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William Shatner has apologised to the burghers of Ilfracombe for claiming, on national TV, that the Devon seaside town is a hotbed of prostitution. However, Shatner undermined the earnestness of his apology by insisting someone must be having sex in the resort for "something of value", the Daily Mail reports. The erstwhile …

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A quick google...

...tends to suggest Ilfracombe is indeed a lust-desert.

Lots of Ford Escorts for sale though.

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Re: A quick google...

I guess people go elsewhere to get their "lust desserts" then.

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Why they keep having race drivers flog watches or tennis players selling cologne is beyond me. Exactly what does a footy player know of the inner workings of an Aston Martin? Now we have a C list actor making inaccurate off-the-cuff comments on things he knows little, if anything of. The mind boggles.

Stick to what you call acting Mr. Shatner and leave the social commentary to those who actually know what they are talking about.

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*WOOOOSH*

Look up.

See that?

That's humour, that is, going way above your head. ;-)

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> inaccurate off-the-cuff comments on things he knows little, if anything of.

It was a joke. The whole point was that everyone knew that Shatner had never been to Ilfracombe, prompted as it was by his mispronunciation of the town's name. It was not a attempt at social commentary, FFS. A joke. Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense, and generally came across very well.

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It's alright Mr. Crabb - We know who you are

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I combe in peace, shoot to kill!

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"Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

Definitely, just watch his Comedy Roast (only the first 18 mins sadly)

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Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

Jeebus! George Takei... Strewth! True what they say about watching out for the quiet ones! Heck.

The link in the above post definitely needs a NSFW tag, unless you work in an all-night sauna!

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Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

Ah, yeah, sorry about that I forgot just how racy the roasts can get :)

The full roast is an hour longer and very funny.

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Re: "Mr Shatner was not above making jokes at his own expense"

"Jeebus! George Takei... Strewth!"

Apparently our good Takei is *not* Shatner's biggest fan. That might have something to do with it.

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>Apparently our good Takei is *not* Shatner's biggest fan

They're very good friends actually. Probably hard to be Shatner's biggest fan - and whoever it is, is way beyond scary.

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You must meet the most interesting sources when you work for El Reg.

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An opportunity for a tourism venture with national exposure has just been apologised away there.

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Bu**er

I've booked a holiday there in August.

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Best take an ipad with you to give yourself something to do[1] then.

[1] See what I did there?

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Dear Mr Crabb...

Great name for a seaside councillor.

Love the "with you in charge" reply.

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Re: Dear Mr Crabb...

Great name for an expert on the availability of prostitutes.

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I live in Cornwall and it's true, we have no prostitutes, mainly because sheep don't charge.

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I thought that was Wales.

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N Devon - similar landscape to Wales, but the beer is better. I don't know- or care- what punternet says about Swansea.

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I lived in Devon (Plymouth) and was born in Wales (but now live in Cornwall as I said before). I'm beginning to see a pattern forming.......

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I like your style of chronological ambiguity... I read that as: you lived in Devon before being born in Wales. Way to confuse a midwife!

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Can we knight the Shat ?

IMHO this line is almost Wildean ...

"In any event," he continued, "my apologies for having singled out Ilfracombe as a potential haven for prostitution. With you overseeing, I am sure that will not happen."

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Re: Can we knight the Shat ?

Can we knight the Shat?

Yes and no - Canadians can be knighted, but they don't tend to be because of the Nicle Resolution. However, he has played a part in a show that attempted to envisage a better future world (by fighting and copping off with aliens)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_titles_debate#The_Nickle_Resolution

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Re: Can we knight the Shat ?

Thank you, for my interesting fact of the day. I was starting to wonder about honoured Canadians.

Anyway, honour or not, William Shatner is legend ... check out Henry Rollins tales of jamming with the Shat.

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Re: Can we knight the Shat ?

Or indeed the time the Shat rolled up into a WWF match in the mid-nineties - I know it's choreographed, but he was hardly a young man even then!

Oh, and the Shatner version of 'Common People' is superb, though he delegates the chorus to Joe Jackson.

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RE: Shatner version of 'Common People' is superb

It's not bad, but still messes up the timing on the line "..but she didn't..........understand" just like every other cover of that song. The forrins just always seem to miss the humour in that line, shame.

That said, Sir Shat woz aces on HIGNFY!

