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 08 Feb 2018, 18:55

Or maybe he just died of old age like everyone else. Big deal.

 08 Feb 2018, 16:13

what's all the fuss about removing a dead category? you don't participate in it. no one does. this is the toy in the toybox scenario. precisely. damn we have some serious whiners here.

 07 Feb 2018, 17:20

He probably did die of AIDS considering his lifestyle.

Nev 06 Feb 2018, 17:26

mops can last a long time

What's all the fuss about? You are not forced to read any of the blogs, as Jamie says. There are several names on here whose contributions are trivia and as far as I am concerned best ignored, they do not need to be removed.

69 06 Feb 2018, 15:07

it is like keeping a mop around that has already washed 10 dozen floors. how long do you hold onto something that has outlived its usefulness. it reminds me of when i try to throw an old toy away that my son hasn't played with in months. suddenly he wants it. but a few days later he is back to playing with the other toys again. i think that is what we see here. everyone claims to want it. but the only threads here are complaints to keep it or get rid of it. nothing substantive added in years. maybe a new thread is needed somewhere else on eyescene. a successor thread to this one that can be used by all gays since julian gave up posting years ago.

Jamie37 06 Feb 2018, 14:51

Julian's jottings was a place for those of us who are gay to have a place to read about and make posts about seeing other guys in glasses.

I posted on this myself a few times over the years.

Listen, if you don't like the page, then simply put, you don't have to go to it/read it. It's not bothering you so leave it alone. It's like many things on the internet around, there are things that people love and i can't stand and you know what i just continue on and go past the site and not bellyache that it should be taken down.

WiredEyes 06 Feb 2018, 14:33

reading through the messages below. i don't see anything more special than i see in other categories. what makes it such quality? it's just the ramblings of someone who sees people with glasses. don't we have the same thing in Sightings? why do we need this for one person? i'm with those who say it is time to shut it down because i can't see any added value.

Nev 06 Feb 2018, 12:39


Maybe folk are missing the quality of blogs which were more common previously. Many of todays blogs are downright dreary.

Louie 06 Feb 2018, 12:21

omg Stop the idol worship. The thread is dead. It’s a remnant from an old eyescene that no longer exists and died years ago. There haven’t been messages in almost 2 years. Not everything lasts forever.

 04 Feb 2018, 01:06

Did he have AIDS?

Therouteur 03 Feb 2018, 19:07

Am I wrong in recalling his sixtieth birthday in 1998 or 1999? Not a young man any more

sam12744 03 Feb 2018, 18:53

It probably has more to do with the anonymous troll who keeps on flogging his solo campaign to get this thread removed.

Galileo 03 Feb 2018, 02:34

I hope not, but it is 18 months since we have heard from him.

Glass Lenses 02 Feb 2018, 23:52

Has Julian died?

sam12744 01 Jun 2017, 18:36

Or not. Some of us would like to hear some more jottings, please Julian.

 08 Nov 2016, 11:56

time to delete this loser's thread.

 16 Aug 2016, 12:00


Julian 14 Aug 2016, 08:31

The lovely red-haired Jerry was in church this morning for the first time in several weeks; no glasses. I managed to have a quiet word with him at the long coffee break after Mass, and to ask him a few personal questions. Yes, he does wear contact lenses 'cause he's short-sighted...and if he gets up during the night he sometimes has to find his glasses to see where he's going. No indication of his Rx, but I don't think it's all that strong.

 23 Jul 2016, 12:36


Julian 11 Jul 2016, 03:51

A while back I posted about a cute red-haired boy who came to church wearing glasses. I remarked to my then housemate (who has since moved away), "Jerry was wearing glasses on Sunday" and his explanation was that perhaps he couldn't put his contacts in that day. I've seen Jerry several times since, but always bareyed. Yesterday we were both on duty in the sanctuary; he was in charge of the incense. I looked his way at one point, and he was holding his book at arm's length. I conclude he is no short-sighted as I thought, but long-sighted; and that he doesn't wear contacts, or certainly wasn't wearing them yesterday.

Filthy McNasty 10 Jun 2016, 13:32

Galileo: yes, although I rarely post, I still visit most days. I particularly enjoy Jim H's posts.

Filthy McNasty 10 Jun 2016, 13:31

Honourary, not honour art. Stupid iPhone substitution.

Filthy McNasty 10 Jun 2016, 13:30

This is the first time anyone has accused Julian and me of being the same person. However, about 15 years ago, he did make me an honour art queen, so maybe that is part of the confusion.

 10 Jun 2016, 11:59

it's the same person. that's why.

Galileo 10 Jun 2016, 00:38

Go Julian go! Good to see Filthy is still around too.

Filthy McNasty 09 Jun 2016, 19:59

I always like to learn that Julian is still jotting.

 09 Jun 2016, 14:46

you're the only one who does.

Snellan 06 Jun 2016, 22:54


Your jottings are a joy to peruse. I hope to see more.

