Friday, 14 October 2016

Of Disappearing Blogs - And a Bit of Photo Art to Keep You Amused

Another blog has disappeared - back up your blog content now, lest yours is next! Yep! I just discovered Alec Leamus's blog - Beyond The Magic Box - ( has been removed!!!  Another one bites the dust.  For myself: A while back I backed up a lot of this blog to a Word Press blog of the same name, although I have to admit I'm not up to date with my backups - but on the other hand I haven't been posting to this blog as frequently as I once did because it is somewhat more time consuming compared to posting on Tumblr or Pinterest, say... Oh well. fingers crossed! 
Another day in the Dept. of Applied Experimental Behavioural Psychology's Secure Residential Unit
The dress is originaly from a 1960s women's workwear catalogue - the woman's face is another of my composit constructions, which I think (I hope) I'm slowly getting better at.  The figure was originaly holding a pair of glasses which overlaped the dress and so I had to do a bit of reconstruction work, which to be honest hasn't quite come off as well as I would have hoped  - perhaps I'll have another crack at some future date (the hand holding the mug and cane needs a re-think too; it creates the illusion of too many fingers as it is at present)... Ok, so I've had another shot at getting that hand right (or at least improving it) - see below (scroll down).

The background and the coloured area on the mug she is holding were originaly a different colour.  The badge I have tried to make look as if embroidered on the dress itself rather than a pin-on type of thing.  It doesn't really fit in with my novels since it is more like the kind of thing which I describe as being worn in the workroom / sweatshop in which my heroine is put to work, but it just caught my imagination for some reason.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

That Nurse Helena Traslation / Interpretation Project - The Next Instalment

This is the last three of the set I have.  If you have the rest of this set (assuming it exists some place) please let me know, or better still send it to me via email (  I reiterate - I’m not a French speaker (only JUST manage English - on a GOOD day!) I’ve just done my best using Google translate and a bit of thought.  It would have been somewhat darker had it been one of my storylines!  The French language originals are below.

Friday, 7 October 2016

An Amazing Nurse Helena Annotated Photoset - And an Attempted English Translation / Interpretation

 Hi Folks!  A while ago a kind soul sent me a set of six annotated photoset pages originating from the excellent and always innovative Nurse Helena (thanks again Candii).  Originally in French, I've had a shot at translating and re-annotating them in English.  Thus far I have completed the first three of the set of six, which I present here, first the three French Language originals and then - if you scroll further down the page - my three translations / interpretations.

 I have to admit don't speak French, so I have had to rely on on-line language translation programmes which sometimes fail to provide a direct translation which makes any sense, and thus here and there I have had to make a semi-educated guess to come up with my own interpretation, but I think the gist and the spirit of the thing survives.  Please let me know what you think...

I hope to complete the final three next week, probably next Tuesday, which will likely be my next opportunity to get back on my main, desktop computer.  I'll be away from home for the weekend but will have my smart phone with me and so can answer emails and comments and so on.  Bye for now and best wishes.  Garth

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Domesticated Heiress: Re-educated and Returned to the Loving Care of her Guardian

People often enquire as to the ultimate fate of the heroines featured in my (Garth Toyntanen) institutional discipline stories.  Here is one possibilty I like to imagine:  Follow me on Twitter to read more of my thoughts as and when they occur, moment by moment

 Domesticated Heiress: Re-educated and Returned to the Loving Care of her Guardian

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

After Those Admission Procedures - Beyond Those First Few Days

So, there's been quite a lot about admission procedures written here in the past, quite often also referring to the 'Reader's Letters' sections of magazines such as Janus, Whispers, Blushes et al wherein it was frequently the subject of many a stimulating missive.  Obviously the intention is that at some point corporal punishment is to be introduced, if not during the admission procedures themselves (something I prefer to avoid on the grounds of straining plausibility).  

But assuming the groundwork has still to be laid down in readiness for the introduction of the cane or the strap - and when that time comes I am of the mind that the subject should be ready to accept such behavioural correction with a high degree of passivity, quite accepting of the legitimacy and definitely not requiring restraint in any manner - the question becomes how to proceed next?  Perhaps by having her suffer, as if by chance, a series of small, apparently unconnected and yet belittling experiences, each seemingly insignificant in itself and yet each gradually chipping away at the subject's self confidence and self esteem?  To be honest, to my mind this sort of subtle, covert approach is best applied in preperation to having the subject admitted - better still, admitting herself, 'voluntarily' - in the leadup and thus BEFORE the admission procedures. 

