This week I was lucky enough to travel to Athens for work and got a decent amount of downtime to see some of the wonders of this magical city. I have never been to Greece before, so it was quite an experience. Despite being the middle of October (and having come from a week of…Read more Athenian beauty
Overwintering, of course, means that the season never really stops. But I do. Golly, I’m exhausted!
I have been ‘dieting’ for about half my life. Some work while you’re on them, some don’t even work while you’re doing them, but none have managed to get me to change my eating habits so I don’t have to ‘go on a diet’. I’ve written before about how much I dislike cooking. Not only […]
Yesterday afternoon, a cyclist died of injuries sustained when she was hit by a left-turning HGV in London. The incident happened on the site of what will be the North-South cycle superhighway – if it ever gets built. If it gets built, this kind of terrible “accident” can’t happen again.
Rome’s Colosseum has been through some major changes in its history. It was originally intended as a theatre. Mock sea battles, and mythological dramas were enacted for the well-educated Roman public. But as time passed, and as the Roman Empire began to wane, successive Roman Emperors felt they needed to … Continue reading →
One of the things I love about autumn and winter is the excuse to wear lots of knitted goodies. As a result, I have a ridiculous number of wooly hats, gloves and scarves. At the moment, I’m just waiting for it to get cold enough to pull them out and wear them to my hearts […]
Posting this on behalf of a friend; it’s not my bike My motorcycle was stolen on 17th October 2014 from Chipping Norton Oxfordshire. It was taken from a locked garage, between the hours of midnight and 6am. The bike is a brand new Honda HRC Blade (1,000cc) (photo below). The … Continue reading →
Maybe we already have enough of one; maybe we need something more.
Refereeing the scrum at Witney vs Amersham & Children, Saturday 17 April 2010.I started refereeing rugby union in May 2005 when I did the basic foundation course at Oxford University RFC. I thought I could do a better job than many of the society r…
This week’s edition of The Economist has a brilliant series of essays examining where we are globally on same-sex marriage and gay rights. The lead article, which can be read online (despite the publication’s pay wall), sets the tone in its summary of how quickly same-sex marriage has become accepted in the Western world against a backdrop of…Read more The Economist on ‘The Gay Divide’
This past year I have posted a number of top tens rating the actors (albeit superficially) who helped me realise I was gay from both the eighties, when I was a boy coming to terms with his sexuality, and the nineties, when I was a lusting adolescent. As a lover of classic films from the Golden…Read more Top ten best-looking actors of Hollywood’s golden age
What Sundays are made of…Road trips in the countryside. Fresh air. Romantic walks along sleepy country lanes. White picket fences. Sweet treats in pretty tea rooms. Idyllic honey-coloured cottages and flower filled window boxes. Not making plans. Lau…
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The offside front indicator on the ZX9R packed up. The corresponding rear indicator worked fine, but the front one steadfastly refused to join in. Both front indicators and the tail-tidy indicators are after-market customisations, added by a previous owner. All are LED. LEDs are not supposed to fail (often). So I … Continue reading →
“I was determined that in fiction anyway two men should fall in love and remain in it for ever and ever that fiction allows, and in this sense Maurice and Alec still roam the greenwood.” E. M. Forster E.M. Forster is generally regarded as one of the finest English novelists to have ever lived and…Read more E.M. Forster – Maurice (1971) review
If gay magazines such as Attitude, OUT, and Gay Times are anything to go by, all gay men now have to conform to the strictest set of style guidelines. The following are essential criteria, according to these mags, on how to look good and how to look ‘masculine’: unachievably ripped body with zero fat and…Read more How gay men should look, as defined by gay magazines
Did you know that it takes about 6 weeks to create a good habit? Six whole weeks. That’s not long. At the start of the year, I started using Lift app to help me create some good habits that benefit me every day. One was to stretch every morning. Humans are the only animals that […]
I’m pleased to announce that my new book, The Unseen & Other Stories, is out now. As many of you know, I have been publishing a series of ebooks over the past year and all four are now available in a collected edition for those readers who prefer to hold a real book in their hand.…Read more New book: The Unseen & Other Stories
I’ve been doing a rather insane amount of travel recently, both personally and professionally, and will continue to do so until the end of October (hence why my blog posts have been few and far between lately). I love to travel and feel rather blessed that I get to see so many interesting cities around…Read more Ireland and Italy
Despite living in Oxfordshire for a number of years, I’ve only walked around the White Horse once and I’ve never been up to Wayland Smithy. A few weekends ago, we ambitiously thought we could do both in a short amount of time. We couldn’t so we focused on Wayland Smithy. It was a lovely Sunday […]