Wednesday, June 05, 2013

#EqualMarriage @LndGMC @stonewalluk

Well. It has been quite a busy last few days....

Lord Alli invited us to the House of Lords to sing for #equalmarriage....

which has even found its way onto Erasure's facebook page!

You find me in the Times newspaper

and also in the New Your Times.

Here, in the Pink News with old friend, Russell Tovey:

Back in the US in the Advocate

and here again Gay Star News

oh, and so many other places. Including tonight's London Evening Standard....


(which, after Monday, I'd be happy never to sing again...)

and finally, just for fun....

Finally, remember I've pretty much moved to Twitter - @MadeInScotland

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Moved To Twitter

Find me on Twitter now...


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Doctor Who Proms (Prom 2 and 3) 2013

Tickets for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who proms sold out in under 2 hours.

Hip hooray - I managed to buy us tickets.

When I went back to get some more availability had dematerialised.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Cold War

Doctor Who The Cold War

Well, it has:
  1. David Warner as the first Doctor.
  2. Clara is Susan.
So, have we seen, or will we see the odd past Doctor in the current episodes?

Oh, and very much of its time - a tribute to Margaret Thatcher. 

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Death Of A Great Dame - The Lady's NOT For Turning

Baroness Thatcher - our greatest Prime Minister, who put the "Great" back into Britain - died peacefully earlier today.

Without knowing it she changed my life. We lived in a council house. My parents were able to buy it and become home-owners, something they never thought they could do. They became share-owners too. She gave them opportunities they could realise - for themselves and for their sons.

It is with regret I never got the chance to meet her. Had I met Margaret Thatcher I would stand and applaud her. And thank her.

Personal highlights

"We have become a grandmother" was Margaret Thatcher's statement to the press in 1989, on the birth of her first grandchild.

The use of the 'royal we' (the 'pluralis majestatis' or 'majestic plural') had previously been restricted to royalty. Its use by a mere prime minister and Thatcher's imperious personal manner were the source of considerable disdain at the time. "We are not amused".

The clowning of Neil Kinnock - "that man" was as unelectable as Michael Foot.

The reform of the labour party. You thought New Labour was a Blair thing?

Crushing the NUM.

Putting the Great back into Britain. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Bells of St John

So, as it is all leading up to Saturday 23 November 2013...
  1. What is the Doctor's secret?
  2. Why is Clara twice dead (what is Clara's secret)?
  3. Who was the girl in the shop that gave Clara the St John mobile phone number as the internet helpline?
  4. Richard E. Grant?
 The Girl in the Shop

I doubt this is a coincidence.

Doctor Who: David Tennant returns for anniversary show

Billie Piper and David Tennant in Doctor Who  
Billie Piper and David Tennant will be joined by John Hurt in the special
David Tennant and Billie Piper will appear in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

Richard E. Grant

Scream of the Shalka

Although Scream of the Shalka was intended to be an official continuation of the television series that had ended in 1989, as well as the 1996 television movie, the revival of the program in 2005 relegated it, and its Doctor, to unofficial status. The series was scripted by veteran Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, with Richard E. Grant providing the voice for the Ninth Doctor. This performance followed years of rumours that Grant would play the Doctor in a film or new series, and indeed he had appeared as the "Conceited Doctor" in the Comic Relief special Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death in 1999. Grant subsequently went on to appear in the revived television series of Doctor Who as a guest villain in 2012's "The Snowmen".

Derek Jacobi reprised his role as the Master in 2007's "Utopia".

David Tennant appeared in a cameo role as the Caretaker, later being cast as the Tenth Doctor in 2005.
Four of the cast members would go on to play characters in the current version of Doctor Who.Derek Jacobi returned as the Master in 2007's "Utopia"
  • So many ways to knit loose ends to a new scarf

 What is the Doctor's Secret?
See 4 above.
Gosh, intriguing, eh?

(River Song).

Friday, March 08, 2013

50th Anniversary Who

The twentieth season of  Doctor Who began on 3 January 1983 with the story Arc of Infinity, and ended 16 March 1983 with The King's Demons. A 20th Anniversary special, The Five Doctors, followed in November 1983.

To commemorate the twentieth season, the stories in this season involve the return of previous villains.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hmm. I wonder whether the rest of series 7 of New Who might do the same for the 50th.

We know there will be a 50th anniversary special on 23 November 2013, and we have:

New look Ice Warriors

New look Cybermen:

and an Egyptian evil....

Sutekh the Destroyer?

The Rings of Akhaten
 by Neil Cross
Sutekh the Destroyer
 The Pyramids of Mars

Sutekh the Destroyer?

The Rings of Akhaten
 by Neil Cross
Sutekh the Destroyer
 The Pyramids of Mars

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Doctor Who The Dying Days

Wow! My collection is coming on in leaps and bounds.

Three weeks ago I had about 30 of 266 (if a quick count is correct).

Now I have about 230 with 37 to go.

But look at this:


one of which is brand new...

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Who, Again Or...

I complete my original Target Dr. Who collection, thus in this 50th anniversary year I have decided to build up my neglected Virgin/BBC books 8th Doctor/New/Missing/Past Doctor adventures books.

my original target books with a few new...

and here, in a week I've bought about 60 or so....

the new purchases - bought in a week!

I am kicking myself for not buying at the time - especially having been on top of buying the Target novelisations. Just look - Lungbarrow - over £170.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Second Bath In 5 Years

On Friday we spend another relaxing day at the Bath Thermae Spa, as a birthday treat. We stayed overnight and came back for dinner with friends Joe and Chris last night.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure To The End

I bought my first Doctor Who novel when I was in primary 6, or primary 7. That would be around 1976 or 1977. Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters.

