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Following on from a recent thread on parlours in Birmingham. I went to Uni in Brum and graduated in 1980. Started using the parlours in and around my then neighbourhood of Selly Oak, many are still there, it's amazing that they are still thriving some thirty years on. However what I do miss, are the sex contact magazines often with direct phone numbers in the case of 'Phoenix' or letters/correspondence like 'Rendezvous', published in Nottingham. I used a discreet accommodation address, from an adult bookshop on Summer Row at the time. One girl that I loved, and had fond memories went by the name of either 'Marie-Ann' or 'Ann-Marie', she was a blonde, natural bubbly girl, who seemed to actually enjoy what she was doing...and worked from a maisonette in Handsworth Wood. Anyone else have any memories of this type in Birmingham at the time? I used pornography as a pre-requisite to using working girls, and besides the adult bookshop in Summer Row, also bought porn from shops in Hurst Street and Pinfold Street. It really did seem like a 'golden age' back then. I'm happily married with kids now, but admit to taking the odd appointment with a WG, or indeed a visit to those parlours that are still there.

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I was there in those happy days,at Poly in Wolverhampton,my regular I found from Rendezvous Magazine,what a lot of effort,letters,stamps,SAE envelopes etc etc Her name was Anne and she worked from an old victorian house in Handsworth which she owned and rented rooms out to students I remember. Great lady,twice + my age and still gorgeous,and so cheap,£10.00 for a full hour of sex and covered oral,even a quick mouth kiss if I was lucky.

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I was there in those happy days,at Poly in Wolverhampton,my regular I found from Rendezvous Magazine,what a lot of effort,letters,stamps,SAE envelopes etc etc Her name was Anne and she worked from an old victorian house in Handsworth which she owned and rented rooms out to students I remember. Great lady,twice + my age and still gorgeous,and so cheap,£10.00 for a full hour of sex and covered oral,even a quick mouth kiss if I was lucky.

That was very rare even in the 90's as I recall.

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I too was around at the time, and used to frequent those Selly Oak parlours and, later, a place called Norfolk House, which was excellent. I seem to remember it was closed down when the proprietor unwisely gave an interview to the press.

I remember too those contact mags, almost a paper precursor of Punternet.

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I remember too those contact mags, almost a paper precursor of Punternet.

Are Phoenix, Rendezvous etc still around? I haven't seen a copy for ages. I know the interwebby thing has simplified punting, but I have many happy memories of the magazines. They were published in Brum, if I remember rightly.

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Are Phoenix, Rendezvous etc still around? I haven't seen a copy for ages. I know the interwebby thing has simplified punting, but I have many happy memories of the magazines. They were published in Brum, if I remember rightly.

Definitely published in Bham.

Bought them in Mid to late 90s(?), but were not of much use, as a large proportion of the adverts were simply

copied from the local rags, The Daily Sport or one of the Dirty Mags. I recall ringing some of the girls, "Calling"

about their advert and they were gobsmacked cos they had never advertised in those mags. Some adverts

were completely re-worded so that the description of the WG had completely changed, thus mis-leading.

The above, with the advent of the net eventuially killed them off.

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Those mags are still going but whereas you could sometimes get 250-300 ladies advertising,nowadays by the time you`ve disregarded the Doms and TV`s(no interest to me) you`re lucky if you get more than 80 ads.Not very good value for £7.00

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Are Phoenix, Rendezvous etc still around? I haven't seen a copy for ages. I know the interwebby thing has simplified punting, but I have many happy memories of the magazines. They were published in Brum, if I remember rightly.

Yes I believe they were. The guy behind it was in a relationship with a WG who worked from a large house in Hockley, with rooms let out to a number of indies. he used a couple of the rooms to store the bulk of the mags. I think it is still there nowadays.

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Me there too though a bit older. Sad to say, I got to really look forward to the new editions of those mags, Phoenix, New Delilah and Jezebel. i think I was leaving a house in Handsworth where I had just seen one of the girls when the guy who ran all three titles asked where a certain house was and he was moving there as a base at least.

