack. Priape has approached us to do a Rubbout promo event at the Fetish Fashion Show at Celebrities on Easter Sunday.

Here is the window display at Priape Vancouver. I have yet to get a good picture of it in the evening without the reflection. It's very very creative and very very yellow! ;)

Here's the poster hanging in Pumpjack Pub:

Braking the Cycle

Braking the Cycle is a 275 mile bicycle ride, Boston to NYC. Mister American Rubber 2010, David Kosnitzky is doing the ride for the 3rd time. Its a fundraiser, each rider is required to raise a minimum of $3500 which is why I am providing this link, hopefully you can help support him do the ride!

Braking the Cycle benefits the HIV AIDS services of the LGBT Center in Manhattan on 13th st.

Its an amazing event. David has raised over 9k in the last two years and his cycle team's goal this year is $100,000. Check it out! Help him out!

Gender Switch

Okay! okay! I made a mistake on the last RSOTW. Forgive me for being hasty in selecting the photo...I am most certainly not going over to the Other Side. Love the girlfriends....but here's a androcentric pic to get us back on the proper path.

Photo courtesy of Rubaddiction Berlin. Very very cute models and the owners are ace.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dance of the fools

We had a fun evening at Pumpjack on Saturday night.  In addition to the monthly contest ("Best Chest" this month), it was one of my closest friend's birthday party, the unveiling of the Rubbout poster at the bar, and a Rubbout promo 'act' on stage in our new Rubbout underwear from Ego Assassin!  Mitch had us dance to "Male Stripper" while taking our clothes off to show the undies (with 'Rubbout' on the ass) and throwing Rubbout duckies and beach balls into the crowd.  We were so uncoordinated and was a riot.  Everyone will remember it for how BAD it was.  There are apparently a bunch of pics and even a stupid video that should be out soon. I will post here as they are published.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010


Finally a permanent(?) HD post of the alternate Vampire "Teeth" video version by Lady Gaga. Hot hot boys doing hot hot things. So right on so many levels.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sponsor Flood

Wow, I never expected the support from the sponsors to be so strong! Thanks so much guys! It's been very gratifying that these small companies are so intent on supporting these fetish events. It truly is a win-win situation.

We're doing promo night at Pumpjack this Saturday. In addition to Best Chest, the unveiling of the new Rubbout banner, and showing off the new Rubbout underwear by Ego Assassin - it's also Ian's 50th birthday! Whoot whoot!

Rubbout 2010
April 9-11, 2010
“Let the Games Begin”

Best Chest Contest this Saturday, March 20th

Come join the Rubbout boys at PumpJack Pub this Saturday night, as PumpJack unveils the new Rubbout banner that’s larger than life. And that may not be all that’s unveiled.

Weekend Passes

Weekend passes available now at Priape, Little Sisters and on-line at Cost $20 in March, $25 in April. Pass includes:

· Saturday Rubbout Party
· M2M Play Party
· Sunday Brunch
· Souvenir wristband
· 15% off at Priape with wristband
· VML raffle ticket
· Line priviledges at PumpJack
· Drink ticket
· Program
· And much more

Hotel Accommodation

The host hotel is The Inn at False Creek. Thanks to a Travelzoo discount, the Rubbout rate has been lowered to $69/night plus tax until March 23rd. Promo code is “Rubbout”. Call toll free 1-800-663-8474 or email

Leather, Rubber, Kink Swap Meet

Make some money on your unused leather, rubber and Kink gear you no longer use. Just gather your items up and drop them off and the Rubbout team will take care of the rest. You set the price on your items. 10% will go to Rubbout. If you have items for sale, please contact Rob The Swap Meet is Saturday April 10th 1pm til 4pm @ PumpJack Pub.