On the other hand, perhaps the best way forward is the more direct approach...  And few photosets manage to illustrate the latter approach as well as those wonderous Nurse Helena pics:  Here's one someone was kind enough to send to me and which seems particularly appropiate to such a disscussion.

By the way: If don't yet already, why not follow me on Tumblr?  I have 813 followers and am aiming for 1000 (not sure why, there's just something satisfying about that neat, round 1000 figure!).  Bye for now! 

Friday, 26 August 2016


From the upcoming illustrated rewritten version of the INSTITUTIONALISED series by GARTH TOYNTANEN, the working title (would you believe): THE ILLUSTRATED INSTITUTION

Yep!  Work is still carrying on with this exciting project, bit by bit.  In the meantime, whenever I am out or travelling I try to put aside some time dedicated to finishing off a bit of writing here and there on the laptop, - even if only while enjoying a cup of coffee - and am hoping soon to start editing together the parts which will go to make up the novel I began way back in the summer of 2014 and which I have mentioned may times before - I just hope it turns out to have been worth all the work; and your wait!  And THAT is part of the reason for all the delays; I am worried about disappointing anybody; SO worried I keep putting off finishing it off!

The latest thing I have been writing kind of overlaps with my last book, ON BECOMING SUBJECT TO MISS SWANLEY'S METHODS (KINDLE edition available on AMAZON - click here!) within which a phone conversation ensues between the eponymous heroine (if that is the right term) and a prospective client.  In the new work we initially look in on the events occurring at the other end of the line at the exact time of that call.

Now: This coming Tuesday I am hoping to cycle down to Brighton from up here in North London and hopefully will stay down there a few days (the nearest thing to a holiday I'm likely to get this year) if I can find a cheap guest house.  So if you will be around in that area and fancy meeting for a pint look for my tweets on Twitter or look to the comments attached to this post.

See you next time!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Governess Psychotherapist – An Early Version. And an Invitation to a Drink

From the upcoming 'THE ILLUSTRATED INSTITUTION' by yours truely, Garth P. Toyntanen.   
Admittedly this one still needs a bit of work. The final version will see her wearing a doctor’s white coat open over this outfit which is why the fob watch is a little closer to the centre line then seems natural, an example of a little bit of artistic licence applied to ensure it can be seen under her lab coat.  So it’s an early attempt but I think it captures that sense and feeling of overbearing dominance successfully.  It has been assembled from a number of different photographic sources and even the face and hair contain elements from several different individuals to create a new person who has never actually walked the earth – but we can IMAGINE she has; hey, chaps!  Angela Fox has had a go of putting this figure within one of her computer generated backgrounds, which has proved quite successful and provided yet more food for thought and inspiration, so we’ll have to see where that leads.

I really MUST update this blog more often, but in my own defence I HAVE been incredibly busy with my various projects, what with my giving up one day a week to voluntary physiotherapy work and only having a couple of days a week fully open to do this sort of thing when there are no family members around to shoulder surf.  Today I'm off out for a birthday celebration meal and drink.   

My birthday was actually last Saturday but because of various commitments including a medical I was keen to avoid drinking before having, I was forced to postpone things until this weekend which has actually been advantageous since I've been woefully short of cash of late and I like to leave at least one month between drinking sessions anyway.

If you happen to be around in North London feel free to join me - I'm always glad of the company.  Today (after a brief gym session and shower) I'll be starting out briefly in the TOLGATE, the Turnpike Lane Wetherspoons, for a couple of medicinal pints to soothe my nerves before then moving on by tube and bus to the RAILWAY BELLE in New Barnet (also a Wetherspoons establishment).  I'm easy to spot - just look for an old hippy-looking guy with long curly hair sporting bright colours (I DO like bright colours – despite moving into my 60th year).  Tomorrow it might be worth looking for me in either the Tollgate or the Metropolitan, which is the Wetherspoons pub branch situated above the Baker Street tube station and built into the same block, around lunchtime.