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The Last Rolo
Historic Sites / Norwich / Property / Shopping

The Last Rolo

Fellow author, David Gee, recently uncovered a dusty old silver screen classic while rummaging around the video vault at the University of East Anglia. ‘Come With Me to Norwich‘ is a 1952 documentary presented by Richard Dimbleby, BBC patrician and father to David and Jonathan. It’s a ghostly narrative of a bygone era full of bulldog optimism set … Continue reading

God Save the Queen
Health / Norwich

God Save the Queen

Regular readers might remember that, last year, I had keyhole surgery when a double stent was inserted into my abdomen to deal with a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to my legs. It was affecting my mobility and a major pain in the arse (or to be precise, the calves). Although the operation itself was successful, … Continue reading

There is Turkey and Then There is Bodrum
Bodrum / Bodrum Castle / Food & Drink / Historic Sites / Holidays / Turkey & Turkish / Writing

There is Turkey and Then There is Bodrum

A few weeks back, I entered another writing competition with the marvellous ‘I Must Be Off!’ travel site. The piece is about Bodrum (naturally) and was adapted from my 2013 e-book ‘Turkey, Surviving the Expats‘. Somehow, my entry has made it to the last seven. Will I fall at the final fence? The competition is stiff … Continue reading

Turkey Street
Bodrum / Bodrum Belles / Books / Emigreys / Expats / LGBT / Politics / Turkey & Turkish / Turkey Street / Waiters / Writing

Turkey Street

The sequel to Perking the Pansies is the story of our lives weaved in between those around us. For a good few months, act two of our emigrey tales had the working title of The Sisterhood. Why? Well, the overwhelming majority of our big hitting cast, emigrey and Turkish alike, were women trying to steer … Continue reading

Goat Herder Required, Apply Within
Cats & Dogs / East Anglia / Holidays / Norwich / Property / Yalikavak

Goat Herder Required, Apply Within

House-sitting and house-swapping are fantastic low cost ways of getting to stay in some amazing places. We have old friends in Turkey who live in… …Gökcebel, a sprawling village in the foothills above Yalıkavak. Their impressive detached pile is surrounded on all sides by a well-manicured walled garden and patrolled by a trio of cats … Continue reading

The Oldest Gays in the Village
Bigots / Books / Britain / Equalities / Family & Friends / LGBT / Religion / Retirement / TV & Radio

The Oldest Gays in the Village

Aside from late starters, rent-a-womb celebrities and the yogurt pot and turkey-baster brigade, most people of a queer bent don’t have any children. The social revolution that enabled many of us to step out of the closet and skip hand-in-hand through the pansies also robbed us of a safety net. Where are the kids to protect … Continue reading

Istanbul Pride 2014
Bigots / Britain / Equalities / Istanbul / LGBT / Politics / Turkey & Turkish

Istanbul Pride 2014

It’s the summer marching season once again and the ordinary and the extraordinary all around the world are doing their bit for the cause (when they’re not being ostracised, abused, brutalised, beaten, jailed or murdered, that is). It was Gay Pride in Istanbul at the weekend (the largest in the Muslim world) and thousands of people marched … Continue reading