Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fagburn: A Rope Over An Abyss

Sorry, there's nothing going on today - I mean can you believe this vacuous inane shit? - so here's a picture of Andy Warhol buying some soup.

And here's Donnie & Joe Emerson singing Baby.

How little pleasure most people need to make them find life good, how modest man is!

Good day.

Silly Season: Fucking Stupid Season More Like

I give up.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Google: Question

Type “Is my husband” and the first suggestion – the most popular query – is “gay”...

Stonewall: Practising Catholic

The Independent.

Stonewall statement.

Stonewall are now going to do more with the tranny community, The Guardian reports [Subs, is this okay?]

Andrew Pierce: Michael Cashman

Talking of second-raters, the rumour is that former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman - the first openly gay character in a TV soap - is to be elevated by Ed Miliband to a peerage in this new intake.

After his TV career faded when he left the soap in 1989, Cashman became a Labour MEP and gay rights activist.

Aptly named, he was embroiled in controversy in 2008 when it emerged he was paying his civil partner Paul Cottingham £30,000 a year of taxpayers’ money as an ‘accounts manager, personnel manager and payroll administrator’.

Pierce on Cashman is surely the unspeakable in full pursuit of the unelectable?

Sherlock: My Dear Watson

Ever since the drama was launched in 2010, there has been a running joke that the TV duo might be more than just good friends.

Landlady Mrs Hudson, played by Una Stubbs, 77, often makes cheeky references to their sexuality when she drops in on Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, 38) and Watson (Martin Freeman, 42).

A new series is due late next year and, as a result, die hard Sherlockians have bombarded the Beeb with their own saucy plotlines and explicit drawings which turn the characters into randy gays.

The show’s shocked co-creator Mark Gatiss, 47, revealed: “Oh my God. I get sent things that would make your hair turn white. It’s not just Sherlock and Watson holding hands on a park bench, I can tell you that.

“Some of them are incredibly graphic but my goodness I’ve not tried half the things they’re doing.”

Gatiss claims he is to blame for the deluge of gay fiction.

He says when he and Steven Moffat, 52, revived the classic stories for the BBC they added the joke about Sherlock and Watson potentially being gay partners.

The actor and writer says they stole the idea from the Billy Wilder film about the sleuth in 1970.

He tells the Australian gay magazine DNA: “Sherlock is asked to father a child with a Russian ballerina and gets out of it by claiming he and Watson are a couple. We took that and went with it.”

Daily Star - can't find the DNA interview.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fagburn: Comment

PS I love Tom.

Proms: Balls

When last Sunday’s Prom is broadcast on television next month, there won’t be any yawning gaps in the audience – even though the Royal Albert Hall event was far from sold out.

Before conductor Valery Gergiev lifted his baton for the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 6 by the World Orchestra for Peace – a broad international collective of leading musicians in honour of the United Nations – swathes of audience members had to be moved to fill the empty seats that were in full view of the television cameras.

According to our man in the stalls, there were almost 300 empty seats. Those in the upper balcony were encouraged to fill the most glaring gaps.

One “prommer” said: “With a star like Gergiev, top-drawer players and an orchestra with such an inspiring name, it should have been full. But it was anything but.

“The only reason I can think of for this is that people stayed away in protest at Gergiev’s politics.”

Gergiev is an ardent supporter of the Putin government, and counts the president as a close friend.

Last November, gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell interrupted an LSO concert at London’s Barbican, telling the audience: “Gergiev defends the new homophobic law that persecutes gay Russians.”

Yeah, that's right, Paul, Proms-goers organised a mass boycott of Gergiev, presumably after Googling to find out where he stands on the whole Putin/gay thing. That so happened...

'Mildred, I've just checked and apparently this Russian conductor chappie is a bit equivocal about the gays and Mr Putin.'

'Well George, that's settled it, we won't go then...'

John Grant: Recycled Thought For The Day

“I think, as long as you can be comfortable in your own skin, who gives a damn?"

Paedomania: Maggie & Me

A FORMER top policeman has told how he warned PM Margaret Thatcher that one of her senior aides was suspected of holding sex parties for underage boys.

Personal bodyguard Barry Strevens informed Maggie of damning intelligence that Peter Morrison could be a paedo — but she ignored it and promoted him to a key role regardless.

Maggie appointed Morrison, who she trusted as a loyal confidant, to be deputy party chairman in the 1980s despite police misgivings about his private life.

Besides rumours of sex parties, stories abounded of him kerb-crawling and being cautioned for having sex with a boy of 15 in a public toilet.