Julian 29 Mar 2016, 06:36

I see it was in late 2013 I posted a few times about a quiz programme called Blockbusters which was being shown on one of the UK satellite channels. It's on again; the shows that are appearing at the moment were originally shown, I guess, in the early nineties. At lunchtime today two of the contestants were boys in round gold-rimmed glasses. One was quite cute, with, as far as I could tell, low minus lenses; the other was decidedly scruffy (and quite amusing) and his lenses were s-t-r-o-n-g plus. Twenty-something years on, I wonder how they look now - and, of course, what their glasses are like.

Julian 11 Mar 2016, 15:30

As I'm sure I've posted on EyeScene before, I'm a low hyperope and I wear photochromic progressives; the add is +2.50. I also have a pair of single vision readers which I bought online a few years ago, mainly to make shaving easier. Lately the readers have been sliding down my nose, so I decided to get them adjusted. I parked the car in a shopping centre car park and went in search of an optician's shop; but first I changed into the readers to let them slide as they wanted to. In a few minutes I found a branch of Specsavers where the guy tightened them easily; then I carried on with some odds and ends of shopping as an artificial -2.50 myope. I found this pretty difficult; it isn't a high prescription, but it wasn't at all easy to make out what I was looking at. This leaves me wondering: are natural -2.5 myopes as visually handicapped as I was, or do they have more blur tolerance?

Julian 06 Mar 2016, 09:13

A couple of spexy guys in church this morning…

Around two and a half years ago I posted about a 'not very prepossessing' young guy and said his only redeeming feature was a nice pair of rimless glasses with strongish minus lenses. He's appeared several times since without his glasses - with contacts I guess; given his lenses I bet he couldn't function bareyed.

More interesting: my favourite of the young guys I see in church is a pleasant youth of (I guess) 17 with a lovely head of red hair which he keeps very short. This morning I was fascinated to see he was wearing glasses with black wayfarer frames; no idea about the lenses. He wore them all the time, and was still wearing them when he left before the service was over (he has a job Sunday lunchtimes). Oddly enough, I've imagined him wearing glasses, but my picture was of oval frames in black wire, similar to what his father sometimes wears. I shall look forward to getting a closer look; my guess is that his lenses will be minus.

Julian 08 Dec 2015, 03:14

In my last post I mentioned a young guy in coke bottles of at least -6. Since then I've been browsing the photos on tumblr, and I reckon that was a gross underestimate. I'm sure now that his Rx was in double figures, probably nearer -20 than -10; I still wish I could have got a better look.

Julian 29 Nov 2015, 06:07

I’ve just had a few days in hospital where there were some SPEC-tacular sights…

There was a cute boy of 20 or so, working as a ‘clinical assistant’ but hoping to train as a nurse (and I reckon he’d make a good one). He was tall, well over 6 feet, and very slim, with black hair, a generous fringe of black beard, and glasses with black plastic frames and low minus lenses. In both gait and voice he was as camp as a row of army tents, and I’m pretty sure he’s a ‘friend of the family”. There was another guy, a bit older, less tall and less dark, who I thought might be a staff nurse, with semi-rimless wire frames; lenses not strong but with a pretty obvious cylinder.

Then there were the visitors. The guy in the bed opposite mine had a good supply of children and grandchildren, and as far as I could see it tended to be his grandsons who wore glasses. One afternoon his group of visitors included a teenage boy with ‘dirty fair’ hair and strongish plus lenses in a brown plastic frame; another day the most interesting of all: a guy in his 20s, I guess, with dark clothes, dark hair and glasses with standard black plastic frames and real coke-bottle lenses, at least -6, possibly more. Where he was sitting I couldn’t get a proper look, but I was pretty sure his bareyed distance vision would be nonexistent. Wish I could have got a better look…

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Julian 07 Nov 2015, 15:48

I've been watching the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance this evening, and noticed with interest that Prince William wore glasses most of the time - he usually wears contacts in public. Also interested that he didn't have the unobtrusive wire frames he usually goes in for, but bold dark plastic, striking and effective.

Julian 03 Oct 2015, 11:02

Just back from a college reunion up north with some interesting sightings:

1. A camp little guy with a head of black hair minced around during breakfast looking through glasses with black plastic frames and, I thought, minus lenses, but was glasses-less the rest of the time. Contacts, I suppose.

2. A fair-haired youth wearing semi-rimless half-moon glasses which he seemed to look over the top of most of the time. But I was right behind him when the group photo was taken and could see that his Rx consisted of plus cylinder with little or no sphere. Why doesn't he wear them where he can get the benefit of the lenses?

3. A tall guy with medium brown hair and a clear complexion; semi-rimless glasses in gold wire with a definite minus Rx and, more unusually, a small, neat hearing aid behind his right ear.

