Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016: Goodbye

Pierre Boulez
David Bowie
Terry Wogan
Tony Warren
Victoria Wood
Muhammad Ali
Billy Name
Alan Vega
The 49 victims of the Pulse massacre
Scotty Moore
Caroline Aherne
Gene Wilder
Dario Fo
Edward Albee
Jean Alexander
Pete Burns
Leonard Cohen
Fidel Castro
George Michael

But most of all my Mummy.

1987 Fagburn Awards: Books Of The Year

1. Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated The Modern World - Gregory Woods

Magnificent, magisterial, massive, a masterpiece.

2. The Descent Of Man - Grayson Perry

3. Keeping On Keeping On - Alan Bennett.

4. Party Animals: My Family And Other Communists - David Aaronovitch

5. Suspicious Minds: Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories - Rob Brotherton *

* This was actually published right at the end of 2015. If you feel chronologically insulted feel free to imagine Who Rules The World? by Noam Chomsky or Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide To Shyness by Joe Moran here.

1987 Fagburn Awards: Albums Of The Year

1. Good Times - The Monkees

Shockingly good. And great to hear something so joyous in a world otherwise drowning in death (see below).

2. Black Star - David Bowie

3. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

4. You Want It Darker -  Leonard Cohen

5. Let The Record Show - Dexys

Fagburn's most played artists this year were Syd Barrett, Big Audio Dynamite, Chas & Dave, Grace Jones and Sleaford Mods.

Monday, 26 December 2016

George Michael: Last Christmas

So sad. x

Let the salacious rumours begin!

Jan Moir you got your laptop out yet?

PS The right-wing press are now mourning the death of a gay icon they vilified for so long, Lee Williscroft-Ferris, Independent Voices.

Fagburn hopes to be blogging regularly again in the new year. x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Russell Tovey: Career Opportunities

The casting couch?*

*This is a gag, lawyers.

DJ Hell: I Want U

Rabbi Lionel Blue: 1930-2017

I once interviewed Rabbi Lionel Blue and asked him if he thought the Ten Commandments could be made more appealing to young people by adding some fashion do's and dont's.

'Oh no....'

PS Lionel reads his own obituary.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Stephen Port: Kids

The families of four gay men poisoned by Stephen Port will sue Scotland Yard because a 'five-year-old child' would have deduced they were murdered before their detectives did.
The Met repeatedly said the similar deaths in Barking over 15 months were all not suspicious before serial killer Port was arrested last year. 
Jack Taylor, 25, Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, and Daniel Whitworth, 21, were all murdered by Port but initially they were considered self-administered overdoses and not linked.
All were given lethal amounts of so-called 'chemsex' drug GHB - abused while unconscious - and dumped in the street or the local graveyard.
Port even went to prison for lying about about Mr Walgate's death but officers still failed to work out he was a murderer and he was released before killing again. 
Mr Walgate's mother, Sarah Sak, said today: 'A five-year-old child could have put the clues together'.
She said: 'It was homophobia. He had planted GMB on them. The police thought "young gay lad. Oh he's had chemsex. Done".'
'They were like that from the beginning, they just refused to investigate anything, didn't matter what you said to them they kept telling us there was nothing to investigate.' 

Daily Mail.

Well done Plod!

Monday, 5 December 2016

BBC: Under The Mistletoe

The BBC Christmas ad features two fellas kissing - for about two seconds (alongside a lot of other stuff; dogs, people eating kebabs etc).

Obviously the gay media are very excited, and think it's 'adorable'.

Oh, to be so banal and so easily pleased.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Milo: Far Right Poster Boy

"They need to pathologise me,” he snaps. “They need to give me a disease. They need to say I’m self-loathing. Because it’s the only reason they can give that identity politics hasn’t worked in this case. I’m gay. I dress and I look and I act like I ought to have politics X and I have politics Y, and they can’t work it out. But it’s not difficult to work out. It’s really easy. It’s that identity politics is bulls***. It’s garbage. It’s total nonsense. It’s not based on truth or logic or anything else; it’s based on hurt feelings and victimhood.”

Times profile - titled The Poster Boy Of America's Far Right.

That's some claim to fame, dear.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Chemsex: Addicted


The only people addicted to chemsex are the journalists who can't stop writing about it.

Fagburn: Time To Get Out Of Bed

Hello again,

I should be back blogging and playing catch-up over the weekend.


PS Going through a month's backlog of emails - apologies, but can you please re-send if you need a reply and haven't had one.