Venerean bus shelter

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-18-16-48Burgess, who served in Gibraltar during part of the Second World War and for some time after VE Day, like all the other British soldiers did his whoring in the frontier town of La Línea de la Concepción.

He writes in Little Wilson and Big God that the army had built ‘a kind of venerean bus shelter with running water for the laving of the penis, midway between the Spanish frontier and the North Shore airfield’.

He continues: ‘I still feel shame at having carried an urgency over the border to discharge in a wretched room smelling of garlic and cheap scent. And yet I have learned to associate garlic with the erotic.’

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