Old Etonian Morrison — now dead — has since also been linked to scandals at children’s homes in Wales.

Last night Barry, now 70 and retired, said of Mrs Thatcher’s decision to promote him: “I wouldn’t say she was naive but I would say she would not have thought people around her would be like that...'

The Sun on Sunday - finally naming Morrison who The Sunday People front paged last week.

Evan Davis: The Creepy Bad Art Continueth!

The Sunday Times.

I'd sue.

Does it really matter if she's got her tits pierced? Not sure how this could impact on the interviewing lying politicians thing.

PS Quite baffling piece by Peter Preston in The Observer - almost certainly the worst and most inelegant person who's ever got paid for trying to put a sentence together.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Vision On Gallery: Today's Lucky Winner

And this week's winner is Sophie Tit-Gymkhana-Munch, who sent us this delightful portrait of Mr Evan Davis.

A liftetime at Leicester Square surely awaits.

Please bear (bare?) in mind it is the school holidays, so The Independent can only unemploy talentless 12 year-olds who know daddy.

And/or Mrs Mr Lebedev.

All your wonderful paintings will be returned if they came with the appropriate postage. Except for the Rolf Harris ones.

Peter Tatchell: An Outing

In a shock move, the controversial but publicity-shy gayhumanrights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, has said he will now out himself.
'I have been left no option but to try and get my face in the papers again,' he said in a press release.
'Yes, I am a rampant self-publicist and it's time someone stood up and said so.'
He continued.
'Even though I say I single-handedly gave birth to gay liberation in the 70s, I went back in the closet during the Bermondsey by-election in 1983.'
'I would now like to out myself as a hypocrite'.
Asked whether his media-hungry egotism was in any way responsible for the decline of grassroots left-wing gay activism, Saint Peter clutched a mirror and kissed it.
'Do you think Pink News and The Independent will run this?' he faxed. ''Only everyone else puts my stuff in the bin.'

The Krays: I Can't Believe I'm Hearing This!

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with today's Fagburn, 60's gangland legend, Nick 'The Hat' O'Leary, reveals all.

'They were both gay,' he said.

'And secretly they were both twins, and called Kray.'

'The Kray Twins - that's what we used to call 'em.'

'Not to their faces, mind.'

'Not a lot of people know this, but when Ron was in Broadmoor he used to do jigsaw puzzles of kittens.'

'When do I get paid, guv?'

Friday, 25 July 2014

Donna Summer: Lucky

Enjoy your weekend.

Sex Crimes: The Week In Stupid

Schoolgirl given police caution after sexting topless selfie to her boyfriend - Daily Mirror.

Teacher banned for life after having sex with 17 year-old girl he met in a nightclub when he was 23 - Daily Mail.

87% of new internet users reject Cameron's porn filters - The Independent.

Journalist guest on BBC Breakfast says John Barrowman's gay kiss was 'inappropriate for children' - Pink News.

Police warn skinny dippers they could be put on the sex offenders' register - BBC News.

Ladies and gentlemen, this country is now officially FUCT!

Joe Orton: Portrait

By John Hobbs - He has some works for sale.

PS Nothing of note today, but Independent Voices have published this adorable article about the gays by a 12 year-old. So cute!

Tom Daley: Watersports

Tom done made new calendar.
Looks like she's into piss.
Well done Tom.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

John Barrowman: Lost In Translation

The ever-helpful Daily Express explain txtspeak to their older readers.


Drugs: The Problem With Pleasure

A third of gay or bisexual men took illegal drugs in the last year, according to official figures published today.

Drug use by gay or bisexual men was three times higher than for straight men and was higher in the majority of individual drugs consumed including cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis.

Illegal drug use by gay or bisexual women was four times higher at almost 23 per cent than among heterosexual women, figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales said.

“Gay or bisexual adults were more likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year than heterosexual adults. In particular, gay or bisexual men were the group most likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year, with higher levels of illicit drug use than gay or bisexual women and heterosexual men”, the crime survey said.

The 2013/14 figures estimate a third of gay men and almost 23 per cent of gay women took an illegal drug in the past year compared with 11.1 per cent of heterosexual men...

For reasons that should be obvious, if there are two pretty everyday behaviours that it's hard to get reliable data on it's people's drug use and sexuality.

What's interesting here is that similar figures keep being reported; gay men are three times as likely as the general population to use recreational drugs - figures of around 30% to 10% also regularly surface.  