Buy Rubber Gear & Support Sponsors

It is not too late to buy new gear for Rubbout. In fact Recon is having a 10% off sale on rubber gear, Recon sells Invincible Rubber Gear, one of Rubbout’s gold medal sponsors. Inrubber gear will be on sale at the Rubbout Swap Meet. Or save 15% with your Rubbout wristband at Priape (another Gold sponsor). Watch for Priape’s rubber window display coming soon. Please support all of our Sponsors. For more sponsorship information, please contact Reid, our Rubbout Sponsorship Coordinator, at

Gold Medal Sponsors

· Priape,
· Invincible Rubber,
· Ware’s and Wear Ventures Inc.,
· Skintightrubber Ltd.,
· Healing Touch massage, (778) 997-4547
· PumpJack Pub,
· Stockroom Inc,

Silver Medal Sponsors

· Leatherpost,
· West Coast Rubber,
· Rubberzone,

Bronze Medal Sponsors

· InRubber,
· Mr. S Leather Co, Inc,

Volunteers Needed

Five volunteers to be in the Rubbout underwear show Saturday night (five guys strip to their rubber underwear on stage, then in unison turn around to show “Rubbout” on the rear). Everyone is welcome to wear Rubbout underwear in the bar after show.

2) Four volunteers to help decorate PumpJack, on Tuesday morning, April 6th 10 am to noon.

3) Three volunteers to be security at the side gate during the Rubbout Party on April 10th (one hour shifts each)

4) Two volunteers to distribute posters and postcards.

5) And a partridge in a pear tree.

Seriously, please send me an e-mail if you can help out above. This Saturday night I will be giving you guys wristbands, postcards, posters, and for those with $30 Rubbout underwear.

At the Tuesday, April 6th meeting we will finalize the other volunteer shifts including:

Before Friday Shifts

- Assemble welcome packages
- Costco Run
- Beer Run

Friday Shifts

- Sell Raffle Tickets at each weekend event
- Registration at PumpJack and Numbers
- Rubber Shine Boys Friday night at Numbers
- Friday night demo at Numbers

Saturday Shifts

- Swap Meet (might need more?)
- Saturday afternoon demo at PumpJack
- Rubbout Party Setup
- Coat Check during Rubbout party
- Bartenders for Rubbout party
- Rubbout Party Cleanup
- Slime Pit Setup/Strike down at M2M
- M2M Coordinator
- Snacks Coordinator Saturday night

Sunday Shifts

- Sunday Brunch Coordinator

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any volunteers I missed including Mr. Vancouver Rubber and Mr. Vancouver Leather runner-up.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Military Preview

I know I said I'd wait, but I'm going to debut the new outfit at Sin City on Saturday night. The party is mostly straight and bi, so the gays will still see it as 'sort-of' a debut at Rubbout in four weeks. The suit is from Libidex and the Captain's hat is from Breathless UK. I think I might be single-handedly keeping the rubber fetish industry in the UK above water! LOL

Not sure about the boots? Whether I should wear these Tred-Airs with or without the red socks and laces, or simply wear the Kenneth Cole rubber boots, which look very good with this outfit too?

These last two pics are from the other day 'working'; I was in my Invincible transparent neck-entry suit with STR Harness and the Mickey Mouse rubber boots. I wanted to see how it would look together, and I most likely will wear this outfit to the Rubbout Friday night party.

Could I have a grimmer look on my face in these pics? Sheesh.

Vancouver vs. San Francisco

...completely not related to anything vaguely or distinctly topical to this blog:

So I checked the western seaboard's major cities for political hotness...this only comes up because of a stupid conversation over wine last night...but Vancouver and San Francisco have the West Coast's hottest mayors....Gregor Robertson from Vancouver and Gavin Newsom from San Francisco.  They're both young, yummy, and suckable, but which one is the cutest?  Do I sound like a 14-year-old girl when I say that?  Why did I even post about this today?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Very Demotivationals!

Treasure found

Tuesday I was downloading videos off of my videocamera and discovered one that I had completely forgot.  It was a video I had done of Murad and I playing one night, presumably shortly after I came back from WCR with the new straightjacket because I had him in it!  I was very happy to make this discovery as I had thought I had no video or audio recording of him.  I've watched it several times now, parts of it make me tear up but it generally makes me laugh.  His laughter and dirty talk and our stupid conversation are even better memories for me than something more vanilla I might have also had recorded had the camera been working properly all these months.

