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  • 31 Dec 2009

    Happy New Year from Dolly

     

    obsessions | dolly
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    It's hard to tell us apart

    On the left is Your's Truly, and on the right, is Enrique Juncosa, director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. However, it can be very difficult to tell us apart sometimes. Though I think making it into the Irish Times' "Corrections & Clarifications" means I've finally really made it!

     

    (This is what they're on about)

     

    panti | media
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    On our walk today...

    ... Penny and I discussed pop art painter Bridget Reilly, and wondered whatever happened to Jacqueline Bisset. It's funny what you think about when you're out walking...

     

     

     

     

    people | random
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    Penny for your thoughts

     

     

    penny for your thoughts | pigeon house
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    An internet mystery: Christian American kid, or Northern Irish prankster kid?

    Here's a wee teaser.

    I came across this first video on a US gay website, where it was posted as an example of how kids parrot the Christian anti-gay stuff they learn from their parents. In the video, the kid, supposedly from Texas, comes out against gay marriage: it's a sin etc. And the same kid has lots of other similar videos, from which you learn that he is home schooled, was bullied at school after trying to get kids to stop playing violent video games, has a sister... 

    But then I noticed that the kid gets a lot of grief in the YouTube comments, and one of them suggested that he's a fake, and is in fact Irish. So, a little sleuthing turned up another YouTube account which features the same kid, and in the video below he claims to be living in Donegal ("near the border"), to be half Irish and half Dutch, and that his other videos are fakes that he makes to "troll" US Christians. He claims to hate Americans, and to be an atheist. To prove it, he shows an "Irish plug" and a copy of the TV Times. However, while he does a pretty good jokey Dublin accent at one point, the accent varies widely, and has strong American tones. Is he an American kid who spends time in Ireland?

    But then I turned up another YouTube account featuring the same kid! In these, he reviews video games, and cameras and other tech stuff, and in these he has a Northern Irish accent. A proper one that no regular American kid could pull off, though again, there are American undertones, and some US phrasing. But he's certainly in Ireland. There are lots of them, but the one below also has the same dressing gown in the background that can be seen in the "Christian kid" video.

    So, who is this kid really? And if the Christian ones are fake, is that what kids do now? Spend their time making videos to "punk" people on the other side of the world and get involved in internet slanging matches? Don't little boys play with dolls anymore?

    And have I got too much time on my hands?

     

    random | youtube | kids
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    New dykon

    BBC News 24's main presenter, Jane Hill, is a happy ABBA-lovin' lesbian, with a long-term partner and a dog called Mavis. For some reason that's comforting. If I'm going to turn on the news and find out that North Korea has launched a missile attack, or the polar ice-caps have melted and we're all doomed, I'd prefer to hear that from a lesbian. I'd feel safer.

     

    dykes | tv
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    Is this what magazines might look like in the near future?

     

    media
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    Ringing in the new year tonight at Pantibar

    Brazilian style!

     

    pantibar
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  • 31 Dec 2009

    Cinepanti: A Season Of Documentaries

    Chicken Hawk is a 1994 documentary about the controversial pedophile organization NAMBLA (The North American Man Boy Love Association) - though I guess if we were to be pedantic, they're mostly "hebephiles".

    I was talking to my gay Niall about it earlier, and he said that the first time he came across NAMBLA was in the early 90's when he was at a gay pride parade in the US, and Nambla marched, much to the horror of the gays who shouted abuse and threw things at them. I understand how they felt! In the documentary some of the members are interviewed at a gay pride event. I assume you, Dear Readers, don't need me to spell out why that's all sorts of wrong.

    It's an interesting watch. The men are very open about what they do, and try to justify it in a very blasé manner. Apart from the obvious moral and ethical objections, what's really fascinating to me is how self-deluded they are. They're convinced that these children are "flirting" with them. Perfectly normal interactions with young boys are seen as sexual advances. There's a scene where one of the men has a very normal interaction on the street with a boisterous young boy on a bike at a public pay-phone, and yet the pedophile is convinced that the interaction was laced with sexual tension.

    Anyway, it's a fascinating, creepy, and at times shocking look at the kind of people you read so much about but rarely get to hear.

    It's in six parts. Below is part 1, and here are parts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

     

    cinepanti
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  • 30 Dec 2009

    Andy Warhol TV

    Warhol had a "cable access" TV show in New York in the 80's. This is a collection of clips from various shows. There's Halston, Blondie, Manhattan mounted police, Horst, Duran Duran...

    Click video twice.

     

    people | tv
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  • 30 Dec 2009

    Famous TV sets in miniature

    Regular readers will know how much I like models and miniatures, so I love these miniature recreations of US TV sets, complete with lighting rigs etc. Below are some from The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Cheers, The Brady Bunch, and Married With Children (can you tell which is which Kids?), but there are lots more of these and other shows on Flicker.

    They're all from a book called On The Set, Famous Hollywood Studio Sets in Miniature, by Charles Brogdon, but it's not available in miniature...

     

    models and miniatures
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  • 30 Dec 2009

    You can't carry on more than 100ml of shampoo, but a giant bag of crazy? No problem.

    At first I thought it was Dolly Grip on her way to the Canaries, but turns out it's another crazy old dear. Though I can't believe I'm not sitting beside her. I usually am. And I can't believe the hot guy beside her isn't hitting on her. (You can see him better in the second one) He's definitely missing a trick there! I bet she's wild in the sack, especially with her teeth out.

     

    (via Bunny, cos it takes a crazy old dear to know one!)

     

    random | nuts
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  • 30 Dec 2009

    Normal service will be resumed... eh... I dunno... soon. Meh.

    As you may have noticed, normal service hasn't been resumed yet. I'm enjoying taking some time off. Walking the dog, eating chocolate, drinking too much, cutting out pictures of Dennis Quaid's face and sticking them to my pillow...

    I'm easing myself back into Dennis things.

    In the meantime, here's David Bowie and Cher (in an insane wig!) doing a medley of popular songs. Well, popular in 1975 anyway. And no backing track, how fresh that seems now. I've said it before, but bring back variety shows!

     

    random
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  • 30 Dec 2009

    When Tippi Hendron falls in the forest, does anyone hear her scream?

    I came across these make-up test shots of Tippi Hendren for Hitchcock's The Birds.

    I absolutely love The Birds, and love Tippi in it, which is why I did an homage a few years ago...

     

     

    movies | people
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  • 29 Dec 2009

    AIDS candy?... Anyone?... No?

    OK then. More for me!

    (thanks McGee)

     

    random
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  • 29 Dec 2009

    When did passive aggressive get hot?

    They're marines, so you know they could kill you with their bare hands, but they're also just door-men, so they're just there to serve you. For some reason that's hot. "Shut up and kill me Pussy Boy!"

    (thanks Buzzby)

     

    random
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  • 28 Dec 2009

    Equal parts fascinating and horrifying

    Disturbing video (set to the music of Portishead) of Chinese kid gymnasts being trained tortured for Olympic glory. The dark side of competition/sport/nationalism.

     

    world | random
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  • 28 Dec 2009

    Penny for your thoughts

    When Penny and I were out on the sands at the Pigeon House today the fog came in thick and fast. Even through my crappy phone camera, it was very atmospheric... and a bit spooky in a Blair Witch kind of way.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    penny for your thoughts | pigeon house
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  • 27 Dec 2009

    6 to 8 black men

    The Dutch Santy is not like ours, as David Sedaris hilariously explains.

     

    comedy
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  • 27 Dec 2009

    Christmas in Mayo with Penny

     

     

     

     

    personally panti | penny for your thoughts
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  • 23 Dec 2009

    Civil Partnership Train

    Earlier this month as the Civil Partnership Bill was being debated in the Dáil, a group of activists took the train from Belfast to Dublin to highlight the fact that the Republic is lagging behind Northern Ireland when it comes to the recognition of gay relationships, and to call for equal treatment under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

    Here's a short video of the trip and the activists' arrival in Dublin. Stick with it till the end when Senator David Norris, who was waiting to greet the train, gives a piece of his mind to a motley crew of "sour faced" bible-bashers who were there to protest.

    (thanks Patrick)

     

    gay rights | marriage equality | ireland
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  • 23 Dec 2009

    Happy Christmas Bitches!

    Penny and I are off to Mayo in the morning for a few days, so posting will be light to non-existent. Hope you all have a great gay holiday!

    In the meantime, I'll leave you with these seasonal treats. There's a bit of Judy, a bit of drag, a bit of Santa, a bit of Mina, and a bit of 16 year-old Danish twink ballet star Oscar Nilsson.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    random
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  • 23 Dec 2009

    Blood, sweat, and gay porn, coming soon to a TV near you.

    (thanks Paddy)

     

    tv
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  • 23 Dec 2009

    RuPaul reminds me of one of my faves.... Poak Chops!

    RuPaul has a new song and video out: Tranny Chaser.

    I'd like to say I love it, but I'm not really feeling it. However, it does remind me of this (is the video meant to be paying homage?) and anything that reminds me of this can't be all bad. Poak Chops! Big tranny, little girls acting like hos, Granny on the porch, working a street pole like a stripper, and all to a hot ass beat! "It's a country dream!" Never understood how this gang of nuts never got a record deal and this song didn't become a smash. Is it too late?

    LOVE Poak Chops! That's an order! 

     

    music | drags
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  • 23 Dec 2009

    Gareth Thomas' ex-wife seems to be a remarkable woman

    It can't be easy for any woman when their husband tells her he's gay, and it certainly can't be easy when that husband is famous and his coming out is an international news story, but Jemma Thomas seems to be a very understanding and remarkably sanguine woman. She obviously loves him very much. He's a lucky man.

    Full story HERE.

    'I still love Gareth and I will never stop loving him,' says Jemma, in her first interview since he publicly announced he was gay. 'What happened to us is just so terribly sad. He really was the perfect husband in every other way.

     

    'I'm incredibly proud of him for coming out and if anyone thinks any less of him because of it, then they are stupid. I know it was a massive relief when he told me, his family and close friends three years ago, and it will be even more of a relief now that everyone knows.

     

    'He is now free to be who he is and I, and everyone else who knows and loves him, am happy for him because he is a very special person. I don't feel angry, embarrassed or humiliated, nor do I regret marrying Gareth for a second. I know with all my heart that he adored me as much as I adored him on our wedding day, and I had the most fantastic years of my life with him.

     

    'It would be easy to wallow in self-pity and dwell on the negatives, but I am a positive person and I'm grateful that he loved me so much he had to tell me the truth because he felt I deserved better.

     

    'He released me and in doing so he released himself. Gareth could have waited for years to tell me, wasted my life, and where would that have left me? I was only 30 when he told me, still young enough to meet someone else and have children.'

     

    gays | sport
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Hundreds demonstrate in support of the Ugandan "kill the gays" bill

    People sometimes wonder why I get angry with religion, or with casual bigots like Brenda Power. I'll tell you why: because they're all part of a spectrum of hate and ignorance and bigotry, a spectrum that runs right from "Oh those annoying mouthy gays" to THIS. It's the same spectrum, the difference is only a matter of degree, and the seemingly harmless bigotry-lite of people like Brenda contributes to a culture where people shout "fagot" at me in the street, or young gays get beaten up on Georges' Street at 3am, or "university undergraduates" think a law that includes the death penalty for gay people is perfectly reasonable.

     

    gay rights | world
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Pierre Moliniere

    My gay Angelo pointed out that the doll fetish videos I poster earlier reminded him of the work of French artist Pierre Molinier (1900-1976) who developed a photographic universe in which he himself was the star, based on his own obsessive, elaborate and highly stylized sexual fantasies. With the help of specially made dolls, prosthetic limbs, stiletto heels, dildos and an occasional friend, Molinier used his own body to construct extraordinary photographic works. Intimate and antique in appearance, his black-and-white photographs range from formally traditional self-portraits to elaborately constructed collages of abstracted legs, masked faces, penises, asses, and transvestism. Molinier seemed obsessed with the idea of having sex with himself in the guise of a woman, and one of his better known props was a stiletto shoe with a dildo as a heel, with which he could fuck himself.

    However he was not a happy soul, and at the age of 76, like his father before him, he committed suicide. He shot himself, and when his body was discovered it was apparent that he had masturbated just before he pulled the trigger.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    art | nuts
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Pantibar New Year's Eve: We're having a party!

    We're having a party and we'll be celebrating the Chinese Brazilian Year of the Rooster Cock.

    (Before you all start e-mailing me to say 2010 is the Chinese year of the tiger, technically it's still the rooster till February, and you know me: I'm all about the cock!)

    We're letting Brazil nut Twiggi and her sexy-crazy mocha-skinned stable of Brazilian trannies and go-go boys take over for the night, so bring lube. It won't go to waste on those sexy nuts.

