Archive for January, 2006

Enlightened? Fat chance.

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

In December last year, Civil Partnerships became law in the UK. Gay and lesbian characters and relationships have been a part of mainstream UK soap operas for nearly 20 years. So why do we still have newspapers digging through phone records to expose Simon Hughes’ past gay relationships? He is not married. He is not [...]

To climb a mountain

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

In about September last year, I made the the decision to attempt my 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) in March. Since then, I have been wilfully ignoring the list of required techniques, working on the principle that, come 12th March, I’ll either know them or I won’t. However, 4 months have gone by, and suddenly 12th [...]

Monkey see, Monkey do

Friday, January 20th, 2006

So, the car crash that is Pete Burns bragged that the coat he has been flouncing around in on Celebrity Big Brother was made from the fur of the endangered gorilla. The police subsequently seized the coat, and the Natural History Museum have found that it is in fact made from the hides of colobus [...]

The more I learn, the less I know

Friday, January 20th, 2006

The advanced class at the Phoenix Aikido Club was a tough one last night. The training wasn’t especially physical, and the techniques where mostly things that I have done many times before. But one of the things I’m starting to realise as I advance through the grades is how much I have left to learn, [...]