By (user no longer on site)
over a year ago
+add as contact
Ok, here we go...
So much stuff to say I dont even know where to start, first thing is, it can only, only, make things worse, as has been pointed out by others beforehand. A couple isnt suddenly going to be convinced to give dogging a try, any couples that are already involved in the swinging/club scene, are already well aware of dogging and will have heard tales from those swingers/clubbers who do go or have been in the past, so the doc makes no difference to them.
and a couple who arent involved in any kind of swinging fun, vanilla if you want to use the term, wont be swayed by this doc to say "ok lets go and try that" lol. So that leaves the guys, who certainly will be interested in going to see what its all about, not that they surely wont already be aware of dogging and the general ideas behind it, and indeed the main more well know locations. and an influx of singles guys, at a time when dogging couples is at an all time low, isnt what is needed.
Add to that the do gooders and people who frown upon such activity, council, concerned residents etc, oh and the police, who see the programme or more likely, who hear about it but wouldnt dream of watching it lol, and the attention its going to get can only be negative, whatever the content of the actual documentery itself. The word "Dogging" in a tv programme is enough itself. Some people will no doubt kick up a stink without even watching the thing.
So what will we be left with when the dust settles, well its not going to be better than what we got now, and what do we have now? The last 5 months, have on the whole, be a tough old slog, for sure there have been great nights personaly speaking, with the majority of these being either pre arranged meets or regular meets, but the new couple, the fresh couple, is a rare event now and one that is highly treasured.
A typical night at Thetford over the last 5 months or so, mainly the regular gay or bi guys(and that is also something that has increased massively, especialy midweek) in and out up and down, boy racers popping in now and then shouting stuff, donuts, flashing lights beeping horns, the regular couples and the regular doggers, the unknown or newer doggers trying to get on the couples, most of whom will refuse to get out of there car, follow when the cpl move and display a overwhelming lack of common sense that sometimes it has to be seen to be believed.
Ok i know that the winter is always worse, and agree that the cold makes it uncomfy and summers much more pleasant, so you make some allowance for winter, thinking back to last summer, and boy does it seem a long long time ago now, things were better, for all concerned. The weather, really does kill it when your battling against it for more than half the year.
Good times? Absolutely, anytime you have fun is a good time, I dont want to give the impression theres no fun to be had, and those like me, who werent around at the height of things back in the late 90s early 2000s, wont know what they are missing, but talk to guys and couples who were around back then and you will hear things were much different, couples in in there numbers, playing, nobody was left out, something for everybody, 2, 3 lots of fun in one night for a guy, if you only had 1 lot you counted it as a poor night!
Camper vans with carnage going on inside, and outside, tables full, discreet places to play, the main site being open with the horseshoe at the back, and the bit at the top, all of which you wouldn never know was there now if you hadnt been told, its all so overgrown and different. the other site down the road being open at the back as well. over a dozen couples playing, each and every friday and saturday night, all year round, not just summer, snow, cold weather, wouldnt put people off going, to quote one guy who was around then "it was like a little village, a little community" police interest very rare indeed, and with a different attitude, boy racer interest? zero, and public knowledge of said places and what went on, far far lower than it is now.
Pre interent, pre mobile phone popularity, how did you find out about it save for word of mouth or by or stumbling across it by accident. And what changed everything? The newspaper report by the sunday paper about the so called "seedy" goings on at one of the locations, followed by the collymore thing in the papers, more paper stuff and the programme about it on channel four circa 2003 ish?
So fast forward to now and the genie is out of the bottle and cant be put back in, dogging is a know term by most, up and down the country, yeah ok, but what it doesnt need is attention drawn to it, favourable(if thats even possible) or unfavourable, very much possible. Will we see a location closed down as a result of this, it could happen, whispers about where it was filmed, complaints by outraged locals/councilers and enough is finally enough and a gate is placed across the entrance, shut at dusk, if not shut permanently.
Anyways I have typed enough and gone one and off on tangents but have tried to link everything together, in summary, things are nowhere near as good as they used to be(for the masses) in terms of the fun going on and the couples coming and playing, but fun is still there to be had on a fairly regular basis, and the future remains to be seen, but it wont go back to how it was, ever, its changed for good but hopeful will remain stable despite thursdays upcoming doc, the content of which I think wont be as bad as people think, the effect of though, will.