     

    pantibar
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    The photog who cried wolf?

    I posted this amazing photograph earlier in the year when it won it's photographer the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year title. And it certainly is an amazing image of a wild wolf hunting prey. But is it too amazing? And is the wolf actually wild?

     

    photography | scandal
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Boy George goes to court to try and get in to the Celebrity Big Brother house

    George wants to go in to the Big Brother house but needs to get the court's permission because it could contravene the terms of his release on license.

    I hope they let him, because if George is in there I'll definitely watch.

    (thanks Ian)

     

    people | gays | tv
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    The Demi Moore hip row continues

    The Demi Moore “missing hip” scandal (which I’ve posted about previously and previously) rumbles on! I can’t believe it’s still going. (and I’m well aware of the irony that I’m talking about it again, so don’t bother pointing that out. I’m sure you have better things to do)

    I guess the reason it’s niggling at me, is that it’s the perfect example of an internet blowhard getting something totally wrong, and then refusing to accept he has and getting all snide and high-horsey about it. And as much as I love the internet, all the negativity and snideness that abounds on it drives me crazy. The internet is the perfect democracy where everyone’s opinion is given the same weight regardless of their qualifications to speak on any given subject, which just goes to prove that democracy is a flawed system! (On an internet forum discussing gender roles in developing economies, a 12 year-old Hannah Montana fan’s opinion is given the same weight as Germaine Greer's, and for some reason, 12 year-old Hannah Montana fans seem just as likely to weigh in, and once they have, nobody ever changes their minds no matter what evidence is presented)

    Anyway, back to Demi’s hip….

    Bizarrely, Demi seems to be so wound up about the accusation that her hip was retouched (rather than just ignoring it, because anyway you cut it, she’s a beautiful woman) that she’s sent the lawyers in to make threatening sounds to the guy who originally suggested her hip was skinnyfied, Anthony Citrano, and he has written a long whining defence of his accusations, including a bunch of YouTube videos that only serve to make him look as petty as he accuses Demi of being.

    Interestingly though (or not, if you really couldn’t give a flying fuck) Demi’s lawers are careful to say that her “hips, waist or legs” were not retouched, and don’t claim that the photo wasn't otherwise enhanced – as of course all cover shots are. (You can read the lawyer’s letter HERE)

    However Citrano has now totally moved the goal posts. His original accusation was about the “missing” chunk of her hip (an accusation I’ve always thought to be bullshit, as I’ve said before), suggesting that the image was drastically altered to make her impossibly snake-hipped, but now he’s making it about everything else except the hip. All he’s proved is that there were very minor, tweeks and polishes to the image, as is completely normal and expected of cover shots.

    All this proves to me is that Hollywood stars can be very insecure, and Anthony Citrano is likewise. And that I really need to prioritize what I spend my time thinking about…

    Anyway, here's the petty YouTubes. 

     

     

     

    media | feuds | people
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Feminism and transgender women

    It has often struck me how a lot of trans women present themselves in a very "teenage" way, all sexy shoes and mini-skirts and blue eye-shadow. This interesting article on feminism and transphobia touches on that as well as other, more substantive issues.

    (FYI, the article uses the term "cis" a lot. In the context of gender studies, cis (from the Latin for "on the same side of") is a term to describe a gender identity where there is a match between a person's gender identity, and the role that is expected of them, i.e. a non-trans person.

    For decades, the feminist movement has been split over the status of trans people, and of trans women in particular. High-profile feminists such as Germaine Greer, Jan Raymond and Julie Bindel have spoken out against what Greer terms “people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody”. Some prominent radical feminists have publicly declared that trans women are misogynist, “mutilated men”; trans people have responded to this harassment by vigorously defending themselves, demanding that anti-trans feminists are denied platforms to speak on other issues and, in some cases, by renouncing feminism altogether. The deep personal and ideological wounds suffered by women and men on both sides of the argument are reopened with vigour every time the mainstream press gives space to an anti-trans article by a cis feminist.

     

    ideas | trans
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Mexico City has legalized full and equal gay marriage

    Mexico City had already introduced Civil Unions for gay people three years ago, but now, acknowledging that distinguishing between gay relationships and straight ones is silly, discriminatory and against natural justice, the city's legislative assembly has voted to change the definition of marriage in the city's civil code from being between a man and a woman, to being between two people.

    Well done Mexico City! It's especially heartening, because like Spain, Mexico is considered to be a staunchly "Catholic" nation.

    The city now joins the other seven countries and five US states that have introduced full marriage equality for their gay citizens: Spain, Canada, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, and Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire.

    Of course the Catholic Church has come out against it. Remember them?

     

    gay rights | marriage equality
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Harry's still fine!

    We've discussed my first husband, Harry Hamlin, before, who first fell deeply in love with me when he starred in Clash Of The Titans. And although he's now with another woman, it's good to know that even all these 29 years later, he's still one hot daddy!

    (thanks Lurleen)

     

    movies | people | fellas
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Unfortunately, the wind changed...

     

    panti
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Really?

    It's been a long day and I'm just home, and I'm too tired to comment on these! I'm also not sure I should have watched them just before bed....

    If you'd like to see more of her, she has lots more on YouTube. Knock yourself out!

     

     

     

    really?
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  • 22 Dec 2009

    Astrud Gilberto and a gay soft-shoe

    Love this nutty clip from 1966. Brazilian chanteuse Asrud Gilberto (of The Girl From Ipanema fame) gives a so-laid-back-she's-only-semi-conscious performance of a ditty called Bim Bom, while a so-light-in-his-loafers-he's-practically-taking-it-up-the-ass gay does an insane soft-shoe to brighten things up!

    Though the laid back delivery was Astrud's stock-in-trade. Stoner?

    (thanks Squirl)

    And here's Astrud singing the song that made her. The song was recorded for an album by Stan Getz and Astrud's husband Jaoa Gilberto. At the time Astrud wasn't a professional singer and having her sing the vocal was on a whim in the studio. The story that's usually repeated is that she was "just a housewife" who was cleaning the studio at the time, but Astrud herself says that's an exaggeration. Either way, she went on to have a big career.

    This clip is actually from the 1964 film "Get Yourself A College Girl".

     

    music | people
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  • 21 Dec 2009

    Max Clifford has represented two gay Premiership footballers, and advised them to stay in the closet

    Max Clifford told The Independent that football is rife with homophobia and coming out of the closet would effectively end a gay player's career.

    Britain's foremost PR advisor, Max Clifford, told The Independent on Sunday last night that he has represented two high-profile gay Premier League footballers in the past five years and has advised them to stay in the closet because football "remains in the dark ages, steeped in homophobia".

    In the wake of the Wales and Lions rugby international Gareth Thomas coming out yesterday, Clifford says he cannot foresee a prominent footballer doing the same in the near future. "If he did, it would effectively be his career over, in my view," Clifford said.

     

    sport | gays
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  • 21 Dec 2009

    HP computers are racist

    On the plus side, if you're black, you'll be safe when the computers rise up against their human overlords...

     

    technology | random
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  • 21 Dec 2009

    Lovely moment with Anthony & The Johnsons

    When I saw Anthony & The Johnsons at Vicar Street last year, some of the best moments were when the remarkably shy Anthony Hegarty "messed up" and the wall between the performer and the audience was broken.

    Here's a lovely moment from a Paris concert when he can't get the beginning of You Are My Sister right, and decides to play Hope Mountain instead, which he introduces with a charming, thoughtful funny, and somewhat rambling speech about Jesus, being transgender, and worshipping the feminine.

     

    (thanks Brian)

     

    people | music | trans
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  • 21 Dec 2009

    Fire at Guinness's

    When I looked out my window earlier I could see smoke belching out over the city centre, which turned out to be a large fire inside the Guinness plant. It has been brought under control now, and the sky above the city centre is clearing, as a helicopter circles above the plant. Apparently no one was hurt.

     

     

     

    dublin
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  • 21 Dec 2009

    Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, and Lulu

    I've been watching the BBC4 late night repeats of both Cilla Black's and Lulu's late 60's variety shows and they're really fun, with some fabulous guests. Isn't time variety shows had a come back? I'm so bored with reality shows and karaoke talent shows. Lets have real entertainers and big production numbers again! Of course, who would they build the shows around? 

    Here are a few clips from the episode of Cilla's show they showed tonight, which is also on YouTube. Dusty was one of her guests. Cilla looks great, and her teeth seem less prominent then! The second clip is Dusty looking very relaxed and at ease (which she often didn't), but wearing a very nutty culottes/jump-suit with chains (!) and in the third, she and Cilla do an old vaudeville number. They seem to be enjoying themselves. In her tramp outfit and comedy glasses Cilla is the spit of Diane Keaton/Annie Hall!

    The last clip is from Lulu's show, also from the episode BBC4 screened tonight. She belts out The Boat That I Row. She was a firecracker was our Lulu!

     

     

     

     

    people | tv | music
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  • 20 Dec 2009

    Copenhagen, the cycling capital of the world

    And next up? Bicycle highways.

     

    infrastructure
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  • 20 Dec 2009

    A few words from Yours Truly

    From the current issue of GCN (Gay Community News), which these days you can read in full on-line.

     

    As I write this, my dog Penny and I have just celebrated our one-year anniversary (Belatedly. I forgot on the day itself, but I don’t feel too bad because Penny forgot too, and anyway, we’re still very much in love) and over our bowls of champagne, Penny looked at me and said, “Well that was a very gay year!”

    And as usual, she’s right.

    The last year has been a remarkable year for gay people in this country, and all things considered, it’s been a magnificent year. A year when we considered who we are and what it is we want, a year when we took stock, and stood up for ourselves, a year when we debated, not just with the forces of conservatism arrayed against us, but among ourselves, as we tried to reach a consensus on the best way forward. If you’d have told me five years ago that 2009 would see a re-energised gay community taking to the streets in their thousands, young people agitating for equality, new pressure groups emerging, gays and lesbians standing for public office, our rights agenda at the forefront of mainstream media discourse, our Pride celebrations at the centre of a storm in a media tea cup, GAA stars coming out, a touching and dignified response to the tragic death of a young gay pop star, and all against the background of a Civil Partnership Bill being introduced to the Dáil, I’d have told you to lay off the sauce and save some for Mommy.

    2009 has made me proud to be a member of the gay community in a way I haven’t felt since homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993. Shockingly recently of course, but how far we’ve come since then! When I first came out in the late 80’s, just finding other gays was a task worthy of Jessica Fletcher, which involved scouring the back pages of Hot Press magazine and following the rumours to discrete bars behind discrete doors. And discretion has never been my strong suit! Today, our community is vibrant, colourful, flooded with light behind plate glass windows, and filled with young people who’s Grannies told them where The George is.

    And we are a community. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Being a community doesn’t mean we always agree with each other, or always get along. I come from a small community in Co Mayo and feuds and disagreements are par for the course, but so too is the sense of belonging and shared purpose that was so evident and powerful at the various Pride celebrations around the country, and at the March For Marriage in Dublin.

    Not, of course, that it’s all rosy in the gay garden.

    Bigotry and ignorance still abound, and the comfortable gay bubble I live in can be burst when I least expect it. Only yesterday a young man on the street, displaying a remarkable talent for astute observation, informed me that I was a “faggot”. Apparently my “big gay jumper” was the give-away. I’m not sure what was more surprising: discovering that cream v-necks were big and gay, or the fact that I was getting sartorial criticism from someone in a shell-suit. A shell-suit! In 2009?

    But it’s the bigotry that’s dressed up in less offensive daywear that’s more dangerous. Earlier in the year a well known journalist suggested on national radio (while calling for the continuation of our discrimination) that my very existence would encourage young women to have abortions rather than give their children up for adoption, lest their baby end up with “Miss Panti and his boyfriend”. A remark for which I forgave her because of the optimistic view it displayed of my love-life, which is in reality, a vast barren wasteland only occasionally punctuated by a drunk GAA supporter up for the match. 

    And of course bigotry and ignorance can organise better than it can dress. The neanderthals of the Iona Institute and their reactionary ilk are still hell bent (see what I did there, you Hell bound benders?) on thwarting our campaign for equality of respect, but the natural optimist in me (or maybe it’s just the booze) sees their increasingly shrill and ineffective parries as the death throes of a dying ideology, and I for one am looking forward to the wake. And for once I don’t have to agonise over what to wear! I’ve already sent my cream v-neck to the dry cleaners. 

    I may be overstating things, but I suspect that we will look back on 2009 as a watershed year for our community. A year when we found our voice again, and pushed forward. Ireland has seen remarkable changes since homosexuality was decriminalised only 17 years ago, and more remarkable changes are still possible. I certainly hope so.

    No. I know so.

    So whether you’re spending your holiday with your first family, or your gay family (your biological family, or your logical family), I hope you have a good one. You deserve it. It’s been a good year.