I took a few photos of parlour girls who wanted to advertise in there and once had three of my pics in the same edition - never got a cover pic though. Yes they may have fewer people advertising nowadays given what you say, but the price hasn't gone up in what 20 years?! So the value may be comparable.

Also I never found more than 2 or 3 in an issue I would even think about seeing, but did see a fair number of girls who were great to meet and got me to know a fair few areas of the city I didn't know before, especially the tower blocks.

I don't recall Norfolk House so would be interested to know where it was.

I did pass the porn shop in Hurst Street often given where I parked and one day a naked woman was standing in the doorway. i chose that day to wander in, told her I felt I knew quite a lot about her after just a few moments and got a cuddle.

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I used to frequent a porn cinema on Summer Row called the Taboo,anyone remember it ?? Seedy "members only" cinema,I'd pre book a WG meeting and build up a head of steam in there before seeing her. Happy days,Rendezvous was my choice of contact mag,I had quite a lot of good meetings through it,but you had to be patient and wait for Postman Pat to deliver the good news ! A far cry from todays internet instant fix culture....

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Me there too though a bit older. Sad to say, I got to really look forward to the new editions of those mags, Phoenix, New Delilah and Jezebel. i think I was leaving a house in Handsworth where I had just seen one of the girls when the guy who ran all three titles asked where a certain house was and he was moving there as a base at least.

I took a few photos of parlour girls who wanted to advertise in there and once had three of my pics in the same edition - never got a cover pic though. Yes they may have fewer people advertising nowadays given what you say, but the price hasn't gone up in what 20 years?! So the value may be comparable.

Also I never found more than 2 or 3 in an issue I would even think about seeing, but did see a fair number of girls who were great to meet and got me to know a fair few areas of the city I didn't know before, especially the tower blocks.

I don't recall Norfolk House so would be interested to know where it was.

I did pass the porn shop in Hurst Street often given where I parked and one day a naked woman was standing in the doorway. i chose that day to wander in, told her I felt I knew quite a lot about her after just a few moments and got a cuddle.

I think it was called Norfolk House, but maybe I've mis-remembered. It was a semi-detached house, I think, on a quietish suburban road west or northwest of the City centre. You would be taken upstairs to a massage room with proper massage table, not a low bouncy bed. There would be two or three masseuses on duty, and I remember it as much for the good quality of the massage as for the happy endings, which included OWO. I believe the proprietor (male) was unwise enough to give an interview defending the business he was in and promptly got shut down. I think I would recognise the place if I saw it again, but I can't remember the address. Date-wise it must be 1980s/90s.

Help me out somebody, I can't have been their only customer!

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I think it was called Norfolk House, but maybe I've mis-remembered. It was a semi-detached house, I think, on a quietish suburban road west or northwest of the City centre. You would be taken upstairs to a massage room with proper massage table, not a low bouncy bed. There would be two or three masseuses on duty, and I remember it as much for the good quality of the massage as for the happy endings, which included OWO. I believe the proprietor (male) was unwise enough to give an interview defending the business he was in and promptly got shut down. I think I would recognise the place if I saw it again, but I can't remember the address. Date-wise it must be 1980s/90s.

Help me out somebody, I can't have been their only customer!

Wasn't it Radnor Road, off Hamstead Road (not far from Hockley Flyover). Last lady I saw there was Mature Busty Maggie which was a few years ago and she was over 60 then!

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Anyone recall the Swan on the Coventry Road? My first ever Brum parlour and a gorgeous girl there called Lyndsey I followed to the previous location of Cuddles in Selly Oak before it relocated to where Bunnies is now.

My first experience of a waterbed there too.

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Anyone recall the Swan on the Coventry Road? My first ever Brum parlour and a gorgeous girl there called Lyndsey I followed to the previous location of Cuddles in Selly Oak before it relocated to where Bunnies is now.

My first experience of a waterbed there too.

I don't ever recall seeing a water bed there, but do remember one along the Bristol Road, further south than Good Lookers.

BTW I also remember one in a parlour in Preston many years ago.

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I don't ever recall seeing a water bed there, but do remember one along the Bristol Road, further south than Good Lookers.