Now for something completely different...

Finally, this weekend I'm going to make a Sin City party!  It's a pan-sexual fetish event that goes on in Vancouver twice a month.  I've wanted to go since I moved here, and this weekend we've finally got a group lined up to go.  It is cop theme but I'm going in my military.  It should be fun!

Awards :
"#1 Best Fetish Night In Vancouver"
"Sin City's DJ Pandemonium #2 DJ in Vancouver" (2x!)
"Best Place To Dance Topless" - Georgia Straight
"Most Radical Fetish Night in Vancouver"
"Most Modern Place To Get Some" - Terminal City
"One Of Those Rare Events Where Literally Anything Goes" - ABORT Magazine
"Consistently Rated One Of Vancouver's Top Alternative Parties" - XTRA West
"DJ Pandemonium Best Local Vancouver DJ 2008" - Westender


2 rooms of dancing + the Sin City dungeon!
Hosted by Mr. Dark
Fetish vendors / photo booth / decorations / visuals
$9 cover with pass / $12 otherwise
19+ with ID / Absolutely no minors!
23 West Cordova / 9pm-3am
Fetish Dress Code strictly enforced!
Official website :
Myspace :
Or check Sin out on Facebook here!

Plain jeans, cargo pants, briefs or boxers, t-shirts, suits and work clothes. Absolutely no street or casual wear! Lower genital nudity is not permitted.

Suggested attire includes but is certainly not limited to - vinyl, pvc, leather, rubber, bondage, straps, chaps, full-on goth, punk, cyber, tuxedo, tailcoats / fancy dress, military / full uniform, fantasy or period costume, armour, drag / cross-dress, body paint, fancy lingerie, kilt, or any other risque costume your perverted little mind can dream up ...

From the moment the doors open, party going folk invade the club en masse and Sin is well known for being already crazy by 9:45 PM less than an hour after the doors open! COME EARLY so as not to miss any of the action!

And we mean that literally! Almost eight years old now, Sin City fetish parties can regularly be counted on to be jam packed full of awesome people shedding their hang-ups, cutting loose and going wild once a month in a no-holds barred yet safe environment, where people can dress even SEXIER than usual with LESS of the problems and hang-ups you''ll find at most club nights! Most people are MORE open to meeting new and new types of people or enjoying new or new types of music at fetish parties than even the most jammin' club night. Attendees range from every age, music scene and sexual orientation out there, with the result of a party unlike any other where people forget about personal judgements, stereotypes & all that other nasty stuff that gets in the way of having full-on partying!

Our cadre of Sin City DJs come armed to the teeth with a hugely diverse collection of music and the #1 priority of getting you crazy on the notorious Sin City dancefloor. Get your freak on in the main room to a sultry smorgasbord of retro and 80's, industrial & gothic, tribal, rock, dirty electronika & dance tunes galore, or, bump and grind to underground house & electronica all night at De:Basement, Sin's ultra-hot new second room downstairs!

Whether you''re a complete newcomer or a regular n naughty enthusiast, and no matter how you like to spend your time in public, there is a place for you to claim as your own. Get crazy on the dancefloor, rip it up at the bar, or just chill out and lounge and check out the sea of unbelievably hot eye candy, or up the ante and get crazy on one of our sturdy, padded bondage gear pieces stationed in the club, watched over by friendly dungeon monitors, with plenty of viewing space for the voyeurs at heart.

This is strictly enforced! Sin City is an awesome, highly dynamic party where people feel free to go all out with unbelieveable adult-oriented and fetish-themed outfits. A huge part of why people are as comfortable and party as hard as they do at Sin City is the atmosphere of respect all our attendees have for each other.

This is a no-strikes policy - anyone using cameras will have the pictures deleted and be required to leave the event.