     

    media
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Moving and powerful speech for transgender rights

    On Dec 10th Filipina poet and activist Sass Rogando Sasot spoke very powerfully before a United Nations assembly on the need to accept, protect and support transgender citizens around the world. The whole speech, entitled Reclaiming The Lucidity of Our Hearts is clear, moving and powerful, and I urge you to watch it, but at about the 7:45 mark her voice catches, and the speech becomes emotional, urgent and beautiful.

    Is our right to life, to dignified existence, to liberty, and pursuit of happiness subservient to gender norms? This doesn’t need a complicated answer. You want to be born, to live, and die with dignity – so do we! You want the freedom to express the uniqueness of the life force within you – so do we! You want to live with authenticity – so do we!

    Now is the time that we realize that diversity does not diminish our humanity; that respecting diversity does not make us less human; that understanding and accepting our differences does not make us cruel. And in fact, history has shown us that denying and rejecting human variability is the one that has lead us to inflict indignity upon indignity towards each other.

    We are human beings of transgender experience. We are your children, your partners, your friends, your siblings, your students, your teachers, your workers, your citizens.

    Let our lives delight in the same freedom of expression that you enjoy as you manifest to the outside world your unique and graceful selves.

     

    (via Coilhouse)

     

    politics | trans
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Can I take credit for an internet sensation?

    Probably not... but maybe!

    Back in October, while trawling the internet for something else altogether, I came across this video on YouTube and posted it. I loved the song, loved the idea that it was in jibberish (as English sounds to foreigners), and I was drawn to the female dancer, who I then found out was Rafaella Carra, and a new obsession was born. After I posted it here, and to Facebook, lots and lots of you e-mailed me about it and posted it to your Facebooks, and downloaded it, and passed it on. And now in the last week it's started appearing all over the net on various blogs and sites. Coincidence? Or did my butterfly wing flap start an internet hurricane on the other side of the world?

    You can believe what you want, but I choose to believe it because in my fantasy version, Adriano Celentano is taking a computer course  (to keep up with the kids) when he discovers his old video has become an internet hit, so his tutor suggests he trace back the origin of the new interest as an exercise. Eventually he ends up at my blog, and the next day Rafaelle Carra calls him to say 'Hi', because they're old friends of course, and in passing he mentions his project. So then, La Carra checks out the blog, and on a whim e-mails me and invites me to come to Italy and spend Christmas with her, and even though I know it will break my poor mother's heart (she texted me today to ask what kind of dog food she should get in for Penny for Christmas), I go to Italy because it's Rafaella Carra for Gods sake, and we become best friends for ever and ever.

    And that's the version I'm sticking with.

     

    music
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Penny for your thoughts

     

     

     

    penny for your thoughts
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Devil child!

    Though the devil's paperwork must be perfect.

    (thanks Tom)

     

    random
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Free bike scheme outstrips all expectations

     

    It's hard to believe that the Dublin Bikes free bike scheme has only been up and running for three months, and even the most casual observer can see what a success they've been. You see them everywhere. There have been some complaints from users of the scheme that at certain times and places it's hard to find a bike, or indeed a space to return one to.

    I heard the guy who brought the scheme to Dublin on the radio this morning and he said that they have been completely stunned at the take-up, and are pushing ahead with expansion immediately. Based on usage of similar schemes in the approximately twenty other cities that have them, they were expecting about a thousand people to have signed up by now, and another thousand by the time the scheme is a year old. However, already 16,000 people have signed up with another 7,000 "temporary" users. Also, people who sign up are using them ten times more often than other cities! All in all the usage is about a hundred times more than they were anticipating, (a hundred times more then Lyon which is a city of similar size) and is by far the most successful such scheme ever launched. Also, so far there has been virtually no theft or vandalism. In the three months since it launched, only one bike has been stolen, and that bike was recovered within twenty four hours after the feckin' eejit who stole it brought it to a bike shop and tried to get it stripped.

    I suspect the success of the scheme is partly to do with Dublin's relatively poor public transport infrastructure, and partly to do with the compact (and flat!) nature of the city centre where most city-centre journeys are easily bike-able.  

     

    dublin | infrastructure
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Infamous sign above Auschwitz gates stolen. Poland declares 'state of emergency'

    Full story at The Guardian.

    A state of emergency was announced in Poland today involving tightened border controls and random police checks as a nationwide hunt was launched for the infamous bronze sign to the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz after it was stolen.

    The discovery this morning that the sign had been wrenched from the top of the entrance gate posts prompted international reactions of outrage from Washington to London and urgent calls for its return.

    The sign, cast by camp prisoners, which offered the cynical welcome to new inmates "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) and stands as a potent symbol of the suffering millions endured at the camp, is believed to have been removed by a gang in what authorities called a meticulously planned robbery.

     

    world
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    This is 6 minutes long. It only took 3 before I was crying like a baby.

    An ex-convict says goodbye to his best friend.

     

    documentary | animals
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  • 19 Dec 2009

    Welsh rugby superstar comes out

    British rugby superstar Gareth Thomas has come out in an interview with the Daily Mail. Thomas, 35, is one of the most iconic players in rugby - he captained Wales to a Grand Slam victory, was captain of the British Lions, is the most capped player in Welsh rugby history, the ninth most capped player in the world, and still plays professional rugby for Cardiff. He has a fierce reputation on the field and a mouth-full of missing teeth to prove it.

    Has Donal Óg started a sporting trend?

    On a related note, have you seen the current strip of Stade De France, the team that are already gay favourites because of their annual soft-porn calendar?! They were hard to miss on the TV sports news today. 

     

    gays | sport
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    2009 in photographs

    Part 3. (Previously, Parts 1 and 2)

    This first shot is from the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships.

     

     

    photography
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Never believe ANYTHING you see on screen

    Because everything is a LIE! EVERYTHING!

    (thanks Graham)

     

    movies | technology
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Lovely photos of a sunny Dublin in 1961

    Charles W. Cushman was an American traveller who came to Ireland in 1961 and photographed a sunny Dublin. When he died, he left his extensive collection of photographs from around the world to the University of Indiana. You can see the full collection of Dublin photos HERE. (click through each photo twice to see full size)

    They're fascinating. In some photographs, like the view of O'Connell Bridge, the city seems to have hardly changed at all, while in others it seems like a different world. It's interesting to see O'Connell Street when it didn't have an island down the centre, and College Green with the traffic coming down from Grafton Street. Some of the fashions wouldn't look at all out of place on Dublin hipsters today, though the man on a bicycle outside City Hall in a top hat isn't something you see everyday anymore. And how much prettier were the busses with those curved fronts, and of course without the God-awful ugly navy/yllow/white colour scheme they labour under these days. Who the feck is responsible for that?! In who's world is that an attractive colour combination?

    (Thanks Buzby)

     

    dublin | photography
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Camille O'Sullivan's show-stopping performance on 'Later With Jools Holland'

    I love Camille. She's a very fun woman whom I've had the pleasure of doing a few gigs with over the years. I never knew she'd been on Later with Jools Holland but while I was trawling YouTube for Kirsty McColl clips (see below) I came across her version of In These Shoes. I've seen her do this live a few times and it always brings down the house.

     

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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Kirsty McColl died in tragic -and controversial - circumstances 9 years ago today

    The wonderful Kirsty McColl was killed on the 18th of December 2000 when she was hit by a speedboat while diving in Mexico.

    Although her roots were in folk music, McColl was also part of the British punk scene, and had a number of pop hits in the 80’s and 90’s, most notably There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis in 1981, and New England in 1985. She also worked as a vocalist for everyone from The Smiths to Talking Heads, and of course The Pogues, with whom she recorded the song that I suspect she’ll be best remembered for, the Christmas classic, Fairytale Of New York.

    In the 90’s she became very interested in Cuban music and released the critically acclaimed album Tropical Rainstorm in 2000, which included the often covered In These Shoes.

    It was after recording a BBC program on Cuban music that she holidayed in Mexico with her partner and two sons. On December 18th they were scuba diving with an experienced local guide in an area where boats were restricted when she was hit and killed by a speeding powerboat. McColl saw the boat coming and pushed her son out of the way – he sustained minor injuries – but she was killed instantly.

    The boat was owned by a Mexican supermarket millionaire, Guillerme Gonzalez Nova, who was onboard at the time with members of his family. However, an employee of Nova’s claimed he was driving – despite eye-witness accounts to the contrary - and was found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to 3 years in prison. However, under Mexican law, he was able to pay a fine and compensation in lieu of prison time. The fine was based on the employees meagre wages and totalled about €2000. Published reports have claimed that the employee was paid to say he was driving and take the blame.

    McColl’s family, spear-headed by her mother, launched the Justice For Kirsty campaign in response to the events surrounding her death, a campaign wich garnered the support of many of Kirsty’s famous friends, and led to a BBC documentary. However despite assurances from the Mexican government (most notably after Bono spoke about it on stage at a U2 concert in Mexico) little progress was made and the campaign was wound up recently.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Veda gets a review and an apostrophe from the Irish Times

    Veda's album Stars Edge is reviewed in 'The Ticket' magazine in today's Irish Times. Of course, being the Irish Times they had to "correct" her punctuation, not realising that Veda is not the kind of queen who'd throw away an apostrophe without good reason.

    VEDA  Star's Edge Agnes Management 

    Drag queens are usually dismissed as mere novelty acts, but not Veda Beaux Rêves. Having hosted a successful club night in Dublin for the past decade, the cross-dresser now teams up with synth-loving musician Neosupervital (himself no stranger to camp musical theatrics) for her debut album. Paying homage to The Human League, Heaven 17 and Dead or Alive, Star's Edge is an accomplished record, if one that's somewhat lacking in contrasts. Still, Veda manages to put her own stamp on proceedings with lyrics that are both personal (Finally ) and laugh-out-loud funny ( Dyno-Rod Man ). 1980s songbird Maria McKee is even corralled for a duet on the beguiling Running After You . It's cheeky, glam and often cheesy, but also a lot of fun - as demonstrated on the genuinely great Radio Song .

    www.vedamusic online.com 

    Download tracks: Radio Song, X-Plosion 

     

    music | drags
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    The power of YouTube

    I posted this short film - of giant alien robots invading and destroying Montevideo in Uruguay- a while ago, because I like the feel of it. And I wasn't alone. It quickly racked up over a million views on YouTube. The film was made for about €250 and within days of uploading it, the Uruguayan producer started getting calls from Hollywood, and two weeks later he was he was being shmoozed in Los Angeles. And now, only two months later, the previously unknown Fede Alvarez has a $30 million contract and Hollywood heavyweight Sam Raimi behind him.

    I'm now working on a script where Mr Alvarez and Susan Boyle fall in love over YouTube and get married. Well, that's the short version, but obviously they'll have lots of ups and downs, on five continents, before they actually make it to the alter. I'm thinking Susan might have an affair with Chris Crocker on Vimeo....

     

    movies | youtube
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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Lovely

    This is the kind of thing that the internet is so great for. Here's a guy that's making music alone in his bedroom, and simply because he's very talented (and cute) he suddenly becomes an internet sensation and countless thousands of people get to hear him. Stick with it all the way. 

     

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  • 18 Dec 2009

    Stephen Gately's partner lodges formal complaint over notorious Mail article

    Stephen Gately's husband Andrew Cowles has formally lodged a complaint with The Press Complaints Commission in Britain over Jan Moir's notorious article, which was published the day before Stephen's funeral (previously). The Commission has already received a record 25,000 complaints about the article from members of the public.

     

    people | gays | media
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Mad, bad, or genius?

    Well, Penny and I went to see the future of energy production (earlier), and it looks a bit like a "flux capacitor" from Back To The Future.

    Now I'm no physicist, despite what my mother might have told you, so I have no idea whether this is really a source of "free energy" that will change the course of human history or not, but I do suspect they're sincere. Which only leaves the possibilities that they're geniuses, or delusional. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    The display is a small simple affair, with video displays and posters explaining - to an extent - what the invention is and how it works. They don't shy away from the criticisms, some of which they quote, before quoting George Bernard Shaw saying something to the effect that "all great ideas start off as blasphemies", and they point out that their invention runs counter to some of physics' basic principles. The claim is that the device produces more energy than is needed to power it up, and that it can provide free, on-site energy. They envisage one of these engines being in everything from cars to toasters.

    And of course, there in the middle of the room is the device itself. Four of them actually.

    The parts in the centre are silently spinning, apparently creating more energy than is being provided by the battery, a kind of law of increasing returns. There are "exploded" diagrams showing how the device is put together, but it's all Greek to me.

    Penny and I were the only people there, and I asked the security man, "Are they nuts or do you buy it?" He said he wasn't sure, but hoped they were right. So do I!