And, on the train back to London this morning, a teenage lad diagonally in front of me playing a game of some kind on his smartphone, which he held about six inches from his eyes. How long, I wonder, before a parent or a teacher spots how short-sighted he is an gets him to an optometrist.

Julian 03 Oct 2015, 10:45

sam: sorry I didn't respond sooner to your post. I didn't notice the nystagmus; but of course albinos (albini?) quite often have that too.

Love and kisses, Jules

Jamie37 19 Sep 2015, 09:39

Jules darling,

Thanks for another great find. I'd love to think they were his first glasses!

Julian 18 Sep 2015, 23:53

Went out last night to get fish and chips for supper (chips are what some of you call French fries). The shop was busy; in front of me in the queue was a decidedly scruffy young man: unshaven, torn jeans, trainers and a nondescript top, BUT the most beautiful pair of glasses. Heavy black plastic frames, wayfarer style shiny and (I guess) new, minus lenses, not strong. I occurs to me to wonder if they were his first pair; he didn't fiddle with them at all but seemed to take his vision through them for granted. Shaved and cleaned up, he'd be a real thing of beauty.

sam12744 04 Sep 2015, 08:33


I, too, was taken with the spexy Christ's team, especially the captain: Douglas( Douggy) Morton. Looking at his Facebook ( not something I usually admit to using), I see he has a younger brother by the name of Angus, who has exactly the same condition(s). I look forward to seeing the team in the next round. BTW, did you notice Douggy appears to have nystagmus, too?

Julian 25 Aug 2015, 02:19

Watching TV last night:

University Challenge on BBC2: the winning team, from a Cambridge college, consisted of four young men, all in glasses: one with low minus semi-rimless, two with much stronger minus, and the fourth, their captain, was, I think, an albino: very fair hair and black Ray-Bans with s-t-r-o-n-g plus lenses. I always enjoy this programme, but this edition was a bit out of the ordinary.

Later, on one of the satellite channels, a quiz programme called, I think, Wheel of Fortune. I think it was an old episode being re-broadcast which is not unusual, but in any case one of the contestants was a good-looking young man, an off-duty policeman, in Harry Potterish glasses which suited him down to the ground...high joint, difficult to decide what his Rx was, maybe low minus with some cylinder. Anyway, he held my attention ::)

Julian 23 Aug 2015, 05:20

A couple of interesting sights in church recently.

Last Sunday, being the day after VJ day+70, the second world war memorial was unveiled and dedicated (below, but matching, the bigger one for the 1914-18 war). Lots of extra people; quite a few men in shorts with nice legs. Not many of them wearing glasses, but you can't have everything.

Also, on a recent Sunday, another appearance of the spexy young man I jotted about in May. His parents were away, and again he had wheeled his grandmother to church. One thing I didn't notice the first time: his frames weren't plain black, but had a little flash of red at the very end of each temple; a bit strange as it would only be seen by looking behind his ears, which I wasn't setting out to do, but I caught sight of it from across the room at coffee time. I think they might be Ray-Bans.

still 13 Aug 2015, 19:06

Re the recent discussion about terminating Julian's Jottings:

I agree with those who say that JJ is an institution on this site, and I have always enjoyed hearing from Julian, too. So, carry on, Julian!

Julian 11 Aug 2015, 23:01

You call that a screwy hobby? Isn't it what we all do?

astigmaphile 11 Aug 2015, 13:08


That is an interesting story. Too bad that we lost a nice myopic astigmat to Lasik. Lasik is a dirty word around me. I have a screwy hobby of gawking at people's glasses and trying to figure out the approximate correction in them. Big parades in town are a field day.

Julian 11 Aug 2015, 08:12

I stayed a few days recently with a friend, now in his 50s, whom I've known since he was 15. I think he was, like the boy in 'The Sound of Music', 17 going on 18, when he was prescribed glasses for myopia and (quite a lot of) astigmatism. He said he wasn't going to wear them when it wasn't absolutely necessary, 'cause he didn't want his eyes 'to give up'. Give up what, I wondered; maybe the struggle to see bareyed::) Be that as it may, he was wearing them full time within a few weeks. As time went on, he got stronger glasses, and for a while he also had a pair of readers which seemed to me to have cylinder in them but no sphere. Not long after this he went into contacts (monovision for a while) and then we lost touch...I was in South America for a while, and he was in North America. The next time I saw him he was back in glasses, around -5, and still changed into contacts some of the time. He had a boyfriend who was less myopic than he was, and before going into a club or bar he would change into contacts and his friend would put his glasses away and squint. The glasses and the contacts were both giving him problems, and he insisted on going for laser surgery...I do remember seeing his wearing the frame of his glasses with only one lens in place! That was, I guess, between 12 and 15 years ago, and it seems to have been a success. I don't think I'd seen him since until the other week, and he seems to managing without glasses - except for a low plus pair for working at the computer, which at his age is only to be expected.

Julian 17 Jun 2015, 03:33

Barbara Pym! Great Scott!

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