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I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Equalities / Food & Drink / LGBT / Norwich

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I took up pole position outside Pret a Manger on Haymarket to sip my usual tipple, rest my gym-tortured limbs and people-watch. It was a bumper crop. School’s out and the Easter break delivered bus-loads of bumpkins and charabancs of tourists to sup, shop and promenade along Norwich’s cobbled streets. Dutch lowlanders mingled with landed gentry and … Continue reading

The Sisterhood
Blogging / Emigreys / Expats / Semigreys / Sexpats / Turkey & Turkish / Vetpats / VOMITs

The Sisterhood

I first compiled my expat glossary in 2011 as a tongue-in-cheek classification of the various expat types Liam and I encountered during our time in Turkey. The idea started with ‘emigrey’ to describe silver-haired retirees living out their dotage in the sun. It was a play on the French loan word, ‘émigré,’ the past participle of … Continue reading

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Civil Partnership / Gay Marriage / London / Marriage / TV & Radio

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Over the cold winter on the sofa nights, ITV, Britain’s main commercial broadcaster, ran a documentary series featuring the activities of the City of Westminster’s Register Office where births, deaths and marriages are recorded. It was a distracting little show, a  funny and touching fly-on-the-wall human interest fest for a chilly midwinter’s evening that helped the … Continue reading

Desperately Seeking Doreen
Blogging / Family & Friends / Internet / Rent Boys / Turkey & Turkish / Turkish Men

Desperately Seeking Doreen

A cursory glance at my stats shows that Perking the Pansies pops up on the internet in totally unexpected ways. My irreverent ramblings seem to attract the lost, the lustful, the inquisitive and the ignorant – and from the four corners of the world. These are a few of my favourite search terms: Pussy lovers … Continue reading

Cooking on Gas
Health / Smoking

Cooking on Gas

To badly paraphrase England’s greatest Queen, “I have a weak and feeble body…” I have miserably failed to ditch the dreaded weed several times, even with the help of a shipping container of nicotine products. I’ve been worshipping at the altar of the god Tobacco since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (well since I … Continue reading

Sochi 2014
Equalities / LGBT / Sport

Sochi 2014

Originally posted on perking the pansies:
With the introduction of a vaguely worded law in Russia banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality to minors (i.e. the very mention of it will attract a sliding scale of fines and repeated violations may result in a stint in the clink), the chattering classes have called for a boycott…