    On the way out there was another guy who turned out to be from the display company wou'd put the exhibition together, and when I asked him did he believe it, he was adamant: "Absolutely!". And then he asked me if I wanted a free t-shirt. I was adamant: "Absolutely!", because if this is the beginning of a new world order based on free energy for all, I want my t-shirt saying I was there when it all started!

    Anyway, if you want to follow what's going on and see live demonstrations, you can see live internet streaming HERE. Or go along and have a look for yourself at the Waterways Visitor Centre in Grand Canal basin.

    I'd love to think a small Irish company has discovered the secret to free energy and proved everyone wrong, no matter how implausible that sounds. Penny however will need a lot of convincing.

     

    science | technology
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Madonna is stripping away another layer of her ego

     

    fun | people
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Penny and I are off to see the world changed forever!

    We're off to see the most important scientific discovery EVER! Yes, while you people are going about your mundane lives, Penny and I are off to see The Holy Grail. We're getting in on the ground floor so that when we're on our death beds we'll be able to say, "We were there when the world was changed forever". And conveniently it's happening on our walk!

    An Irish company called Steorn hit the headlines a few years ago when they claimed to have unlocked the secret to free energy. So confident were they that they took out a full page ad in The Economist. Their invention would change the world - no more reliance on traditional energy sources, no more need for oil, or coal, or nuclear energy. They had finally cracked the secret to perpetual motion, despite what the second law of thermodynamics might say.

    Obviously, the world's scientific community, being old stuck-in-the-muds, were dubious, but Steorn were having none of it. They issued a challenge to the scientific community and a team of 22 scientists were invited to examine the evidence, and indeed, the whole world was invited to witness their invention at work over the internet.

    However there were some technical difficulties. Twice. And the team of scientists who were assembled to review their work was not convinced. Far from it in fact.

    Some people suggested that the whole thing was a scam, though others were more charitable and suggested that Steorn's Chief Executive Sean McCarthy was just delusional.

    But you can't keep a good man down, and Steorn are back. And they're setting up camp in the Inland Waterways Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin where they're displaying their invention, and if you can't make it there, you can watch live on the internet.

     

    science | technology
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Rage Against The machine Vs X Factor

    A campaign to keep the X Factor from bagging the Christmas # 1 spot again, and get rap/rock outfit Rage Against The Machine to the top instead is gathering momentum. It started on Facebook, spread across the internet, and seems to have caught the imagination of people, and what seemed at first like an impossible task is beginning to look like it might actually have a snowball's chance in Hell. Maybe. Though I still wouldn't bet against Simon Cowell.

    Of course there is a rich irony of using a song with the lyric "Fuck you! I won't do what you tell me!" to get people to... well... do what you tell them.

    Still, this video is fun. Especially Susan Boyle's bit!

     

     

    music | tv
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Finally

    According to reports, Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray will finally resign this morning. Meanwhile, calls have been made for a criminal investigation in to how he handled allegations of sex abuse against Fr Thomas Naughton, who was sentenced to prison yesterday.

     

    religion poisons everything | ireland
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Peter Tatchell won't stand for election because of brain damage from beatings

    Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell had intended to stand for Parliament in Britain next year as a Green Party candidate. However he has decided to stand down because of brain damage he suffered from being severely beaten in the course of his gay rights campaigning. In 2001 he was beaten unconscious by bodyguards of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe when he tried to perform a "citizen's arrest" when Mugabe was in Brussels. In 2007 he was badly beaten by neo-nazi thugs at a Gay Pride rally in Moscow. After the attacks he suffered some paralysis and damage to his sight and he has never fully recovered.

    “The injuries don’t stop me from campaigning but I am slower, make more mistakes, get tired easily and take longer to do things. My memory, concentration, balance and co-ordination have been adversely affected,” said Mr Tatchell.

    Here's a news report of the 2007 Moscow incident.

     

    gays | gay rights | people | politics
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Boy George is having a White Christmas

    First there was Bob Dylan, and now Boy George.


     

    people | music
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Tonight at The Panti (& Bunny!) Christmas Show...

    ... it'll be like the Christmases you remember as a child. You know, with huge pig-dog-men-women.

     

    panti show | pantibar
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Mr Brady in drag

    Robert Reed was a talented actor, so I guess it must have been hard for him to be eternally thought of as Mr Brady from The Brady Bunch. After the show finished he went to great lengths to distance himself from that role by taking on challenging roles that were as far from "TV's Mr Brady" as possible.

    Here he is playing a post-operative transexual on a US medical drama series in 1975. If you just want to see him in drag, skip ahead to 3:15, but actually the whole scene is worth a look - senitively handled (especially for the time), and well acted.

    (via Dangerous Minds)

     

    people | tv | drags
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Most art reviews are not this entertaining

    Lets be honest, most reviews of art are booooring! And reviews of art fairs are even worse. Who was it who said (something like) "writing about art is like dancing about architecture"?

    Anyway, this review of Art Basel Miami is definitely not boring. You won't learn much about the art, but you won't be bored.

    It all began when some friends took me to a party where I ultimately met a very well-known German artist. Aside from the fact he was three times my age—and weight—there was something very seductive about being force-fed bumps, champagne, and chocolate. The German artist asked me if I wanted to come to his hotel room for a nightcap, and even though my vision was blurred—in this case that was a good thing—it became increasingly clear I didn’t have a choice. Once I finished raiding his mini-bar, it was apparent that there was an expectation of sex in return for his generosity throughout the evening. Fortunately for me, we had the same turn-on: watching me jerk-off. I made him watch from the other side of the room because it’s hard to concentrate when someone’s talking dirty to you in German. I finally came and left.

     

    art | media
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Lady gaga is the shit

    The Lady Gaga parodies are coming thick and fast - and to think we'd never even heard of her a year ago. I don't think we've seen this kind of steep trajectory into the pop cultural landscape since Britney exploded.

    Anyway, here's well known New York drag queen Sherry Vine's scatological take on Bad Romance. If you're at work, probably best to keep the sound low. Unless you work at the Archbishop's Palace, in which case most of those queens you work with have probably already learned every word...

     

    comedy | drags | music
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  • 17 Dec 2009

    Visiting London soon? Be careful where you point your camera

    Because it could get you in to trouble.

    Photographers have been complaining for quite a while now about how British police have been abusing their powers under anti-terrorism legislation, being aggressive and paranoid, arresting press photographers and even tourists for filming in "sensitive" areas. And it would appear that any tall building is now a sensitive area.

    This week an Italian art student was arrested and fined, and eye-wittnesses were "disgusted" at the "spiteful" way she was treated. And a Guardian photographer found out that just days after police were told to take a more sensible approach, taking pictures around the iconic Gherkin building was enough to get him stopped and searched.

     

    media | world
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    "Did I make it?"

    In the early 1970's a Canadian eejit daredevil called Kenny Powers, who had previously broken his back seven times, tried to drive a rocket-powered car off a massive ramp and over a mile-wide river. The stunt cost an estimated $1 million was four years in the planning. Did he make it? That's what he wondered...

     

    nuts | random
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Twiggy doesn't look that good really

    This Oil of Olay ad featuring Twiggy has been banned in Britain after the Advertising Standards Authority received over 700 complaints on foot of a campaign against airbrushing spear-headed by a Liberal Democrat MP.

    The ones that always drive me crazy are those ridiculous mascara ads where the model is clearly wearing false lashes. Some of them are really outrageous, like this one.

    And a quick Google turns up two cases where mascara ads were banned, also in Britain. One featured Kate Moss, and another featured Penelope Cruz.

    And here's another prime example. Give me a break!

    And while we're on the subject of make-up, here's a slightly disturbing ad that is supposed to make women (and trannies) think about all the chemical crap that goes into their cosmetics, and choose 'natural' cosmetics instead.

     

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  • 16 Dec 2009

    The 100 greatest & gayest albums of all time

    Out Magazine polled over a hundred gay (or queer anyway) musicians, performers, actors, DJ's, label reps etc to find out what were the 10 most important albums in their lives. After receiving responses from Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Jake Shears, Janis Ian, The Indigo Girls, Junior Vasquez and lots more, they compiled a list of the top 100 gayest albums ever.

    You can spend aaaages trawling through the whole list and silently agreeing with or poo-poo-ing the choices. 100-51 HERE, and 50-1 HERE.

    Here are the top 10, with Bowie coming out on top.

    1. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
    2. The Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
    3. Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman (1988)
    4. Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls (1989)
    5. Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
    6. The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (1986)
    7. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
    8. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990)
    9. Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (1983)
    10. Antony and the Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now (2005)

     

    gays | music
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Really?

     

    really?
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    2009 in photographs

    Part 2 of a three day photo story. (previously, Part 1)

     

    photography
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Cyclists and the Beckett Bridge

    Motorists have been quick to complain about the odd traffic arrangements at the Beckett Bridge (no left turns, forcing traffic into the city centre) and now the Dublin Cycling Campaign has an damning (and exhaustive!) analysis of the provisions made for cyclists.

     

     

    bridge notes | infrastructure | dublin
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Irish boys in love

    Quinnford + Scout are two Irish boys in love in Manchester who are documenting their relationship through a series of intimate and domestic photographs. You can follow their project on their website, and lots more photgraphs on their Flicker stream. (Some of the photos are NSFW)

    We met in Paris in 2008 and have been documenting our relationship since. The intention behind Q+S is to capture the small details that underline the excitement of being with one another; whether it be sexually, romantically or domestically. This has lead to the project finding similarities amongst the work of other couple photographers and with that the style has matured and defined itself to be something that is a thrill for us to produce.

    Over the months it has emerged to be a neat reflection of the development of our time spent together. You can see the exhilarating thrill of a damn good breakfast, sex after much time apart, right up to the present, where creativity finds its way into our first apartment together.

     

    (thanks Corx)

     

    photography | gays
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    I think my new plastic surgery is beginning to settle in well.

    Don't you?

     

    panti
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Rich drunk gets even richer

    Hugh Grant got drunk, took his dad on the Concorde, got even drunker, bought this Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for £2 million, and then sold it six years later for £13 million.

    Jammy bastard.

     

    people | art
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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Good Lord! Irish Evangelical Christians display fair-mindedness and reason?! On the Civil Partnership Bill?

    Just when you think you have them figured out, those pesky Christians have to start acting all reasonable and, dare I say it, like actual Christians are supposed to.

    The Evangelical Alliance Ireland, a "movement of Irish Christians who are choosing to work together by seeing their common identity in the gospel rather than in traditional denominational/sectarian differences" and who represent Protestants, Baptists, "free" churches, and "ethnic" churches, has produced a document in response to the proposed Civil Partnership Bill. In it, they encourage Christians to support the legislation because they recognise that as evangelical Christians they have no automatic right to have their biblical beliefs enshrined in law, and that in a pluralistic society, tolerance goes both ways.

    You can read it all HERE, but here are a couple of the salient parts. (You'll have to excuse the screen grabs but my technical abilities don't stretch to copy and pasting from a PDF)

    Of course, some other Christians are  not happy with what the Evangelical Alliance Ireland had to say.

    The deepest concern is that Scripture has been used to justify support for a lifestyle clearly defined in Scripture as one of the ways in which man rebels against the love of God.  Whilst we must do good to all men as the Evangelical Alliance Ireland statement makes clear,  that 'doing good' does not mean affirming people in their sinful lifestyle, but rather calling people from it! 

    This Christian blogger, who was involved in drawing up the document has a good overview.

     

    religion poisons everything | ireland | civil partnership
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    "Women's Bodies" on Italian TV

    Italian TV is notorious for it's outrageously sexist depiction of women, where scantily clad, nubile, jiggling, and often surgically enhanced women are draped across everything from game shows to serious news programmes, and older female presenters are often pumped, plumped and stretched to compete. The situation has worsened since notoriously sexist Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi managed to gain control of the vast majority of Italian channels through his media empire.

    It had seemed as if this was just accepted as perfectly normal by Italian viewers, but now one woman has objected and a serious debate has ensued.

    When business woman Lorella Zanardo made a short documentary criticizing the depiction of women on TV, she had modest hopes for it - she hoped the documentary would be made available on DVD to schools and start young people thinking about the issue - but instead the documentary has become an internet sensation and national talking point.

    Below is a short clip on YouTube, but you can watch the whole 30min documentary with English subtitles HERE. (Or if you're an italian speaker, without subtitles HERE)

     

    women | sex | world | media
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    I've finally seen the light!

    I think it was the boxes of Huggies that finally opened my heart to Jesus.

     

    religion poisons everything | nuts
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    "Ooh me dogs are barking!"...

    ... is what I often say after Penny takes me for a long walk.

