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31st December 2010

Twenty Ten – again. Again

July brought big changes to the newspaper industry, as The Times started charging for access to its web site. This was supposed to ensure a steady income stream for the newspaper, putting it on a secure financial footing for the future. However, it also resulted in the Times being completely removed from the online chatter of the blogosphere, as its news coverage and columnists were no longer accessible to the internet hoi-polloi. Still, I’m sure this decision made sense to someone somewhere.

The Supreme Court ruled that gay people facing persecution are entitled to claim asylum in the UK. I welcomed the decision, although my blog post is curiously vague about precisely why I welcomed it. Hmm…

In other gay-related news, I reviewed, with sadness, a booklet from the US Military discussing its anti-gay don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

Elsewhere, health and safety went mad as one person suggested banning rugby scrums. I felt uncomfortable on a train full of Orange Lodge marchers and I defended the traditional sitcom from an onslaught of criticism from trendy TV reviewers.

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4th September 2010

Hague and Myers, sitting in a tree
Posted by at 11.54am | Gay, In the News | No responses

The William Hague “gay affair” non-story is so weird. Is two men sharing a hotel room — in the absence of any other evidence whatsoever — really grounds for suspicion? It’s so sad that so much press coverage has been given to nasty rumours and gossip (especially when more important matters, like the News of the World phone hacking, have been sidelined) and I have to say, there seems to be an unpleasant tinge of homophobia here.