Monthly Archives: June 2003

Shameless

Paul Burston’s Shameless is a witty look at contemporary urban (read London) gay life: the gym sessions, the muscles, the drugs and the clubs – it’s 300 pages celebrating hedonism in the metropolis. Paul plays the gay stereotypes well, there are clever and amusing moments and the essence of the London club-scene jumps from the pages. Characters are, generally, engaging and it’s easy to empathise with Martin (whose boyfriend has just dumped him) whereas John (dating the dealer) is a fairly one dimensional portrait (I am not sure if his lack of depth is intentional or not, clearly the character is intended to be superficial). It’s an easy read and although the stereotypes portrayed are well-known they seem to fit too well and are – occasionally – predicable. An enjoyable, amusing read.

On this day…

2005: Stories And Rumours
2004: Why Would You Be Interested?
2004: Entertainment Trivia

Turn Off That Alarm

I can always tell that it is summer. This is nothing to do with the temperature, sunshine or brown patches on my lawn. No, it’s because I have to leave my window ajar at night. And, invariably, because I have broken the lovely double-glazed seal I will be awoken to the sound of bins being emptied or taxis coming to whisk people off on their holidays. These are the sounds of summer and should not be complained about. However, I am now also awoken by the sound of a car alarm. This particular alarm seems to have gone off several times in the last week. It will wake me up with its noise, then it will sleep. As soon as I think it’s finished it will start again. Unfortunately, this will go on for hours and hours through the night. It goes on so much that I am surprised that nobody has put a brick through the window of the car. I don’t know which car it is for I have no desire to wander around looking at parked cars at 4am but it’s out there and if it’s yours please, please, please get it fixed. I would wholeheartedly support the banning of car alarms. In fact we should start a campaign just like those New Yorkers who have been affected by this problem.

On this day…

2005: Blimey! It's Early!
2005: Blimey! It’s Early!
2004: We Wuz Robbed
2004: Come on Eng-er-land

Archbishop Has No Objection To Gay Bishop

It seems this little debate will rumble on with the homophobic element of the church showing how the “do unto others” and “love thy neighbour” messages can, it appears, be ignored if you don’t happen to like what’s going on.

BBC NEWS | Williams: ‘No objection’ to gay bishop:

I was informed that Cannon Jeffrey John was regarded as a highly gifted candidate, was acceptable to the diocese, that he had given explicit assurances on various matters, including his personal circumstances, and his willingness to work loyally in the framework of doctrine and discipline as expressed in issues of human sexuality.

On this day…

2005: Beach Boy Becks
2003: US to extradite whoever they want, for any reason.

US to extradite whoever they want, for any reason.

When are we – ever – in this country going to stand up for our rights? I hadn’t realised we’d become a state – I forgot to make my pledge to the flag this morning.

Just because we had democracy first doesn’t mean that we shoul d be the first to give it up. What’s happening to this land?

politX: US to extradite whoever they want, for any reason:

No longer will American prosecutors have to show there are reasonable gounds to believe someone has committed an offence before they can be extradited, and what’s more it’s retrospective – so the US could reactivate extradition requests already turned down by the British courts AND this is only in America’s favour. To top it off, the treaty can be enforced without going through parliament once the extradition bill receives the Royal Assent.

Newsnight on BBC2 tonight.

UPDATE: OK, a little update. There may be some ability to call on the UK courts and it may still have to be ratified by parliament. However, the basic issue seems to stand. To be extradited from the US you must have evidence and you must present it in the US. That won’t be the case in the UK. One rule for them …?

On this day…

2005: Beach Boy Becks
2003: Archbishop Has No Objection To Gay Bishop

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I went to see the new production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicalour Dreamcoat at The new London theatre. Basically I went to see Stephen Gately but he’s taken to having a performance off on a Saturday so we were treated to Lee Watermoth in the main role. It’s a fun musical, not as lavish as the last West End production but a little updated and certainly one to visit to for the fun. The performances were great and I have to admire the cast for putting on such a good show when there were so few people in the audience. Give it a go, it’ll make for a more colorful day!

On this day…

2005: A World Of Hate
2003: My First PHP
2002: Joy and pain
2002: Not Great

My First PHP

To be honest, I should be upset. Federico was evicted from Big Brother 2003 last night. But I am not. Why? Because I have just implemented my first piece of PHP code on this site thanks the wonders of the Scripty Goddess.

Earlier this evening I enabled the comments feature on the man of the moment secion of the site. Now, thanks to PHP, I can show you the top five comments:

Of course it looks silly right now as there are no comments.

On this day…

2005: A World Of Hate
2003: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2002: Joy and pain
2002: Not Great

Formula One 2003 Race Calendar

I have been searching for a downloadable version of the Formula One races this year. All I wanted to do was get the basic race dates into my calendar. Could I find it anywhere? No. It seems that nobody has made this available. If you use Yahoo calendar, you can insert the individual races into that from the Yahoo F1 site, but that’s not much good to me as I am using Outlook which synchronizes with my Palm. I would have thought that somebody would have done the vCal thing for all Formula One races but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

So, I have created a .csv file which nicely imports into Outlook (because I didn’t have time to learn the vCal format). I might update it at some point. If you want to import F1 races into your Outlook calendar, please feel free to use the file. I took the dates and times from the FIA site.

The times in the file are, according to the FIA version, GMT. I’m not sure if the times are correct because the summer races are listed with GMT times seem to be the BST times. So you may be an hour out.

In Outlook, you will need to go to the File menu and Import the data (import from another program or file) and place it in the calendar. The file is provided as is and you use it at your own risk. I don’t know anyway you can remove it without deleting each entry individually.

For those of you interested, here are the remaining races for the 2003 Formula One race season:

29 June – Nürburgring (Europe)
06 July – Magny-Cours (France)
20 July – Silverstone (England)
03 August – Hockenheim (Germany)
24 August – Hungaroring (Hungary)
14 September – Monza (Italy)
28 September – Indianapolis (USA)
12 October – Suzuka (Japan)

On this day…

2005: Nightlfe
2005: Summertime In London
2004: A Little Update
2003: London's Secret Railway
2003: London’s Secret Railway
2002: Rod Stewart plays Glastonbury
2002: Paris in the Summer

London's Secret Railway

Today’s Link (is actually a little bit old): BBC NEWS | ‘My years working on Mail Rail’

We used to have big Christmas parties down here for kids from the local children’s home, with the platform decorated like Santa’s Grotto and this secret train for delivering presents

On this day…

2005: Nightlfe
2005: Summertime In London
2004: A Little Update
2003: Formula One 2003 Race Calendar
2003: London’s Secret Railway
2002: Rod Stewart plays Glastonbury
2002: Paris in the Summer

London’s Secret Railway

Today’s Link (is actually a little bit old): BBC NEWS | ‘My years working on Mail Rail’

We used to have big Christmas parties down here for kids from the local children’s home, with the platform decorated like Santa’s Grotto and this secret train for delivering presents

On this day…

2005: Nightlfe
2005: Summertime In London
2004: A Little Update
2003: Formula One 2003 Race Calendar
2003: London's Secret Railway
2002: Rod Stewart plays Glastonbury
2002: Paris in the Summer