BTW I also remember one in a parlour in Preston many years ago.

You're right - I was thinking of Lisa's (now moved a few doors along and called Stars) also on Coventry Road. I don't recall the one at Good Lookers, my only memories being some great girls but not very clean place.

Anyone able to list the 5 within sight of each other in Selly Oak? Pennys Tonal Therapy when it was across the road from now and had a snooker table for getting to know the girls, Cuddles, Good Lookers and was another one Genesis or something in the same building as the other one I can't recall - now a supermarket car park?

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Wow, never realised the popularity and experiences of the 1980's, turning out to be a great thread. Norfolk House, yes, very professional place, as you say, went there once, very mature lady gave excellent hand-job, (being a student it was all I could afford at the time). Blonde, a bit brassy, and looking very 1960's in clothes and make-up, she wore very 'burlesque' type undies. She also had a very hairy fanny, as I reached down to cop a feel of her...Also frequented a couple on Constitution Hill and Great Hampton Street, close to the Jewellery Quarter. Rendezvous was published in Nottingham, Pheonix had more direct phone numbers. I also used 'Doms' in those days, the excellent 'Madame Paula' who worked from a very nice/posh house in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston. The Hagley Road was also another place for WG's, working from discreet private apartments, and of course a few parlours. I could write a book on those days...! Yes I also used to pick up my post in the adult bookshop on Summer Row, then be invited round the back to view 'under the counter' Danish and Swedish porn. Never saw a 'naked woman' in there, but did see one woman customer which I thought was thrilling at the time. In Selly Oak, I went to Good Lookers, (still opposite Aldi) and Manyana...never went to Penny's, which is still there. Love to hear more comments/experiences of Brum in the 1980's. My book could be called 'Brum De Jour'...!

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I used to frequent a porn cinema on Summer Row called the Taboo,anyone remember it ?? Seedy "members only" cinema,I'd pre book a WG meeting and build up a head of steam in there before seeing her. Happy days,Rendezvous was my choice of contact mag,I had quite a lot of good meetings through it,but you had to be patient and wait for Postman Pat to deliver the good news ! A far cry from todays internet instant fix culture....

It moved to Park Street, beneath a viaduct round the back from Moor Street Station, it's still there. When it was in Summer Row, they showed 8mm films on a reel, usually Danish Color Climax shorts. I also remember everone smoking in there...which is of course taboo now!

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Wow, never realised the popularity and experiences of the 1980's, turning out to be a great thread. Norfolk House, yes, very professional place, as you say, went there once, very mature lady gave excellent hand-job, (being a student it was all I could afford at the time). Blonde, a bit brassy, and looking very 1960's in clothes and make-up, she wore very 'burlesque' type undies. She also had a very hairy fanny, as I reached down to cop a feel of her...Also frequented a couple on Constitution Hill and Great Hampton Street, close to the Jewellery Quarter. Rendezvous was published in Nottingham, Pheonix had more direct phone numbers. I also used 'Doms' in those days, the excellent 'Madame Paula' who worked from a very nice/posh house in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston. The Hagley Road was also another place for WG's, working from discreet private apartments, and of course a few parlours. I could write a book on those days...! Yes I also used to pick up my post in the adult bookshop on Summer Row, then be invited round the back to view 'under the counter' Danish and Swedish porn. Never saw a 'naked woman' in there, but did see one woman customer which I thought was thrilling at the time. In Selly Oak, I went to Good Lookers, (still opposite Aldi) and Manyana...never went to Penny's, which is still there. Love to hear more comments/experiences of Brum in the 1980's. My book could be called 'Brum De Jour'...!

Despite some contributors thinking that Rendezvous was published in Birmingham, it was clearly (along with its sister magazines Jezebel, Lady Dom, Phoenix etc) published by Rendezvous Publications of Stoney Street, Nottingham. It was also used as a Box Number address where you could pick up your mail. The internet shows that the company went into liquidation in the early 2000s so any publication now carrying that name must be a new one.