    Not that I needed a study to tell me, but turns out that walking a dog is much better exercise than walking with a human companion. In a study done with older people, where some were asked to walk dogs, and others asked to walk with a person, the dog walkers became generally fitter, increased their walking speed, stuck to their walking program, and some even gave up the use of walking aids. Whereas the people walkers recorded a much smaller improvement, and often found excuses not to go for their walk.

    Here's Penny's working her presidential look outside Áras an Uchtaráin...

     


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  • 15 Dec 2009

    2009 in photographs

    More HERE. (Part 1 of a three day photo story)

     

     

    photography
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    St Paul's Ca-pea-dral

    Sorry. I've spent the last five minutes trying to come up with a better vegetable pun to no avail.

    I've posted some of the work of food photographer Carl Warner before, and here's his latest, which was a commission for the Food Network - the london skyline

     

    The Houses of Parliament are built from a mix of asparagus, green beans and runner beans which are subtly mixed with baby sweetcorn to depict the intricate stonework.  

    The Gherkin, found in the Square mile, is cunningly crafted out of two types of melon and embedded with green beans to highlight its renowned spiralling glass frames. 


    Here's one of my favourite Warner foood pics, and below a video of how they made the London skyline.

     

     

    random | models & miniatures | photography
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    Gin and Titonic

    If you're frantically wondering what to get me for Christmas, I'll make it easy for you.

    You can get them HERE. The ice tray also makes little ice-bergs so you can drunkenly recreate the iconic collision.

    But not everyone is so enamoured with them. Some people think they're in terribly bad taste.

    Brian Ticehurst, a Titanic historian, said: "They are distasteful, hundreds of people died in the tragedy.

    "Surely this is the wrong way to remember them?

    "How long will it be before this firm makes ice cubes of the Twin Towers to commemorate 9/11?"

    Mmmmmhhh.... I don't know. Maybe a hundred and eight years? (Not to mention that one was an accident and the other murder)

     

     

    random
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    Sr Wendy is down with Piss Christ. Kind of.

    As an antidote to the Hollywood 'bad' nuns I posted earlier, here's a good nun, the art-lovin', cartoon-stylin' Sr Wendy.

    Here's a clip of her talking to an American journalist about sexuality and blasphemy in art. In particular she talks about Piss Christ, the photographic work by Andres Serrano that caused a huge controversy in 1989. Sr Wendy is ok with it because she chooses not to see it as blasphemy, but rather as a comment on how the crucifixion is treated in the modern world, and as an exhortation to treat Jesus' sacrifice with greater respect. Though I'm not sure Serrano would see it like that. However Sr Wendy is no slouch and manages to damn Serrano with faint praise. Actually, less than faint praise!

    (via Dangerous Minds)

     

    art | people
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    Man-boy love on prime time

    Just in case you missed the May-September gay love affair on X-Factor, here it is.

     

    gays | music | tv
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    Nice Zac Efron duvet Soldier!

    Gays have been allowed to serve openly in the British army since 2000, but I guess it's still pretty unusual for serving soldiers in Afghanistan to be out. But 21 year old gay trooper Ben Rakestrow is so far out he has a pink Zac Efron duvet! And apparently all his fellow troopers are totally cool with it.

    Trooper Rakestrow decided to reveal his sexuality during the middle of a military exercise on Salisbury Plain last year.

    He said: 'I had been out at a nightclub and the next morning the lads all asked if I'd had any luck. I just said "His name was Ryan".

    'Some of their faces dropped, and they asked if I was serious. They couldn't believe it.' 

    But Trooper Rakestrow, from Exeter, said it was the best decision of his life, adding that he was accepted and treated as an equal.

    He said: 'I get banter from them all the time, but it's good banter. They all want to know about my life, they ask a lot of questions. I don't find it hard to talk about it.'

     

    gays | world
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  • 15 Dec 2009

    Indie gays in my basement

    The indie gays of Áit are back in my basement this Friday, celebrating the Mná na hÉireann through the mediums of drinking, dancing, carousing, general mayhem, and sexually ambiguous hair-cuts.

    Bunch of Countess Markievicz's!

    "IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Pantibar, through us, summons her children to áit AIT and strikes for her freedom.

    This Friday, 18th December, we gather at Panti's Parliamentary* Parlour to venerate the Mná na hÉireann, of past and present, who have led in the struggle against the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

    Come and céilí your tits off and get a load of Mary Magdalene St. Bridget O'Flaherty, the fiery Irish woman par excellence in Flight of the Doves onscreen for your viewing pleasure.

    Expect a surprise fiery performance by fiery Irish women of today to dazzle you like nothing you've seen since the Celtic Twilight.

    Come as your favourite fiery bean na hÉireann, will it be Queen Maeve, Granuaile, Countess Markievicz, Speranza- mother of Wilde, Sinéad O'Connor, Mary Robinson...?

    *Unparliamentary language shall be accepted."

     

    pantibar
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  • 14 Dec 2009

    Want to see a load of French gays and dykes kissing?

    'Course you do!

    A mass "kiss in" against homophobia in Paris, near Printemps so the gays could find it easily.

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    gays | world
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  • 14 Dec 2009

    Has an Irish woman invented the best thing since Sellotape?

    A young Irish woman has invented a new, malleable adhesive product called Sugru (from the Irish word for 'play') which some commentators are hailing as the best invention since Sellotape and Blu-Tac.

     

    random
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  • 14 Dec 2009

    Ugandan bill WILL include death penalty for gays

    Despite previous reports I linked to before, The Guardian is reporting the the Ugandan "kill the gays" bill will still contain a provision for the death penalty. It beggars belief.

     

    gays | politics | world
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  • 14 Dec 2009

    We are destined to be together

    I'm a very busy pig-dog-man-woman today so posting will be light, but this should be enough for any (dubiously oogling a 17 year-old) gay: Taylor Lautner in drag.

    (thanks Al)

     

    movies | fellas
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  • 13 Dec 2009

    Are nuns the new British when it comes to Hollywood baddies?

     

    (thanks Tom)

     

    movies
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  • 13 Dec 2009

    Supreme Court ruling on lesbian couple and gay sperm donor

    There has been a lot of reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling that gives a gay sperm donor access to his child, which is being raised by a lesbian couple, because the ruling has implications beyond this case.

    Brenda Power, who seems determined to make herself a figurehead for the anti-gay lobby now, has weighed in again. I won't link to it because it's best to ignore tantrums, but I'll paraphrase it for you:

    "The gays were really mean to me! And I'm a delicate flower. Well now they're getting their comeuppance because the Supreme Court agrees with me that gays can't be a proper family and now their wild, horrible campaign for gay marriage hasn't a hope in Hell because the ruling says that families can only be heterosexual. And did I mention how the gays were mean to me? Really mean! They sent me letters and everything."

    However, while the ruling does have serious implications for all "non traditional" families, her analysis of the ruling is coloured by her own mean-spirited agenda. Oddly, the Iona Institute's Breda O'Brien has a more reasonable and accurate analysis.

     

    gays | marriage equality | legal | ireland
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  • 13 Dec 2009

    Come on the big cruise! There'll be seamen everywhere.

     

    gays | random
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  • 13 Dec 2009

    Furry Glen December

    Some people think Pantibar is too big. Some people think it's too small. But Goldilocks thought it was just right, before she was mauled to death by a grizzly. May she rest in peace.

     

    furry glen | pantibar
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Deputy Paul Gogarty and my gaydar

    Before his now infamous outburst in the Dáil, I knew very little about Paul Gogarty, but watching the clip, I felt a twinge in my gaydar, and I wasn't alone. Of course I have no idea whether he's on our team or not, but I felt something in me waters.

    Turns out he's dealt with such speculation before. In February of this year he gave an interview to Hotpress magazine in which he talked about it. However, to read the article you need to pay €20 to access the Hotpress archives! But the head of the article is there:

    If, as The Bard had it, all the world’s a stage, then Green Paul Gogarty is a better actor than most. He’s been a New Romantic, a busker, a journalist and an editor before being elected to the Dáil. But even that is only half of it. In a remarkably open interview, he talks about the price of being in government with Fianna Fáil, his multiple identities on web fora, rumours that he was gay, the issue of depression – and the true story of his adoption.

    And a reader (thanks Brenjamin) who either has a fantastic memory, or a spare €20, tells me:

    He said he was unsure of his sexuality at one point, so he went and bought two porn mags - one straight, one gay and then told the interviewer "naked women did the business for me."

    Ok then.

     

    politics | gays
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    George Michael is an open book

    George Michael gave a very open interview to the Guardian last weekend. Nothing seems off the table with George these days, and it's actually refreshing. Drugs, (hash, crack?), cruising... whatever. Just ask. I guess when you're George Michael you've nothing win or lose by being coy. He's made so many mistakes in the full glare of publicity and people still buy his records and go to his concerts, so it really makes no difference.

    What's a typical day in the life of George Michael? The common perception is that he gets up late in the afternoon, gets stoned and goes cruising. Rubbish, he says. "The handful of times a year it's bloody warm enough, I'll do it. I'll do it on a nice summer even–ing. Quite often there are campfires up there. It's a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar, E'd off your tits shouting at somebody and hoping they want the same thing as you do in bed. DyaknowhatImean?"

    Why does he like to cruise when he could get any man he wanted? He seems astonished by the question. "I do get anyone I want. But I like a bit of everything. I have friends up there, I have a laugh."

     

    people | music
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Shatner does Palin, Palin does Shatner.

     

    tv | people | usa
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    More Libeskind theatre

    A few more shots of the exterior of Daniel Libeskind's new theatre at Grand Canal Dock which is nearing completion.

    Pics by Aaron McGrath.

     

     

     

    dublin | architecture
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    "Massive chew sets"

    More hilarious Kenny Everett insanity.

     

    comedy | gays | tv
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    It is ALL about Miss Ross, and don't you forget it!

    This "behind the scenes" look at the 2003 Divas Live tribute to Diana Ross concert makes it very clear who the real diva is!

     

     

    people | music | tv
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga...

    ... looking like a mother and daughter team for the Mac Viva Glam campaign.

     

    people
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Penny for your thoughts

    Power bottom...

     

    penny for your thoughts
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Bridge 30, Ferry 0

    Coming back from our walk this evening, the Samuel Beckett Bridge was swarming with photographers! There must have been at least thirty of them all over it with their tripods, capturing it from every angle. I suspect it was some kind of photography class, though there were plenty of other tourists and sightseers there with their cameras too.

    Nice to see it being so appreciated, but I did notice the cute little Liffey Ferry bobbing rather forlornly at it's mooring. I suppose now that the bridge is open right where the ferry plied it's sweet trade, it's now defunct. Awwww.... Penny and I used to like to take it occasionally.

     

    bridge notes | infrastructure | dublin
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Recession? What recession?

    We may be in the grip of the worst recession in a generation, and only a few days since the toughest budget in the history of the state, but you'd be hard pressed to know it from the crowds at the Christmas Market at the IFSC. Penny and I took a detour through it on our way back from our walk today and we almost regretted it because of the throngs of people.

    Though I suppose if Mammy and Daddy don't get tanked up on the mulled wine and go mad at the stalls, and the kids aren't clamouring to ride the carousel, then it can be a cheap way to soak up a bit of seasonal atmosphere.

     

    dublin | random
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    New Libeskind designed theatre

    Penny and I have been following the progress of the new Daniel Libeskind designed Grand Canal Dock Theatre with much interest, but these are the first shots I've seen of the interior.

     

     

     

    (thanks Karim)

     

    dublin | architecture
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Avatar: the first reviews are in

    Avatar, is the most expensive movie ever made, brought to you by the man responsible for the most successful movie of all time (Titanic), and is supposed to be the movie that will push 3D from gimmick to mainstream. We'll see, but so far the reviews are (mostly) good. HERE, HERE and HERE.

     

    movies
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Rear gear? Really?

    Can't bear the sight of your pet's brown star? Well now you can pretend your dog or cat doesn't have one at all, just as soon as you finish fingering around it's hole while trying to put this ridiculous ass cover on!

    And despite the fact that this is a totally stupid product, according to the site (available in different designs!) it's sold out!

     

    really?
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    You can call him a "bollix", or even an "arsehole", but "scumbag", "guttersnipe" and "handbagging" are out

    I heard Paul Gogarty and Emmet Stagg on the radio this morning. Deputy Gogarty apologised for his outburst again, and Deputy Stagg accepted it. Awwww.... They've kissed and made out up.

    But it turns out, according to this article, that actually "fuck" isn't officially unparliamentary vocabulary. Though "corner boy" is a big no-no. And "handbagging" is sexist.

    The official list of banned words includes: brat; buffoon; chancer; communist; corner boy; coward; fascist; gurrier; guttersnipe; hypocrite; rat; scumbag; scurrilous; and yahoo.

     

    politics | feuds | ireland
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    The Alien ain't what he used to be.

