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Civil Partnership: What's It All About?

Countdown to civil partnership: The Civil Partnership Act 2004 received Royal Assent on 18 November 2004. The Government announced on 21 February that the Act would come into force on 5 December this year. This will allow the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed on 21 December. 10 days to go and you can read all about it at the Women and Equality Unit.

On this day…

2005: Boxes Everywhere
2005: Civil Partnership: What’s It All About?
2004: links for 2004-11-25
2004: Celebrity T-Shirt Auction
2003: Coolest of 2003
2002: Stuck On Me

On this day…

2005: Boxes Everywhere
2005: Civil Partnership: What’s It All About?
2004: links for 2004-11-25
2004: Celebrity T-Shirt Auction
2003: Coolest of 2003
2002: Stuck On Me

Kew Garden's Winter Wonderland

somewhere warmer inside kew gardensthe 2004 ice rink at kew gardenMaybe I claim I am not as aware as I should be about Christmas but I have to admit I do like the whole season. Today, PY and I went to Kew Gardens in South London (or is it Surrey?). They’re having a winter wonderland. As the darkness falls the gardens/trees are lit but thousands of tiny lights making parts of Kew’s ground shimmer. There is also a ice rink (although it’s booked in advance and I stayed standing) which makes an interesting contract with the temperate and tropical houses. It’s strange how much I really do enjoy this kind of thing – maybe I am a sucker for the magic of Christmas. {Images at Flickr]

On this day…

2004: Kew Garden’s Winter Wonderland
2003: Worthy of Comment
2003: Gay Life in Britain

On this day…

2004: Kew Garden’s Winter Wonderland
2003: Worthy of Comment
2003: Gay Life in Britain

St David's Day

February started so well on this site and then I faded by the end of the month. I am not entirely sure what lead to this state. It’s a double-edged sword – or some such saying – as during the time I could have been writing here I have been the gym which is proving more enjoyable than you might imagine. For those of you that know me you’ll understand what a surprise that is to me. However, I do want recommendations for the perfect tracks to fill one hour in the gym to stick on my mp3 machine. Sky News can get quite depressing when you are on a treadmill.

I have managed to say very little about marriage in San Francisco – except to say congratulations to Jase – because, frankly, a lot of other people were saying it better than I was. I decided I want to go to Paris again, but instead booked a holiday to Orlando.

So, I’ll leave February by saying congratulations to Lord of The Rings on winning 11 Oscars. Not because I, for one moment, think anybody from that film will read this but because I enjoyed the trilogy very much indeed.

Anyway, I predict an interesting March. I hope it’s reflected here.

On this day…

2005: More Politics
2003: Haunted Castle
2003: Ben Affleck In Tight Leather

On this day…

2005: More Politics
2003: Haunted Castle
2003: Ben Affleck In Tight Leather

Shop 'Til You Drop

Since Christmas British retailers have been telling us what a bad year it was. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The Times today tells us about Tesco and this rampant success. Apparently, in the year to February 2003, ‘Out of every £8 spent with British retailers, one went to Tesco’. [Tesco: The profits of doom?, Times Online]. And it would seem that this is not enough – they are going for more. Seems that the rise of the mighty retailers will not be stopped, while the little ones who try to compete are blocked with threats of legal action. I don’t really see how the the case of BPI vs CD WOW is that much different from me popping to Hong Kong and buying the CDs myself. They’re legal copies. Ah well, I imagine the legal people were also taking a good chunk out of every pound I spent on CDs last year. It all makes me sound so anti-big business when, really, I am not.

On this day…

2005: Hitch Hikers Guide Is Coming
2004: Naked Across Britain
2004: Shop ‘Til You Drop
2003: Lost In La Macha
2003: The Digital Music Debate

On this day…

2005: Hitch Hikers Guide Is Coming
2004: Naked Across Britain
2004: Shop ‘Til You Drop
2003: Lost In La Macha
2003: The Digital Music Debate