Sin City often has resident, identified photographers hosting a fun, decorated photo booth or cruising the party, and we encourage people to hook up with them and get some outrageous photos whenever possible, but please, if there are others waiting to get pictures taken, limit photo sessions to a reasonable time and amount of photos. The photographers are not your employees and are there for love of the costumes and unique vibe of the party just like all of us, so please always treat them with respect. As well, all photo sessions are subject to extension or limitation as per the photographer's judgment based on things like waiting times, volume, exceptional costumes and breaks. Please respect and abide by their decisions.


Jagermeister, Adrenaline, Camouflage, Priape, Funhouse, Deadly Couture, Next! Piercing, Storm Brewing, Vancouver Dungeon Team, Venus & Mars, Judy Basha Designs, New World Designs, Black Dog Video, Lasting Leather, Mike's Custom Leather, Gothic BC, Dark Vancouver, and anyone else we may have forgotten!

See ya there, SINNERS!


The first Anvil Extreme Dress Code Club is Saturday, March 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 10 PM and the club goes until 4 AM.

Anvil Club is men 21+ only and the dress code is extreme and will be enforced. Extreme means full leather, uniform, rubber, sports kit, skin gear, and jock strap with boots. Boots are required for everything except sports gear. The doorman's word is final and there are no refunds but we'll gladly issue you a credit for a future Anvil Club. A changing room and secure clothes check is available so you can get as wild as you want with your gear.

No cologne, tennis shoes (except with sport), flip flops, shorts or cell phones. Jeans, other than bleachers, are only allowed with tall boots and leather on top like a jacket, shirt or harness, or with chaps. 

Entrance is by approved application only.  Go to and complete the online application form. You'll need to tell us about yourself and include a picture of yourself in gear.

Tix are $30 and are only available online - no door sales.  You'll get the link to buy a ticket after your application has been approved.

Stop pissing on yourself that nobody ever gears up to go out and get your ass to Anvil Club.

See you at Anvil Club!

Loren & Alex
The L8X Guys

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rubbout 2010 demo night

We're planning a Rubbout demo night on March 20th. I'm not sure if there will be a presentation of the vac-cube, however I'm hoping that we can get out one, possibly two of the vac-racks out and get some new recruits inside!

Here's a great double-vacrack scene from Iniklyss. Wouldn't it be even hotter to have the two helpless victims sharing air and poppers?
Rubbout postcard, draft 2:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More random thoughts

Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about my fetish self and the definition I have of who I am and what I represent.

On the last Saturday of February as usual was Black Saturday, and as usual I dressed up in skintight rubber and went out. As usual Tolliver and I were basically the only ones dressed up. This evening was a bit different than most in the past. First of all was the obvious; Murad, my partner-in-crime and devoted sidekick wasn't with me and thus there was this vulnerability feeling that was creeping into me - forging through this room of stares alone, again -- which wasn't helped by the fact that there were actually a couple of guys in the GAY pub that hurled violent/rude insults at me! I couldn't really believe it, but it was what it was. I had a conversation with a good friend that evening who basically spelled out for me that he thought I was over the top and that 'full dressup mode' would be best left for special occasions, ie. specific fetish evenings, fetish weekend parties, Pride, etc., etc. other than just dressing up for the hell of it because it was an unremarkable Saturday night. This crowd requires subtlety because apparently something really unusual to them makes heads explode.

For the reason that I was the unique one in the room, I am (as I am fully aware, and fully used to being the only rubberman in the room) essentially untouchable and unapproachable, thus any hope for a night of debauchery with one or more is not a reasonable conclusion unless I make special efforts myself to pursue those few who show interest, and of those that show interest, very few are going out on Saturday night without a pre-planned post-bar arrangement. This sort of situation is one that I'm very used to, and even though the nights I do rubber up I expect that I will be going home alone, I always hope for an unexpected surprise which never develops (or at least hasn't yet...except for my fortunes with Murad).

Not having Murad with me on these nights makes his loss even more painful for me. What are the chances I'll ever meet a guy again who was as completely perverted, absolutely loved rubber, and loved working on my hole as much as he did? I ask this question quite often. Hope says maybe, reality says 'wha'????