     

    ads | movies
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Aiden Shaw doesn't blame his big dick for his life's problems

    I've blogged  before about my first porn crush, Aiden Shaw, and his latest book Sordid Truths (Aiden turned his successful porn career in to a successful literary career), and here he is being interviewed about it. Well, 'cos I know you don't care about his book, I've posted the section of the interview where he talks about his big dick, and how having one has effected him. If you click through to YouTube you can see lots more of the interview. He's very open!

    And here's the (not safe for work) Pierre et Gilles portrait of Aiden in his porn heyday.

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    people | porn | fellas
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  • 12 Dec 2009

    Jasper Morello

    Laden with awards (including an Oscar and BAFTA nomination) Jasper Morello is a beautiful short feature animation using a unique style of silhouette animation developed by director Anthony Lucas. The story is inspired by the work of Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne.

    I recommend viewing full screen in HD.

     

    short film | animation
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Interesting times for the Dublin gay scene

    Dublin's longest established gay venue, The George, went in to receivership today. The George is part of the troubled Capital Bars group which failed to agree terms with AIB Bank, to which it owes €25 million. How this will pan out eventually is hard to know, but one way or another, it's all change at The George.

    I hope for all the staff's sake that something can be worked out. Good luck to them.

    UPDATE: The Irish Times report on the situation.

     

    dublin | scene
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    To paraphrase Deputy Gogarty: "Fuck you Pope Benedict! Fuck you!"

    So the Pope has met with the Irish Bishops and released a statement. The Pope was apparently adamant that the scandal has to be brought to an end, and released a statement saying that he "shares the outrage, betrayal and hurt" and that he feels "profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy". blah blah blah. What a bastard! (no offence to my bastard readers)

    Has he completely forgotten who he is? Joseph Ratzinger, who in his role of the preposterously named "Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith" (I guess it sounds better than the original title, The Inquisition) was the very asshole who decided, decreed, and enforced the rules for reporting of child abuse accusations. More than any of the men who were dragged before him, he is responsible for the continuation of the very culture of secrecy and self-preservation (and fear of sexuality) that are at the root of all this crap, and lead directly to the rape of children and the cover up of those crimes.

    And does his statement even hint at that? No. No acknowledgement that it is the rancid, atrophied, medieval culture of the Church that is to blame, or his own pathetic, offensive, dishonest, brutal, unfeeling, self-serving role.

    The man is a pathetic weasel and if he walked in to Pantibar tomorrow I would take immense pleasure in throwing him out on to the street, and giving him a quick kick in the balls (if he has any at all) with the tip of my pointiest stiletto.


    But in case you imagine that I don't believe any good can come from religion, and so am biased in the matter, let me prove you wrong. Now this is a church I could get on board with. Work it Mother!

     

    religion poisons everything | ireland
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    "Fuck you Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!"

    Green Party TD Paul Gogarty has apologised - kind of - for this hilarious outburst, directed at Emmet Stagg. Is it just me, or is there a huge bang of gay off this? Deputy Gogarty is definitely pinging something in my gaydar, and of course his outburst is directed at the bould Emmet, who you'll remember had a spot of bother with a rent boy in the Phoenix Park a number of years ago.

    Lets not turn on ourselves Ladies!

    (Aside: I've always been proud of the way Ireland handled the Emmet Stagg scandal. It's part of the weird Irish attitude to sex and sexuality. We don't like to legislate for it - hence out poor legislative record, often lagging so far behind the rest of the Western world - but when presented with a personal story we tend to be very forgiving and liberal. In how many other countries in the world could a serving minister get "apprehended in dubious circumstances" involving rent boy sex in a well known cruising area, and continue as a successful politician, always reelected, and the scandal essentially forgotten about except when old drag queens bring it up again?)

    (thanks Martin)

     

    fun | politics | feuds
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Oceansize

    Oceansize is an impressively animated 'monster movie' short, by four French students. There's some really beautiful work here.

     

    short film | animation
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Can't we raise Kenny Everett from the dead? Please!

    They've been re-running the Kenny Everett Show late at night on one of the channels recently and when I come home from work late I've been howling, much to Penny's bemusement. Even after all these years, the show still really stands up, and still seems so fresh and nuts.

    But I'd never seen this hilarious clip that Bunny posted.

     

    tv | drags | comedy
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Beaker is so self obsessed. It's all "me, me, me" with him.

    (thanks Justin)

     

    fun | tv
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Frida Kahlo for Calvin Klein

    (Thanks Corky)

     

    random | ads
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Boyz enamoured with Veda

    London's Boyz magazine has a review of Veda's album Stars Edge and gives it four (brown) stars. On the page she's surrounded by Samantha Fox, Cheryl Cole, George Michael, Britney and Patrick Wolf - it doesn't get any gayer than that!

    You can read the whole mag HERE (the site seems to be having some technical difficulties, but you can download it as a PDF)

     

    drags | people | media | music
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  • 11 Dec 2009

    Beckett Bridge opens, and Penny is The First Dog

    The Samuel Beckett Bridge officially opened at last today, and Penny and I went along to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Penny was determined to be the first dog on to the bridge, and she was. She is now referring to herself as The First Dog. She was also the first to claim it as her own by taking a piss on it.

    There was a fair crowd, though smaller than I expected, mostly very well dressed for the auspicious occasion. Lots of City Council types, members of the Beckett family - a number of handsome teenage boys in their Sunday best suits - and the usual bridge and infrastructure nerds. One of the first people we saw when we arrived was Seamus Heaney, who I assumed was going to speak, but he didn't. Though he was acknowledged by the other speakers - the City Manager, the Lady Mayor, and Miguel Calatrava, son of the bridge's designer Santiago Calatrava. Apparently Beckett and Heaney share a birthday, and of course they're both Nobel laureates for literature.

    The bridge was 'open' when we arrived, and just before the speeches they turned on the mechanism and it swung around and out across the river and snugly into place. Impressively snugly. It was a slick, efficient operation, only taking about two and a half minutes.

    As per, the speeches went on a little longer than you'd like, but just as I was about to heckle the Lady Mayor, she cut the ribbon and we were allowed on to the bridge.

    There was a nice atmosphere, with a tug-boat spraying jets of water, and the bridge looked great in the dying late afternoon light. 

    Penny wasted no time in marking the bridge as hers, and she got lots of attention as the first dog across. At one point another woman arrived with her dog and she was ragin' that Penny had got there first. Ha! No flies on Penny!

    Here's Penny inspecting the Lady Mayor's car.

    And here's Seamus Heaney and the Lady Mayor ignoring us.

    That's the National Convention Centre in the background. Penny doesn't really like it.

    The finish and details are nice.

    The control room for the swing mechanism.

    No we did not sneak in to the control room! How could you even suggest such a thing? We would never be so bold! How very dare you?!

    Penny inspects the plaque.

    And here's a shot video I took, including at the end when my friend Will remarks jokingly that it's amazing that the bridge works considering it's in Dublin, and an ould fella beside us turns around and says, "I resemble that remark!"

     

    bridge notes | infrastructure | dublin
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Apropos of nothing....

    ... everytime I'm on the tube in London and the lady announces that the train will be calling at "High Barnet", I giggle.

    Everytime Bunny is on the tube in London and the lady announces that the train will be calling at "Cockfosters", she giggles.

    That is all.

     

    random
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Garry Glitter & Leigh Bowery

    Garry Glitter had a chat show in the 90's? I didn't know that. According to the YouTube information it's from the 90's, though Leigh claims to be 26 in the interview, which would put it at 1987. But of couse, Leigh did like to tell fibs!

    Anyway, as usual, Leigh is fascinating and smart, but Glitter is a dreadful interviewer! Of course, knowing what we do now makes this all the more fascinating.

     

    people | gays | fashion
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Tonight at The Panti (& Bunny!) Show...

    ...my gusset will be announcing it's leaving the show and going solo.

     

    panti show | pantibar
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Lots of you think the "woman in cupboard" story a few posts below is fake, but...

    ... it does happen. HERE's the Japanese story I alluded to.

    A woman has been arrested in Japan for sneaking into a man's house and living in his wardrobe without him knowing.

    Police found 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa living in a small storage space in the house in the southern city of Fukuoka.

     

    random | mad world | really?
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Simple hypnotic video

    Music video for I'll Be Gone, by Mario Basanov & Vidis featuring Jazzu. (Yeah, I don't know either)

     

    music | short film
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    More Crisp

    In 1993 Quentin gave Channel 4's now annual "Alternative Queen's Message" on Christmas Day, his 85th birthday. It's a somewhat rambling performance of nonsense, but delivered in his usual regal style. You can watch it HERE, though it may not be viewable in every region.

    (thanks Padraig)

     

    gays | people | fun
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Creepy!!!!!!!!

    This guy was noticing that food was going missing from his kitchen in his small New York apartment at night, and his girlfriend denied it was her. So, he decided to set up a camera.

    This is TOTALLY creepy! After watching it, you, like evertone else, will no doubt have lots of questions, the first being, "Is this a fake?". Well, after being inundated with questions after posting the video, the guy answered the main ones, which I've put after the clip.

    I do remember reading about a similar situation in Japan a year or two ago, which went on for years if I remember correctly.

     

     

    So I have been innodated with questions since this was posted and I thought it wise to give answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

    #1 - Are you sh#ting me?
    A - No, this is every bit as real and messed up as it seems

    #2 - What did you do when you saw the footage?
    A - I immediately left my apartment and called the police. 

    #3 - Who is that girl?
    A - I have no idea, she didn't say much when the cops came and took her. 

    #4 - What was it she actually climbed down from?
    A - It is a storage loft/area in the apartment. It has no connection to any outside ventilation or anything of that such. It does go pretty deep back in there, almost all the way to over the stove/kitchen area. She had set up a little nook for herself.

    #5 - How did she get in there?
    A - I have no idea, the only way she could have gotten in is through the window, as I am on the top floor and there is a fire escape. The police think she was probably coming in to rob me when I was gone and decided to stow away in the crawl space. Supposedly this isn't the first time the cops had come across something like this. 

    #6 - How long was she in your apartment?
    A - The police officers thought it looked as though she had been there for at least a couple weeks, although could have been longer.

     

    random | mad world | really?
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    La Woo @ Pbar: music, poetry, more music, insanity.

    Not necessarily in that order.

    (thanks Dermod)

     

    pantibar | performance | drags
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    I guess pressure works sometimes. To an extent.

    The Ugandan government has agreed to drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays, but there will still be penalties, and what they'll be is still unclear. Though clearly there'll be some sort of "conversion therapy".

     

    world | gays
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Beckett Bridge opens today

    I think it's opening at 3pm to pedestrians/sightseers, and to traffic tomorrow. Penny is quite excited to finally be able to cross it. We were down there earlier and all the construction debris has been removed and it looks ready to go. We tried to sweet talk or way on to it, but the 'jobsworth' was having none of us, despite my lash batting.

    (First photo, by photog Shane Murphy, knicked off the internet)

     

    bridge notes | infrastructure | dublin
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    Cinepanti: A Season Of Gay Documentaries

    In anticipation of An English Man In New York (see below) I thought you might like to see this small 1968 documentary about Quentin Crisp.

    Quentin Crisp (The First Documentary)

    After the publication of his book, The Naked Civil Servant, in 1968 Crisp was approached by documentary maker Denis Mitchell to be the subject of a short film in which he was to talk about his life, voice his opinions and sit around in his London bedsit filing his nails. 
    This 1970 broadcast brought enough attention to Crisp and his book that he soon entered talks about a dramatisation. In 1975 The Naked Civil Servant was broadcast on British and American television - and made both actor John Hurt and Crisp himself into stars. By 1981 Quentin was living in Manhattan - the world famous 'Englishman In New York', but when this film was made, all that was ahead of him. Which make the parts where he speaks about what he expects and wants from the rest of his life all the more interesting. He couldn't have imagined how the latter part of his life would turn out.

    It's in three parts.

     

     

     

    cinepanti | people | gays
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    An English Man In New York

    As the much anticipated (by me anyway!) "sequel" to The Naked Civil Servant finally gets here (ITV, Monday Dec 28th, 9pm) The Guardian looks at the period of Quentin Crisp's life that the new film covers. An English Man In New York features John Hurt reprising his role as Crisp as he moves to New York at the age of 72 to become one of the city's most celebrated "legal aliens". Crisp developed a friendship with Warhol protege Penny Arcade who is played by Cynthia Nixon.

    "I don't believe in abroad," John Hurt's Quentin Crisp says towards the end of The Naked Civil Servant, the 1975 Thames Television drama that made Hurt a star and Crisp an icon. Before long, Crisp would revise his opinion: after his new-found fame led to him performing in New York in 1978, he fell in love with the city and, forsaking his self-appointed status as one of the stately homos of England, relocated there in 1981, aged 72. He would remain one of its most celebrated resident aliens for the remaining 18 years of his life.