What Fagburn finds fascinating is why this is so often problematicised; the 'logic' presumably being that drugs are bad, and people only take them if they're mad or sad.

Of course, they used to say the same thing about buggery...

But why not accentuate the positive and frame it as; 'Yay! Gay men are having three times as much fun'.

PS Here's a textbook 'My Gay Drugs Hell' article from EQ View today. In what way does this tell us anything about the vast majority of gay men's experiences of drugs? Why are no other accounts permissible? Here's a report from London Friend on the above survey's findings - apparently it's 'a dismal picture'. Why? The current issue of Attitude has a feature about 'slamming' - as ever the source for this supposed 'epidemic' is our old friend David Stuart. I could go on...

Outing: Oops!

Pink News.

Twenty years ago OutRage! - meaning by then Peter Tatchell's personal fiefdom - threatened to out 10 CofE bishops and 20 MPs.

On March 20th 1995, the Belfast Telegraph ran a front page story saying that a leading Northern Ireland MP was on the list, and had been sent a warning letter.

Later that day, the Ulster Unionist MP, Sir James Kilfedder, suffered a heart attack and died.

Commonwealth Games: Hoots Mon Etc!

Tasteful and totally appropriate caption from Huffington Post, there. 
PANTO star John Barrowman left a global telly audience of over a billion [Yeah, right] gobsmacked — when he snogged a fella at last night’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

The gay kiss was part of a barmy sequence that saw Susan Boyle fluff her song words, a dancer in undies grab his crotch and performers frolick inside giant Tunnock’s teacakes...

The Sun.

The Gretna Green kiss was quite cute, and I like seeing the ceremony as a low budget campy piss-take of the London Olympics extravaganza, though that may only be in my head.

The ever fatuous Gay Star News.
Not sure how this kiss would be a 'stunning rebuke' to anti-gay politicians and religious leaders who argue that homosexuality and the tolerance of it are a Western malaise we are trying to export, but there you go.

Expect the usual suspects to get incredibly over-excited about this - 'A brief gay kiss! Take that Third Worlders!' - like the walls of Jericho will now fall.

Funny how the gayers who are the most easily offended are also the most easily pleased.

Even the Mail approve - go figure.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dora Bryan: 1923-2014

Leading English character actor - from a Taste Of Honey via Hello Dolly! to Victoria Wood As Seen On TV - hotelier, dog lover, and Fagburn's neighbour, too.

Vauxhall: Fucked?

And so the shrinking of Vauxhall’s scene picks up a pace. Orange, who own Fire and Area (noting Covert/ No. 65 has already had its license withdrawn) have announced Area’s to close. They say Network Rail and Lambeth Council aren’t letting the club their license as they want to turn the Albert Embankment into a “vibrant high street”. The politics of this news is complex but we do wonder if it’s because Orange has found it has too many venues to fill.

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt things are changing in Vauxhall and not rosy for the scene. We’ve already lost Hidden, the Coloseum and the old Renaissance Rooms days are numbered. Four groups are involved: the local community, the emergency services, Lambeth Council, commercial interests and Orange Group.

The local communities long ago grew tired of what the scene brings. Cars parking outside your house, 24/7 noise including screaming, shouting, ambulances, police and the rest.

The Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance are the involved emergency services and have to deal with it all – though St Thomas’ down the road have also had enough. Scene casualties and the associated crime have raised alarm bells. It’s hard work and horrible to those in the caring professions. Examples? A man died being restrained outside Covert recently, ambulances position themselves from 6am to run a shuttle service to St Thomas’, a man died trolleyed falling under a train last year, muggings and homophobic assaults are up.

Enter commercial interest. The property boom and gentrification. Enormously powerful developers are building a huge amount of luxury skyscrapers in Vauxhall for the foreign market – China, Russia and other developing nations who don’t want to see or go out to gay venues. Developers need to pitch a cool and vibrant area and are giving millions to the local council when they need most. Money talks and the neighbourhoods on the up so no wonder Network Rail recognise there’s more cash from regular less troublesome tenants. M&S, Waitrose and others have already checked out every Albert Embankment venue – the sauna included...

Interesting article on DiscoDamaged.

Vauxhall's like another country to me now, but DD are usually reliable on such things.

Commonwealth Games: The Excitement Mounts!

Best of luck to all taking part, especially the plucky contestants from our colonies.

The Opening Ceremony looks first-rate.

John Barrowman hosts - let's hope he remembers to talk in his Scottish accent today.

The Krankies, Lulu and Andy Stewart headline [All STC].