I am actually very passive in social situations despite my wide social networks and I know this is something that needs to change if I am going to make any inroads in my current environment now that I no longer have an equally energetic and kinky partner to lean on.

I had a playdate over on Saturday night. He is a cute young guy that I have been chatting with for a long time and who had shown some indication online that he had had some experience with bondage and rubber and such, however, when he showed up I found out (not really to my surprise) that he in fact had no experience but was interested in checking out these scenes and hadn't acted out on them before. Initially I was sort of frustrated as all I really wanted to do is get my rocks off and was sort of expecting an equitable play period where we could just have fun and I didn't have to play the tutor. I wasn't even really in the mood for any rubberplay this evening let alone bondage of a submissive (oh, the preparation! oh, the cleanup!), but once we got into it and I assumed my role as 'instructor' for the evening, we ended up having quite a bit of fun (and yes, we both got our rocks off).

I've come to realize that along with this role I was establishing for myself as part of my new identity in Vancouver, coming with it would be a lot of requests to provide instruction and guidance due to my apparent 'experience' with all things rubbery and bondagey and kinky; and while I feel that I've hardly scratched the surface in these areas myself, to others I am a master of the arts and thus looked up to for my experience. And to that, part of me says, "fuck, I've only begun this journey and need some guidance myself. I wanna play the sub for a change", while the other part says, "yes, you do have a responsibility to corrupt the young and impressionable and ensure that you leave whomever you play with in better condition than what you found him in, even if you personally feel you don't know very much and you may never see these guys ever again".

All of these examples point to a tipping point in my fetish expression here in Vancouver. I've come to the conclusion that 1) the scene in Vancouver is flaky and underground and apparently not very welcome in standard circles unless there is a special occasion or forewarning that this is going to be taking place in a public setting. Maybe it is time for me to 'tone it down' a bit despite my previous belief that I was doing a good thing by dressing up to go out for no other reason than that I simply enjoyed it and could possibly inspire others to do the same; 2) I don't have the mental fortitude these days to keep up dominant roles for any long duration. Obviously this will change someday as I do love assuming both dom and sub roles, but for now I just wanna play and I have a feeling that non-rubber NSA booty calls and 'visits to the spa' are going to be assuming a larger role in my sexual/physical future until I feel the capacity to carry on in something more involved with someone new again; 3) that regardless, I have a responsibility to share my experiences with guys that are interested in it no matter their age, even if it means that I may end up with some wrecked rubber or no orgasm in order to expose them to the positive aspects of bondage/rubber/breathplay/assplay/what-have-you. As long as I'm walking away having learned something as well, even if it's something as basically as what NOT to do for the next time, it's all good.

It's all part of GGG (Good, Giving, and Game. More specifically: good in bed, giving equal time and equal pleasure, and game for anything—within reason) principle. This is something I want to follow and something I think will shape my future sexual and kinky being as I move from a lost relationship that was completely GGG, aspiring to find another one someday, and filling in the gaps and holes in between these two momentous points in my life with a lot of fun, good experiences, and good men.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rubbout postcard/sponsors

The sponsorship program has been humming along very nicely and we have eight confirmed sponsors. We hope to get a few more but unfortunately the deadline to get the postcards printed has hit and any further sponsorships will be done via the event itself, the website and any posters made in the future.

To date, CONFIRMED sponsors:

Gold sponsors
Invincible Rubber
Ware's and Wears

Silver sponsors
Mr. S Leathers
Pumpjack Pub

Bronze sponsors

Thanks to the sponsors for their awesome support! Presumably others, like Priape will get on board but nothing is confirmed yet.

Here is a draft of the postcard due to be printed this week, changes and shuffling forthcoming.

Rubberstud of the Week #97

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Awesome cosplay costumes

From the Top 12 list on The Current:

3. Helghast – Killzone

4. Sam Fisher – Splinter Cell

5. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee – Transformers

8. Marcus Fenix – Gears of War

Pretty neat shit!!! These are definitely passionate cosplayers. The pricetag on these outfits put my best rubber to shame...