    Here's the trailer.

     

    movies | gays | people
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  • 10 Dec 2009

    The Catholic Church. What's that all about?

    While you watch this I'll just pop to the toilet. I need to drop a "purity brick".

    (via Bunion)

     

    fun | religion poisons everything
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    Madonna interview on GMTV

    Madge was interviewed by Ben Shepard (is he still a gay favourite, or was that short-lived?) and it's quite fun. She covers some old ground, but she also talks a lot about her kids which she's usually quite reticent to do. It's in two parts.

     

    people | tv
    Comments 0

  • 09 Dec 2009

    More Woo

    A few more shots of Jonny Woo's "Absolut University" night at Pbar last night, by photographer Peter Fingleton.

    I was going to work a neat small "do", but as you can see, Jonny threw down the big-hair gauntlet!

     

    pantibar | performance | drags
    Comments 0

  • 09 Dec 2009

    Metro North and new Luas lines going ahead, according to Minister

    The new LUAS Red Line extension opened yesterday, and according to this report in the Irish Times, the Minister for Transport is adamant that the Metro North project and the new Luas lines will go ahead as planned, despite the new financial realities.

    I hope so.

     

    infrastructure | dublin
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    People have a lot of time on their hands

    And apparently I have a lot of time to watch it.

     

    random | music
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    Did you know there's a street in Toronto that's more than 26 miles long?

    I did not know that. Though in this country we'd call it a road. But that's not important right now.

    Anyway, two guys decided to walk a 26 mile portion of it, and along the way, stop every 30 steps and take a photo of each other. It took them 14 hours and no doubt, a lot of patience. They then made this fun stop-motion video.

     

    photography | animation | random
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    Hey Culchies!

    Yes you! (Don't worry, I mean that with love. After all, I'm a culchie too) If you're in the Limerick region you might want to go along to the Rainbow Variety Night in Bakers Place on Friday Dec 11th. €5 on the door, and all proceeds to the Rainbow Support Services and Rainbow Women's Group. Lots of performers, including Sheila Fitzpatrick & Madonna Lucia, Andrea Doolen, The Kylie Experience, Billie & Emma...

    Here's a pic of Sheila struggling to breath in a smoky haze.

     

    events
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    Metro North? Metro amazing!

    I'm not sure exactly where plans for the Metro North project stand at the moment, considering the squeeze on the public finances, but lets pretend there's still loads of money and look at these amazing Metro stations from around the world. More HERE.

     

    architecture | infrastructure
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    Lesbian Vs "Ex-Gay". Lesbian wins.

    I've blogged before about the horrifying "kill the gays" bill in Uganda, and how US christian groups have fomented the anti-gay hysteria, and in particular the part played by christian "ex-gay" author Richard Cohen. (HERE and HERE)

    Yesterday, Cohen appeared on (out lesbian) Rachel Maddow's show in the US. She slaughters him. (And calls him "Dude". News shows are different in the US!)

     

    world | mad world | gays | politics
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    David Turpin tonight at Pantibar

    Electro gay-pop cutie David Turpin (my description, not his) and his band will be performing at Pbar tonight.

     

     

    pantibar | music
    Comments 0

  • 09 Dec 2009

    There's something hypnotic about this

    The "yummy mummy" styling, the soft lighting, the hints of crazy, the teetering on the edge of cocaine hysteria...

    (thanks Martin)

    As an antidote, here she is being "tired" on This Morning.

     

    random | people
    Comments 1

  • 09 Dec 2009

    Super fun version of Poker Face

    They should tour.

     

    random | fun | music
    Comments 2

  • 09 Dec 2009

    Jonny Woo at Pantibar

    A few shots (by photographer Aaron McGrath) of Jonny Woo performing at Pantibar earlier tonight. It was, as always with Jonny, a nutty blast! Love that fabulous freak.

     

     

     

    pantibar | performance | people | drags
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  • 09 Dec 2009

    "I'm not used to acting"

    Elizabeth Taylor's bloopers from when she guest starred on US daytime soap General Hospital. Muumuus, eye-brows, glamour, and a whiff of booze.

    (thanks Ange)

     

    people | glamour | movies
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    The "olden days" were really gay

     

    random
    Comments 1

  • 08 Dec 2009

    David Bowie's response to his first American fan letter in 1967

    He was so excited to get it he had to sit down right away and write back! Awwww....

    (Via Dangerous Minds)

     

    people
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Der Fuehrer's Face

    Fun bit of propaganda animation from Disney and Donald Duck. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1943. There's a bit of racism and homophobia thrown in for good measure, but I think we can overlook that considering the context.

     

    animation
    Comments 1

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Sweet of them an' all

    A number of you have pointed out that the current issue of Attitude magazine has me listed as one of the five "heroes" of 2009 (along with Lady Gaga and Joanna Lumley!) which is very sweet of them, but also completely (and somewhat embarrassingly) nuts. Now maybe if it was a list of the five mouthy cows...

     

    panti | media
    Comments 1

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Sinead O'Connor is no fan of this Pope either

    Sinead O'Connor has written a letter to Hot Press magazine calling for the Pope to stand down, and the Papal Nuncio to be expelled from Ireland. She also, for good measure, calls for Taoiseach Brian Cowen to step down "for having no testicles in the matter"!

    Dear Sir,

    On behalf of all Irish artists – though most have kept their mouth shut – I demand the Irish government expel the papal nuncio and recall the Irish ambassador from the Vatican city in order to respect the people of Ireland, who are outraged by the contempt displayed by the Vatican for the suffering endured by survivors of clerical abuse and for the people of ireland in general. 

    I demand also the Pope himself stand down for his contemptible silence on the matter and his acts of non cooperation with the (Murphy) enquiry. 

    Popes have had no problem voicing their opinions when we wanted contraception or divorce. No problem criticising the Da Vinci code. No problem declaring Harry Potter books as evil. No problem criticising Naomi Campbell for wearing a bejewelled cross. Yet when it comes to the evils done by paedophiles dressed as priests they are silent. It is grotesque… unbelievable… bizarre and unprecedented. They stand for nothing now but evil. And our ancestors gave up anything that would have given them a moments joy. Because they believed these liars. 

    They have brought Catholicism and the idea of God into disrepute. We need to take back the church. Which is OURS. Not theirs. They are not fit to call themselves representatives of Christ. They represent nothing but evil any more. 

    They never believed that God was watching. And they still act as though they don't think God is watching. But every one of them will have to meet their maker in the end. Even the Pope himself. And if I were them, I would be very afraid. 

    I also demand that Brian Cowan step down for his having no testicles in the matter. He has no clue what Irish people want. He should stand down and admit he has behaved in this matter as a coward. 

    Sincerely,

    Sinead O’Connor

    They don't allow embedding, but if you can watch her infamous 1992 performance on American TV when she ripped up a picture of the Pope HERE. 

     

    people | religion poisons everything
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  • 08 Dec 2009

    He's My (1950's) Man, Na Na, Na Na Na.

    (via WOW)

     

    fellas | gays
    Comments 1

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Miss Fat Gay Venezuela

    Watch a video news report about the Miss Fat Gay Venezuela pageant HERE.

     

    drags | gays | world
    Comments 1

  • 08 Dec 2009

    My new look

    Inspired by the bear fashion below.

     

    random | bears | panti
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Fashion bears!

    Despite what you thought, bears aren't only interested in sausage rolls and Diana Ross. They also like to be fashionable! And Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck is the man to dress them (while rubbing their bellies and going "Grrr grrr gooo goo grrr!")

    And yes, there's an underwear section at the end of the video, for those who like that kind of thing... you perverts!

     

    fashion | bears
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Norman Rockwell's photorealism

    Norman Rockwell's illustrations of American life have become iconic images of an imagined American past. He achieved the photorealistic quality by meticulously directing photographs and painting from them. He used various photographers, and friends and neighbours as models.

    More HERE.

     

    art | illustration
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    More offensive narration on old footage

    The film isn't as gorgeous as the one I posted earlier, but the narration is just as offensive!

    "God! Deliver us, Americans, from evil!"

    (Thanks Squirl)

     

    gays | history
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    How do you do Lady Gaga?

    Lady in red meets dark Queen after the Royal Variety Performance.

     

    people
    Comments 2

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Gorgeous colour film of lesbians and gays in 1950's Paris

    Unfortunately, the posh English narration is horribly offensive! Unbelievable actually.

     

    gays | history
    Comments 2

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Maybe the Russian army ain't all bad

    (via Towleroad)

     

    random | fellas
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Having a few small technical issues...

    ... which are complicating posting at the moment, but normal service will be resumed shortly, as soon as my night schedule and my tech gurus' day schedules cross paths.

     

    blog
    Comments 0

  • 08 Dec 2009

    Can I get a Woo-hoo?!

    London legend, performance artist and hilarious nut Jonny Woo tonight at Pantibar! Woo hoo! Courtesy of Absolut and GCN, there'll be some free cocktails served up by La Woo as only he can, before he takes to the stage for a Woo show. And there ain't no show like a Woo show!

    Tonight at 9pm. Be there or hang your gay head in gay shame.

     

     

     

    pantibar | people
    Comments 0

  • 07 Dec 2009

    Do NOT fuck with Marlee Matlin

    From the Family Guy Live show.

    (thanks Ciarán)

     

    comedy | tv
    Comments 0

  • 07 Dec 2009

    Pantibar's 2nd Birthday

    Although my own memory is a little hazy, these pics that I stole off handsome photographer Peter Fingleton's Facebook suggest we had a blast.

     

    pantibar
    Comments 3

  • 07 Dec 2009

    Sunday Tribune pulls no punches

    Una Mullalley pulls no punches in an article in yesterday's Sunday Tribune on the Civil Partnership Bill.

     

    marriage equality | gay rights | ireland
    Comments 1

  • 07 Dec 2009

    Whatever Happened To Jamie O'Neill

    When At Swim, Two Boys was published ten years ago, the novel, about the love between two teenage Dublin boys set against the backdrop of the 1916 Rising, was a massive success, hailed as a modern masterpiece, and turned it's author into a literary sensation. But since then, very little has been seen or heard from O'Neill.

    The Independent has an interesting interview with him. He's an interesting guy, who's had an interesting life.

     

    people | literature
    Comments 4

  • 06 Dec 2009

    A night time stroll in the 'new' city

    Penny and I decided to walk off our hangovers from the party last night by talking a stroll along the length of the new LUAS Red Line extension from Connelly Station to the Point Depot. If you haven't been down that part of the city for a few years, the changes will astound you. What was once a semi-derelict, industrial part of the city is now gleaming and modern, and unlike some of the other 'new' parts of the city, it seems to be "embedding" well. Among all the office space there are plenty of apartments, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and the new National College of Ireland campus. Although it was a dark, cold Sunday, there was plenty of life on the streets. We even saw, for the first time, a regular guy using a Segway for regular transport, i.e. not someone using it as part of his job, or as an advertising gimmick. I guess they almost make sense there, with the wide modern paving.

    The new LUAS extension opens next Tuesday, and they're running the trams as they test the line.

    On our way back we walked along the Liffey north quays to look at the Beckett Bridge at night. It finally opens this week too. To "sightseers" on Thursday, and to traffic on Friday.

     

    dublin | infrastructure | bridge notes
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  • 06 Dec 2009

    It's stuff like this that makes me appreciate the fact that I live in Ireland

    This is a grim video of a group of gay Pakistani men being flogged in the street by policemen as punishment for being gay. Don't be afraid to watch it, because it's not very violent. It's more of a public humiliation, with the men being kind of 'paddled' while lying handcuffed and fully clothed on the ground. Though it is grim and horrible never-the-less.

    There is a touching moment about 13 seconds in, when two of the men briefly kiss as they are being taken out of the police van.

     

    mad world | gays
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  • 06 Dec 2009

    Make or break time for the owners of The George

    The O'Dwyer brothers, whose Captial Bars group owns The George (they also own Dragon through a different company) have until this Wednesday to reach agreement with AIB Bank over their debts of €25 million. The Captial Bar properties have been in examinership and it ends Wednesday. They have teamed up with Anglo Irish Bank in attempting to buy out the debt.

    If agreement is reached, it'll be business as usual at Ireland's longest established gay venue. If not, it will probably be put on the market, so if you have a spare few million lying around, you might want to consider becoming Landlady of an Irish gay institution.

    Either way, I expect The George will be around for a long time yet. And if it does end up with new owners, well, a change is as good as a rest etc.

     


    Comments 2

  • 06 Dec 2009

    Hey man, gay man pick up the soap!

