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Enough to make you wish for the rapid spread of AIDS

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Never a rose without a prick

Dalrymple recalls his days living in a large English city. In the quarter where he resided, every night a sex-work human resources manager, or pimp, would bus in a bevy of sex workers, or prostitutes, who would stand on the corner and wait for clients.

The sex workers,

much the worse for drugs, seemed mainly in their 30s and 40s. They were desperate, and it seemed to me that their clients — mainly travelling-salesmen types — must have been pretty desperate too.

Residents of the respectable bourgeois street were, needless to say, not especially happy with the situation.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 07.49.15It was not very pleasant to pick the used condoms from the rosebushes in the morning. In fact, it was enough to make you wish for the rapid spread of AIDS.

Brief-carnal-liaison co-ordinator’s fury over threat to sex industry

One of Dalrymple’s neighbours

formed a group that went out every night photographing and taking down the registration numbers of the kerb-crawling cars. This had so severely an inhibitory effect upon business that the sex-work human resources manager came in his car to threaten the vigilante group (aged, on average, 70). He flashed a gun at them, but my neighbour told him not to be silly.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 08.33.29Pressure was put on the police, and the sex workers were moved

to one of the many parts of the city where skeletal, edentulous women having sex in the street would not be noticed.

Sex-work human resources managers

Sex-work human resources managers

Handmaiden to a teetotaller

Handmaiden to a teetotaller: Temperance Street, Manchester

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Temperance Street. Photo courtesy of Google Street View

Midland Arms, Temperance Street

Midland Arms and Imperial Inn, Temperance Street

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Another view of the Temperance Street public houses

Pessimists, despair not!

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 13.26.38Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, AIDS and the Ebola virus have proved disappointing and dementia rates are falling but

there are grounds for thinking that improvement may not last. The increase in obesity and type II diabetes may reverse the trend. The fatties of today will be the dements of tomorrow. That is, of course, if no treatment is discovered in the meantime that cures type II diabetes or prevents its deleterious effects, so that people will be able to have their cake and not suffer the consequences.

Guaranteed no counselling

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 16.15.00Such was a certain Australian HIV clinic’s shrewd assurance to prospective patients. The result, says Dalrymple, was that

it did not lack for clients.

All the same, for some time now, HIV counselling

has provided a living for the kind of people who like to hover around the edges of human catastrophe.