War and Remembrance
Britain / London

War and Remembrance

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the Great War. We Brits love to wallow in the past. Needless to say there have been commemorations all year – books, exhibitions, documentaries and the like. Mercifully, few have been sullied with jingoism. The First World War started as a glorified pissing contest between the European Great Powers … Continue reading

The Great British High Street
Bars & Restaurants / Britain / East Anglia / Norwich / Shopping

The Great British High Street

Norwich Lanes, a hotchpotch of mostly medieval streets and alleys and home to over 300 independent retailers, cafés and bars, has been nominated for the Great British High Street Awards 2014. Let’s face it, these days, the British high street needs all the help it can get to survive the relentless onslaught of samey out … 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

Eurovision – And the Band Played On
BBC / Britain / Equalities / Eurovision / LGBT / Music & Dance / Politics / Turkey & Turkish / TV & Radio

Eurovision – And the Band Played On

The Eurovision Song Contest is like herpes. There is no cure. The overblown glittery bandwagon pulls into Copenhagen this year, no doubt costing the Danish economy more than the Nazi occupation. Reduced to back-slapping bonhomie between neighbours and century-old foes, the songfest has been given an extra political frisson this year by the nasty homophobic laws in … Continue reading