Track Teaser

Here's a 30-sec vid of the action to come at Ballerup Velodrome on March 24-28 for the UCI World Track Cycling Championships.

*pant* Jamie Staff and Chris Hoy at 9 second mark....big thighs and butts in lycra! God, I miss competition...:(


Since seeing these in the Sochi part of the Vancouver Olympic closing ceremonies, how come I'm suddenly fascinated by them?

Trust a perv to figure out someway to make these sexy. They look pretty cool and zygotey. Maybe it's this vision I have to fill the central compartment with J-lube, close off the ends, plop in a rubberman or two suspended in the lube with breathing systems attached to the outside, and let it go? Can you imagine one of these roaming around the convention halls or streets at IML, Folsom Europe or MIR? It'd be like having a rubberslave in a fishbowl! ;)

Inside a Zorb - The funniest home videos are here

Another unfortunate tragedy :(

Kristian Digby, the BBC presenter, may have died in sex game gone wrong
Kristian Digby, the BBC presenter found dead at his home, may have died as the result of a sex game that went wrong.

By Laura Roberts
Published: 1:29PM GMT 02 Mar 2010
The Telegraph

Police are investigating his death in "unexplained circumstances".

The post mortem is expected to answer the question whether he died of suffocation after deliberately restricting his supply of oxygen.

Kill Bill film star David Carradine died in June last year after his body was found in a wardrobe in a Bangkok hotel with a rope around his neck.

INXS singer Michael Hutchence died in similar circumstances in 1997 at a Sydney hotel although questions remain over the final moments of both men.

Mr Digby, who was the host of daytime property shows including To Buy or Not to Buy, died at his home in east London on Monday.

Ambulance crews were unable to revive the 32-year old at the flat in Newnham at 7.45am.

According to reports a belt and a bag were removed from the property for forensic tests.

A BBC spokesman paid tribute and said: "Kristian was a much-loved and talented presenter for BBC Daytime. He brought a real sense of energy and warmth to all the shows he presented for us and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

Mr Digby is the third BBC presenter to die unexpectedly in recent years.

The presenter, who was born in Devon to a family of property developers, started his television career hosting Nightlife for ITV.

In 2001, Mr Digby, who was homosexual, presented That Gay Show on BBC Choice.

He went on to front several popular BBC shows, including Double Agents, Living in the Sun, House Swap and Buy it, Sell It, Bank It.

Mr Digby was also a director whose short film, Last Train to Demise, won the Melbourne Film Festival Best Student Film in 1998. Words of Deception won him a junior Bafta in 1997.

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to him.

Dominic Littlewood, who was Mr Digby's co-presenter on To Buy or Not to Buy, said: "There's not a bad word I can say about Kristian.

"He was a lovely fun, nice, jolly, decent person."

His agent and friend Jo Wander said: "I am devastated by the loss. He was a lovely guy and a very talented presenter and director. I will miss him hugely and my thoughts at this time are with his family and his many friends. He will be sorely missed."

Alistair Appleton, a fellow BBC presenter who is also openly gay, said: "Kristian was a fine, charming, complex, rather dazzling man. TV is duller and straighter and drearier without him. I was proud to have met him, hung out with him, known him a little.

"It’s desperately, desperately sad."

It seems that death by autoerotic asphyxiation is getting more common...or maybe just that the media and forensics are picking up on it more often than they used to, or legitimately naming it as the cause of death which they may have not done before. This is another unfortunate tragedy and senseless loss of a young man. To all breathplayers out there, PLEASE don't play alone.

Monday, March 1, 2010


The 21st Winter Olympic Games closed in Vancouver last night. What a party the last 17 days have been! Legacies abound, but for my country, the energy and results have generated something palpable will hopefully last for some time to come. Canada ended up the competition with a gold win in men's ice hockey (the most prized of all!) which left us with 14 gold medals -- more than any country at any previous Winter Olympic competition and host nation, and 26 in total -- two more than Torino and the most ever by Canada. There were hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets and collecting at Granville and Robson to celebrate the achievements of the thousands of athletes that came to visit. Not bad for a small backwater country, eh?