• Doc Johnson Pony Play Butt Plug MediumYou'll be hot to trot when using this kinky little anal number in bed...

    While I was working on the last series on introducing sex toys to your partner, costumes kept coming up into the discussion around these parts. The two are quite related, really - one may rely more on fantasy than on batteries, but both require an open mind, a sexy attitude, and an interest in pleasing your partner (and yourself, of course - we're none of us Mother Theresa here).

    So what do you know about costumes? Do you know the different kinds that are out there? How about how to use them without laughing out loud and spoiling all the fun? Can you imagine the right scenarios to go with the costumes?

    And from all of these questions come the next series. Over the next three Fridays (they'll be posted early in the morning, regardless of when you finally get to them, sleepy-head), I'll be talking about the various ins and outs (literally and figuratively, naturally) of costumes and how to best incorporate them into your bedroom (or out room) play. I'll try to touch on the major topics, but as always, if there is anything you are wondering that I don't bring up, do feel free to give a shout. We're all of us friendly here...

    Here's a question for you: how lazy does a man have to be not to wank himself off? Pretty lazy and pretty wealthy, if the prices of the male masturbation machines on display at Venus are anything to go by.

    Once upon a time, a bloke would lie on his left arm for half an hour before bashing the bishop and that was enough to make it feel like someone else was doing it. Now, though, some of the finest (or perviest) minds in engineering are trying to perfect the perfect wank for the laziest men alive.

    A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the trade hall at the Venus Sex Show in Berlin. Penis bean bags, porn DVD vending machines, and a guy with a hands-free masturbator await. Oh, and not to mention the crazy fucking machine at the end...

    Birthing Balls At first glance they look like birthing balls - the giant extra-strong beach balls that are used for exercise by pregnant women and (probably) people who don't pronounce "pilates" to rhyme with "pirates".

    But take a second look, there's most evidently something amiss. Or in addition. The brains behind the Sexcerciseball have taken the common or garden (and inoffensive) birthing ball and turned it into something all the more exciting - and they're claiming a world first in the process.

    Intimate Attitudes Plus Size Lace and Charmeuse Bustier

    One word: Wow!

    The new Plus Size collection from Intimate Attitudes is really rather special.

    This fabulous Lace and Charmeuse Bustier (left) is embellished with dazzling sequins and comes with a matching G-string.

    If you're looking for something a little different then check out this beautiful Chinese Jacquard strapless corset, which has a lace-up back and 4 removable garters.

    There's something for everyone in this exquisite range – you can view the complete Intimate Attitudes collection here.

    "Proceed with caution" is the mantra of the day when it comes to a visit to Venus, Europe's (if not the West's) biggest sex show. The vast majority of exhibitors are here to show off off their XXX-rated pornographic wares, so you're rarely more than 6 feet away from a 40-inch plasma screen showing, well, 40 inches of rutting, sucking and fu... You can guess the rest.

    So, with caution in mind, our first despatch from the show floor is relatively tame, focusing on a couple or three products that wouldn't look out of place in your living room - that is, if your living room happens to be in a brothel...

    Foster Forest Realistic Vibrator 7 Inch
    Thick, veined, vibrating bendy dongs deliver pleasure on an orgasmic platter. And we've got a fantastic new range to tickle every bit of your fancy – and much more.

    Some are nubbed, others veined, some have girth and huge, bulbous heads, others are slender, bendable and long. No matter what your preference, there's something here for everyone.

    Why not add one of these fabulous new realistic vibrators to your sex toy collection?

    Ballbra Bare

    The new range of Ballbra underwear is cunningly designed to help you and your partner enjoy better sex – and you can keep your pants on!

    Not only does the Ballbra provide the old chap with plenty of fresh air (when standing to attention), it cups and harnesses the balls securely to help you achieve the most explosive orgasms imaginable.

    And because of its comfortable and practical design, you can wear a Ballbra all day and every day, so if you're looking for a lift and plenty of support, then the Ballbra is the answer.

    There are three versions: Bare (one strap on either cheek); G-String; and Original (full rear).

    Astroglide Warming Liquid LubeAlthough it's just as much fun for your man to give you a pearl necklace by coming on your neck, this tip is about using an actual pearl necklace to get your man off

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