There is a connection with Birmingham in that the directors of Rendezvous appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with offences of living off immoral earnings. The prosecution was successful and I believe a short custodial sentence ensued. Surprisingly the magazine still continued publication afterwards. Unfortunately to date I cannot find any reference on the net about the trial or sentence,

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I will say again, but without proof, that all the evidence I saw at the time was that the Phoenix, New Delilah, Jezebel mags were Brum based and that I became aware of the man who organised it - got letters and mags from him with Brum franking and met him in Handsworth. Now I could be wrong but Rendezvous seemed a different sort of less direct mag to the other three which often shred the same SPs, but that would surprise me from memory. In fact i recall that I used to send my orders to the mags by name and the addresses were Brum to get the mags for a cheaper price.

This was all way before the 2000s. But no proof which Mega may have so cannot do other than recall what I was aware of then.

I noticed Taboo but the one time I decided to visit, two old men were spawled on the steps drinking so I didn't climb over them. A parlour girl outside Brum told me she had done the thing of letting men have blow jobs in there once.

I instead went to the other one in Hinckley Street with the porn/sex goods for sale. The big adavantage was its live striptease evry 2 hours or so on the stage. Some prudish but also some explicit shows and a lovely student worked there just before Xmas one year. Another mature lady made Prince's Diamonds and Pearls my favourite sexy piece of music...

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Despite some contributors thinking that Rendezvous was published in Birmingham, it was clearly (along with its sister magazines Jezebel, Lady Dom, Phoenix etc) published by Rendezvous Publications of Stoney Street, Nottingham. It was also used as a Box Number address where you could pick up your mail. The internet shows that the company went into liquidation in the early 2000s so any publication now carrying that name must be a new one.

There is a connection with Birmingham in that the directors of Rendezvous appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with offences of living off immoral earnings. The prosecution was successful and I believe a short custodial sentence ensued. Surprisingly the magazine still continued publication afterwards. Unfortunately to date I cannot find any reference on the net about the trial or sentence,

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I can corroborate that because I once used the box number address to collect mail. I don't remember it being as far as Nottingham, but it was certainly a good way out of Birmingham to the north.

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I can corroborate that because I once used the box number address to collect mail. I don't remember it being as far as Nottingham, but it was certainly a good way out of Birmingham to the north.

That could include Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow!!

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That could include Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow!!

Dear PP

Last time I looked, those places are further than Nottingham!

Anyway, I was trying to say the address was well out of Birmingham. I seem to remember the place turned out to be a rather down-at-heel antique shop.

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Dear PP

Last time I looked, those places are further than Nottingham!

Anyway, I was trying to say the address was well out of Birmingham. I seem to remember the place turned out to be a rather down-at-heel antique shop.

That could also be in any of the towns I quoted but also in Nottingham. :)

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I will say again, but without proof, that all the evidence I saw at the time was that the Phoenix, New Delilah, Jezebel mags were Brum based and that I became aware of the man who organised it - got letters and mags from him with Brum franking and met him in Handsworth. Now I could be wrong but Rendezvous seemed a different sort of less direct mag to the other three which often shred the same SPs, but that would surprise me from memory. In fact i recall that I used to send my orders to the mags by name and the addresses were Brum to get the mags for a cheaper price.

This was all way before the 2000s. But no proof which Mega may have so cannot do other than recall what I was aware of then.

I noticed Taboo but the one time I decided to visit, two old men were spawled on the steps drinking so I didn't climb over them. A parlour girl outside Brum told me she had done the thing of letting men have blow jobs in there once.

I instead went to the other one in Hinckley Street with the porn/sex goods for sale. The big adavantage was its live striptease evry 2 hours or so on the stage. Some prudish but also some explicit shows and a lovely student worked there just before Xmas one year. Another mature lady made Prince's Diamonds and Pearls my favourite sexy piece of music...

Here's details of Rendezvous Publications showing they ceased trading in 2005

http://www.companies-uk.co.uk/rendezvous-publishing-co-limited-01225043

It you look at the Google Earth view, the offices were up the alley with the iron gate in front under the word "Lace" - they were up some steps on the first floor.

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