Systematic homophobia at ATOS?

I think I'm going to need a shower after this, but here goes:

"Fucking hell. Gay man suffering from depression is assessed by Atos, and told that religion could cure his sexuality"

"Depressed gay man was advised by Atos assessor to investigate "gay cures""

"An ATOS assessor tells a depressed man he is gay and thus "needed to return to God to be repaired""

"depressed gay man advised by Atos assessor to investigate "gay cures""

"How do ATOS still have a contract?"


I've been bitten by the preserving bug.

Recently, my colleague had a glut of redcurrants she didn't know what to do with from her allotment. I selflessly volunteered to take some off her hands if she was willing to pick them. She duly did and I took them and tested out making Redcurrant Jelly.

On Heroines

I wrote previously on and how disappointing but understandable it was given her position as 'hero'. Today, I get to write some more. In her letter seeking a pardon, :


I was out with friends last night and one asked me about what books I was reading and would recommend. In typical fashion, my mind froze, so I'm writing this as a kind of zeitgeist of what's been flowing around my consciousness recently.

On Heroes

John Proctor: (with a cry of his whole soul) Because it is my name!Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!


Rev Hale: Man, you will hang! You cannot!

John Proctor: (his eyes full of tears) I can. And there's your first marvel, that I can...

Nine Worlds; or What I Did On My Holiday

So a weekend with activities scheduled across 34 rooms and two hotels what did I manage to do? I went to items in seven rooms (eight if you include my Bedroom which wasn't officially on the schedule and my only activity there was sleeping and showering).

At the first draft programme I thought I'd be spending most my time in the games room. Nope. That didn't happen at all.

Nine Worlds: Queertastic

My blogging about Nine Worlds is, I think, going to be in two parts. The other part will focus on "What I did on my holidays", but this will focus on something I'm struggling to give name to.

Gay vs Human


Sat alone at the bar.
Justifying his presence with a glass of coke.

Sat alone at the bar.
Escaping a 'culture' he's been told he should love.

Sat alone at the bar.
Nervously talking with the other customer.

Sat alone at the bar.
Awaiting bands promised, not fitting in The Scene.

Sat alone at the bar.
Feeling pathetic, draining the glass and gone.

Sat alone on the train.
Travelling home early, excluded and alone.

Two very different 'bomb threats'

Eugh... what can I say. To go with the threats of rape, abuse and violence that female journalists and activists are experiencing, . Hadley Freeman, one of the journalists targeted by this threat has been quoted as saying:


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