I think that I had already decided that Doctor Who was my favourite TV programme.  Someone once came to the door and asked me as a very young child. That's what I said and I was loyal thereafter (except when Sylvester McCock was the Doctor - I hated the show then; because of him and Ace).

Over the years I bought all the Target novelisations.

I knew I had pretty much all of them, but I suspected there might be one or two missing. Last weekend, for the first time ever, I checked what I had against what had been published.

I was missing 3. All McCock, when I had given up.

Being the 50th anniversary year I decided to make it complete and purchased the last 3 on Amazon.

Battlefield and Ghost Light arrived earlier this week.

Today this one arrived.

Now, some 37 years later, I am complete.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Burns Night

My haggis. With neeps and tatties (of course).


Haggis with neeps and tatties and whisky for Burns NightHaggis with neeps and tatties and whisky for Burns NightHaggis with neeps and tatties and whisky for Burns Night

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Underground Breath

At the moment I'm finding the public transport stench of exotic food just a bit too overpowering.

The morning, lunch-time and evening breath (and all the hours in-between) of Londoners is becoming a little too much.

Me? I brush, floss, gargle and breathe on the underground with consideration.

Please do the same.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Dusting Of Snow

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Still Falling

I'm not back. I mean, not as a dedicated blogger.

But I like to diary my thoughts still. All these personal references - always for me - but delighted if the obscurity filtered out.

After all, who else has ever enjoyed a skinnythick shake? Even if they do put horse meat in their burgers...

Last night (past 2) I had the clearest of dreams that, when freshly woken, I noted should be relayed to mon C.

Then I forgot, when I woke up again. All I remembered was that I woke up with clarity that I must relay the technicolor dream to Xfe.

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm

Last night I felt

Real arms around me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm
So, while it is still fresh - it's I think my first reporting of another dream theme. The Aberdeen London dichotomy (just search it I'm very confident the posts are there) rarely appears these days. I love our house here.I love my flat here. But, still, from time to time...

So the dream and it's sometime source/s?

I have a lover. But it is not Xfe. Sometimes it is before he that is mon C - Simon or Ben. In those dreams I wake up in happy history then realise I'm confused. I'm sad because I know that I'm not with he or he.

But as the clarity of consciousness  lifts the dream fug I wrap the duvet around me, safe in the comfort of knowing - and then working out who - I have someone after them.

Last night I felt South America. A man. A masculine man. Hairy below and down, though only lightly hairy above.

He pleasured me physically in all the ways I enjoy.

He was dark, tanned, not trimmed.

I woke up and felt he was mine. Just for that instant.

Then I worked out I didn't know him, I was with Xfe.

This morning I realised I'd been reading about the Chicken Fried Kentucky that is Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, commonly (emphasis added) known as Cristina Kirchner or CFK, is the 55th and current President of Argentina and the widow of former President Néstor Kirchner. Wikipedia.

Hmm. Common. She might think she wants war, but really she wants plastic surgery. 

So, no Gaucho on his way from BA or Rio for me.

Well, not until tonight's dream mash....

ps - mon C is currently in China, not here in my arms 

pps - why else would I be bloggoing these thoughts?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Another God

This industrial god is our latest artwork. From Glasgow.

Desperate? A desperate messiah or a messiah desperate.

Yes, it is.

Thanks to another Scottish artist (of course).

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Sense Of January

The morning golden-blue sky has become a cold-haze fog.

And here we are again. The horrible start of the year that makes January desolate, unwanted.

Xfe is away in China (as he always seems to be this time of year).

I got up early this morning. Did the things around the house I needed to.

Now it is time for DVD and - what else for 2013 - Dr Who. It is after all 50 years old on November 23.

This morning I dropped off stuff at the local charity shop and found the 1997 annual - for 70p - in spanking good condition.

11 Doctors, 11 months. Happy birthday.

(gosh 1977 - 10 years old - I think those were carefree days).

Friday, January 11, 2013

FICTION - I'm a Jimmy Savile victim

"A degree of caution, neither justified nor required...."

What worries me is that not only wasn't I believed at the time, but that it isn't happening now? It is.

That Savile was the *most* prolific offender? No - he was the most prolific DISCOVERED offender.

How naive. It is going on now? Say it isn't and history will prove you wrong I am so confident.

Savile - a watershed? Hardly - I suggest it's the norm (how often, frequently does this abuse occur)?

Adults abuse children naturally? Fact?

Fact. Just look how common it is.

What should we do now about those most likely to be offenders in the same position - that is those who are suspected but we dare not name for worry of being sued, maligned - accused of being an internet troll?

The most paedophile.

Can I give you my list now? If only to suggest who I feel about now, in the same way Jim Fixed It for me?

Name and shame? Give us an assurance of immunity to alert to those who should be notified.

So, give me guidance. Savile was so obvioulsy red alert. 

As for those who currently have the same creepiness as Savile - should we wait until their offences are discovered, or alert to them now and strike pre-emptively? 

Sunday, January 06, 2013

T.C. & Honeybear

He said please don't take him
'Cause I love him
He's my joy and my life

For my love I won't hesitate
I will give him all that his heart can take
And I'll trust him fearlessly
I want him to be free

It was Andrew Haigh's Weekend that turned me on to this. Immediately I heard it, it sounded like I knew it from my childhood. But that couldn't have been for John Grant's melancholic love song didn't exist then. 

So, it must be something that resonates with me. Bittersweet love always does. And it has something of the Peter Paul & Mary Puff about it, which does take me back to childhood.


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