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I tried to find a knock-shop in Newquay whilst on holiday one summer,...

there were none. Which tells me "if you can't get laid in newquay in summer, you don't deserve to be".

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Re: I tried to find a knock-shop in Newquay whilst on holiday one summer,...

Only time I stayed overnight there I was sorted!!!!

20 years ago now - scarey

BTW married her!

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Has the esteemed councillor

nothing better to be fucking doing?

I saw the HIGNFY in question - only a loon would have taken Shatner's quote seriously.

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Re: Has the esteemed councillor

Town councillor posts don't attract the best talent, though if you are lucky you will have a human being or two amongst them. One mate of mine wrote to our town council, just to enquire into the process of becoming a councillor of of curiousity... they wrote back offering him the role!

Before a rather good woman joined our council, their argument for not reserving space for a skate-park was: "Skate parks attract young people. A group of young people would attract drug dealers. Drugs are bad, m'kay?" Never mind that young people here took drugs because there was fluff-all else to do...

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Re: Has the esteemed councillor

He's got people talking about Ilfracombe, and there are certain types of tourist who would like to go to a Devon seaside resort safe in the knowledge it isn't a seedy sideshow town. I'd say he's earned his corn this week (if not his oats).

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Punternet only provides reviews,....

adultwork.co.uk provides lists of actual services.

Nothing in McCoys Guide (2007) for Ilfracombe, or for Barnstaple which is the next nearest train station.

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Re: Punternet only provides reviews,....

The best pasties in the South West come from East West Bakery on Butcher's Row, Barnstaple... a sensual pleasure of a different kind.

[ Sorry if this post violates El Reg's spamming policy, but they are tasty]

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Re: Punternet only provides reviews,....

There's nothing finer than a seaside cafe meal of beans, sausage, egg, fried bread, frittered spiced pork and ham, and bacon. Or there's...

*definite infringement there!*

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Re: Punternet only provides reviews,....

Good to see someone combining their hobbies - shagging prostitutes, and train-spotting

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Re: Punternet only provides reviews,....

Well, it passes the time.

Actually, we pass around McCoys guide at work (all guy section) and I comment on the local ones pictured (the other guys are all married) and rate them (thats a T, not a P!). Hacks them off something wicked!

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Adult Work shows 229 ladies of the night for Devon and while Ilfracombe is not specifically listed as a location several offer services over the whole of Devon. So Mr Shatner was more accurate than Mr Crabb.

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Devon wide?

That's what Viz would call your 'Carbon Cock Print' - CO2 released by travelling on a promise.

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"If he came we could show him"

You could, eh? Phwoar! They don't need whores in I'll-fuck-'em!

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That's worse than "Felixstow, I'll shag him!" for the lady foot fetishists out there!

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no apology needed !!

anyone who took Bill's comments seriously is far to stupid to have their opinion considered. It was said on a long running satirical comedy show, and in context could not possibly be offensive to anyone with a brain. Any council member who thought this required an official apology should be fired.

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Well if you do an Adult Work postcode search on EX34, there are at least 2 ladies.

Captain Kirk can't find the ladies!

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Shatner?

Is that the past tense of "Cleveland steamer"?

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Shatner reportedly emailed him back saying that prostitution meant "sex for something of value" and that "I would be hard pressed to believe that sex was not being had in Ilfracombe for something of value, perhaps a lengthy marriage...."

Did Shatner just suggest that having sex with your spouse is prostitution? Please tell me that I'm misunderstanding the statement. By this logic having sex to acheive an orgasm would be prostitution.

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Try this, get married and on your way home from work pop into a shoe store and buy your wife a pair of expensive designer high heels. Bet you £25 you'll be getting some that night....

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You're inefficient.

I just tell her: "I think that you don't have enough shoes."

I get nookie, and the shopping problem solves itself. (It was going to solve itself anyway -- no shoe you'd buy would ever be adequate -- even if she bought the exact same shoe you would.)

The "You must've lost weight -- why don't you buy new pants" also works well.

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Brilliant Stuff

One of the better recent HIGNFY episodes.

Shatner in later-day comic mode is a great character.

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Bill did a great service to Ilfracombe his off the cuff comment was obviously a joke and one that the Burghers of the town should enjoy and share I reckon a free holiday is in order to further boost the brand.

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