    (thanks Bee)

     

    gays | nuts | fun
    Comments 0

  • 06 Dec 2009

    Eurrrrgggghhhhhhhrrrrmmmhhhhhhh......

    It hurts to think...

    (see below)

     

    panti | pantibar
    Comments 1

  • 05 Dec 2009

    Pantibar's 2nd Birthday tonight!

    There'll be a bit of this...

    A bit of this...

    And hopefully a bit of this...

     

    pantibar
    Comments 1

  • 05 Dec 2009

    Portia De Rossi talks gay marriage on The View

    For those of you who don't spend half your day on the internet, The View is a US daytime "women's" talk show, something like Loose Women, but can be more interesting because, like the US itself I suppose, the panel is ideologically divided, and often tackles political and social topics as well as the usual celebrity stuff. The two women on the right are conservatives - the blonde is a staunch republican and the black woman is a religious nut who doesn't believe in evolution, was unsure the world wasn't flat (I'm not kidding!) and definitely doesn't believe in gay marriage! Whoppie Goldberg and the other one, Joy, are the liberal voices.

     

    gays | people | marriage equality
    Comments 0

  • 05 Dec 2009

    Ediface Wrecks: A greek(ish) tragicomedy about the fall of man's... stuff.

     

    random
    Comments 0

  • 04 Dec 2009

    Well, she's worked with muppets before!

    Veda will be on the Podge and Rodge Show next Tuesday night (RTE 2, 10:35pm), chatting and doing a track from her album Stars Edge, which should be fun. Of course they'll have a lot to talk about, because Veda has had a hand up her arse on occasion too. Kidding! Veda is practically a virgin.

     

    drags | tv | music
    Comments 1

  • 04 Dec 2009

    I forgot our anniversary!

    It was mine and Penny's one year anniversary the day before yesterday and I totally forgot! I feel bad. But not too bad, because Penny forgot too. Anyway, we're still very much in love.

     

    penny for your thoughts
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  • 04 Dec 2009

    Granny! I am NOT a sex offender!

     

    random | fun
    Comments 0

  • 04 Dec 2009

    A bit of French improves nearly everything

    However, NOTE TO BONNIE: filler, "nude" lipstick, and gloss, do not necessarily improve everything.

     

    music
    Comments 1

  • 04 Dec 2009

    David Turpin @ Pantibar, Wed 9th.

    Dublin gay electro-cutie David Turpin and his band are performing at Pantibar next Wednesday.

     

    David's debut album The Sweet Used-To-Be was one of the most critically acclaimed Irish releases of 2008, and he has just released his second album, Haunted.

    Here's his current single, Dorothy Gale.

     

     

    And from the same album, The Bone Dance.

     

     

    pantibar | music
    Comments 0

  • 04 Dec 2009

    Oscar Wilde Park anyone?

    Earlier in the week I suggested that the park in Merrion Square should be renamed, and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. Labour councillor, and former Lord Mayor, Mary Freehill thinks the same and is going to propose the change to Dublin City Council.

    (thanks Emma)

     

    religion poisons everything | dublin
    Comments 1

  • 04 Dec 2009

    Vatican tries to appease the gays, but doesn't do a very good job.

    The Vatican has taken the unusual step of distancing itself from the anti-gay comments of the Mexican Cardinal who said we're all going to Hell.

    The Vatican spokesman quotes the Church's catechism in an effort to pour oil on gay waters, pointing out that the catechism says we should be treated with respect and shouldn't be "unjustly" discriminated. (Nice subtle qualifier!). But when the catechism goes on to say (WARNING: patronising drivel ahead!) that "these persons" (that's us!) are called to fulfill God's will, uniting to the "sacrifice of the Lord's cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition", well, the only appropriate response is "Feck off!"

    I don't have time for this! I have "intrinsically disordered" acts to do....

     

    religion poisons everything
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  • 04 Dec 2009

    Panti Bliss-Cusack... Panti Cusack? Mmmmm....

    I'm not sure if I should keep my own name, or go for something hyphenated. You know, after Donal Óg and I become Ireland's gay power-couple. Because now that his autobiography has won the 2009 Sport Book of the Year Award, I've decided to let him become my new fella.

    Panti Bliss-Cusack? Panti Cusack-Bliss? Well, as long as I get to put the word "sack" into my name I'm happy.

     

    people | gays
    Comments 1

  • 04 Dec 2009

    My childhood is being remade, one movie at a time

    Now it's the turn of Clash Of the Titans. God I love that movie! The special effects by genius stop motion animator Ray Harryhausen were brilliant, and Maggie Smith was in it. But it was all about Harry Hamlin. I was SO IN LOVE with Harry Hamlin! My teenage gay heart ached for him. It still does. Sigh... 

    Here's the original trailer for the 1981 version that shaped my burgeoning sexuality into a Harry shaped shape. Isn't he gorgeous!

    And here's the big shiny trailer for the new big shiny version. The Harry Hamlin-less version. I don't know who's playing Perseus in the new version, and I don't care. Whoever it is may as well just cut my heart out and dance on it.

     

    movies
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  • 04 Dec 2009

    Jesus is a raisin. Styrofoam nuns. I have a sheep doing roofing over at my house.

     

    random | fun
    Comments 2

  • 04 Dec 2009

    Katherine Hepburn as Coco Chanel

    My gay Angelo sent me this clip from the Tony Awards in 1970 (I guess). It's a scene from the musical Coco, based on the life of the designer, which stared Katherine Hepubrn.

    Angelo's comment was "This is shocking...gorgeous gowns for 3 minutes, and then she starts to 'sing'!" and that about sums it up!

    And after watching it, this paragraph from the musical's Wkipedia page seems all too believable!

    The six-week rehearsal period finally began in September 1969. Cecil Beaton's set proved to be a complicated piece of machinery that frequently malfunctioned and was difficult for the cast to maneuver, and the final scene required a troublesome coordination of mirrors, platforms, runways, and flashing lights. Hepburn insisted the theater's thermostat be set at 60 degrees and the exterior doors left open, and most of the cast became ill due to the unusually cold fall weather. The star resisted efforts to tone down her dominant personality and become more like the quietly elegant woman she was portraying, and peppered her dialogue with ad libbed profanities that shocked Chanel when she later heard about them, and she not only refused to attend the opening night, but never did see the show.

    But he gowns are gorgeous, and so is the set.

     

    fashion | people | performance
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  • 04 Dec 2009

    Statements from GLEN and the Equality Authority on the Civil Partnership Bill

    Both GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) and the Equality Authority have released statements on the Civil Partnership Bill which was introduced in the Dáil this evening. Both statements are essentially singing from the same hymn sheet: they welcome the Bill as a great step forward which will address the pressing needs of many gay couples, but both point out the big omissions in the Bill, i.e. that no mention is made of children or adoption, and urge that these areas be addressed. They both also say the access to full civil marriage is the only way true equality can be achieved.

    Read the full statement from GLEN HERE.

    Read the full statement from the Equality Authority HERE

     

    marriage equality | gay rights | ireland
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  • 03 Dec 2009

    All aboard the Civil Partnership train!

    The Civil Partnership Train is a rights initiative inspired by the "contraception train" of 1971, and the "peace train" of 1989.

    The CIVIL PARTNERSHIP TRAIN Charter

    Saturday 5th December 2009

    Depart Belfast 12.35pm

    Arrive Dublin Connolly 2.35pm

    The Civil Partnership Train is a civil rights initiative inspired by the Belfast to Dublin ‘Contraceptive train’ of 1971 and the ‘Peace train’ of 1989.
    It is supported by persons North and South, gay, lesbian and heterosexual, Protestant, Catholic, other religions and no religion, who are committed to challenging discrimination and prejudice against gay and lesbian couples.

    Our objectives are:

    IMPLEMENT fully the Good Friday Agreement in the Republic of Ireland. We call on the Irish Government to live up to its commitment to provide “at least an equivalent level of protection of human rights as will pertain in Northern Ireland”.

    UPGRADE the Civil Partnership Bill. It should be amended to provide parental rights for gay and lesbian couples equal with those in Northern Ireland.

    INCLUDE in the Bill recognition of widowed same-sex partners who obtained their Civil Partnership overseas or in Northern Ireland since 2005. Unless the Government provides retrospective recognition for these Civil Partnerships where one partner has since died, some widowed Civil Partners could be declared ineligible for a pension.

    STOP the proposed amendment to the Bill for an anti-gay opt-out on the grounds of ‘Christian Conscience’. The proposed opt-out was not conceded in Northern Ireland.

    You can support the objectives above by travelling with us on the Civil Partnership Train departing from Belfast on Saturday 5th December 2009 at 12.35hrs. Assemble Belfast central station at 11.45hrs. (Day return train tickets from Belfast at £15). You can also join the train at Dundalk or Drogheda or be at Dublin Connolly station at 14.35hrs to greet our arrival.

     More information can be found HERE.

     

    marriage equality | ireland
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  • 03 Dec 2009

    Marriage Equality urge an Taoiseach to intervene in CP legislation

    The Marriage Equality group has written to the Taoiseach urging him to intervene so that the proposed civil partnership legislation be upgraded to full civil marriage.

    Moninne Griffith, Director of MarriagEquality said, "Civil partnership without the option to marry, sends a clear message out to the public that the Government do not consider gay and lesbian relationships to be equal. Civil partnership, without a civil marriage option, promotes inequality and may contribute to homophobia. "

    The full text of the letter is HERE.

     

    marriage equality | ireland
    Comments 0

  • 03 Dec 2009

    Sweden to cut aid to Uganda over horrifying anti-gay bill?

    The truly shocking anti-gay bill in Uganda (which includes the death penalty, and jail for people who don't report gays) is reported to be likely to pass, but pressure is mounting on Uganda, and Sweden is threatening to cut aid to the country.

     

    world | gay rights
    Comments 2

  • 03 Dec 2009

    Snap!

    This delightful image and story has sprouted up all over the internet in the last few days.

    Which reminds me of this picture that I couldn't find till Martin sent it to me.

    (thanks Martin)

     

    random
    Comments 0

  • 03 Dec 2009

    Spectacular new building in Manhattan

    More images and info HERE.

    (thanks Squirl)

     

    architecture
    Comments 1

  • 03 Dec 2009

    Thank Dolly I already have my first class seat in Hell reserved...

    ... because there's no place for the queers in Heaven

    If I get to Hell first I'll keep you a good spot. See you there!

    (I love the way lots of you sent me that link! What does that say about me? That I'm the first person you all think of when you think of Hell? But thanks anyway Liam, Marcus, Martin....)

     

    religion poisons everything
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  • 03 Dec 2009

    NLGF pull no punches

    The National Lesbian and Gay Federation have released a strongly worded statement this morning in advance of the Civil Partnership debate in the Dáil this evening.

    You can watch the debate (around 7pm) live on the web. On the Oireachtas site HERE or watch it HERE with (I suspect) lively commentary and debate from the gays.

    Thursday, 3rd December 2009: Civil Partnership which is due for discussion in the Dail today is flawed, said the National Lesbian and Gay Federation. The organisation is instead calling for the immediate introduction of a Civil Marriage option which would give full rights to LGBT people. 

    In the recent NLGF report, 
    Burning Issues, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people named equal marriage rights as their number one priority. 


    Ailbhe Smyth, Chairperson NLGF, said, “
    Burning Issues proved definitively that there is no appetite among the LGBT community for civil partnership. They recognise that not only will the bill deny them full rights, it will discriminate against them even further.”

    She continued, “To ensure that LGBT people are treated equally in Ireland, the Government must move to provide equality by legislating for Civil Marriage.  Currently LGBT people experience exploitation, harassment and violence on a daily basis. Civil partnership will fuel such anti-gay sentiments by signalling: ‘Yes, you are different’. The Government must admit that provision of Civil Partnership as the only relationship recognition option for LGBT people is a serious mistake.” 

    Burning Issues is one of the largest consultations ever undertaken with the LGBT community with over eleven hundred people responding. The report shows a community in a very positive light, unwilling to accept inequalities, keenly aware of the political situation, who will not  accept second best and who are determined to go on campaigning until equality is delivered.

     

    marriage equality | ireland
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    She was in one of my fave films (hehe)....Airport..hilarious! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNvF...

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    I wodner was she on the verge of being outed. You don't get many lesbian kiss-and-tells.

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    31 Dec 2009 @ 05:38

  • John

    I had stop the 2nd vid once he started throwing a wobbly. Hopefully, it's not a United States of Tar...

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    31 Dec 2009 @ 05:36

  • Declan

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    31 Dec 2009 @ 06:53

  • LuvMJ

    Jordan Chandler is an abomination! He has had more than ample time to make things right,, but he h...

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    31 Dec 2009 @ 12:52

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    I had to turn it off. Pure child abuse

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    30 Dec 2009 @ 03:57

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