Oh look! Saint Peter wants 42 of the 53 member states taking part to be banned from the games. 

But why stop there, Pete?

Why not ban 'em all?

Or boycott all countries without a 100% perfect human rights record?

That'll learn 'em.

I take it you are inspired by America's incredibly effective boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, yes?

Anyway, here's the important bit - THE MEN'S DIVING SCHEDULE!!! (It doesn't start til next Wednesday. BOO!).

PS The Advocate have spotted a new diving talent... Jack Laughter!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Evan Davis: Oh, Mr Davis!

Daily Mail.

This wouldn't have happened with that nice Eddie Mair.

PS You could at least spel her name right...

Wednesday's Mail Online - Will this be a regular feature?

Prince George: Happy Birthday!

Fagburn extends his sincerest greetings to Prince George of Cambridge - our shape-changing lizard future gay King.

Media Studies: #TeamTulisa


"Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life," the statement began.

"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so).

"However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."

Monday, 21 July 2014

Turing: Trailer

'Based on a true story' where he appears to be in love with a dame.

PS Pet Shop Boys' Alan Turing Proms piece, A Man From The Future, is broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday.

Tom Daley: In Emergency Russian Landing!



Here's our Tom pictured in happier times...

Good luck in Glasgow, Tom.

PS The Daily Star asks will Tom retire after the Commonwealth Games? Answer: Of course not, this is in the Star.

Pridefest: Oh Just Kill Me Now Pls!

It's the opportunity frustrated parade organisers have been waiting for: games publisher Atari has announced Pridefest, a "social sim" which invites players to create their own pride event in a city of their choosing.

In development for smartphones and tablets, the game involves designing parade flotillas with "eye-catching attractions and entertainment" in order to increase the vibrancy and happiness of the town.

Players need to beat challenges and solve puzzles to unlock new decorations and other festival supplies; there will also be social features allowing participants to share their personalised parades with friends...

Guardian Technology.

People get paid for coming up with crap like this FFS!

Wonder if it features those much-loved Pride staples, where it turns out someone's been fiddling the accounts, and then there's some massive acrimonious split among the organisers?

Update: More gayer computer games PRide tomfoolery.

Evan Davis: So Tough

Well done Evan.

PS Fagburn, friend of the stars!

Strike A Brighton Pose: Now Open

A personal snapshot of LGBTQ clubbing in Brighton & Hove at Jubilee Library!

We welcome you to Munchkinland, 
Tra la la la la la la
From now on you'll be history.
You'll be history, you'll be history, you'll be history.
And we will glorify your name.
You will be a bust, be a bust, be a bust
In the Hall of Fame!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

From Miss Babs: To Tom

Bloody Marys at Brighton Rocks. Realise we can't afford to drink at Brighton Rocks again. Beach. Charity shops. Pizza Express. Home. Watch a documentary about the Baader-Meinhof gang. Spark out. Wake up. Early. All night diner. Home. Tom cleans up while I sing along to Tom Waits. A slightly odd moment when we listen to Barbara Cartland's Album of Love Songs. Pony-trekking. Queens' Park. Beach. Free Palestine rally. Vietnamese 'street food'. Station kiss. Fin. xxx

Politics: The Last Word

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Fagburn: Pause

Fagburn will be taking a break this weekend, cause I'm going gallivanting about town with my new beau.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Brighton: Fireworks

Max Lang.

It's like thunder... lightning... the way you love me is frightening.

Gaza: Fireworks

Good night?

If you cut off their water that's a clear war crime.

That and the bombing.

Update: But what better time to take a Beaches, Boys and Beyond gaycation to Tel Aviv?

Gaza: Hey! Hope You Haven't Forgotten About Us

A missile that wrongly hits a target that can serve Western power interests is worth a thousand direct hits in the service of empire.


MH17: 298

The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time, the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

The IAS is hearing unconfirmed reports that some of our friends and colleagues were on board the flight and if that is the case this is a truly sad day.

The IAS has also heard reports that among the passengers was a former IAS president, Joep Lange, and if that is the case then the HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant...

Let us not rush to judge, please. It's not what these men and women would have wanted.

I know blaming Putin for everything is a national sport, but still...

[Some initial reports said 100 delegates died, this has now been downscaled to six. Gosh, it's almost like everything we've heard about this story is nonsense. Edit: How and why the media got it wrong].

Gay Star News.
Gay Star News - Corrected just 6 days later!
Update: And the award for the most tenuous and wrong-headed attempt to try and wring a gay angle out of this human tragedy goes to... The Advocate!